After input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and key stakeholders, the strategic planning committee identified five Strategic Themes that will form the core of the plan. These themes include the areas of Economic Innovation, Transforming Education, Energy and the Environment, Advancing Arts & Culture, and Improving Health & Well Being. In addition, four Supporting Pillars were cited as being key to providing a firm foundation to help achieve the goals outlined in the Strategic Themes narrative. The four Supporting Pillars categories include General Education, Operational Excellence, Career Excellence & Enrichment (professional development) and Student Success.
Each subcommittee consists of university leaders, faculty and staff affiliated with the specific discipline, as well as one representative from fundraising and facility services to ensure that the core strategies can be funded and the university allocates the needed physical space to support them. Each subcommittee is tasked with developing three to five core strategies.
Each subcommittee conducted an initial introductory meeting before the holiday break and reconvened in January. By mid-month, most of the committees were in the midst of their third and fourth meetings, and are currently shoring up the core strategies, which are due in early March. The first version of the plan will be presented to the campus community. Ultimately, the resulting strategies will serve as broad guidelines for divisions, colleges, departments, centers and other academic units to use when developing future individualized plans. In addition, the strategic plan will work in tandem with the university’s master plan as well as fundraising efforts to ensure a consistent effort moving forward over the next seven years.