Plan for Pitt 2025 moves to the next stage of the planning process

Pitt students may be planning their midterms, spring break, even graduation for some. Meanwhile, the University has bigger projects underway.

the Plan for Pitt 2025, the University’s next five-year strategic plan, is currently being developed and seeking public input on specific issues. The plan’s 18-person steering committee said it will present a finalized plan at the September board meeting for approval.

The strategic planning workshops, one of the first phases of the planning process, ended in January. The workshop organizers sought to gather information on the actions and results that members of the Pitt community hope to see in the Plan for Pitt 2025.

Melissa Schild, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Performance, said she was very pleased with how the workshops went.

“We’ve had a good turnout for the workshops, with over 300 people attending so far,” Schild said. “I was thrilled with the enthusiasm and active engagement of everyone who attended a workshop session.”

The next step in the process is to form goal committees based on each of the six existing Pitt Plan goals – aAdvance excellence in education, engage in impact research, strengthen communities, promote diversity and inclusion, embrace the world, and build core strength.

Nathan Urban, Co-Chair of the Plan for Pitt 2025 Steering Committee and vice-president of graduate studies and strategic initiatives, said the goal committees will take specific notes from the workshops and turn them into concrete goals and more global actions.

“The Goals Committees will draft a set of recommendations for outcomes to target and initiatives that can support those outcomes, Urban said.

Although a limited amount of information has been collected so far and goal committees have yet to be formed, Urban said some common themes have already emerged from discussions at the workshops.

“There was also a lot of discussion about how best to foster the long-term success of our students – undergraduate and graduate – and connect them to each other and to the University in the long term,” Urban said. “Making the campus more diverse and inclusive also consistently comes up in people’s thinking about areas that are important to our future success.”

Schild added that the plan’s steering committee will meet multiple focus groups in mid-February to discuss specific issues including health/wellness, data/analysis, collaboration/partnerships and sustainability.

“[These] will allow us to explore these topics in more detail,” said Schild.

Viviane Curran, co-chair of the plan’s steering committee and eminent professor of law, said the new plan for Pitt is a great way for people to help make their mark on Pitt and beyond.

It is an exciting opportunity to be part of the development of the University,” said Curran, “as it is committed to preserving and strengthening a tradition of excellence and contributing to its environment.”

Schild said she encourages as many members of the Pitt community as possible to share their ideas to directly help shape the plan.

“Strong participation from everyone at Pitt will result in a plan that we can all use as a foundation moving forward,” Schild said. “It will position Pitt to make an even bigger impact.”

Louisa R. Loomis