The University of Iowa

Strategic Plan 2016-2021 - Process

Strategic Planning Process, 2016-2021

During the spring and summer of 2016, the university community and its constituents met to outline the university's strategic plan moving into the future.  The presentation shared at the community engagement forums is available PDF iconhere.

Charge to the Strategic Plan Development Group

Executive Vice President and Provost P. Barry Butler and Vice President for Student Life Tom Rocklin have charged the Strategic Plan Development Group (SPDG) with

  1. Creating a strategic plan that:
    1. is crisp and time-sensitive;
    2. is inclusive of our university with a fast feedback cycle;
    3. facilitates change, innovation, and growth through annual review by the Strategy Implementation Team; and
    4. acknowledges the UI’s relationship to the citizens of Iowa, and financial considerations, as a “backbone” to the plan.
  2. Representing the “greater good” for the UI by recognizing the interests of key interest groups, the broader UI community, and Iowa in ways that:
    1. retain our mission and modified pillar structure;
    2. chart a course for a more distinctive UI by integrating our strengths into opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage; and
    3. result in a plan that is responsive to the current environment, focused, and promotes action.

SPDG Membership

The SPDG is co-chaired by David Cunning, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Sarah Hansen, assistant vice president in the Division of Student Life.  See the full list of SPDG members.


  • April-May 2016 - SPDG hosted a number of open forums to collect campus feedback.
  • April - June 2016 - SPDG engages with existing constituent meetings to collect campus feedback.
  • July 5, 2016 - SPDG submitted a PDF icondraft strategic plan that reflects the strategies and goals collected from the community to Provost Butler and Vice President Rocklin.
  • August - September 2016 - SPDG will host four open forums to collect community feedback on the draft strategic plan.
  • October 1, 2016 - Final plan submitted.

In the 2016-17 academic year Provost Butler will convene work groups to begin strategy implementation in conjunction with the Strategy Implementation Team and Operations Team. Work groups will include faculty, staff and students with expertise in the particular strategy area.