Viability and Investment

The University of Akron Strategic Plan

Promises and Aspirations​

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Promise I

We promise to ensure the long-term viability of the University through innovation and investment in unique approaches that increase opportunity for students and reduce costs.

We will fulfill our promise by:

  • Developing a budget model that incentivizes enrollment growth across the University, including those that involve interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Organizing faculty and staff efforts to promote increases in retention and progression.
  • Increasing faculty and staff interactions with current and prospective students both on and off campus.
  • Increasing regional yield and rebuilding non-resident (both international and out-of-state domestic) enrollments.
  • Sharpening our storytelling of the Akron Experience—what students, faculty, alumni and the community gain from their interaction with The University of Akron.

2022 Progress Highlights

Collaborative Strategic Planning:

  • The budget is being transitioned from a highly centralized model to a distributed all-funds model to enhance shared decision making and strategic investment.

Increased Shared Governance:

  • The budget process includes the UC Budget and Finance Committee and the implementation of a faculty-led Academic Investment Committee (AIC) through Faculty Senate. The AIC is the result of the MOU on shared governance between the Akron-AAUP and the University.

Expanded Learning Communities:

Hired a new Vice Provost for Enrollment Management:

  • Dr. Stephen McKellips provides leadership while engaging in innovative approaches to enrollment management and decision-making in the areas of admissions, recruitment, financial aid services and enrollment.

Building Student Storytelling:

  • UA Students were featured on Season 6 of the TV series, The College Tour, and were invited to share a day in the life of a Zip through takeovers of the UA social media channels.

Promises and Aspirations​

Strategic Plan


Viability and Investment​


Academic Opportunity​


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion​


Research & Innovation​


Community & Connections​​