Strategic Planning Background

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Shortly after UW Tacoma celebrated its 25th year in July 2015, Chancellor Pagano launched a strategic planning process for the campus. He enlisted leaders to define a shared vision and clear direction for UW Tacoma. He appointed Dr. Bonnie Becker, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Academic Initiatives, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and Richard Wilkinson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness & Development, to serve as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. They chose consultant Kathleen Deakins, President of JayRay, as their partner. Their charge: Lead an open, inclusive and transparent process that clarifies the vision for the campus’ next 25 years and charts the initial course toward achieving that vision.

They took the charge to heart. They committed to co-creating the plan with broad participation. It started with the formation of the 30-person Strategic Planning Steering Committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. They reached out to the campus’ many stakeholders in over 100 meetings and untold individual conversations—on and off campus—and through a half dozen different surveys, through what they termed an iterative process which took just over 10 months.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee


  • Review the documents that were suggested to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee as a reading list over Summer 2015 in preparation for the process.



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