Strategic planning at UM
Strategic planning has three phases. Understanding where you are. Deciding where you want to go. Developing strategies to get there. You will see these phases UM's renewed strategic planning initiative.
But this time it has to be different. The urgency is greater. The stakes are higher. The challenges more daunting.
The Strategic Plan Coordinating Council is committed to designing 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.
Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, you will be invited to engage in critical and creative thinking about the University of Montana's identity, vision, values and direction. We hope you join us in the challenge.
Frequently asked questions
What is the role of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Council?
Why are we doing strategic planning now?
Our thinking is that strategic planning is a never-ending process. In a rapidly changing world, we need to constantly evaluate and innovate. We want to instill that mindset at UM, and there’s no reason to wait another day to get started.
Will this strategic plan modify the existing UM 2020 plan, or replace it?
We envision a process where all assumptions are open for questioning and all possibilities are considered. We don’t have a preconceived notion of the outcomes, but it’s reasonable to expect that that many of the ideas articulated in the current strategic plan will be validated—perhaps with sharper focus. We think the most important outcome will be a plan that articulates a clear identity and direction for the future.
How will strategic planning connect with other planning efforts on campus?
Part of our process includes gathering and assessing unit strategic plans and reports from efforts like the Academic Alignment & Innovation Program, the Administrative Review Task Force, the Internationalization Laboratory, and more. We value all of the analysis and innovative thinking that has already been done and will do our best to capture that work and apply it to the broader strategic plan.
What is the timeline for implementing a new plan?
Engagement with stakeholders will occur fall and winter 2016 (although we hope that conversation never ends). This period will focus on asking questions, generating ideas, considering divergent possibilities, testing assumptions and generally being creative. The next phase—which will unfold in early 2017—will focus on developing specific goals, strategies, and metrics of progress.
How can I stay informed about what is happening with the strategic planning process?
How can I get involved?
What will be different about this process?
Two big things:
What happens after the process is over?
Trick question. We don’t envision this process ending, but rather moving through ongoing phases of discovery, vision and goal-setting, communication, implementation, and assessment. The creation of a strategic plan is just the beginning; implementing the vision and objectives, as well as reexamining our strategy, will be a continuous process.
How much will this process cost?
We are mindful of UM's budget challenges and are making every effort to keep costs as low as possible. However, this process is fundamental to the success of the University going forward. Some modest financial investments in communication and events are being considered to help us effectively engage large numbers of stakeholders.
Are you including all voices in this process?
Strategic Plan Coordinating Council
Dean, Davidson Honors College
Director of Communications, Information Technology
Director, The Writing Center
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Professor, School of Art
Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
Academic Policy, Institutional Assessment & Accreditation Processes Manager, Ofﬁce of the Provost
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Associate Vice President for Integrated Communications
Graduate and Professional Student Association
Director, Broader Impacts Group
Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship; Dean of the Graduate School