A new five-year strategic plan for The University of Iowa, presented in March to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, outlines five new and renewed goals designed to propel the University toward its aspiration to become one of the 10 most distinguished public universities in the country.
The plan, which runs from 2005 to 2010, calls for strength and excellence in undergraduate education; graduate and professional education and research; diversity; vitality; and engagement. The plan also includes detailed strategies and actions specifying how each goal will be achieved and measured. Final board approval is expected in the summer.
Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan says the plan’s title, The Iowa Promise, will serve as a reminder of the “twin pillars on which the plan is built: We recognize our potential for greatness—our promise—and intend to realize it; at the same time, we recognize that we cannot achieve greatness except by fulfilling our pledge—our promise—to those we serve.”
Hogan says the plan’s two new goals, increasing diversity and strengthening partnerships with public constituencies, are crucial to supporting and enhancing the University’s core values.
The plan’s goal of broadening the University’s public engagement reflects the University’s commitment to the Regents’ Partnership Plan for Transformation and Excellence with its focus on connections between the universities and statewide economic development, according to Hogan.
The emphasis on strategic investment and the reallocation of resources also squares with thinking on the Board of Regents, as evident in the Board’s transformation plan, Hogan says.
Like its predecessor, The Iowa Promise calls for premier undergraduate and graduate education and research enterprises. Undergraduate education is also enhanced by operating in tandem with outstanding research and graduate education programs, another of the plan’s goals.
The Iowa Promise focuses on vitality in recognition of the need to address not only productivity but also physical well-being and community health. In this part of the plan, the top priority is faculty vitality, particularly the need to move faculty salaries into the top third of the University’s peer group.
Included in the plan are 47 indicators of progress the University will use to measure its efforts to meet its goals.
A committee of 23 faculty, staff, and students drafted the plan under the leadership of Hogan and Senior Vice President and Treasurer Doug True. The committee solicited feedback from the entire University community by holding open forums at two key junctures and by sharing drafts of the plan online and inviting comments.
The Iowa Promise: A Strategic Plan for The University of Iowa 2005-2010 is available online, www.uiowa.edu/strategicplan.
by Mary Geraghty Kenyon