Strategic planning at UM

Creating Change Together gallery

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Creating Change Together gallery February 27-March 3. You can still view the strategy ideas and provide feedback. 

Our process

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.

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.