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Planning Process

Planning Process

Developing the Plan: 2010-11

The UMD Strategic Plan was completed and approved during the 2010-2011 academic year. The following individuals and groups were most directly involved in this process:

  • Chancellor Black provided overall leadership to this project.
  • The Steering Committee, a 35-member group that was broadly representative of the campus community, provided overall guidance to the planning process.
  • An Executive Team of 12 members provided initial consultation on many elements of the planning process.
  • Dennis Falk, Faculty Fellow, facilitated the planning process with Chancellor Black.
  • Robert Kvavik, Senior Vice President in the University of Minnesota Office of Planning, provided ongoing consultation to the process.

The 2010-11 planning process included six elements. 

  • Conducting a SWOT analysis of UMD
  • Developing core values for the campus
  • Updating the UMD mission statement
  • Creating a campus vision for 2020
  • Identifying 5-7 campus goals to be achieved in 3-5 years
  • Identifying action steps required to achieve campus goals

During the 2011-12 academic year, Chancellor Black led the campus in implementing significant parts of strategic plan. Under the guidance of Dennis Falk, who is continued his work as the Faculty Fellow for Strategic Planning, UMD formed the Integrated Strategic Advisory Team. This group consulted with Chancellor Black during the 2011-12 academic year to ensure that the Strategic Plan action steps aligned with the budget process to achieve the campus mission, the six goals, and the vision for 2020. Team members modeled and promoted the campus core values while working with Campus Assembly members, with colleagues in each Vice Chancellor unit, and with other important constituencies to implement the Strategic Plan. The team also worked with Professor Falk to develop a framework for assessing progress on the Strategic Plan.

The UMD planning process was guided by important values and principles.