Strategic Values: Summary of the process

Pre-input

In late summer 2018, President Ferrini-Mundy met with her leadership team to create a process by which the University of Maine could build on the successes of its previous strategic plan. The team drafted value statements and outlined a comprehensive but nimble means of incorporating input from all stakeholders about our collective vision for the university.

Input

In October 2018, draft value statements were shared with UMaine’s Board of Visitors. On November 15, 2018, President Ferrini-Mundy and Provost Hecker launched the public phase of the Strategic Visioning work at a large forum attended in person and remotely by University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members. All attendees were invited to ask questions and share feedback via online and text options.

At the forum, the President announced her charge to the Provost: lead this work, gather input from a broad array of constituents, and develop the plan in a timely manner.

In late November and early December, Provost Hecker held three more fora at the University of Maine, and, with President Ferrini-Mundy and UMM Head of Campus Andy Egan, one at the University of Maine at Machias. Feedback from each was collected, transcribed and aggregated.

In January 2019, the Provost asked vice presidents, deans and directors to collect feedback about the value statements from their units. Concurrently, additional input was gathered from pop-up sessions with students, staff and the Boards of Visitors. All input received by February 15, 2019 informed the final strategic value statements.

Phase Three: Identifying Goals, Strategies, and Key Indicators

Beginning March 1, 2019, Provost Hecker asked the campus communities to consider the following three questions: First, given our strategic values, what broad goals should the university pursue that would realize these values? Second, what are the strategies that will help us achieve these goals? Finally, what are the key indicators that will allow us to measure our progress and success?

Provost Hecker led fora at the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine in March and April, 2019. These interactive workshops facilitated the creation of hundreds of goals, strategies, and key indicators. Additionally, staff and faculty hosted pop-up sessions all over campus and at the Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center. Deans, department heads, and several individuals also responded to Provost Hecker’s request for input with comprehensive and thoughtful reports.

In May 2019, President Ferrini-Mundy will present a draft version of the University’s goals and strategies to the Academic and Student Affairs subcommittee of the UMS Board of Trustees.