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Strategic Planning

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October 13, 2020

We are beginning a strategic planning cycle with the objective of creating and following a roadmap that will guide ULM over the next five years.  The strategic plan will be adaptable to conditions we encounter and will help achieve the vision we establish. 

Because so many changes are affecting higher education, this plan may be the most important document our institution has ever produced. It will be the measure by which all decisions over the next five years will be made. Quite simply, we will decide our actions by judging if they help us achieve our strategic goals and attain our vision.

My responsibility as university president is to lead this process. Each of you has a responsibility to the process as well—to lend your expertise in higher education to help create this plan. We will be establishing a Strategic Plan Steering Committee that will help me develop and implement this roadmap for ULM.  

We have already begun the strategic planning process with the Focus Group Taskforce that will be meeting with internal and external stakeholders to determine the strengths of the University and also areas for improvement. The Focus Group Taskforce will publish their findings by February 1, 2021. 

The principle of shared governance is critical to higher education and the future of ULM. This plan will be developed with a bottom-up implementation in mind. I want as much feedback from the entire campus community as possible. I hope to have the 2021-2026 strategic plan completed by May 1, 2021 with a July 1, 2021 implementation date.

In this time of transformation, we ask all students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, community members, and friends to join us in our efforts and help ULM move forward.