When the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved a campus-wide strategic plan in July, it laid out the goals and specific benchmarks UW will attempt to reach by 2022.
Now, the individual colleges that make up the university are developing their own strategic plans, mirroring UW’s mission but drilling down into more unit-specific goals.
“The campus plan is a very high-level plan,” College of Arts and Sciences Dean Paula Lutz said. “And what happens down in the colleges and departments is what’s going to make it work, what’s going to make it a success in many cases.”
UW’s campus-wide plan, “Breaking Through,” sets four goals — driving excellence, inspiring students, impacting communities and supporting a high-performing university — which are broken down into subgoals and given specific metrics to shoot for.
For example, UW aims to boost overall enrollment to 13,500, number of international students to 1,050, attendance at intercollegiate athletics events to 310,000 and total annual university revenue to $555 million — all by 2022, the year the plan expires.
The plan also calls for the completion of 2-3 new residence halls and a review and update to all university regulations.
Individual college plans will guide the various schools and colleges around campus in implementing UW’s strategic plan.
“We’re expected to align with that plan,” College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel said. “As colleges, we’re not free to go off and do anything we want. We’re part of an institution.”
Reutzel served on the university’s strategic plan committee and said he hopes to design his college’s own plan in a similar way, consulting constituents, holding listening sessions and gathering feedback from the individuals who will be expected to put the plan into action.
“It’s a very, very similar process just on a finer-grain level, moving down from university to college,” he said.
UW went without a campus-wide strategic plan for more than two years after University Plan III expired in 2014.
The new plan represents the goals of a new administration, Lutz said, which is why UW decided to forego updating the numbered University Plans and wait until new leadership was firmly in place.
“You usually allow a new president and provost to define the roadmap, if you will, for the campus, and that was what was decided,” Lutz said. “So, we put a strategic plan on hold until we had our new president and the provost and they led that effort all during the last year.”
Lutz added the new strategic plan is wider in scope.
“As I understand it, the University Plans were academic strategic plans and what we have now is a campus strategic plan that includes all kinds of units, not just the academic colleges that teach and give degrees,” she said. “It includes everyone.”
Individual college goals will set benchmarks for 2022, mirroring the campus-wide plan.
“Every college and every department here has had a plan, because it is your roadmap, where you want to go, your goals, how are you going to get there, how will you know if you succeeded in your goals,” Lutz said. “I think this one builds on the previous work that’s been done here over a period of years.”
Smaller colleges — such as the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and newly formed Honors College — are also developing their own strategic plans.