UToledo Adopts New Strategic Plan to Guide Next Five Years

February 8, 2023 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

A new strategic plan will guide The University of Toledo’s trajectory for the next five years toward enhanced student success, academic excellence, healthcare quality and engagement.

UToledo Reimagined: Strategic Plan 2023-2028 was approved Wednesday by the UToledo Board of Trustees and will be implemented July 1, 2023.

“Our vision is for UToledo to be a stronger, sustainable public research institution with a redesigned brand to better emphasize the value of our education, research and patient care,” UToledo President Gregory Postel said. “I want to thank the planning committee and everyone who provided input through survey responses, town hall meetings and other avenues to create this ambitious plan with clear goals and strategics to reimagine UToledo and move us forward.”

University Hall while snow falls on January 25

The University of Toledo’s iconic bell tower stands out as Main Campus is blanketed in snow Jan. 25, 2023.

The strategic plan is focused on six goals:

• Ensure Student Success From Recruitment Through Graduation
• Deliver Relevant and Innovative Academic Programs
• Set the Standard for Health Education and Patient Care
• Distinguish UToledo Regionally, Nationally and Internationally
• Foster a People-Centered Culture
• Position UToledo for Future Success Through Financial and Operational Effectiveness

A set of strategies to accomplish each goal and metrics to measure progress throughout the course of the strategic plan timeframe also have been identified. A detailed strategic plan book will be created prior to July 1.

“We will frequently review our progress and make course corrections as needed to maintain our positive momentum,” Postel said.

The strategic planning process began in late 2021 with the formation of a planning committee representing constituencies across the University. The committee was led by co-chairs Dr. Anne Fulkerson, assistant vice provost for institutional research, and Dr. Jason Huntley, professor of microbiology.

The strategic planning committee began the process by engaging the UToledo community. It received input through more than 3,600 survey responses from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and from a series of 14 town hall discussion sessions on the University’s mission, vision and values.

In early 2022, updated mission, vision and value statements were created followed by a draft of the strategic plan’s goals and strategies. Later in the year the draft was stress tested against business plans and financial forecasts.

In addition to campus input, UToledo engaged external consultants to create an aggressive yet attainable strategic plan.

Visit utoledo.edu/strategicplan for additional information.

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