The College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) is composed of five departments
(Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, and Political Science and Public
Administration) and one school (Entrepreneurship). In addition, the North Dakota Small Business
Development Center, the Center for Innovation, and both Army and Air Force ROTC report through the
In 2015, the CoBPA adopted the following mission statement: learn with passion, discover wit
purpose, create lasting value, and transform lives. These tenets guide all that we do as a college,
and delineate our responsibilities to our students, faculty and staff, colleagues within the
university, alumni, donors and investors, and residents and leaders of the state of North Dakota.
It is with full knowledge of and appreciation for our relationships with these important groups
that the faculty and staff of the college embarked on a revision of the strategic plan. This
document represents the collegiate effort to identify areas of utmost importance for the next
five-year timeframe. This document will guide daily efforts in instruction, curricular design and
revision, scholarly activities, administrative and academic policy formulation, and assessment.
During the next five years we will conduct regular reviews to consider methods and progress, as
well as any new contingencies within the environment.
As a living document, subject to ongoing revision, our intent is to pursue the realization of the CoBPA mission through attainment of the objectives identified here. This plan is consistent with and supports the achievement of the focal points of the strategic plan of the North Dakota University System (see
Appendix A). We will also adapt and adjust this strategic plan to be consistent with the new University of North Dakota strategic plan to be developed in 2016-2017 under the leadership of UND’s new president Mark Kennedy ensuring that the accomplishments of the college will enable the university and the state system to achieve their objectives as well.