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UW Strategic Planning Listening Sessions Continue This Week

October 31, 2016

Strong turnout at the University of Wyoming’s strategic planning dialogue and listening sessions has prompted the scheduling of new, larger locations for the remaining sessions.

Each session focuses on a particular aspect of the university, with discussions led by co-leaders selected by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Miller. Members of the UW community and the public are invited to express their hopes and dreams for the university in those specific areas.

Here is the schedule for this week and next. Times and locations, topics and discussion co-leaders are as follows:

-- Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2-3 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 133 -- university structures and organization; Jacquelyn Bridgeman (College of Law) and John Mittelstaedt (College of Business).

-- Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-noon, Classroom Building, Room 142 -- design, master plan and campus aesthetics; Tony Denzer (Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering) and Larry Blake (Facilities Architecture).

-- Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 314 -- resource realignment, revenue and budgeting modeling; Rob Godby (Department of Economics and Finance) and Steve Smutko (Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources).

-- Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10-11 a.m., College of Business, Room 129 -- student success; Donal Skinner (Department of Zoology and Physiology) and Patrice Noel (Office of Academic Affairs).

-- Wednesday, Nov. 9, 3-4 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 118 -- intercollegiate athletics; Alyson Hagy (faculty athletics representative) and Joi Thomas (Department of Athletics).

-- Thursday, Nov. 10, 9-10 a.m., Classroom Building, Room 105 -- academic programs, curriculum and academic quality; Ricki Klages (Department of Art and Art History) and Derek Smith (Division of Kinesiology and Health).

Additional listening and dialogue sessions are scheduled for later in November and in December. Other topics to be addressed are engagement and outreach, and economic development and vibrant communities. Additional notices will be distributed for the late-November and December sessions, but the schedule may be found on the strategic planning website here:

Separately, Miller and members of UW’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council are meeting with individual departments and units ( and colleges ( to discuss priorities and strategies that will help shape the future.

President Laurie Nichols has approved release time for UW employees to attend the unit and college sessions, and any topical sessions of their choosing. The scheduling of release time should be a collaborative discussion between employee and supervisor to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the unit. The amount of release time should correspond to the length and number of sessions attended.

Following the extensive series of campuswide and statewide discussions, the Strategic Planning Leadership Council is scheduled to begin drafting the strategic plan in January, with presentation of a draft to the campus community and stakeholders in March. The revised plan then will be presented at a town-hall meeting for consideration by the governing bodies of Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

Following approval by the Board of Trustees, the plan will be implemented at the start of the 2017-18 fiscal year, with college and unit plans finalized in fall 2017. A website,, has been established to inform the campus community and the public throughout the strategic planning process. More details about meeting and session schedules, as well as contact information for the Strategic Planning Leadership Council members and co-leaders for the listening and dialogue sessions, may be found at that site.

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