The University

Strategic planning update

Over the past several months, members of the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Task Force and the strategic planning committees devoted considerable time and effort to craft a vision and lay the groundwork for the university’s next strategic plan.

The task force has developed an ambitious vision that looks out over 15 years, provides a context for our five-year strategic plan, and reflects a newly revised statement of the university’s mission and values. The strategic planning committees have presented insightful analyses of our challenges and made recommendations in key areas to be considered as we move our university forward toward our ultimate goal of being the model student-centered urban public research university. I encourage you to visit our strategic planning website to review these documents, which will shape the next phase of our strategic planning.

Provost Langley, who is leading the strategic planning initiative, and I thoroughly considered the work of these groups this summer, focusing particularly on identifying key priorities. These formed the basis for an extensive discussion at our Executive Leadership Team advance in August. From this discussion emerged a theme for the new five-year plan—“Inclusive Excellence: Enhancing the University’s Effectiveness, Reach, and Stature”—and five major goals:

  • Advance student success and development
  • Enrich and expand academic programs and research
  • Improve the learning, teaching, and working environment
  • Establish a financial resources model consistent with the university’s vision statement
  • Develop an infrastructure supportive of the preceding goals 

To move toward achieving these goals, we have established an Implementation Team and appointed key leaders in each area to form and chair working groups dedicated to identifying and recommending particular objectives that our new strategic plan should include, as well as strategies to achieve these objectives. We have also formed a communications work group whose responsibility it will be to recommend strategies for conveying our vision for the future to internal and external audiences and stakeholders.

Provost Langley and I want to thank all the members of the university community involved in this important effort for their dedication and hard work. I look forward to updating you in the future on our continued progress.