Update from Provost Hanson
I am pleased to share with you a draft of the completed Strategic Plan for the Twin Cities campus, and to invite your comments.
The plan, shaped by faculty, staff, and students over the past year, charts a course for the next decade, building directly on our university's unique strengths and opportunities. It aims to reinvigorate our institution as a 21st-century land-grant research university of ambition, innovation, and impact. It will create new learning and career pathways for students, build and retain a faculty of field-shaping researchers and teachers, expand campus-community partnerships, and combine university strengths more broadly and deeply to address "Grand Challenges"— the most pressing and complex problems facing the state, nation, and world.
I invite you to learn more about the plan and the planning process on this blog—and to share your thoughts and suggestions during a comment period that extends through September 25. President Kaler and I presented the plan to the Board of Regents last week, with the help of some of our issue team co-chairs. The Board's reaction to this draft was very favorable, but your comments can still help inform the final version, which will be presented for Board action in October.
I thank all of you who have filled out surveys, participated in campus forums, or followed the progress of the planning effort online. We all also owe special thanks to the 30 members of the Strategic Planning Workgroup, who worked with great dedication and imagination over many months to envision a dynamic path for our great university. And thanks, too, to the nearly 200 individuals who brought their diverse voices and perspectives to the issue teams.
Your engagement has made this process as inclusive and collaborative as we had hoped and has resulted in a plan that is exciting and full of promise. I look forward to robust conversation as we refine the plan and begin work on implementation.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
This update, in modified format, was emailed by Provost Hanson on Sept. 16 to Twin Cities faculty and staff.