UO Onward launches, community invited to engage on UO’s future

The University of Oregon is moving onward with a strategic planning process, and it’s inviting university stakeholders to participate.

UO Onward: Strategic Engagement, the first phase of the work, seeks a broad range of ideas and perspectives around three cornerstone priorities and a set of goals to inform development of the university’s strategic plan. The priorities include student learning and achievement, outstanding scholarship and service, and campus belonging.

The next public opportunity for students to participate will take place Monday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. with more to come.

Other sessions are scheduled for select groups, such as those within the schools and colleges, staff teams, and through the Associated Students of the University of Oregon.

UO President Karl Scholz urges anyone with an interest in the UO’s future — faculty and staff, students, alumni, donors, and members of the broader community who care about the UO — to participate.

“Great organizations do not just happen. They are built from clarity of purpose and a shared understanding of the priorities that permeate through all levels of the institution,” Scholz said. “I encourage us to come together, share thoughts and ideas, and help us to develop concrete actions and measurable outcomes.”

Working goals within the three key priorities encompass such actions as improving graduation rates, improving post-graduation success and career readiness, focusing on academic areas with distinctive strengths, and building a campus culture where everyone feels a deep sense of belonging.

The UO Onward process will unfold over the current academic year in four phases.

During fall term, university community members can take part, as noted above, by brainstorming ideas and responses in live, facilitated input sessions or by contributing ideas and comments through online surveys.

In winter and early spring, the information will be analyzed and drafted into a preliminary plan. After a period of public feedback and comment, the draft plan will be finalized and presented to the president and UO Board of Trustees in spring 2024.

The plan will then be put into action for reaching the designated goals and UO Onward will become a guide for strategic decision-making into the future.

For more information, including a listing of participation opportunities, see the UO Onward website.