September 1, 2014

During the past two years, the university has engaged in significant work to better understand the national, state, and regional conditions that have an impact on our work and our future. One of the most notable efforts was the drafting of an Academic Master Plan that provided a roadmap, focused on academic excellence, for our new Strategic Plan. We have now completed a new, updated, University Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan, 2014-2020.

A working team was assembled in July 2013 to facilitate the update of the University’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan and extend goals and objectives into the next six years. In the first phase, the team assumed the role of consultants by reviewing the significant work already done and represented by the existing UWG and University System of Georgia Strategic Plans, the Academic Master Plan, the Campus Master Plan, reports from other internal work groups, review of Peer and Aspirant Institutions, and the development of Key Performance Indicators.

Using this information, the team developed a draft strategic planning document. In this second phase, the team assumed the role of facilitators by seeking reaction to the draft Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan from various internal and external constituent groups including senior leadership, faculty, Faculty Senate, staff, Staff Advisory Council, students, Student Government Association, alumni, and key external constituencies including the Foundation Board of Trustees. This process included five open forums, town hall presentations, numerous small group discussions, and a feedback email option for those who preferred to comment via email. The feedback collected helped identify some missing elements, influenced certain priorities, and ultimately provided a broad-based consensus for the final plan.

In the third phase, the team assumed the role of editors by revising and polishing the strategic planning documents so that the new Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan could be presented to the Student Government Association (March 13, 2014), Faculty Senate (March 14, 2014), Staff Advisory Council (April 3, 2014), general faculty (April 16, 2014), the entire UWG campus (April 17, 2014) for endorsement and finally to the Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents issued final approval at its meeting on August 20, 2014.

For more information on Engage West and to view the Key Performance Indicators, list of Peer and Aspirant institutions, and Senior Leadership Scorecards visit