Focusing on Urban Excellence:
A Vision for Achieving Excellence at Chicago's Public Research University
Dear Campus Colleagues:
I am delighted to present"Focusing 0n Urban Excellence: A Vision for Achieving Excellence at Chicago’s Public Research University,” a new report that synthesizes UIC’s ongoing strategic thinking and planning processes and describes the campus’s planning cycle.
This report was created in response to a request from University of Illinois Vice President Christophe Pierre that each campus “complete a strategic plan to guide academic investments and resource allocations and reallocation over the next three years.” We were asked to prepare “a focused, action-oriented initiative . . . resulting in a small set of strategic goals and tactical objectives for the next three years” and to
- Identify goals with numerical targets.
- Use dashboard indicators to identify goals and set targets.
- Through financial forecasting, identify ways to fund the planned investments for achieving goals.
- Build on existing visioning and goal directed processes in place at each campus.
- Consult and engage with major stakeholders, including faculty leaders, the senates and college deans.
In response, we have provided an overview of ongoing initiatives resulting from a wide range of planning processes that describes how we conducted the specific exercise requested in Vice President Pierre’s letter, and the data from that exercise. The final section highlights three strategic goals that have emerged from this process, proposes a mechanism for oversight of adherence to these goals, and offers suggestions for how the UIC plan may be integrated into a larger university plan.
This report was created through the work of a task force representing UIC’s many constituencies, including Distinguished Faculty, Faculty Senate members, Deans, Vice Provosts, Academic Professional and Civil Service employees, students, and alumni. I thank them all for their contributions to this important project.
John Corbally Presidential Professor