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UTSA strategic planning session

Strategic planning focus groups help chart UTSA course to 2016

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Nov. 6, 2006)--UTSA community members are invited to attend a 90-minute focus group to learn about the new UTSA strategic plan and to provide comments and suggestions.

Everyone who attends a strategic planning focus group will receive two tickets to an upcoming men's or women's basketball game, courtesy of UTSA Athletics.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 8, focus groups are scheduled at the 1604 and Downtown campuses. Participants need only go to one of them; no research or preparation is necessary in order to attend.

"We have been very pleased with the feedback we received in the first focus groups," said Richard Lewis, special assistant to the president. "During the sessions, we are doing a brief overview of the plan and then asking for reactions and suggestions. We have heard a lot of good ideas for refining the mission and vision statements that are the result of a thorough process. We encourage everyone to attend one of the upcoming focus groups if you have not been to one."

See the focus group schedule below.

Two facilitators will lead each focus group. Sessions will be led by:
  • Richard Lewis, associate professor and special assistant to the president
  • Gerry Dizinno, associate professor and director of institutional research
  • Dorothy Flannagan, associate professor and Graduate School dean
  • Lisa Blazer, assistant vice president for student financial aid

The focus groups are part of the "UTSA 2016: Creating a Shared Vision" strategic planning project which began early this year. Leadership teams with representatives from across the university worked through the summer and fall to develop vision, values and mission statements, as well as nine thematic areas identified as important to meeting the UTSA mission over the next 10 years.

Visit the UTSA Strategic Planning Web site, which includes a summary of last summer's strategic planning retreat and drafts of plans for the nine thematic areas. (At the strategic planning site, go to the "Thematic Teams Plan Rough Drafts" heading near the bottom of the page.)

The nine strategic action themes are accountability, community engagement, enrollment management, globalization, research, infrastructure and facilities, resources, staff and faculty success, and student success.

Additionally, you can submit your comments on the strategic plan in a SurveyMonkey.com online survey.

UTSA's final strategic planning document is due to UT System for review by the end of 2006.

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Focus Group Schedule

Nov. 7, Tuesday:

  • 9-10:30 a.m., University Center Mesquite Room (2.01.24), 1604 Campus

Nov. 8, Wednesday:

  • 9-10:30 a.m., Frio Street Building Room 1.402, Downtown Campus
  • 5-6:30 p.m., Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Electrical Engineering Conference Room (1.406), 1604 Campus
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