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UW Releases Strategic Plan Draft, Plans Meetings

March 31, 2017

A draft strategic plan for the University of Wyoming calls for advancements in academic quality, enrollment, statewide engagement, diversity and economic development over the next five years.

Specifically, the draft plan aims to increase student recruitment, retention and graduation; degree programs offered online and at UW’s regional centers; collaborations with community colleges and K-12 schools; research funding; startup companies; and private contributions to the university, among other measures.

The draft plan was crafted by UW’s 24-member Strategic Planning Leadership Council, following an extensive series of public meetings around Wyoming and on campus. The document may be viewed online at, and the council is accepting public comment on the president’s strategic planning feedback page through April 27.

Additionally, town-hall meetings to present the draft and accept comments are scheduled:

-- Thursday, April 6, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 133 of the Classroom Building. The session may be viewed via the WyoCast system at

-- Monday, April 10, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Room 138 of the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. The WyoCast link for this session is

-- Friday, April 14, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Room 133 of the Classroom Building. The WyoCast link for this session is

-- Tuesday, April 25, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Strausner Hall at Casper College. A video link for this session may be announced later.

UW Provost Kate Miller, who chairs the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, says the group welcomes input from all of UW’s constituents.

“This draft is still rough in some respects, but it represents the council’s best efforts to set a course by which the university fulfills its flagship and land-grant mission through the free and open pursuit of knowledge in engagement with Wyoming and the world,” Miller says. “Our vision is to bring Wyoming and Western intelligence, energy, grit and innovation to the economic, social and environmental challenges of today, and to create a thriving, equitable and sustainable world for tomorrow.”

The broad goals and objectives of the draft plan are to:

-- Foster and reward excellence in teaching, scholarship, innovation and creative endeavor to enhance an intellectual community renowned for its regional, national and global relevance and impact.

-- Inspire students to pursue a productive, engaged and fulfilling life, and prepare them to succeed in a sustainable global economy.

-- In collaboration with constituents and partners, improve and enhance the health and well-being of communities and environments.

-- Assure the long-term strength and stability of the university through a focus on infrastructure, human capital and new revenue sources.

Each goal and objective includes a set of measurable performance indicators.

Following revisions that may result from public and campus input, the plan will be presented for consideration by UW’s Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW. It then will go to the UW Board of Trustees for final consideration and approval.

Following Board of Trustees approval, 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.

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