During the 2010-2011 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 – guided the realization of these goals and priorities. The committee also engaged the campus in this work via campus-wide forums that addressed challenges, celebrated successes, and served as a vehicle for feedback and collaboration.
At the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Steering Committee assessed the progress and made refinements that culminated in the Vision 2020 Goals for AY 14-15.
The winter forum of the 2014-2015 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. The Steering Committee then established biannual forums as an ongoing practice. The Forums page provides details from each forum.