Strategic Planning: Vision 2020

Reflect. Reimagine. Recreate.

UPDATE: October 2017

As we look forward to 2020 and beyond, we want to close the loop over the next two years by ensuring that our strategic priorities framework reflects not only the good work we have done, but also current efforts underway as well as initiatives that will shape our future.

To that end, the steering committee has worked to realign the Vision 2020 priorities more closely with the pillars of the metropolitan vision, developing a more cohesive, strategic framework of priorities, initiatives and measurable actions. We incorporated feedback shared with us and worked with teams across campus to further update the initiatives, actions and timing in the document below.

Vision 2020 Strategic Priorities Framework - October 2017

Fall Forums - October / November 2017

Fall 2017 Forums - Overview

Breakout Session Summaries  
Priority 1: Advancing Research & Scholarship Priority 1
Priority 2: Promoting Student-Centered Academic Innovation Priority 2
Priority 6: Improving Retention, Graduation and Employment Placement Rates Priority 6 
Priority 9: Building a Community of Diversity, Inclusion and Global Citizenship (part 1) Priority 9
Priority 9: Building a Community of Diversity, Inclusion and Global Citizenship (part 2) Priority 9
Priority 10: Focusing Expertise and Resources on the Metropolitan Region  Priority 10

Where We Started

During the 2010-11 academic year, faculty and staff from across campus began to discuss the future of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In particular, the discussion focused on the question: What will the University of Michigan - Dearborn look like in the year 2020?  The perspectives, insights, and experiences of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners informed a set of campus-wide strategic goals and priorities that constituted the framework of what we call Vision 2020.

Cross campus teams advanced those strategic goals and priorities from 2011-2014. Their accomplishments included the launch of the College of Education, Health and Human Services; implementation of an accelerated plan for technology and the institutional website; development of an outcomes-based general education curriculum; fourteen new academic programs; and increased resources dedicated to teaching, learning, community engagement and research.

The Vision 2020 Steering Committee – with membership from faculty, students, and staff – guides the realization of these goals and priorities. The committee also engages the campus in this work via campus-wide forums that address challenges, celebrate successes and serve as a vehicles for feedback and collaboration.

At the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Steering Committee assess the progress and made refinements that culminated in the Vision 2020 Goals for AY 14-15.

Where We Are

The winter forum of the 2014-15 academic year included breakout sessions that provided opportunities for open dialogue and feedback.  Along with our campus data and researched best practices, that valuable cross-campus feedback informed many goals and helped create success.  Looking forward the Steering Committee and our Vision 2020 teams set new milestones: Vision 2020 Goals for AY 15-16.  Current progress toward those goals is explained in the AY 15-16 Workplans.  

Forums & Resources

The Vision 2020 forums are an interaction between the Vision 2020 Steering Committee and faculty and staff.  Forums serve to both share Strategic Planning updates and emerging campus improvement initiatives with the campus community, and to engage the community in shared dialogue.  The feedback and input provided by the faculty and staff contribute to the planning and direction of campus efforts.

Winter 2017 Forums

The most current forums were held February 21st and March 6th. The full Winter 2017 presentation is linked below.

Winter 2016 Forums

The Winter 2016 Forums were held February 22nd and February 26th. The materials shared at the forum, as well as the full Winter 2016 presentation, are linked below.

Winter 2015 Forums

The February and March Vision 2020 Forums resulted in impressive engagement!   You set the agenda and you drove the conversations.  All three forums were well attended, breakout sessions hosted plenty of discussion, and facilitators brought back great notes on critical input.  

Below are links to the summaries from the breakout sessions followed by the feedback received about the forums.