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In October 2014, the Board of Regents adopted a strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus as a focused framework for reinvigorating the University's core academic mission.

The plan was developed during a yearlong planning process, convened in fall 2013 by President Eric Kaler, to develop a 10-year strategic vision and goals for the Twin Cities campus, aligned with Board of Regents planning. The president called for a bold, aspirational, and achievable plan that would 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 was 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.

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.