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The following documents were suggested to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee as a reading list over Summer 2015 in preparation for our strategic planning process.

1. Past UWT Plans
2. Internal Snapshot
3. Diversity
4. The State of the American University
5. Sample Strategic Plans and External Context
6. Strategic Planning 101

 

Reading List #1: Past UWT Plans

MUST READ: If you read nothing else, read these!

Purpose of these readings: Shared awareness of the formal expressions of UW Tacoma’s preferred future as generated in the recent past.

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

Questions

UWT 2007-2017 Strategic Plan

2007

14

The most recent strategic plan for UWT. It “evolved through an inclusive process that began in the spring of 2006.”

1.         What elements of these plans and reports caught your attention?

2.         What progress have we made in line with what was envisioned?

3.         What aspects of these reports left you skeptical or frustrated?

4.         What ideas are worthy of carrying forward into the new strategic plan?

5.         What’s missing from these plans?

 

UW Tacoma Advisory Board Summit

·   Executive Summary (ES)

·   Appendix A

·   Appendix D

2012

ES 3

A 11

D 13

Eighty-eight representatives of six UWT Advisory Boards and a dozen senior faculty and administrators envisioned “an ideal description of UW Tacoma in 2020: an innovation, transformational economic engine for the South Sound.”

UW Tacoma Advisory Board Summit Progress Reports

2013

6

2014

10

Two annual reports outlining accomplishments since the Summit.

 

Reading List #2: Internal Snapshot

SUGGESTED READING: Please scan the following; read more fully what catches your eye.

Purpose of these readings: Familiarize or remind Steering Committee members of representations, surveys, and studies that characterize and help influence UW Tacoma today.

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

Questions

Mission/Vision/Values

AND

2014-15 Facts

2015

2

Current description of UWT on our public website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.     How do these documents compare with your own experience of UWT?

2.     What has changed since these documents were created?

3.     What aspects of our mission, vision, and values are we implementing well?

4.     What challenges remain in realizing our vision for UWT?

UWT Statement of Student Experience

Focus on Student Learning Objectives

2015

1

“The UWT learning experience focuses on interdisciplinary, interactive, and collaborative engagement among all members of the learning community.”

UW Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Year Seven Self Study

pgs 33-47

2013

14

UW’s most recent accreditation study. Note that UWT (as a whole) is accredited through the UW system. Focus on material most relevant to UWT.

AACRAO Retention Report

This report is a PowerPoint

2014

64 slides

An, “Honest assessment of where we are with practical steps to turn the corner to get where we need to be,” with particular attention on lower division.

Winter Assessment of Student Experience

Executive Summary

2015

3

The annual opportunity afforded students to “provide the university feedback on their experiences mid-way in the academic year.”

COACHE Survey

Results at a Glance

pgs 14-15

2012/13

2

Climate survey of faculty

 

Reading List #3: Diversity

SUGGESTED READING: Please scan the following; read more fully what catches your eye.

Purpose of these Readings: Diversity is one of the core values of both UW and UW Tacoma. These materials describe more fully how both envision creating a welcoming climate in which all are supported to succeed.

 

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

Questions

UW Race & Equity Initiative

About 10 minutes starting at minute 27:54

2015

Video

Video of Interim UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s remarks to students on equity, racism and difference delivered in April 2015 and marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma. The recommended segment begins with Dr. Cauce quoting Nick Hanauer, a UW philosophy graduate and venture capitalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can we use some of the ideas and challenges in these documents to make a tangible difference in issues of diversity and equity at UWT? In our community?

 

 

UW Diversity Blueprint

Pgs 15 & 16

2010

2

“The UW Diversity Blueprint has six goals encompassing major areas of emphasis for diversity: leadership and governance; student, faculty and staff diversity; curriculum and research; and institutional and classroom climate.”

UW Tacoma Diversity Task Force 2011-12 Report to the Chancellor

Pgs 87 – 89

2012

3

The Diversity Task Force examined and made recommendations in five focus areas:

·         Student recruitment and enrollment

·         Supplemental education programming

·         Culturally relevant curricula

·         Service learning

·         Faculty composition and retention of minority faculty

Making a Real Difference with Diversity

Pgs 61-70

2007

9

“This chapter offers a step-by-step guide to developing and implementing comprehensive diversity work, using an organizational…An organizational learning approach increases the likelihood that a campus will achieve and sustain institution-wide goals for diversity.” Co-authored by UWT’s Sharon Parker

 

Reading List #4: The State of the American University

SUGGESTED READING: Please scan the following; read more fully what catches your eye.

Purpose of these Readings: Higher education today is challenged to explain its value and control its costs. These readings examine these subjects with an eye towards the future.

 

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

Questions

AACU Strategic Plan: Big Questions, Urgent Challenges 2013 to 2017

Pgs 6 - 10

2012

5

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is a national organization focused on liberal education and inclusive excellence. Their strategic plan describes the big challenges and possible solutions for 21st century higher education.

How does UW Tacoma meet some of the challenges and opportunities described in these documents?

 

How could we meet them better in the future?

What aspects are most relevant to the future of UW Tacoma?

Coalition of Urban Serving Universities: The Foundational Role of University Anchor Institutions in Urban Development

Pgs 22-23

2014

2

Coauthored by Debra Friedman, this study examines the role of urban serving universities in the economic life of their communities. “This growing body of evidence can also provide some insights to understand, and possibly guide, the ever-evolving university-community relationships.”

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Survey Annual Results

Pgs 8 - 16

2014

9

“The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning.”

AAC&U LEAP Challenge

2015

9

The Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Challenge outlines the tools recommended by AAC&U for “Education for a World of Unscripted Problems”.

Washington Student Achievement Counsel Strategic Action Plan

 

Pgs 3-5

2014

2

This cabinet-level state agency is tasked with providing “strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.” This document includes their specific policy recommendations to reach state higher ed goals.

Research Reenvisioned for the 21st Century: U Mass Boston Assessment

Pgs 14-20

2006

7

This Strategic Opportunity Assessment for U Mass Boston, another Urban Serving University with a well-developed research program, is a fact-based and detailed look at the University’s research activities [and] an attempt to both define and assess the research initiatives and inform future ones.

 

Reading List #5: Sample Strategic Plans and External Context

SUGGESTED READING: Please scan the following; read more fully what catches your eye.

Purpose of these Readings: We are hoping that members of the committee will read a diversity of strategic plans and bring some of the most interesting or innovative ideas to our first meeting. We also have a few short readings to frame the external context in our region.

SAMPLE STRATEGIC PLANS--CHOOSE ONE

Choose any similar or aspirational institution (higher ed or otherwise) and look through their strategic plan.  If you don't know where to get started, you can look at the list of Urban Serving Universities, or select from one of the plans below.

●      Montana State University Billings (2013-18)

●      Portland State University (2011-2014) (Soon to be updated)

●      UW Graduate School Strategic Plan (2015-2020) (Available on Catalyst)

●      City of Tacoma (2015-2025)

●      Tacoma Public Schools Strategic Plan (2011-2015) [The summary webpage]

●      Who do YOU see as our aspirational institutions? Pick one and read their strategic plan.

EXTERNAL FACTORS

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

Market Analysis: Labor Market Growth

Pgs 3-4

2014

2

A report generated by Hanover Research for UWT to describe current trends in labor market growth.

Popular and High-Growth Degree Fields

Pgs 3-4

2014

2

A report generated by Hanover Research for UWT to describe current trends in degree fields.

Washington STEM: The Challenge

Webpage

2015

1

A short infographic describing the need for more STEM graduates in Washington.

 

Reading List #6: Strategic Planning 101

SUGGESTED READING: Please scan the following; read more fully what catches your eye.

Purpose of these Readings: “Strategic planning” means a lot of different things to different people. This short reading from our accreditation commision, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.Their guidelines for strategic planning will be useful for us to keep in mind as we do our work.

Reading Link

Year

Pages

Description

NWCCU Standards for Accreditation

“Standard 3”,

pg 13

2010

1

A brief outline of expectations for strategic planning from our accreditation body.