Chancellor Sartarelli Unveils Comprehensive Strategic Plan in Conjunction with Installation

Friday, April 01, 2016

During his remarks at today’s installation ceremony, UNC Wilmington Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli unveiled a strategic plan that will serve as a blueprint for the university’s future.

The comprehensive five-year strategic plan will guide continued success and highlight the university’s key priorities, which include attracting the best students, faculty and staff; increasing diversity; and fostering global competency.

“We will continue to focus on excellence in everything we do – services, teaching and research – and meet the evolving needs of our students, faculty, staff and community,” Chancellor Sartarelli said. “This is a living document that will evolve as the campus collaborates to achieve the university’s mission and vision.”

The university’s strategic goals are:

  • Attract and retain high-quality, diverse students, faculty and staff, ensure an inclusive campus culture that embraces a global mindset, and increase retention and graduation rates.
  • Enhance educational programs and advance research and scholarly activities, including global learning programs and increased support for applied learning.
  • Enable and promote a sense of place for students, faculty and staff by fostering collaborative efforts to enhance academic advising and student support programs. Invest in programs and services that support post-graduation success, such as career placement efforts and preparation for graduate school applications.
  • Organize for effective engagement with the community and the world, and communicate efforts broadly and effectively.
  • Fund initiatives by building on strong relationships with governmental agencies, alumni, donors, foundations, corporations and other sponsors. Organize and conduct a successful fundraising campaign to benefit scholarships, professorships and new programs and facilities.

The plan includes metrics, a timeline, funding sources and accountability.

Seven work groups consisting of faculty, staff and administrators ­ were involved in a nine-month process to develop the plan. Open forums and surveys were used to gather input from the campus community. 

The strategic plan reflects the university’s mission to inspire students with powerful teaching, in-depth applied learning, extensive research, community engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship.

“I deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of those involved in this process and the faculty and staff overall for their unwavering commitment to our great university,” said Chancellor Sartarelli. “By building on our strengths, the university has an opportunity to enhance lives through higher education beyond the region and state. This is truly an exciting time for UNCW.”

-- Venita Jenkins