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In fall 2013, President Eric Kaler initiated a planning process to articulate a strategic vision and goals for the Twin Cities campus, aligned with Board of Regents planning. He called for an inclusive campuswide process that would outline a bold, aspirational, and achievable plan to build on the exceptional strengths and opportunities we have as a campus and set a general direction for key strategic priorities and decisions over the next decade.

The collaborative effort has been driven by a Strategic Planning Workgroup, a 30-member faculty-staff-student group formed from open nominations and led by Provost Karen Hanson. Over the course of a year, five 20–30-member “issue teams” focused in detail on goals outlined by the workgroup to "map issues" and suggested action steps.


A draft of the completed plan was completed during summer 2014 for campuswide feedback. Campus listening sessions took place July 8 and August 12; a completed draft was shared at a Campus Conversation on September 3 and with the Board of Regents on September 12. An open comment period in September helped to fine-tune the plan before it was presented to the Regents for final approval October 10.

Following approval by the Board of Regents, implementation of the plan is moving forward. The ten-year plan will focus particularly on the core academic mission of research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement. It is intended to be a dynamic framework that will engage the entire campus and be subject to reexamination as needed.