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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 an 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 is driven by a Strategic Planning Workgroup, a 30-member faculty-staff-student group formed from open nominations and led by Provost Karen Hanson. Five 20–30-member “issue teams” will focus in detail on goals outlined by the workgroup to "map issues" and suggest action steps.


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

Following approval by the Board of Regents, the plan will be launched during 2014–15. The 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.