OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
Our strategic planning process was a broad and inclusive effort that engaged a diverse set of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners. An 12-person Executive Committee and an 11-person Steering Committee led this important effort, supported by higher education consultants from Huron.
The Executive Committee, composed of members of UTRGV’s Executive Cabinet, oversaw the strategic planning process and provided guidance to the Steering Committee in their drafting of the strategic plan.
The Steering Committee, composed of faculty and staff from colleges, schools, and units across UTRGV, participated in milestone meetings, reviewed market analysis and stakeholder input, facilitated the discovery of ideas and opportunities, and developed the draft plan.
Throughout this process, we engaged our community through a series of focus groups, surveys, and interviews. The Committees also reviewed market analysis, peer benchmarking, and a SWOT analysis to inform this effort. Information gathered and input received is reflected in both the foundation and priorities of this strategic plan.
23 Committee Members
23 Committee members comprised of faculty and staff led the strategic planning process and developed our new priority areas of focus.
1,033 Responses Recorded
1,033 faculty, staff, and students participated in a stakeholder survey and provided input on open-ended questions.
18 Focus Groups and Interviews Conducted
Over 100 faculty, staff, and students participated in virtual focus groups and provided input on emerging strategic priorities.
29 Case Studies Completed
The Committees reviewed case studies of UTRGV’s peers and innovators to support the refinement of strategic opportunities.
Following the launch of the strategic plan, we will provide opportunities for ongoing community engagement and feedback, and identification of new initiatives to achieve our ambitions. Our strategic plan will continue to integrate, reflect, and respond to the needs of UTRGV and the Rio Grande Valley.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Dr. MaryJane Lewitt, School of Nursing
- Dr. Christian Corrales, Division of Governmental and Community Relations
- Nicole Englitsch, Office of Human Resources
- Noelynn Llasos, Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship
- Dr. Karin Lewis, College of Education and P-16 Integration
- Dr. Kurt Martinez, School of Music
- Nancy Nadeau, School of Nursing
- Dara Newton, Office of Strategic Enrollment and Student Affairs
- Dr. Volker Quetschke, College of Sciences
- Dr. Adrian Sandoval, School of Medicine
- Dr. Christine Shupala, Office of Institutional Accreditation
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Dr. Guy Bailey, President
- Dr. Janna Arney, Executive Vice President and Provost
- Eloy Alaniz, Audits and Consulting Services
- Doug Arney, Administration Support Services
- Chasse Conque, Athletics
- Veronica Gonzales, Governmental and Community Relations
- Dr. Parwinder Grewal, Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development
- Dr. Maggie Hinojosa, Strategic Enrollment and Student Affairs
- Dr. Michael Hocker, School of Medicine
- Mike James, Human Resources
- Michael Mueller, Finance and Planning
- Dr. Kelly Nassour, Institutional Advancement
Throughout the strategic planning process, we engaged a diverse set of community members through focus groups, interviews, and campus-wide surveys, which helped form key themes and new areas of focus. In total, over 1,100 stakeholders participated in the planning process.
- Focus Groups
- Academic Advising Center
- B3 Institute
- Economic Development
- Faculty Senate
- Office of Student Success
- School of Medicine
- Staff Senate
- Student Government Association
- Women’s Faculty Network
- Community Partners
- Employer Partners
The strategic planning process took approximately twelve months, beginning in August 2021 and concluding in July 2022. The process was divided into six phases, as outlined below.