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Vision 2012 imperatives shouldn't be rushed

Oct. 28, 2005


Even the best-laid plans need tweaking sometimes.

The administration recently said Vision 2012, Baylor's blueprint to achieving top tier university status, might have been a bit too ambitious -- in the timetable department.

This admission comes as a relief to many who felt the university was speeding full steam ahead without regard to financial burdens.

Taking a few extra years to attain the vision's imperatives will give us time to increase the university's endowment and re-evalute expenditures.

Ben Humeniuk | Lariat staff
An extension would be in the university's best interest in order to step back and take a realistic look at what the university has done and still needs to do.

Many of the vision's imperatives, such as improving the quality of the study body, raising the bar for faculty members and establishing top-notch athletic teams are well on their way to achievement.

SAT averages for 2005 freshmen were the highest in Baylor history. External faculty research funding is also at an all-time high. Baylor athletics have taken major strides forward, with NCAA team national championships coming from the men's tennis and women's basketball teams.

Other imperatives, like making the university a truly residential campus, could require more time. The North Village Residential Community was a giant step in the right direction, and the additions to Brooks Residential Hall planned for the future will further that goal.

Vision 2012 is clear: To make Baylor the greatest university it can be. But accomplishing all of these goals may take longer than the 11-year frame the developers placed on the vision when the regents and Faculty Senate first endorsed it back in 2001.

Taking a few more years to reach the vision apex will greatly relieve financial pressure and planning strains.

Extending the schedule isn't a sign of weakness or failure. It's just a realistic look at what's best for the university as a whole.

Vision 2012 has molded our school for the last four years, but Vision 2015 doesn't sound too bad. Actually, 2020 Vision has sort of a ring to it.