by Taylor Bryant
Faculty and staff of the University of West Georgia unanimously approved the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan on Thursday, April 24, at a university town hall meeting held in the campus center ballroom. The plan includes ‘core values’ that every faculty, staff and student will seek to incorporate into their daily work, dialogue and engagement at the university. To download a full version of the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan, visit this website.
“During the past 10 months, the university has engaged in significant work to better understand the global, national, state and regional conditions that have an impact on our work and our future,” says UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero. “ The outcome of this work is a new, updated mission, vision, values and strategic plan, 2014-2020. Through an inclusive internal and external dialogue the process of development and endorsement of the plan has served to focus and unify our strategic imperatives - student success, academic success, partnership success and operational success - the goals and objectives of each imperative will be monitored by key performance indicators (KPIs) that will identify our goals and stretch goals, objectively using data to evaluate success.”
The strategic plan is a result of the planning team assembling to update the university’s strategic plan and extend the goals and objectives into the next six years. Each strategic imperative includes multiple goals and objectives to further detail and clarify the importance of the imperative.
Members of the team included Dr. Bill Estes, Carole Goodson, Charla Campbell, Chris Huff, Dr. Cathi Jenks, Dr. Diane Hoff, Dr. Don Rice, Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dr. Hannes Gerhardt, Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. N. Jane McCandless, Kathy Kral, Dr. Kyle Marrero, Dr. Melanie Clay, Dr. Mike Hester, Dr. Nadejda Popov, Dr. Randy Hendricks, Dr. Scot Lingrell, Jim Sutherland, Dr. Vickie Geisler and Will Lloyd.
Goals of the comprehensive plan include, but are not limited to increasing student persistence and timely progression to degree attainment, assuring that all academic programs have the capacity to transform lives and address the needs of the region, state and beyond; developing, assessing and sustaining a network of mutually beneficial partnerships, and creating and ensuring that future generations will have access to the best that UWG has to offer.
In addition, the strategic plan supports the university’s vision, mission and values of the university. “With a bold vision to become the best comprehensive university in America...sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed - this plan will lead UWG to its next level of success,” adds Dr. Marrero.