Strategic Plan

December 2022 Strategic Plan Update

The following is an edited transcript from the committee update video posted on the Strategic Plan site homepage


Nathan Grove: Hello, Seahawks! My name is Nathan Grove, and in addition to being president of the faculty, I have the honor of serving as one of the co-chairs of UNCW's Strategic Design and Planning steering committee. 
Nathan Grove: I'm joined today by my fellow co-chairs, Ms. Susan Smith, Chair of the UNCW Staff Senate, and Dr. Jamie Winebrake, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 
Nathan Grove: First and foremost, we'd like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. 
Nathan Grove: We hope that you only take the next few weeks to relax and to recharge, and to reconnect with family friends and loved ones. 
Nathan Grove: Before 2022 slips away, however, we did want to take this opportunity to update you on where we stand with the strategic planning process. 
Nathan Grove: A little history. 
Nathan Grove: In spring of 2021, the Strategic Design and Planning steering committee was formed and charged by then Chancellor Jose Sartarelli to develop a new strategic plan that would guide UNCW in the years to come. 
Nathan Grove: The committee spent that spring and summer learning more about best practices for strategic planning and organizing itself for the work ahead. 
Nathan Grove: As we all know, however, Chancellor Sartarelli announced his retirement in September 2021 which required the committee to slow its work. 
Nathan Grove: Over the course of the next few months the committee worked collaboratively with the Chancellor search process to gather information from our community through surveys and fora. 
Nathan Grove: Over the preceding months, we then took that preliminary information and rolled it into a SWOT analysis where we were looking for strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and a benchmark and environmental study. 
Nathan Grove: Using that information, we then put together a committee report where we talked about the strengths, the opportunities, and the challenges, and we presented that report to Chancellor-elect Volety in late May and early June of 2022. 
Nathan Grove: In September, this past fall semester, Chancellor Volety re-established the steering committee, and we began our work in earnest to develop the strategic plan for the next 10 years. 
Nathan Grove: In October we engaged the campus as many of you may remember, in campus-wide workshops and collected more survey information on the mission, the vision, the values, and the themes and the priorities that the new strategic plan should focus on. 
Nathan Grove: We took that information and used it to articulate draft strategic themes which we then presented to Chancellor Volety at a meeting in early December. 
Nathan Grove: We're coming to you today with those draft strategic themes. It's really important for me to emphasize that these are drafts, and that although they are very broad, the actual goals and metrics that we're going to focus on are going to be developed by workgroups in the semester to come. And as you'll see at the end of this video, we want to invite you to participate in that process. 
Nathan Grove: And so, with the remainder of the video, my co-chairs will take some time and talk about those six themes and priorities. 
Susan Smith: Thank you, Nathan. As most of you know, the most important part of why we are all here, our students. So that is our first theme. So, when you look at this, think about students and student success. This theme highlights the activities related to attracting, retaining, and graduating our students. 
Susan Smith: The possible goals under this could be strategic enrollment management plans, transfer student success, high impact practices, retention, graduation, rates, career and student satisfaction. 
Susan Smith: So, our next theme is the next important groups on our campus, our faculty and staff. 
Susan Smith: This theme would be supporting our employees. 
Susan Smith: It highlights how UNCW will foster a healthy work environment around the professional development that recognizes, rewards, and values its employees. 
Susan Smith: Possible goals under this theme would include improved compensation and benefits, well-being, such as our Healthy Hawks 2.0, incentive programs, talent development activities, things that support our employees. 
Susan Smith: Our next theme will be under education and discovery. 
Susan Smith: Solving the problems of our region, our state, our nation through academic training, research and creative work. 
Susan Smith: You look at this theme. You'll think about academic experiences, new programs developed, research, creativity, discovery and impactful scholarship. 
Susan Smith: Possible goals under this theme would be expansion of our academic programs for undergraduate and graduate levels, in strategic areas such as health care, computing and related fields, and engineering, interdisciplinary programs, undergraduate research, and enhanced funding for our research and discovery. 
Susan Smith: Jamie. 
Jamie Winebrake: Thank you, Susan, and moving on to the next three themes. 
Jamie Winebrake: Theme four is engagement in partnerships, and this is to leverage new and existing partnerships, to expand our ability to serve our students, our community, our state and our world, and this is a pretty broad theme. It really focuses a lot on community engagement, and the work we're doing with the community. That includes business partners. It includes nonprofits and includes other universities. This theme also includes things like international partnerships and international experiences and education for our students. 
Jamie Winebrake: And, as Chancellor Volety has often said, the gateway to our university is often through the cultural arts and athletics, and so this is a theme that also captures arts and athletics and the types of activities that we're doing in that space to invite the community to our campus. 
Jamie Winebrake: Theme number five is titled diversity and belonging, and this is about creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus, where all students, staff and faculty feel like they belong. And so, this is a theme that really captures a lot of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work that UNCW has been working on, and new ideas and new thoughts about what we need to do in that space. 
Jamie Winebrake: The increase in diversity of our students of our faculty and staff would be included in this theme. Also, things related to policies and practices at our university, and the culture that we build at our university in order to increase belonging for our students, our faculty, our staff and community members. 
Jamie Winebrake: And the final theme, theme number six, is around operations and infrastructure. So, this is developing the infrastructure, the policies, the practices that reduce barriers to success, and to provide advocacy and philanthropy and the resources needed to enable everything that we want to do. And so, this is a pretty broad theme. It includes everything from sustainability and sustainable practices on our campus in terms of operations. It includes fundraising. It includes infrastructure, for example, the physical plant of our campus, and what that will ultimately look like. 
Jamie Winebrake: So those are our 6 themes, and just to review. We have students and student success. We have faculty and staff. We have educate and discover. We have engagement and partnerships. We have diversity, belonging and inclusion. And we have operations and infrastructure. And what we're looking for now is feedback from the community on those themes. And so, what you see on your screen are two QR codes. The one on the left is for you to provide feedback to the strategic planning steering committee on those themes. 
Jamie Winebrake: You can provide feedback about different ideas you have around each of those themes. You can provide thoughts on new programs or activities or policies that we should be engaged in regarding each of those themes. Any kind of comment is welcome, and every comment will be read. 
Jamie Winebrake: The QR code on the right is a workgroup nomination form. These are for folks if you want to get involved, or if you have someone else that you'd like to nominate to one of the workgroups. You can use this QR code to submit that nomination, either the self-nomination or the nomination of another person. 
Jamie Winebrake: Again, as Dr. Grove mentioned earlier, we are moving into a stage where we will form workgroups around each of those six themes, or if those themes change in some way. But we're going to develop workgroups around our pillars and our themes, and those workgroups will be active throughout the spring, outlining some of the goals, the activities, the resource, needs, etc. related to work within each one of those themes. So that QR code on the right is for the nomination. And so, if you don't have your phone now, you can pause the video, if you like. Use your phone to access these QR codes. Submit us information using the QR code on the left. 
Jamie Winebrake: Submit a name, your self-nomination, or another, with the QR code on the right. 
Jamie Winebrake: And we look forward to hearing from you, and we want you to ask us questions, provide us comments and get involved if time allows. 
Jamie Winebrake: And with that I just want to thank you all. I want to thank Dr. Grove and thank Ms. Smith for their leadership as co-chairs of our steering committee, and thank you all for your participation, and I'll reiterate what Dr. Grove mentioned earlier. And that is, have a very safe, peaceful, and happy holiday season. 
Jamie Winebrake: Thank you.