We have the honor and responsibility to ready this remarkable institution for its 200th birthday in 2019. And as great as that bicentennial moment will be for our campus community, greater still is the opportunity for us to fundamentally shape the foundation of this University’s next vista, our third century. Our primary aim is to further define who we are, where we’ll focus, why we matter and how each of us can contribute to this forward momentum. In doing so, we will reaffirm our core mission—of teaching, research and community engagement—as well as unlock a vision that is uniquely UC. We look to partnering with you to help create UC’s third century.
Our objective is not to create yet another strategic plan. Rather, we’re taking the dozen-plus planning documents currently in play—from UC2019/Academic Master Plan to the Research Pathways to the UC Foundation Strategic Plan—and distilling a clear sense of how these manifold efforts align and aggregate, especially from a prioritization standpoint. In short, we will sharpen our vision of UC’s institutional priorities for the next 15 years. And it will be concise and compelling enough to remain top of mind for all us.
The University of Cincinnati’s third century will be defined and propelled by a focused, sustained investment in people—in our faculty, students, staff and alumni. This is a sharpening of the vision set forth in UC2019/Academic Master Plan.
Having a clear understanding of our institutional priorities will help drive our most critical decisions, including: new investments in academic programs, teaching and research; the foci for our next comprehensive fundraising campaign; the sequencing of the campus master plan; our capacity for debt; and so on.
The President’s Executive Committee, in consultation and collaboration with relevant subject matter experts on campus, will take the first pass at further defining and aligning our institutional priorities. For this endeavor, Adrianne Lane, chair of the Faculty Senate, Peter Landgren, chair of the Council of Deans, Richard Miller, interim vice provost for academic affairs, and Kristi Nelson have joined the group. The team held full-day retreats in September and January and continues to meet regularly. In the coming weeks, we will host a series of input sessions with the campus community via targeted meetings and open forums. At this stage, it’s critical that we engage as many stakeholders as possible—from faculty, students, staff, trustees and alumni to business and civic leaders, government officials and external funding bodies. The results of our collective efforts will be shared with the broader community at the “State of the University” address on April 10, 2014.