Strategic Plan

Key Strategic Thrusts
On the basis of the issues raised and with reference to the Corporate Strategic Thrust (2012-2017), the Department’s strategic agenda is defined by the following key thrusts:
Vigorously promote teaching and research to help reposition the Department as a Department of Choice
Revision of current curricula to meet contemporary challenges in the economy
Attract, recruit, develop, retain and motivate high calibre academic, administrative and technical staff
Establish linkages/ partnerships with both local and international institutions
Strengthen the Centre for Coastal Management to effectively undertake outreach programmes 

Implementation and Review
In order to ensure that the identified strategic thrusts are implemented, an Implementation and Review Committee will be established in the Department to undertake periodic evaluation and review of the strategic plan using identified progress indicators. 
 
Action Plans and Responsibility Matrix
Frameworks for performance indicators are based on the concept that effective management of any process can be achieved through effective measurement of the implementation programme that is put in place. Consequently, the action plan developed will provide management of the Department with a means of monitoring the progress of the execution of the initiatives proposed within the plan.
It is, therefore, important to define precise measures that will provide an indication to ensure that the implementation of the plan results in the desired impact on the Department and the University, for that matter and the nation as a whole. The main activities, responsibilities and time frame to achieve the strategic thrusts are as presented.
 

Thrust 1: Vigorously promote teaching and research to reposition the Department as a Department of Choice

Key actions Primary responsibility Secondary responsibility Measures Target Time frame
1. Source funding Head of Department • Departmental Board Three (3) research proposals written – i.e.Three (3) research proposals written – i.e.• USAID• Skill Development Fund (Danida/ World Bank)• DFID/ • French Government/• GIS, Germany or • AusAiD 70-100% Aug. 2014-Dec. 2017
2. Develop thematic research themes Head of Department • Dean• Vice-Dean• School Board• Departmental Board • Research themes on relevant knowledge gaps developed 100% Aug – Dec 2014
3. Form research teams Head of Department • Departmental Board • Research themes assigned to teams made up of 2-3 members of academic staff 100% Aug 2014- Feb 2015
4. Refurbish new and existing office spaces and computer room Head of Department • Directorate of Physical Development•Dean•Departmental Board • Newly acquired space for offices and lecture/computer room partitioned• Newly created offices and lecture/computer room furnished• Office furniture and equipment (e.g. photocopier, printers, overhead projector + accessories) for new offices and lecture/computer room procured• Desktop computers and accessories for use in new and existing offices procured• Existing office spaces in the Department refurbished• Relevant software procured 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
5. Procure and maintain laboratory and field equipment Head of Department • Directorate of Finance• Procurement Unit• Directorate of Audit• Departmental Board • Specialized laboratory equipment procured• Ancillary accessories for specialized laboratory equipment procured• Specialized equipment installed• Equipment for general laboratory and field work acquired• Scheduled maintenance of laboratory equipment developed 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
6. Establish a fish hatchery facility Head of Department • Directorate of Physical Development• Dean• Departmental Board • An expert consulted to assist in setting up the fish hatchery• A shed to house a fish hatchery constructed• Concrete tanks for hatchery and fingerling production constructed• Storage rooms in the shed for training students and fish farmers constructed• Water storage facilities for hatchery installed• Technical fittings for hatchery including water storage installed• A single-phase standby generator for hatchery and laboratory purchased• Plexiglas fish tanks for education use/ display of common fish species in the department procured 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
7. Refurbish Dept/CCM library Head of Department • Directorate of Finance• Procurement Unit• Directorate of Audit• Departmental Board • Departmental/CCM Library refitted• Current and relevant books and periodicals stocked• Desktop computers and a mounted projector in the Departmental/CCM Library acquired 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
8. Refurbish teaching and research laboratory Head of Department • Directorate of Finance• Procurement Unit• Directorate of Audit• Fire Service Department• Campus Security Services • Lab partitioned • Floor resurfaced • Burglarproofing installed• Safety devices (smoke alarm & fire extinguishers) installed • Ventilation and lighting systems installed• New work benches, lab stools, cabinets and shelves installed 70-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
9. Acquire vehicles Head of Department • Directorate of Finance• Procurement Unit• Directorate of Audit • A 4x4 pick-up vehicle for field work procured• A 33-seater bus for student use to the field and educational trips procured• A 4x4 cross-country vehicle for extension services procured• Comprehensive insurance cover for vehicles obtained 70-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2016
10. Procure and maintain office equipment, hardware and software Head of Department • Directorate of Finance• Procurement Unit• Directorate of Audit • Office equipment (e.g. photocopier, printers) procured• Desktop computers for offices in the department procured• Computers and other office equipments procured 60-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
11. Train M. Phil. and PhD students through scholarships Head of Department • Division of Academic Affairs• Directorate of Finance• Division of Public Affairs• University of Rhode Island • 24 MPhil and 10 PhD students selected and funded• Graduate training through split-site arrangements between Ghana and US secured 70% - 80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
12. Fund undergraduate research projects Head of Department • Division of Academic Affairs• Directorate of Finance• Division of Public Affairs & Protocol• DFAS Academic • Research projects of 150 undergraduate students funded 70- 80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
13. Training of academic staff and technical assistants Head of Department • Division of Public Affairs & Protocol• Directorate of Finance• T raining & Development Unit • A two-week study trip to the US for training in coastal and fisheries management for 3 academic staff undertaken• A two-week trip to Malaysia to study current trends and systems in aquaculture for 4 academic staff and 2 technicians undertaken• A two-week study trip to Australia for 3 academic staff for knowledge update in Coastal and Marine Policy undertaken• A three-day training on financial administration undertaken 60-80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
14. Develop a database on marine and coastal fisheries Head of Department • ICT Centre• DFAS Academic Staff • Data on marine and coastal fisheries in Ghana established and managed 60-80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
15. Provision of reliable utility supplies Head of Department • Directorate of Physical Development• Dean, SBS • Improved and reliable utilities supplied 60-80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
16. Improvement of IT services Head of Department • ICT Centre• Dean, SBS • Efficient IT services provided 70-90% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017

 

Thrust 2: Revision of current curricula to meet contemporary challenges in the economy

Key actions Primary responsibility Secondary responsibility Measures Target Time frame
1. Review of existing curricula to include new courses and programmes Head of Department • Departmental Board • Curricula reviewed• New courses and programmes developed 100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2015
2. Seek approval and funding to run reviewed curricula Head of Department • School Board• Academic Planning Committee• Academic Board• Division of Academic Affairs• USAID • Approval to run new courses/ programmes sought• Funding to run new courses and programmes sought 80- 100% Aug. 2015- Jul. 2016
3. Implementation of Curricula Head of Department • Departmental Board • Curricula implemented reviewed 80-100% Aug. 2017
4. Market new courses and programmes Head of Department • Division of Academic affairs• Public Relations • Programmes advertised• Brochures/leaflets produced 80-90% Aug. 2017
5. Monitor and evaluate new curricula Head of Department • Departmental Monitoring & Implementation Committee • New curricula monitored and evaluated 100% Aug. 2017 -

 

Thrust 3: Attract, recruit, develop, retain and motivate high calibre academic, administrative and technical staff

Key actions Primary responsibility Secondary responsibility Measures Target Time frame
1. Review current staff strength and identify deficiency Head of Department • Departmental Board • Report on areas of staff deficiency produced 100% Aug. 2014-Jul. 2015
2. Recruit more qualified staff Head of Department • Dean• Appointment & Promotion Committees of DFAS & SBS• Division of Human Resource • Qualified staff recruited 70-90% Aug. 2014-Jul. 2016
3. Attract and retain brilliant graduates to augment staff strength Head of Department • Dean• Appointment & Promotion Committees of DFAS & SBS• Division of Human Resource • Brilliant graduates identified and recruited 80-100% Jul. 2014 -
4. Upgrade staff capacities Head of Department • Training and Development Unit • Number of staff sponsored 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
5. Provide adequate office space for staff Head of Department • Directorate of Physical Development• Dean • Number of office space provided and refurbished 60-70% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
6. Provide state-of-the art teaching and research facilities Head of Department • Directorate of Physical Development• Dean • Adequate and modern laboratory facilities provided 70-90% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017

 

Thrust 4: Establish linkages/ partnerships with local and international institutions

Key actions Primary responsibility Secondary responsibility Measures Target Time frame
1. Identification of institutions for possible collaboration Vice Chancellor/ Dean/ Head of Department Head of Department • Academic institutions, industries and other collaborators identified 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
2. Development of MoUs with collaborators Vice Chancellor/ Dean/Head of Department Vice Chancellor/ Dean/Head of Department • MoUs developed 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
3. Signing and implementation of MoUs Vice Chancellor/ Dean/Head of Department Vice Chancellor/ Dean/Head of Department • MoUs signed and implemented 70-90% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017

 

Thrust 5: Strengthen the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) to effectively undertake outreach programmes

Key actions Primary responsibility Secondary responsibility Measures Target Time frame
Developing a manual and tools on coastal adaptation and mitigation of climate change for training Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff • Manual and tools on coastal adaptation and mitigation of climate change developed• Relevant stakeholders trained using manual and tools 100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
Developing ICM and fisheries management curriculum materials for training Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff • ICM guidebook and tools produced• Fisheries management guidebook and tools produced • Relevant personnel trained using the guidebook and tools 100% Aug. 2015- Jul. 2017
Engaging policy makers to address coastal and fisheries issues Coordinator • DFAS Academic Staff• Faculty of Law• Institute for Development Studies • Workshops and roundtable discussions held for relevant stakeholders• Policy briefs and articles on coastal issues and best practices prepared and disseminated• Information gathered through electronic and print media disseminated 80-100% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
Strengthening links of personnel in relevant government agencies to a network of researchers in Ghana and elsewhere Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff• International Office • Series of workshops and conferences involving researchers and stakeholders held• Regular interactions among researchers and relevant government agencies established 60- 80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
Establishing and strengthening community-based fisheries and co-management programs Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff• Public relations • New community-based fisheries and co-management programs established• Existing community-based fisheries and co-management programs strengthened • Information gathered through electronic and print media, publications and workshops disseminated • Management bye-laws developed together with district assemblies and traditional authorities 60- 80% Aug. 2015- Jul. 2017
Wetlands ecological health monitoring using school clubs and communities Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff• Department of Environmental Science • School clubs and communities trained and resourced to regularly monitor ecological health of wetlands • Remedial measures taken where necessary to restore ecological health of coastal waters• Acknowledge and reward participating schools 70- 80% Aug. 2015- Jul. 2017
Training to enhance the use and application of Geo-Information Systems for Coastal Landscapes Management Coordinator • CCM Board• Private Consultants• Department of Geography and Regional Planning • Regional and district officers trained in spatial data handling and analysis • Geographic systems database and infrastructure established in selected district 60- 80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017
Promoting alternative livelihoods in coastal communities Coordinator • CCM Board• DFAS Academic Staff• Department of Entomology and Wildlife • Fishers (men and women) trained in tilapia and mangrove oyster culture, apiculture (bee culture), and land snail rearing• Alternative livelihood activities introduced to fishers and evaluated • Outcomes disseminated through publications, workshops and electronic media 70- 80% Aug. 2014- Jul. 2017