University of Washington launches strategic planning process – The Source

In an effort to be bold, transformative, and collaborative, Washington University in St. Louis has officially launched its strategic planning process to develop a roadmap that will guide the future of the university over the next decade. . “WashU Strategic Planning: Defining Our Vision for the Future of Washington University” will be an 18-month endeavor, heavily informed by feedback from university members and St. Louis communities.

“This is an exciting time for the University of Washington, brimming with potential for what will undoubtedly be a remarkable future,” said Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. “After a difficult year in which we have clearly demonstrated that we are capable of doing whatever we want, we are ready to turn our attention not only to maintaining, but also to building our momentum as we work. to advance our mission in education, research and patient care. I am extremely pleased that the strategic planning process is underway and I look forward to completing the plan and then putting it into action.

Led by Provost Beverly Wendland, the strategic planning process will incorporate input from students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and members of the Greater St. Louis community. It will be informed by five guiding principles:

● Inclusion, diversity, equity and access

● Global perspective

● Stewardship

● Impact on the community

● Academic distinction

“These guiding principles are central to our process and will be central to our plan,” Wendland said. “The work we do will reflect these principles and our plan will advance our ability to live them.

Through the lens of these five guiding principles, planning will be organized around nine themes:

● Well-being on campus

● Digital transformation

● Environment, climate change and sustainability

● Higher and professional education

● Personal and professional growth

● Public health

● Research company

● St. Louis Initiative

● Undergraduate studies

“We intentionally focus our efforts on specific topics that permeate every aspect of our life here at the University of Washington,” Wendland said. “These areas represent not only our highest priorities, but also where we believe there is the most potential to grow and become even more distinctive as a research and higher education institution. This is not an exclusive list — we will of course also consider other issues important to our community throughout the planning process. But by identifying specific topics to dive deeper into, we have the ability to engage with those topics in a more meaningful way and create a plan with solid, tangible goals for success in strategically targeted areas of excellence.

The planning process will be led by a steering committee chaired by Wendland and comprised of 16 faculty members from across the university, with Martin as an ex-officio member. The steering committee is responsible for guiding the overall vision and strategy of the plan and defining the underlying values ​​of the process. The Coordinating Committee, which reports to the Steering Committee, oversees the progress of the working groups responsible for producing reports on the nine themes. Both of these groups include faculty, staff, and students from many departments and perspectives, representing the wide variety of contributions that individuals make to the University community.

“While our work is organized around nine topics, our project is ultimately grounded in the five guiding principles,” Wendland said. “We chose not to have any of these principles as our own topic for a working group because they are so central to what we do at WashU that they simply cannot be confined to a single report. Instead, the five guiding principles should permeate each of the working group reports. None of these reports can reach their full potential without, for example, inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) at their heart. Not one. IDEA and the other four guiding principles must be integrated into our work. »

“This planning process will be an opportunity for our university community to reflect, engage and reflect together on our future,” said Deanna Barch, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry Gregory B Sleep at School. of Medicine, Steering Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Research Enterprise Task Force. “We look forward to engaging with members of our community to hear their ideas and concerns about the opportunities and challenges the next decade will present for the university. It is an exciting time for all of us as we chart our course towards the university’s next chapter of excellence as an institution of outstanding higher education and research.

Starting this month, working groups will begin the process of collecting feedback and background information for reporting on each theme. These reports will serve as the basis for the development of the strategic plan. The full plan has an expected completion date of May 2022, when the board is expected to adopt the plan. Visit here for a more detailed timeline.

Throughout the planning process, members of the University of Washington community will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback to inform the work of the committees.

“It’s not a top-down exercise, but a truly collaborative process,” Wendland said. “For the university to reach new heights in the next decade, our plan must represent the vision and priorities of the people who live our mission through their teaching and learning, their research, and their service to patients and society. If we are to succeed, it is essential that we hear the voices of those who will ultimately bring our vision to life. We look forward to hearing from our faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni, as well as members of the St. Louis community, as we chart our course for the future.

Community members are invited to share their views throughout the process. An online feedback form is available, and everyone is also encouraged to provide comments and comments to inform the work of the committees. Over the next few months, there will be opportunities to engage with planning committee members, and details of these events will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

“This is our plan – each of us has something to contribute,” Wendland said. “I hope to see a lot of participation from within our community, and the entire planning group looks forward to hearing from a wide range of perspectives in the months ahead.”

Further information is available on the Strategic Planning website, where news and updates will be shared throughout the planning process.

Louisa R. Loomis