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UW strategy aims at innovation, economy, retention; comment this month

Apr 2, 2017 From staff and wire reports

The University of Wyoming is seeking public comment on a draft strategic plan that covers everything from academic quality to economic development.

Goals set forth in the plan include increasing student recruitment, retention and graduation; improving collaboration with community colleges and K-12 schools; and boosting research funding and private contributions to the university.

The draft was crafted by a 24-member Strategic Planning Leadership Council following public meetings around Wyoming and on campus.

Following revisions that may result from public comment, the plan will be presented for consideration by UW's Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

It then will go to the UW Board of Trustees for final consideration and approval.

Specifically, the draft plan aims to increase student recruitment, retention and graduation; degree programs offered online and at UW's regional centers; collaborations with community colleges and K-12 schools; research funding; startup companies; and private contributions to the university, among other measures.

The document may be viewed online at www.uwyo.edu/acadaffairs/_files/docs/stratplan_2017-2022_draft.pdf, and the council is accepting public comment on the president's strategic planning feedback page through April 27.

UW provost Kate Miller, who chairs the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, says the group welcomes input from all of UW's constituents.

"This draft is still rough in some respects, but it represents the council's best efforts to set a course by which the university fulfills its flagship and land-grant mission through the free and open pursuit of knowledge in engagement with Wyoming and

the world," Miller said. "Our vision is to bring Wyoming and Western intelligence, energy, grit and innovation to the economic, social and environmental challenges of today, and to create a thriving, equitable and sustainable world for tomorrow."

The broad goals and objectives of the draft plan are to:

- Foster and reward excellence in teaching, scholarship, innovation and creative endeavor to enhance an intellectual community renowned for its regional, national and global relevance and impact.

- Inspire students to pursue a productive, engaged and fulfilling life, and prepare them to succeed in a sustainable global economy.

- In collaboration with constituents and partners, improve and enhance the health and well-being of communities and environments.

- Assure the long-term strength and stability of the university through a focus on infrastructure, human capital and new revenue sources.

Each goal and objective includes a set of measurable performance indicators.

Following revisions that may result from public and campus input, the plan will be presented for consideration by UW's Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

It then will go to the UW Board of Trustees for final consideration and approval.

Following board of trustees approval, the plan will be implemented at the start of the 2017-18 fiscal year, with college and unit plans finalized in fall 2017.

A website, www.uwyo.edu/president/strategic-plans/, has been established to inform the campus community and the public throughout the strategic planning process.

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