Additional 2020 Updates

February 2020, Follow Up to Chancellor’s Retreat

January 2020

Please see below for the Strategic Direction actions plans discussed at the Chancellor’s January 2020 retreat.

Summer 2019

Based on feedback gained from the June 2018 and March 2019 retreats, and UWM’s mission, vision and guiding values, please see here for UWM’s strategic directions.

March 2019

Chancellor Mone hosted a midyear retreat with 100+ individuals from across campus to discuss UW-Milwaukee’s future. Participants included governance leads, deans, Chancellor’s Cabinet and Expanded Cabinet members, and additional invitees selected by deans, division heads and governance representatives. See here for a summary of future action items, many of which are underway.

June 2018

The Chancellor held a retreat with deans, division heads, cabinet members and governance representatives to discuss change in higher education generally and what it means for UWM. See here for a summary of future action items.

July 2017

April 2017

February 2017

The campus hosted an open forum in which the Chancellor, governance chairs and other leaders from the Chancellor’s Strategic Opportunities Work Group discussed their work and answered questions,


January 2017

A draft summary document of the Chancellor’s Strategic Opportunities Work Group was made available, with feedback collected over the month following.

January 2017

The process was re-named “Strategic Opportunities” and the work group involved became known as the Chancellor’s Strategic Opportunities Work Group.

December 2016 – Introductory Communication

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.

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Chancellor Mark Mone