Strat Planning funnel

The Strategic Planning process includes several listening sessions, surveys and stakeholder and expert group sessions to devise the future of the UW System from input across Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. – From the start, the University of Wisconsin System strategic planning effort has been described as a funnel, a process designed to capture and narrow down an early and widespread array of ideas from stakeholders throughout the state.

The first two months of 2016 were busy, as stakeholder groups and six expert groups at the narrowing end of that funnel have helped assign and advance priorities and goals destined for the final plan.

“It has been a quality effort, gathering much input from across Wisconsin,” UW System President Ray Cross reported to the Board of Regents at its February 5 meeting.

“Statewide listening sessions segued into two online surveys that generated approximately 4,500 responses,” Cross said. “Then, we scheduled six stakeholder group sessions to provide an initial layer of feedback to the first-waves of ideas generated.”

Expert group - Strat Planning

Several expert groups met in February 2016 to discuss data from the listening sessions and analyze metrics to determine next steps.


Throughout February, the expert groups—comprised of faculty, industry, community, and legislative leaders from throughout the state—gathered in Madison to continue the plan’s development, helping “refine the ideas and priorities and advance them to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee,” Cross said.

The process remains on target to produce a draft strategic plan ready to share with the Board of Regents and the public later this year.