Strategic Planning

For 60 years, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has pushed the boundaries of higher education and continuously pursued opportunities to serve the students, industries and communities of southeast Michigan and beyond.

Despite our unequivocal and manifest success, UM-Dearborn is not immune to the challenges that face all higher-ed institutions as we strive to achieve our mission of being a transformational center of learning for all capable students. Throughout 2019 our strategic planning process will engage all of our stakeholders — faculty, students, alumni, staff, retirees, executive leadership, supporters and our partners in business, industry and the community at large — in an open-minded, open-ended conversation around fundamental reconsideration of our educational model.

Guiding Principles

These principles will steer us as we move through the strategic planning process. 

  1. Recommendations and outcomes should be inspirational, aspirational, attainable, measurable and sustainable.
  2. Analyses and recommendations should be benchmarked, research and data-informed.
  3. The strategic planning process will engage stakeholders across campus and beyond (e.g., alumni, parents, community, donors, corporate sponsors, other campuses), ensuring that diverse voices are represented in developing the plan.
  4. The entire campus will share a commitment to developing, adopting, implementing and ownership of the plan.
  5. Clear, consistent and timely communication will occur throughout the process to increase transparency and awareness of the process providing opportunities for input and participation.

Throughout the process and beyond, as a campus community we should be aware of important reading below regarding our campus environment, our objectives, and the values and principles that should drive all we do at UM-Dearborn. 

Strategic Priorities

Resulting from and guided by the situational analysis, these five areas require our attention over the duration of the strategic plan and are the basis for the working groups.

For each strategic priority the plan will identify major initiatives that would improve our performance and foster an environment of innovation and change. The following suggestions are intended as conversation starters and should not limit creativity and innovation.

The strategic priorities and associated working groups identified thus far are below. 

* Please note the groups' rosters are in the process of being finalized. 

  • Student Experience and Success

    Thought Starters

    • Deliver a premier, transformational educational experience.
    • Explore alternative pedagogy (innovation, flipped classroom, online, MOOCs, peer-instruction, study abroad, J-term, courseload).
    • Examine curriculum structure and delivery (e.g. course credits, length of semester, experiential learning).
    • Evaluate student support systems, access to educational and financial support and resources.
    • Prepare students for a global citizenship: prepare students to who will think globally and become “global citizens”. Understand civics, world cultures and the arts, science and politics.
    • Promote growth mindset.

    Working Group Membership

    Chairs: Mitch Sollenberger, Office of the Provost; Amy Finley, Office of the Provost

    • Rayna Anderson, CECS
    • Hani Bawardi, CASL 
    • Joy Beatty, COB
    • Andy Beverly, Academic Affairs
    • Debi Butler, CECS
    • Sara Byczek, Student Life
    • Shareia Carter, Student Life
    • Chris Casey, Academic Affairs
    • Sarah Davey, CEHHS
    • Mesut Duran, CEHHS
    • Elisa Gonzales, Student
    • Tyler Guenette, Student Life 
    • Sue Guinn, CECS
    • Yi Maggie Guo, COB
    • Pam Heatlie, Office of the Chancellor 
    • Jennifer Irwin, Enrollment Management  
    • Ellen Judge-Gonzales, CASL
    • Matthew Laurinec, Office of the Chancellor
    • Andrea Lewis, Enrollment Management  
    • Sharon Lobdell, Student Life
    • Francisco Lopez, Enrollment Management 
    • Jennifer MacLeod, Career Services
    • Jennifer Makas, CECS
    • Brahim Medjahed, CECS
    • Cole Motley, Information Technology Services 
    • Karina Nava, CASL
    • Lori Ormsby, COB
    • Urana Pridemore, Enrollment Management  
    • Britta Roan, Career Services
    • Cathy Sidor, Student Life
    • Vivek Singh, COB
    • Alfonso Sintjago, Academic Affairs
    • Jesse Stanghini, COB
    • Holly Sorscher, Academic Affairs 
    • Laurie Sutch, Academic Affairs 
    • Lindsey Tarrant, CEHHS
    • Carla Vecchiola, Academic Affairs 
    • Tuere Wheeler, COB
    • Tommy Williams, Business Affairs 
  • Scholar-Teacher

    Thought Starters

    • Commit to consequential scholarship through recruitment, support and development of our faculty and alignment of incentives. Improvement of infrastructure and physical spaces that will support current and future teaching and research needs.
    • Appropriately balance, promote and publicize excellent teaching, discovery, creativity and scholarly achievement.
    • Support investment in research and the necessary infrastructure.
    • Explore promotion and tenure criteria.
    • Promote growth mindset.

    Working Group Membership

    Chairs: Yi Lu Murphey, Office of the Provost; Maureen Linker, Academic Affairs

    • Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine, CASL
    • Nilay Chakraborty, CECS
    • Yubao Chen, CECS
    • John Cristiano, CECS
    • Natalia Czap, CASL
    • Francine Dollins, CASL
    • Sheryl Edwards, CASL
    • Susan Everett, CEHHS
    • Ivy Forsythe-Brown, CASL
    • Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, CASL
    • Yi Maggie Guo, COB 
    • Sally Howell, CASL
    • Elif Izberk-Bilgin, COB
    • Marouane Kessentini, CECS
    • Bruce Maxim, CECS
    • Saulo Ortiz, Student Life 
    • German Reyes, CECS
    • Liz Rohan, CASL
    • Patricia Wren, CEHHS
    • Yunus Zeytuncu, CASL
       
  • Staff Development

    Thought Starters

    • Provide quality, accessible developmental and training opportunities to increase individual and organizational productivity and job satisfaction.
    • Leverage technology where applicable.
    • Examine professional development: earning or maintaining professional credentials such as academic degrees to completing. formal coursework, attending conferences, and informal learning opportunities.
    • Identify tuition support/learning opportunities.
    • Support the organization's succession planning efforts to ensure that we employees are prepared with the skills and knowledge to perform the work of the organization now and in the future.
    • Promote a culture of professional development.

    Working Group Membership

    Chairs: Rima Berry-Hung, Business Affairs; Bryan Earl, Office of the Chancellor

    • Rebekah Awood, CECS
    • Michelle Barnes, Office of the Chancellor
    • Sherry Boyd, CECS
    • Rachel Buzzeo, CASL
    • Maria Cheatham, External Relations 
    • Kris  Crawford, University HR Records (Ann Arbor)
    • Monique Davis, CEHHS
    • Courtney Duffy, CECS
    • Christine Dunning, COB
    • Eva Gogola, Institutional Advancement 
    • Joseph Goraj, COB
    • Amanda Hill, Business Affairs 
    • Mary Jones, CECS
    • Jonathan Larson, CEHHS
    • Molly McCutchan, Business Affairs 
    • Leigh McGrath, CECS
    • Tiffany Purnell, Institutional Advancement 
    • Mai Qazzaz, Career Services 
    • Lisa Remsing, CECS
    • Scott Riggs, Academic Affairs
    • Erica  Ross, Enrollment Management 
    • Belinda Soliz, CASL
    • Matt  Speck, Information Technology Services
    • Deborah Stark-Knight, COB
    • Erin Vestrand, Institutional Advancement 
       
  • Public Prominence, Awareness, Partnerships and Community Engagement

    Thought Starters

    • Bolster reputation and increase awareness of UM-Dearborn and its strategic differentiators. 
    • Develop an ongoing, targeted communication and outreach strategy that promotes our offerings and achievements (faculty, staff, alumni and donors). 
    • Identify ways to mitigate our shortcomings/areas that negatively affect our reputation.
    • Engage local and global partners and the community.
    • Explore the role of faculty as public intellectuals and thought leaders. 

    Working Group Membership

    Chairs: Beth Marmarelli, External Relations; Jessica Camp, CEHHS; Tony England, CECS

    • Ann Marie Aliotta, Institutional Advancement 
    • Bailey Ayers-Korpal, External Relations 
    • Matt Beaudry, Office of the Chancellor 
    • Miles Booker, Business Affairs 
    • Perry Boyd, Student Life 
    • Marc Brigolin, Business Affairs
    • Charu Chandra, COB
    • Kelly Cronin, Institutional Advancement 
    • Danielle DeFauw, CEHHS
    • Cheryl Donohoe, Institutional Advancement 
    • Sarah Dorchak, Institutional Advancement 
    • Paul Draus, CASL
    • Cristina Frendo, Institutional Advancement 
    • Laura Garling, External Relations 
    • Jeanne Girard, CECS
    • Tracy Hall, Office of the Chancellor 
    • Michael Kamen, COB
    • Sridhar Lakshmanan, CECS
    • Michael Latvis, External Relations 
    • Kevin Lewtschanyn, Enrollment Management  
    • Francisco Lopez, Enrollment Management 
    • Molly Manley, Office of the Chancellor 
    • Patti Martin, CASL
    • Blythe Murphy, Institutional Advancement 
    • Kari Porembiak, COB
    • Carmel Price, CASL
    • Celia Robinson, Business Affairs 
    • Julie Roddy, CASL
    • Natalie Sampson, CEHHS
    • Crystal Scott, COB
    • LaShorage Shaffer, CEHHS
    • Rob Simpson, Information Technology Services
    • David Susko, CASL
    • Dale Thomson, CASL
    • Line Van Nieuwstadt, CECS
    • Robin Wagner, Business Affairs 
    • Jamie Wraight, CASL
    • Adam Zehel, COB
       
  • Resources, Structures, Efficiency and Management

    Thought Starters

    • Balanced scorecard, zero based budgeting, revisiting budget model.
    • Maximize efficiencies.
    • Explore alternative uses of the campus. 
    • Incorporate the principles of positive leadership.
    • New and modified academic organization.
    • Alternative academic calendars.
    • Innovative learning modalities.

    Working Group Membership

    Chairs: Raju Balakrishnan, COB; Carol Glick, Business Affairs; Ilir Miteza, Office of the Provost

    • Rima Berry-Hung, Business Affairs
    • Stein Brunvand, CEHHS
    • John Cristiano, CECS
    • Tim Davis, COB
    • Paul Fossum, CEHHS
    • Noel Hornbacher, Business Affairs 
    • Eric Kirk, CECS
    • Ghassan Kridli, CECS
    • Joe Lubomirski, Information Technology Services 
    • Joe Lunn, CASL
    • Emily Luxon, CASL 
    • Deb Peffer, Enrollment Management
    • Chris Samfilippo, COB
    • Karen Strandholm, COB
    • Tim Taylor, Enrollment Management  
    • Marie Waung, CASL
    • Armen Zakarian, CECS

Timeline

This timeline is current as of 7/18/2019 and will be adjusted to meet our needs.

  • Quarter 1 (January - March)
    • Official launch of the strategic planning process (shared visioning paper in December)
    • UM-Dearborn Conversations
    • Initial Situational Analysis Working Groups Meet
    • Thought Leader Sessions
    • Additional Working Group leadership assembled
  • Quarter 2 (April – June)
    • Inauguration
    • Thought Leader Sessions
    • Environmental scan and Vision 2020 review groups findings due to senior leadership
    • Working Group leaders announced
    • Orientation for working group leaders
    • Develop charge for working groups
    • Finalize working group membership
    • Campus updates shared
  • Quarter 3 (July – September)
    • Working group teams announced
    • Working groups begin meeting and continue to meet throughout summer and into fall
    • Working groups engage external audiences as necessary (alumni, retirees, community partners)
    • Working groups provide status update to leadership
    • Thought leaders sessions
    • Campus updates shared
  • Quarter 4 (October – December)
    • Working groups continue to meet (as necessary)
    • Campus forums and updates shared
    • Leadership to consider findings and recommendations and inform campus of decisions
    • Modify planning document (as needed)

     

    • Share components of the strategic plan with campus (as developed)
    • Celebrate!

Our words

These clouds visualize the frequency of words in the documents and feedback of the strategic planning process. 

Share your thoughts

Your thoughts about the paper and upcoming strategic planning process are welcomed! Your feedback will be used to help guide the work of the campus community over the next 12 months. Campus feedback will be continuously solicited and incorporated into working sessions and campus decisions.

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