Friday, March 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., happenings

Join us to discuss results of the survey to choose action items for our upcoming strategic plan. Your voice will help set the course for the College's future!



The College of Arts and Sciences' strategic planning process will both inform and build on the University's Strategic Planning efforts. Our early efforts in 2017 provided feedback and helped form UM-Flint's strategic planning priorities:

  • A Distinctive Identity that Builds Campus Pride
  • Excellent Education and Scholarship Across the Institution
  • A Student-Centered Culture Focused on Retention and Success
  • Recruitment through High-Quality Programs and Campus Life
  • A Vital Partnership with an Engaged Community 

Early CAS efforts included:

  • CAS Department Chairs, Associate Chairs, and Program Directors held initial discussions and provided framework for a College-wide survey;
  • distribution of the survey to all CAS faculty and staff, with results shared College-wide;
  • two open forums for all CAS faculty and staff to discuss survey results and provide feedback;
  • CAS leadership retreat (Council of Chairs and Executive Committee) to discuss alignment to University priorities and further deliberate CAS priorities.

Our work through the 2017-18 academic year will build on the College's established strategic planning foundation and the UM-Flint priorities as we clarify and further define our own areas of growth and focus. We hope you'll join us and share your voice throughout the CAS strategic planning process.

You may use our online form to submit questions, suggestions, or concerns about the CAS Strategic Planning process at any time.



Below please find the timeline of the CAS Strategic Planning process, beginning in the Winter 2017 semester. Updates to this page will be ongoing.

  • February 10: CAS Leadership (Department Chairs, Associate Chairs, Program Directors) meets to form questions for CAS survey
  • February 13-17: Survey open to all faculty and staff in CAS
MARCH 2017
  • March 7 & 8: open forums for CAS faculty and staff
MAY 2017
  • May 25: CAS Leadership Retreat
  • September 8: College-wide Strategic Planning Retreat
  • September 21: CAS Strategic Planning Committee Members announced
  • Steering Committee visits to CAS academic departments
  • Steering Committee visits to CAS standing committees
  • Alumni survey launched
  • Provost Knerr visit to Council of Chairs
  • October 12: CAS Steering Committee visit to CAS staff meeting
  • October 26 & 30: CAS Steering Committee / CAS students open forums
  • November 1: Steering Committee meeting to review all materials gathered during October meetings, forums, and survey
  • November 15: Steering Committee meeting to review emerging priorities as informed by October materials
  • November 29: Steering Committee meeting to finalize language for draft of CAS Strategic Priorities
  • November 30: CAS Strategic Planning Committee members vote to endorse draft of priorities
  • December 4: CAS Strategic Priorities draft emailed to all CAS faculty and staff for review
  • January 3: Strategic Planning Committee meeting to review CAS Governing Faculty suggestions to priorities
  • January 10: Revised priorities presented to and endorsed by CAS Governing Faculty
  • January 11: Email sent to CAS with request for action items
  • January 22: Email sent to CAS with reminder for action items
  • January 25: Email sent to CAS with reminder for action items
February 2018
  • February 8: Email sent to CAS with all action items received so far and extension for action items to be submitted
  • February 13: Final deadline for action items to be submitted
march 2018


2017 Summer Strategic Planning Committee:
  • Jennifer Alvey
  • Roy Barnes
  • Mike Farmer
  • Rajib Ganguly 
  • Shelby Newport
  • Chris Pearson

2017-18 Strategic Planning Committee

This committee was formed from nominations received, with input from the Summer Strategic Planning Committee and the Council of Chairs, and is consistent with the structure we announced in the charge.  

Tenure track/Tenured faculty

  • Rajib Ganguly (STEM) – co-chair
  • Marcus Paroske (Social Sciences) – co-chair
  • Dauda Abubakar (Social Sciences)
  • James Alsup (STEM)
  • Mihai Burzo (STEM)
  • Jacob Lederman (Social Sciences)
  • Seung-Jin Lee (STEM)
  • James Schirmer (Arts/Humanities)
  • Jeannette Stein (Social Sciences)

Lecturer III/IV’s

  • Jing Fu (Arts/Humanities)
  • Amanda Taylor (Social Sciences)


  • Jessica Gutierrez (Arts/Humanities)
  • Amy Hartwig (CAS)
  • Gale Glover (Social Sciences / Arts/Humanities)

Transition Team
(from Summer to Academic Year Committee – FALL only)

  • Mike Farmer (STEM)
  • Shelby Newport (Arts/Humanities)


  • Susan Gano-Phillips (ex officio)

The charge of the committee is as follows:

The CAS Strategic Planning Committee is advisory to the Dean.  The Committee is charged with coordinating the College’s strategic planning process, building upon work that has been done earlier in 2017. To make our planning process as inclusive and transparent as possible, the committee will connect, convene, and communicate with diverse constituencies and individuals to solicit and compile information that will be synthesized to generate 5-7 mid-level strategic priorities for the College.  Subsequently, “actionable” items will be generated, giving attention to defining a locus of responsibility, determining metrics for assessment, and identifying funding sources to pay for any new initiatives.  The Committee will also facilitate conversations regarding mission, vision, and value statements for the College.

The committee will be a relatively small and agile body, but one that is highly engaged, visible and accessible, and both representative of and sensitive to the breadth of the College.  The committee will be expected to review environmental scans or other relevant written reports as well as consider the use of focus groups, open forums, discussions at regularly scheduled department and college-wide meetings, and online feedback mechanisms to ensure broad and diverse input into the planning process.

Mid-level strategic priorities should be presented to and debated within the College in December 2017, while more detailed actionable items and mission, vision, and value statements should be presented to faculty no later than April 2018.