As a written and public document, the plan will promote understanding of the broader context within which the University shapes its future. It is designed to identify important policy issues and foster favorable conditions for intellectual endeavor across campus. The plan recognizes that many of the most important decisions of the University are made in departments and colleges rather than in the central administration. It serves as a framework that encourages departments, programs, colleges, and administrative units to work within an integrated whole. Each of these units now has developed its own strategic plan as a complement to this University-level plan. Achieving distinction in teaching, research, and service programs will be based on the implementation not only of this University-level plan but also on those created by colleges, programs, departments, and other administrative units.
Over the next five years, the Strategic Planning Committee will continue its work by reviewing and commenting on first-level strategic plans in the context of overall University planning. It will consider revisions in the strategic planning process and issue annual reports on recommended adjustments in the University Strategic Plan based on changes in environmental conditions, opportunities derived from first-level plans, and suggestions from the University community.
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