The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the UW System’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan on Dec. 8, 2022.
The University of Wisconsin System will deliver transformative educational outcomes and research that expands the boundaries of knowledge. We will work to extend the value of our universities beyond the boundaries of the campuses, seeking to enhance the quality of life for all in Wisconsin and beyond, in fulfillment of the Wisconsin Idea.
- Commitment to Stewardship
- Enhance the student experience and social mobility.
- Foster civic engagement and serve the public good.
- Create and disseminate knowledge that contributes to innovation and a better understanding of the human condition.
- Advance economic prosperity.
What are UWSA Core Values?
Our purpose drives all that we do.
- Student-centered: A primary reason for our existence is to serve our students. We do so by fostering excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service, and by supporting our students to reach their full potential.
- Pursuit of truth: We support the pursuit of truth that drives the core research mission and serves as a foundation for teaching and learning.
- Advancement of knowledge: The dissemination of knowledge, discovery of new truths and areas of inquiry, and the search for a deeper understanding of our world and our place in it are central to our work.
- Service: An essential aspect of the System and the universities that comprise it is to serve the State of Wisconsin and the public good.
We value and promote all who work, live, and learn in the System, as well as those in communities we serve across the state.
- Collaboration and teamwork: We appreciate and understand that our best work is done working together in teams in a collaborative and supportive environment.
- Diversity: We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These principles are key to our long-term success.
- Mutual respect and trust: We support an environment of civility, trust, collegiality, open and honest communication, and mutual respect by building a sense of community and caring among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Commitment to Stewardship
We are accountable to each other, to the System, and to the Wisconsin Idea. The decisions we make are focused on the best interests of those who work and learn at the universities in the System and the State of Wisconsin.
- Accountability: We are committed to live our core values and deliver excellence every day. As a premier public university system, we are committed to providing an excellent educational experience for our students while ensuring accessibility, affordability, and cost-effectiveness.
- Integrity: We adhere to high standards of ethics and professionalism and safeguard the reputation of our universities and the System.
- Innovation: We understand the importance of adapting to changing conditions in the world by being open to new ideas and continuously seeking solutions to challenges.
- Sustainability: We take the long-term view to ensure we are structured and supported to serve the people of Wisconsin for generations to come. We will leave the System better than we found it.
Strategies, Roles, & Success Measures
Enhance the Student Experience and Social Mobility
|UW SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION ROLE
|S1. We will increase access to higher education and improve rates of success for historically underserved students.
|1.1 Relentlessly pursue student aid resources as a means of removing financial barriers
1.2 Coordinate with the universities to identify and support best practices in collaboration with K-12 schools, technical colleges, and other educational partners to promote transition into, and success at, our universities
1.3 Conduct regular affordability reviews to ensure our universities remain a top value in higher education compared to their peers
|Increase access and improve rates of success of historically underserved populations, including low-income, first generation, and underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities.
|S2. We will champion student success across the higher education life cycle.
|2.1 Support the universities in the provision of robust academic advising, career advising, and mental health support to students
2.2 Assist the universities in expanding high-impact practices to students across the curriculum
2.3 Enhance our focus on achieving a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our students
2.4 Work in collaboration with the universities to develop greater online capacity to support hybrid learning for in-residence students
2.5 Assist the universities in enhancing online educational opportunities for adult learners
2.6 Coordinate with the universities to provide state-of-the-art facilities and digital platforms for student learning and academic excellence
2.7 Review and modify or eliminate any System policies that have a negative impact on the ability of the universities to meet the academic and career advising and student mental health needs
|Ensure excellence in teaching and learning through evidence-based practices and be national leaders in educating and developing lifelong learners and engaged citizens.
|S3. We will promote excellence in teaching and prioritize the recruitment, development, and retention of high-quality, diverse faculty and staff.
|3.1 Advance an inclusive and engaging workplace
3.2 Secure the resources to provide competitive compensation packages
3.3 Coordinate with universities to enhance professional development that fosters career progression
3.4 Assist the universities in recruiting, developing, and retaining a high-quality, diverse, and innovative faculty and staff
Foster Civic Engagement and Service the Public Good
|UW SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION ROLE
|S4. We will champion the democratic principles of free expression, academic freedom, and civil discourse.
|4.1 Amplify the efforts of the universities to be public advocates and a resource for K-12 schools around free expression, academic freedom, and civil discourse
4.2 Measure student understanding of the First Amendment and principles of civil discourse
4.3 Develop resources for our universities to utilize to preserve and promote these values
4.4 Work with the universities to identify priority areas for strengthening or clarifying policies on cultivating critical thinking, civil discourse, freedom of expression, and academic freedom on all campuses and for all communities
|Demonstrate success through survey results
|S5. We will ensure our universities are financially and environmentally sustainable so that they are positioned to fulfill their strategic missions.
|5.1 Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including the legislature and business community
5.2 Implement shared services in a cost-effective manner that preserves benefits for our universities
5.3 Assess a campus-flexible approach for periodic tuition adjustments and expanding differential tuition opportunities to fund higher-cost programs
5.4 Provide support to the universities to grow philanthropic giving, including leveraging national foundation requests and System specific grants to support System-wide initiatives
5.5 Champion the effort to allow universities to retain the full benefit of the Wisconsin/Minnesota reciprocity arrangement
5.6 Advocate for resources for the university, helping stakeholders understand the significant positive economic impact of our
5.7 Identify sound financial vehicles and revenue-securing
5.8 Employ zero-based budgeting principles at the UW System Administration level
5.9 Work with applicable universities to develop action/sustainability plans for the two-year campuses to ensure that they are financially viable
5.10 Apply principles of environmental sustainability with respect to the built environment
|Seek to position university budgets to support the objectives of the strategic plan
Maintain a CFI of 1.1 or greater at all universities, as a general marker of financial health
Eliminate structural financial deficits at all universities
Improve cybersecurity across the System
Create and Disseminate Knowledge that Contributes to Innovation and a Better Understanding of the Human Condition
|UW SYSTEM ADMINSTRATION ROLE
|S6. We will focus on being a global leader in research, scholarship, and creative activity, as well as knowledge dissemination that benefits society.
|6.1 Champion the production of knowledge and world-class research within the System, with particular emphasis on support and enhanced funding for the two R1 universities
6.2 Assist our comprehensive universities in identifying and securing enhanced funding for research and creative activities, which are important across all of our campuses
6.3 Work with the universities to expand the focus on environmental sustainability across both the curriculum and the research enterprise
6.4 Coordinate with the universities to respond to state and local challenges with research and policy support
6.5 Assist the universities in increasing research collaborations with industry partners
|Ensure a strong research infrastructure
|S7. We will foster a culture of innovation in support of advancing human knowledge and economic prosperity.
|7.1 Establish and convene, periodically, a System-wide “think tank” to identify and evaluate innovative concepts
7.2 Create an innovation fund to support new, pilot initiatives at the universities
7.3 Modify Regent and System policies, and advocate for changes in state and federal regulations and statutes, that unnecessarily impede innovation
7.4 Encourage a culture that recognizes that failure is a necessary by-product of an innovative process
|Award $1 million annually to support new university-driven initiatives
Advance Economic Prosperity
|UW SYSTEM ADMINSTRATION ROLE
|S8. We will provide support for the universities to drive enrollment to meet the needs of the state and the knowledge economy.
|8.1 Coordinate with the universities to support pilot innovative enrollment and transfer initiatives, and create policy flexibility to facilitate innovation
8.2 Leverage the UW brand through an umbrella marketing campaign to drive enrollment
8.3 Work with the universities to develop and evaluate, as appropriate, distance learning resources to complement the needs of adult learners
8.4 Assist the universities in differentiating themselves in the marketplace and establishing centers of excellence
|Grow the talent pipeline by graduating 41,000 students annually across the universities.
|S9. We will engage thoughtfully with the employer community to identify and address employer talent, support, and research needs.
|9.1 Encourage and celebrate efforts to provide an exceptional, effective, high-quality education to students that leaves graduates able to succeed professionally and personally
9.2 Work (in consultation with state government agencies) to understand present and future workforce needs for Wisconsin and how our universities can provide a strong talent pipeline
9.3 Seek input from Wisconsin employers regarding curriculum development and program array approvals in light of existing and anticipated talent needs
9.4 Expand access for entrepreneurs and businesses to System consulting resources, networks, and educational resources
9.5 Collaborate with the technical colleges and other institutions of higher education in Wisconsin to address educational opportunities and program array
9.6 Develop, as appropriate, micro-credentials and certificates and professional development activities
|Engage 500,000 state residents per year in Workforce/ Career Education/Professional Development, Community Engagement, and other high-demand programs.
Increase the percentage of new System graduates who remain in Wisconsin three years after graduation from 72% to 80%
Periodically survey Wisconsin employers and provide resulting data to the universities to inform their academic planning and career advising