Dear UM-Flint Faculty, Staff, and Students,
I am delighted to present to you, on behalf of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, our proposed high-level strategic priorities to guide the University of Michigan-Flint for the next five years. The five high-level priorities are listed below; to view them online including an expanded version with more detail and rationale for each priority, please go to https://www.umflint.edu/strategicplanning2017. You will need to login with your LAN password to view the strategic priorities. You will also find a set of reports and background materials that we used to inform our deliberations, which will also require login to view.
We have strived to make these a faithful representation of what you expressed in your many interactions with our committee. We spent significant time considering the output of the environmental scan, survey, open forums, school and college priorities, vision statements from campus units, feedback shared in outreach meetings, and email and suggestions sent directly to the committee.
We invite you to consider these proposed priorities and let us know if you have additional feedback before we bring them for formal consideration by the governing faculty. In order to leave enough time to consider your feedback, we must hear from you by 5 pm Friday, April 14. Please submit your thoughts by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed UM-Flint High-Level Strategic Priorities
Note: These priorities are NOT listed in order of importance; we consider all five to be equally important.
Priority #1: A Distinctive Identity that Builds Campus Pride
The University of Michigan-Flint will develop and promote a distinctive identity that unites and inspires faculty, staff, students, and alumni—energizing a proud UM-Flint campus community that is inclusive and supports everyone in doing their best work.
Priority #2: Recruitment through Strong Programs and Campus Life
The University of Michigan-Flint will become a destination of choice for students, staff, and faculty by offering a vibrant campus life and strong, flexibly-delivered programs that respond to student, employer, and community needs—preparing students to make an impact and achieve their educational, career, and life goals.
Priority #3: A Student-Centered Culture Focused on Student Retention and Success
The University of Michigan-Flint will foster a student-centered culture that is committed, first and foremost, to the success and achievement of students—understanding students’ individual needs and goals, ensuring that they are prepared to succeed academically, and collaborating across departments to support and retain them throughout their college experience and through graduation.
Priority #4: Outstanding Education and Scholarship at Every Level
The University of Michigan-Flint will embody U-M academic excellence by delivering the highest quality of teaching, facilitating direct student access to faculty, and increasing support for original research, scholarship, and creative endeavors that advance knowledge and improve the quality of life.
Priority #5: A Vital Partner to a Thriving, Resilient Community
The University of Michigan-Flint will contribute to the vitality and economic growth of the City of Flint and the region by attracting and developing talent, partnering to address community needs, undertaking research of direct benefit to the community, and empowering students to learn while making a difference.
We are very excited about these high level priorities and we hope you are equally enthusiastic!
Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, PhD
School of Nursing