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Strategic planning process: Where are we? Where do we go from here?

We've entered what appears to be a "silent phase" of our strategic planning process. Don't mistake the lack of noise for lack of action. The Strategic Planning Committee, under the leadership of Linda Shapiro and Bill Pierce, has been busy taking the plan foundation to the university and Louisville communities.

We’ve entered what appears to be a “silent phase” of our strategic planning process. Don’t mistake the lack of noise for lack of action.

The Strategic Planning Committee, under the leadership of Linda Shapiro and Bill Pierce, has been busy taking the plan foundation to the university and Louisville communities.

They have presented or will present the plan to such obvious groups as deans, vice presidents and the boards of Trustees and Overseers, but they also have shown it to and asked for input from groups of students, faculty, staff and even the UofL parent organization.

While they are asking for input from the Council on Postsecondary Education, members of the Jefferson County delegation to the Kentucky General Assembly and the Louisville Metro Mayor’s office, they also will seek meetings with other community leaders — area hospitals, Jefferson County Public Schools, the Fund for the Arts, the Hispanic-Latino/a Coalition, human resources managers and recruiters from local major corporations — to engage in conversation and build support for the foundation on which we will build our course for the next 13 years.

The Strategic Planning Committee was charged from the beginning to be inclusive, and it has cast a large net to make sure the final plan takes into consideration UofL’s leadership position in Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the needs of everyone this university touches.

The committee also has formed small groups to look at key issues — efficiency, affordability, access to higher education, accountability, infrastructure, internal environment and communication, campus environment, external environment and community interaction — and to determine what, if any, problems exist that the strategic plan can address.

Those groups are scheduled to report back to the larger group this month.

Once it has completed community consultations and received all small-group reports, the Strategic Planning Committee will compile the comments. It will recommend tactical initiatives to accomplish the strategic plan goals and outcome measures to use for assessment.

These recommendations then will go to deans and vice presidents, who will be charged to provide elements of their units’ contributions to the achievement of our strategic goals, propose resources to be used and identify the measures we will use for future assessment of success.

This process is a long one, but it is important that everyone has a chance to be included in designing the future of the university. I appreciate everyone’s input so far and encourage you to continue to contribute to the process with ideas and feedback.

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