The deeper UW System leaders venture into their series of strategic planning listening sessions around the state, the stronger the common themes they are hearing from community leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders.

“Part of strategic planning is to understand what the stakeholders want and how you fit into that,” UW System President Ray Cross told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram during the UW-Eau Claire listening sessions hosted on Oct. 14. “What do you want from the university? Where are we doing well? What kinds of things should we be putting a greater priority on?”

Staff photo by Marisa Wojcik Durwin Long, director of Continuing Education at UW-Eau Claire, speaks at a table during the ecomony listening session. [The University of Wisconsin System hosted an economy listening session Wednesday at the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire Campus. Local community and business leaders sat in small groups and had timed discussions facilitated by UW Extension representatives. The listening sessions are being held across the state as a way to help develop a new strategic plan for the UW System.]

Photo by Marisa Wojcik, Leader-Telegram
Durwin Long, director of Continuing Education at UW-Eau Claire, speaks at a table during the economy listening session. The University of Wisconsin System hosted an economy listening session Oct. 22 at the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire Campus.

The UW-Eau Claire session followed one at UW-Superior on Oct. 14. The two-day series gave dozens of stakeholders in northwest Wisconsin a chance to share needs and vision for the UW System’s future.

The two listening sessions followed others at UW-La Crosse, UW-Green Bay, UW-Platteville and UW-Oshkosh. Students, staff and faculty members at the institutions have been sharing their feedback in campus-community listening sessions and online surveys.

The statewide listening external-constituent sessions tour continues at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee on Oct. 22 and Oct. 28, respectively, before concluding at UW-Parkside on Nov. 3.