Message from the Chancellor

Strategic Planning updates from Chancellor Borrego.

December 1, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As indicated last month, I would like to update you on the continued work of the Strategic Planning process.  Since August our team has been working to finalize essential next steps in our planning which will ultimately lead to implementation campus wide next year.

In order to facilitate the implementation process, we have enlisted Terry Wisner, MSA, Founder and President of Partnering To Success, LLC to help facilitate Phase II of the strategic planning process. Many of you met Terry during the Phase I campus input sessions, when he was deeply involved as an alumni representative to the planning process.

Terry is a dedicated alum and has traveled the world helping individuals and organizations through planning and improvement processes. Terry will be working with a Core Team to move forward through Phase II. The Core Team will interact broadly with departments, deans, and various campus constituencies as we develop the implementation plan. Additionally the CAC/BSP will be involved in the review and vetting process as plans are developed.  

In alignment with the success of Strategic Planning phase one, under the leadership of Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah and her team, we will continue our commitment to continuity and transparency.  Many Core Team members served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and expressed a desire to continue serving the campus during phase two.  The Team will partner with Cabinet and the Council of Deans and interact broadly with all campus constituencies as we develop the implementation plan. Additionally the CAC/BSP will be involved in the review and vetting process as plans are developed. 

The Core Team members include:

  • Dan Lair, Associate Professor & Program Director of MA in Applied Communication, CAS
  • Sapna Thwaite, Associate Dean, SEHS
  • Linda Blakey, Program Manager & Adjunct Lecturer, CAS
  • Yener Kandogan, Associate Dean, SOM
  • Margie Murray-Wright, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, SON
  • Amy Yorke, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, SHPS
  • James Alsup, Associate Professor of Physics, Computer Science, Engineering & Physics, CAS

Below is a brief overview of our planned work from now until June 2018 and beyond. This work is an extension of the tremendous effort from last year and, as has been previously discussed, will include the climate study results as part of this next phase.

November 2017

  • Communicate progress to all stakeholders
  • Onboard facilitator for Phase 2 process
  • Select and assemble Core Team
  • Identify key success factors in the planning process
  • Create a roadmap for Phase 2
  • Determine process to collect current and future goals and objectives
  • Begin gathering input for goals, objectives, and tactics or strategies

December 2017-January 2018

  • Communicate progress to all stakeholders
  • Collect current and future goals, objectives and tactics
  • Integrate climate study key findings and other research
  • Identify and rank strategies which will address Key Priorities
  • Create multi-year plans for each priority that considers: implementation; integration and collaboration across functions/divisions; implications for resources, structures, practices; impact; and accountability

February-April 2018

  • Communicate progress to all stakeholders
  • Create detailed plan
  • Acquire conceptual approvals
  • Promote ways to align with FY19 Budget and map priorities to resources
  • Identify key implementation success factors

May 2018

  • Communicate progress to all stakeholders
  • Final approval
  • Identify and execute rollout strategy

Fiscal year 2019

  • Full implementation of strategic plan

We will be sure to post this information along with future updates to the Strategic Planning web page in efforts to keep our campus community informed on all progress.  Thank you again to all who have contributed your valued time and efforts to this most important collaborative initiative. 

Best,

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.           Doug Knerr, Ph.D.

Chancellor                                   Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

May 17, 2017

Dear UM-Flint Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Although many of you have dispersed for the summer, I wanted to write to congratulate you on a successful year and to share the results of our first phase of strategic planning.

After months of hard work, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee brought a revised version of the high-level strategic priorities to the governing faculty on May 5. With a quorum in attendance, the priorities were adopted. This is a huge accomplishment and I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to all those who shared your ideas as part of this process, to the Steering Committee and especially to Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah.

The priorities you have collectively identified are important, inspiring, and the right set of work to focus our attention and resources for the next several years. They also position us for the work of reaccreditation, which will pick up steam over the next two years as we lead up to site visit of the Higher Learning Commission in 2019.

Provost Knerr and I will work over the next few weeks to outline a process for the next phase of strategic planning, creating implementation groups to plan specific tasks and accountability to achieve our priorities. We expect these groups to consult across campus as they conduct their work. The strategic planning website will continue to serve as an information resource with periodic updates.

I wish you all great success and enjoyment in your summer pursuits!

Warmly,

Sue

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

 

December 15, 2016

To: UM-Flint Faculty, Staff, and Students

From: Chancellor Susan E. Borrego and Provost Doug Knerr

Date: December 15, 2016

Subject: Announcing the 2017 Strategic Planning Steering Committee

We are pleased to announce the launch of UM-Flint’s 2017 Strategic Planning Steering Committee. This committee, which is advisory to the Chancellor and Provost, comprises a broadly diverse group of faculty, staff, and students, and will include alumni and community representation as well. We developed this committee in close collaboration with faculty leaders Chris Douglas, Cathy Miller, and Greg Laurence, and in consultation with their respective committees: Faculty Council, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic Planning, and the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee. The Deans, Cabinet, Staff Council and Student Government Association also had a chance to provide input. We received nearly 90 nominations from every part of campus, and we appreciate your input, which helped us to shape such a terrific committee.

The Steering Committee will work over the remainder of the 2016-17 academic year to design and implement a strategic planning process that results in a focused set of 4-6 high-level priorities that will guide the university for at least the next five years. It will conduct its work in a highly transparent and inclusive manner, consulting widely across the campus and community and sharing information regularly about its progress.

We are especially grateful to Hiba Bahaeldine Wehbe-Alamah, Associate Professor of Nursing, who has agreed to chair the Steering Committee. Dr. Wehbe-Alamah is nationally and internationally known for her contributions to transcultural nursing. She teaches nursing at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels focusing on women’s health and transcultural healthcare, conducts and chairs qualitative research and capstone projects with graduate nursing students, and advises students enrolled in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Her clinical practice centers on women’s health and the underinsured, working with local public health departments.

A complete list of Steering Committee members is posted on our strategic planning website at https://www.umflint.edu/strategicplanning2017. If you have questions or ideas relevant to strategic planning, you may write to the committee at future@umflint.edu.

The work of this committee will be vital in shaping our strategic direction, guiding resource allocations, and ensuring that our university is successful far into the future. We are immensely grateful for the willingness of these committee members provide leadership for this important process.

November 11, 2016

To: UM-Flint Faculty, Staff and Students
From:
Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor
Doug Knerr, Provost
Cathy Miller, Chair, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic Planning
Greg Laurence, Chair, Academic Affairs Advisory Committee
Chris Douglas, Chair, Faculty Council

Date: November 11, 2016
Subject: Monday is the deadline for Strategic Planning Steering Committee nominations
 
It’s not too late to nominate participants for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee! The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 14. This committee will guide UM-Flint’s strategic planning efforts over the next year, and it is important that we have broad representation from across campus.
 
You are invited to nominate yourself or other individuals to serve on this committee, or to share any additional thoughts you have related to strategic planning, by writing to future@umflint.edu. We will continue to post regular updates on the strategic planning website at www.umflint.edu/strategicplanning2017.

November 8, 2016

To: UM-Flint Faculty, Staff and Students
From

Sue Borrego, Chancellor
Doug Knerr, Provost
Cathy Miller, Chair, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic Planning
Greg Laurence, Chair, Academic Affairs Advisory Committee
Chris Douglas, Chair, Faculty Council
 
Date: November 8, 2016
 
Subject: Reminder: Seeking nominations for Strategic Planning Steering Committee
 
If you have not already done so, we are writing to remind you to nominate participants for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. This committee will guide UM-Flint’s strategic planning efforts over the next year and will seek input from members of the faculty and staff, students, alumni, and the Flint community. We invite you to nominate yourself or other individuals to serve on this committee by writing to future@umflint.edu. The deadline for nomination is November 14.
 
We hope to finalize the membership, appoint co-chairs, and announce the Steering Committee shortly before Thanksgiving. The Steering Committee will be responsible for hosting a broad set of discussions early in 2017, with plentiful opportunities for you to provide ideas and feedback. Further details about the planning process will be determined and communicated by the Steering Committee.
 
We will continue to post regular updates on the strategic planning website, and we invite you to share your thoughts with us at any time by writing to future@umflint.edu.

November 1, 2016

To: UM-Flint Faculty, Staff and Students
 
From:   

Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor
Doug Knerr, Provost
Cathy Miller, Chair, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic Planning
Greg Laurence, Chair, Academic Affairs Advisory Committee
Chris Douglas, Chair, Faculty Council

Date: November 1st, 2016

Subject: Nominations for Strategic Planning Steering Committee
 
We are writing to announce the creation of a Steering Committee to guide UM-Flint’s strategic planning efforts over the next year. The committee will lead an inclusive and transparent process that incorporates broad input from members of the faculty and staff, students, alumni, and the Flint community. We invite you to nominate yourself or other individuals to serve on this committee by writing to future@umflint.edu. The deadline for nomination is November 14.
 
The Steering Committee will be advisory to the Chancellor and Provost. Three faculty governing groups – the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic Planning, the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Council – will play an important role in recommending the makeup of the committee. We also will ask Staff Council, Student Government, Citizen’s Advisory Board, and alumni groups to help us solicit nominations from their respective communities.
 
In consultation with these committees and with the Deans and Cabinet, we hope to finalize the membership, appoint co-chairs, and announce the Steering Committee shortly before Thanksgiving. The Steering Committee will be responsible for hosting a broad set of discussions early in 2017, with plentiful opportunities for you to provide ideas and feedback. Further details about the planning process will be determined and communicated by the Steering Committee.
 
We will continue to post regular updates on the strategic planning website, and we invite you to share your thoughts with us at any time by writing to future@umflint.edu.

October 7, 2016

 
 
To:                 UM-Flint Community
From:             Sue Borrego and Doug Knerr
Date:              October 7, 2016
Subject:         Update on Strategic Planning
 
We are writing to thank those of you who participated in early discussions about strategic planning and to provide you with an update. During the week of September 19, our strategic planning consultants came to campus for a first round of meetings with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community leaders. Their purpose was to gather early ideas that could inform the process going forward. In total they held 27 meetings and phone calls with groups and individuals, including the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Budget and Strategic Planning, Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, Faculty Council, Staff Council, Student Government, Deans, Cabinet, Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and multiple groups of Department Chairs and Directors.
 
In the meetings Tess Barker, Chief of Staff in the Chancellor’s Office, shared brief background information on the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan and planning process. The discussion then explored three key questions:
 
  1. What strengths and accomplishments would you identify for UM-Flint that can be the foundation for future goals and priorities?
  2. What early ideas do you have for priorities or opportunities that a new strategic plan might include?
  3. How should the strategic planning process be structured to incorporate a broad level of engagement and input across the campus and community?
A detailed report on the content of these discussions can be found here. The next steps are to develop a proposed planning process and share it with governance groups for feedback before circulating to the whole campus. As this work proceeds, we will provide regular updates by email and on the website. We also welcome your ongoing input, and have created an email address that we will use to gather broad feedback throughout the planning process: future@umflint.edu. Please feel free to share your ideas, including answers to the questions above.
 

September 18, 2016

To:                 UM-Flint Faculty and Staff
From:             Sue Borrego
Date:              September 18, 2016
Subject:         Update on Strategic Planning
 

I’m writing with an update on strategic planning. Much was accomplished under UM-Flint’s previous strategic plan, which expires in 2016. Among our achievements, we launched new academic programs; made progress in enrollment; increased our hiring of tenured and tenure-track faculty; and launched our capital campaign.

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we have an opportunity now to plan for UM-Flint’s future: building on our strengths, shoring up areas where we are not living up to our potential, and investing to achieve our goals. A strategic plan will enable us to compete for students and better support them, continue to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff, and contribute to a thriving community in Flint.

This planning process will only be successful if we engage and listen to a wide range of voices across our faculty, staff, student body, alumni and other supporters, and members of the Flint community. We will be seeking broad input to design a process that is inclusive and transparent, and to develop a robust and ambitious strategic plan. Doug Knerr and I have already begun conversations with governance groups to get advice about process.

As I noted earlier, we have engaged Julie Peterson and Lisa Rudgers to help us move the planning forward efficiently, because we know lengthy processes can create “planning fatigue.” Lisa and Julie will be with us this week to meet with a number of groups to get their early thoughts. This is just the beginning of what will be a highly engaged process, and all members of the faculty and staff will have multiple opportunities to provide input, along with many other important stakeholders who care about the future of UM-Flint.

We will continue to keep you informed and share ways for you to get involved.

Warmly,

Sue Borrego