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Strategic Planning Listening Session Added for UW Students

December 6, 2016

University of Wyoming students have another opportunity to help craft the university’s strategic plan.

A dialogue and listening session, specifically for students, is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Shoshone Room in the basement of the Washakie Dining Center.

The student session is one of many meetings being held around campus and the state to gather input for the creation of a road map to guide the university over the next five years.

Additionally, a listening and dialogue session just for UW staff members is scheduled Friday, Dec. 9, from noon-1 p.m. in Room 212 of the Aven Nelson Building.

A number of campus sessions for all interested people to address specific topics also are planned this month. The topical sessions, each focused on a particular aspect of the university, are led by co-leaders selected by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Miller.

Here is the schedule for the December topical sessions. Times and locations, topics and discussion co-leaders are as follows:

-- Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9-10 a.m., Classroom Building, Room 118 -- research, scholarship and graduate education; Bryan Shader (Office of Research and Economic Development) and Suzie Young (College of Education).

-- Wednesday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon, Health Sciences Building, Room 463 -- information technology; Jen Chavez (Information Technology) and Dimitri Mavriplis (Department of Mechanical Engineering).

-- Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10-11 a.m., Classroom Building, Room 118 -- engagement and outreach, economic development and vibrant communities; Jeff Clune (Department of Computer Science) and Mark Northam (School of Energy Resources).

-- Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1-2 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 103 -- design, master plan and campus aesthetics; Tony Denzer (Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering) and Larry Blake (Facilities Architecture).

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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