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We are pleased and excited to present the 2023+ Strategic Plan for the University
of Wyoming: Honoring our Heritage and Creating our Future. This plan celebrates and
embraces the proud traditions and culture of the Equality State, and it builds on
the amazing institution that is the University of Wyoming, which is truly Wyoming’s
University. The plan aims to strengthen the foundations of our community that UW has
built over its 136-year history. At the same time, it lays out a roadmap for UW’s
future, setting specific goals and targets that we as a community will pursue with
great determination. While the plan is ambitious, it is also achievable and will result
in UW having more impact on our state and region, with strengthened programs and new
offerings that will attract and prepare more students for the future than ever before.
And we are already working hard to make this happen. One theme that came through loud
and clear in the 200+ listening sessions conducted during the strategic planning process
was the need to solidify the foundations that already make UW the special place that
it is. You will find dozens of initiatives in the strategic plan and accompanying
implementation plan that will make our university stronger than ever.
Above all, you will find a commitment — and specific goals — to strengthen UW in five critical areas: » Enhance Student Success » Pursue Institutional Excellence » Provide a Supportive Community » Engage with and Serve the State of Wyoming » Cultivate Financial Stability and Diversification You will also find clear directions that UW is taking to define our future. Like all higher education institutions, UW faces 21st-century challenges requiring us to become more digital, interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and inclusive. These fundamental aspirations are deeply embedded in our plan; by continuing to move in these directions we will bring our entire community together to address the complex problems facing our state and nation as we prepare our students for life and careers in a rapidly changing world. The journey we have charted includes programs that will help move us towards Carnegie R1 status — the highest level of research activity. R1 recognition will enhance our competitiveness for new revenues, providing more opportunities for UW faculty and students to make an impact in our state and beyond. Enhanced capacity to serve the citizens of Wyoming will also propel us toward our goal of being recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. All dimensions of UW are included in the strategic plan, from arts and agriculture to science and technology. From our new Neltje Center for Excellence in Creativity and the Arts, to strengthened partnerships with community colleges on programs that advance the state’s economy, we are proud to be on the paths described in this plan, and proud to be members of our state community. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our team and the hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders across Wyoming and beyond who provided constructive and thoughtful ideas that have culminated in this plan. We can’t wait to see and share the results!
Ed Seidel, President
Kevin Carman, Provost and Executive Vice-President