Campus Strategic Planning Process

Strategic planning is a process - one that Chancellor Steinmetz believes should happen from the ground up, and be as inclusive as possible.

As part of this comprehensive approach to campus planning, Chancellor Steinmetz will begin meeting with every academic department,  and many interdisciplinary programs and center on campus. The purpose of this is for him to gain a deeper knowledge of the issues faced by the academic units, while providing an opportunity for departments to share their strengths, priorities, and future direction. 

The process will unfold in several phases, the broad strokes of which are detailed below:

Phases/Timeline

  1. (Spring Semester) Campus academic departments, centers and programs will be asked to weigh in by summarizing their own strengths, weaknesses, and challenges with an eye toward their future direction. They are asked to define long-term goals, needs, priorities, directions and report back to the chancellor’s and provost’s offices and the deans by the end of the semester via summary document.  
    • 75+ individual meetings will be set with the chancellor with the goal to complete them by May 31.
  2. (Summer) Deans and their staffs will look at these documents and begin to identify themes across the individual colleges. The provost and his staff will conduct this exercise for cross-cutting units.
  3. (Summer) At the same time, groups of faculty, staff, and students will be created to look at the individual unit responses with an eye toward identifying university-wide themes that have emerged from the unit discussions. These groups will be organized by the traditional mission areas of research and service; teaching and learning; and outreach and engagement.
  4. (Late Summer) A group will further collate these themes at the campus level to begin to define the university’s direction for the future.
  5. (Early to Mid-Fall) The direction and institutional goals will emerge as a draft campus plan, that will be shared widely, one that is cross-functional in form and utility. The service units will then be asked to develop plans that support the institutional goals that have been defined. 

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Laura Jacobs, chief of staff, laura@uark.edu. We’ll be happy to answer them.

Thank you for your interest and taking part in this critical process.