Strategic planning at UM

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Council has been committed to a process that is open to and inclusive of many perspectives, and culminates not just in a plan, but in a new way of working together on behalf of our stakeholders.

Our process is depicted below. After six months of stakeholder engagement, we are at the identifying principles and exploring strategies stage. We intend to produce a high-level strategic plan by April 1, 2017. It's important to note that strategic thinking does not end with the unveiling of a plan. Rather, it is a continuous process.

Creating Change Together Gallery

We invite you to participate in Creating Change Together, a gallery of strategic ideas and an opportunity for you to weigh in. The gallery will be in the University Center Atrium February 27-March 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Evening hours will be announced soon.

Stop by. Share your ideas. Help us shape the plan.

Our process

Learn from people

Continually ask questions and listen to understand the shifting internal and external landscape.



Find patterns

Analyze, synthesize, and interpret to discover tensions between the current state and future aspirations.



Identify principles

Identify and prioritize shared values to inform strategic decision-making and shape organizational behavior.



Explore strategies

Develop strategic pathways that clearly communicate our priorities and align action toward common goals.



Test and revise

Experiment, share, gather input from stakeholders, learn and modify. This should be a continuous iterative process.