Envisioned UNC as an exemplary teaching and learning community.
UNC’s last traditional campus-wide planning process wrapped up in 2007 with the completion of the Academic Plan, which envisioned UNC as an exemplary teaching and learning community.
In 2010, in an effort to provide a common foundation for a number of operational plans, we created the Strategic Framework. It identified these action areas for fulfilling the vision of the Academic Plan:
- Serve students and build exemplary academic programs to fulfill UNC’s mission in sustainable ways;
- Enhance UNC’s research focus to engage our faculty and students and the public we serve; and
- Create a respectful and inclusive campus community that connects with the area around the University and the global community.
Flowchart connecting many planning efforts to support the Strategic Framework.
Following the creation of the Strategic Framework, we convened several working groups to develop operational plans (e.g., community and civic engagement, equity and diversity, research, scholarship and creative works). The Planning Map was created in 2012 to show how various plans were related.
Five-year Fiscal Sustainability Plan
Five targets for achieving fiscal sustainability with limited state support.
In 2014, facing declining enrollment and limited state funding, we developed the Five-Year Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Though it soon became our primary focus, it was not intended to supplant the numerous operational plans on the Planning Map. The plan set multiyear targets to address three areas:
- Recruiting a broader mix of students;
- Improving persistence to graduation; and
- Changing operational practices to be more effective and more efficient. Results are detailed in the next section.
Action-oriented recommendations on academic portfolio, student success and student affairs
In the fall of 2018, we convened three task forces to address the academic portfolio, student success and student affairs. Over 170 students, staff and faculty served on the task forces and numerous subcommittees. They made recommendations on specific strategies to improve student outcomes, reduce equity gaps, realign student affairs functions to better serve students, and strengthen, expand, or phase out programs and services. Some of these recommendations were incorporated into the Strategic Enrollment and Student Success plan.
Strategic Enrollment & Student Success
Strategic imperatives for student success and enrollment growth
The Strategic Enrollment and Student Success (SESS) plan developed in the spring of 2019 and now being implemented is a critical foundation for the 2019-20 planning process. No matter how we envision
our future, the SESS plan’s strategic imperatives—aligned admissions efforts, community
college transfer partnerships, integrated student support, and targeted coaching—will
Strategic Plan Examples
Below are strategic plans of UNC’s peer institutions. The list includes peers that UNC identified in 2011
for Colorado Department of Higher Education performance reporting and enrollment planning, as well as those identified in 2006 by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). An asterisk indicates an institution is in both peer groups.
- Ball State University* Destination 2040: Our Flight Path
- Bowling Green State University* Focus on the Future
- Illinois State University Educate • Connect • Elevate
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania* IUP Strategic Plan 2015-2020
- Louisiana Tech University Five Year Strategic Plan
- Miami University Strategic Plan for Miami’s Future
- Middle Tennessee State University 2015-2025 MTSU Strategic Plan
- Northern Arizona University 2018-2025 Strategic Plan One NAU. Side by Side.
- South Dakota State University Imagine 2023: Aspire. Discover. Achieve.
- State University of New York at Binghamton Road Map to Premier
- University of Louisiana Lafayette Strategic Plan 2015-2020
- University of North Carolina Greensboro* Giant Steps
- University of North Texas University of North Texas Strategic Plan 2012-2019
Documents & Reports
- Strategic Planning Preface
- Summary Report of Vision Forums and Survey Data
- Draft Vision Statement
- Refined Vision Document Proposed to Board of Trustees
- Final Vision Document approved by Board of Trustees
- 2019-2020 Faculty Meeting Themes
- Draft of Strategic Plan Phase 1 Key Actions - Fall 2020
- Strategic Plan Phase I Document Endorsed by Board of Trustees - February 2021
In this section you will find the final reports for the task force committees. You may also view the summary report presented to the President’s Leadership Council and the task force survey report.
Over 350 members of the campus community attended the UNC Task Force Open Forum on January 8, 2019 and had the opportunity to learn more about the task force recommendations and provide additional feedback.
Input Provided at Campus Forums
Town Hall Input on Draft Vision Elements
10-14-19 Town Hall