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Affirming Our Promises

Strategic planning

An Update on the Strategic Planning Process

To: The University of Akron Community
From: Gary L. Miller, President
Date: March 24, 2020
Re: Affirming Our Promises

Last week the Drafting and Integration Group (DIG) provided me with their draft of the Affirming Our Promises strategic plan.

In view of our involvement in a significant global health emergency and after consultation with the Faculty Senate and University Council leadership, I am pausing the strategic planning process until such time as we have emerged from the current crisis. Here are the specific reasons:

1. We need much more information about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our current and projected financial situation.

2. We need to gather more information about the impact on the greater community resulting from this challenge and how that might affect their college plans.

3. Our faculty, contract professionals and staff are doing extraordinary and time-consuming work to deploy a complete online curriculum and take care of our students. That work will continue through the end of the semester and it is important we not dilute these efforts by applying an intensive, institution-wide process at this time.

I do encourage you to read the draft, which is a very thoughtful and forward-thinking design for University sustainability. When we restart the process, we will solicit feedback on this first draft.

The University community has demonstrated extraordinary resolve, skill and an optimistic spirit in dealing with this situation. I am extremely proud to be part of The University of Akron, especially now.

Thank you,

Gary L. Miller
The University of Akron

The Strategic Working Group presented its initial strategic recommendations in January

Read the initial recommendations.

Read comments about the initial recommendations.

Cover of the Strategic Working Group recommendations

Strategic planning process

See the faculty-led process we will follow to identify the priorities to be presented to the Board of Trustees.

University of Akron employees discuss the strategic recommendations