With Trustees' endorsement, 'Vision 2020' sets a bold direction for UA

Letter to campus: January 18, 2012

We are pleased, Colleagues . . .

Mission & Vision

Our Mission | To ensure student success and leverage our region’s unique assets in the creation of knowledge and application of research that benefits humankind.

Our Vision | To set a new standard for public research universities in adding economic value and enriching lives.

Go to Vision 2020

"Vision 2020: Toward 150 Years of Distinction & A New Gold Standard of University Performance" has been in development for nearly two years, created with the contributions and engagement of more than 3,500 faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, community leaders and others. It is a newly stated vision for our future, building upon Charting the Course, the plan that enabled more than a decade of impressive achievement.. . . to report that the Board of Trustees earlier today unanimously endorsed the strategic plan that will guide our collective actions through our sesquicentennial in 2020. In a further sign of support, Board members directed that future budget proposals presented by the administration include a $2 million annual investment in Vision 2020.

As you contemplate this document, Provost Sherman and I hope that you will find your place in the plan, and you will see that our success as individuals, as a University and as a community is interlinked -- we succeed when our students succeed and when our community succeeds. Throughout the plan, you will find abundant opportunities to define a future that will be beneficial for all and will further strengthen the richly woven tapestry that is our University.

We extend our gratitude to all who contributed to the strategic planning process, and we join with you as we unite to achieve its many aspirations. Together we will continue to define the standard for excellence and student success!

Visit the Vision 2020 site, where you can download the plan.

With every good wish,


Luis M. Proenza

W. Michael “Mike” Sherman
Senior Vice President, Provost and Chief Operating Officer