NOTE: As of January 6, 2017, this process has been re-named “Strategic Opportunities” and thus the work group will hereafter be known as the Chancellor’s Strategic Opportunities Work Group.
UWM has been reacting to budget challenges for some time due to cuts, the four-year tuition freeze, declining enrollments, and other factors. It is time to switch gears. The Chancellor’s Strategic Visioning Work Group will examine what UWM will be known for in the future and identify areas of excellence and growth.
The call for this focused direction has come directly from the Board of Regents, UW System, governance groups and many of our faculty, staff, students and community members. Such a direction is intended to enable greater campus, community, and legislative support, resulting in a stronger resource base and greater financial sustainability.
I will lead the work group to develop a clear, crisp strategy to advance and protect our strategic drivers: student success, research excellence, community engagement, culture and climate, and our brand, visibility and image.
We will build upon the excellent work done in the UW-Milwaukee Strategic Plan 2020 process from 2012-14, which was comprehensive and inclusive. However, much has changed since that planning was done – funding, enrollment, and shifts in higher education – and we need to adapt to be successful. It is time to look forward and, in doing so, re-evaluate how we achieve our mission, structure and overall direction.
Chancellor Mark Mone