II. Vision and Objectives/Goals of Planning Process
- University Vision and Core ValuesOpen or Close
The context for the UTSA 2016 plan, and this corresponding implementation plan, is framed by the institution’s vision and core values. These drive the choices made during the planning process.
Vision—to be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
Core Values—We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration, and innovation are fostered.
Given its location in a rapidly growing region with a historically under-served population, UTSA’s planning must also include provisions for enrollment growth to 30,000 students and for serving the traditional and evolving higher education needs of San Antonio and South Texas. Any realistic plan must address these developments appropriately and successfully. However, the potential rewards are great: if UTSA achieves its ambitious vision, it would be the first Hispanic-serving institution to attain the ranks of premier research institutions.
Guided by this environmental context, the UTSA 2016 plan and this corresponding implementation plan are constructed around several important themes:
- the expansion and diversification of the university’s sources of revenue support;
- the enhancement of the university’s visibility and stature as a quality institution of higher education;
- the development of a meaningful enrollment management plan;
- the improvement of the support infrastructure for students and faculty; and
- the pursuit of partnerships and collaborations within South Texas, nationally, and internationally.
These themes are interwoven into the strategies and tactics that will be utilized to carry out the university’s strategic objectives.
- Strategic Initiatives and Goals Identified in the UTSA 2016 PlanOpen or Close
The UTSA 2016 Plan identifies five primary initiatives, each with associated goals that feature as foundational themes the promotion of diversity, globalization, and transformative leadership. These initiatives and corresponding goals are:
Enrich educational experiences to enable student success:
- improve student success
- enhance the educational experience of students
- develop multidisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities
- reduce barriers to student success
- offer a broad array of opportunities for engagement in campus life
- integrate global perspectives into academic programs, including applied experiences
Serve society through creativity, expanded research, and innovations:
- create a vibrant research culture
- increase annual research expenditures
- develop and sustain high-quality doctoral programs
- generate knowledge and innovations for societal benefit
- pursue research leading to intellectual property development
Promote access and affordability:
- create and market an enrollment plan that promotes student success
- develop partnerships with families, schools, community colleges, and communities
- refine policies and expand programs for student financial aid
Serve the public through community engagement:
- develop community partnerships to provide quality, accessible, and lifelong learning opportunities
- engage community employers to ensure graduates are prepared to enter the workplace
- stimulate social and economic development
- develop a rich and vibrant culture in the arts and humanities
- enhance the community’s global role
Expand resources and infrastructure:
- retain and recruit faculty and staff who diligently contribute to excellence
- create an organizational culture that values and promotes productivity
- provide the physical infrastructure to support the work of our faculty and staff
- increase and optimize the revenue mix beyond traditional sources
- ensure that administrative processes are aligned to efficiently enable faculty, staff, and students to act globally and access international resources appropriate to their discipline
A particular focus of the university is to selectively enhance five interdisciplinary areas of collaborative excellence: health, security, energy and environment, human and social development, and sustainability.
This implementation plan focuses on the specific institutional strategies and tactics that will be used to address the strategic initiatives and achieve the associated goals. The enhancement of the five interdisciplinary areas will be implicit in the aligned strategic plans of the colleges and departments, in the development of new masters and doctoral programs, and in the establishment of new organizational structures (i.e. centers, institutes, and other multi-disciplinary entities) that become foci of institutional effort.
- Campus Input: Project InnovationOpen or Close
As Team 2016 undertook its mission to provide an implementation framework for the UTSA 2016 plan, Project Innovation was developed by President Romo to learn more about the current challenges faced by our faculty, staff, and students, and solicit their suggestions for ways to surmount those challenges and achieve the objectives of the UTSA 2016 plan. This has provided valuable input into the implementation planning process and guided Team 2016 in its effort to prioritize resources and actions.
Project Innovation is an ongoing activity designed to convene focus groups of individuals with common perspectives. These groups have included deans, faculty, researchers, students, mid-level managers, administrative staff, and others, and their conversations with the president and provost over the past year have provided useful guidance to shape our priorities. Appendix B contains information about the sessions that have been held and a compilation of suggestions and comments that have been received from faculty, staff, and students.