UW-Green Bay invites public to strategic planning sessions

Community members, alumni and others interested in the future of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are invited to participate in one of two public sessions this month intended to help develop a strategic plan to guide institutional priorities.

Sessions will take place at 9:30 a.m. each of the next two Saturdays (April 10 and 17) at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay.

Trained facilitators will lead the participants in a form of “affinity mapping” to gather ideas related to potential challenges and opportunities for UW-Green Bay over the next five to seven years. Each session will last no more than two hours. Those interested in participating are asked to register in advance with the Chancellor’s Office, (920) 465-2207 or chancellor@uwgb.edu. Additional information is available on the web at www.uwgb.edu/chancellor/forums.

Members of UW-Green Bay advisory boards and councils have been invited to another session, later this month. Additionally, a series of gatherings on campus will invite participation from current UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff members.

Chancellor Thomas K. Harden says he is hopeful common themes will emerge as University stakeholders help inventory the institution’s competitive advantages, opportunities, threats, and current or potential demand for services. These strategic themes might also involve basic questions about current operating policies, resource limitations and the institution’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

“I need your help in identifying major areas for enhancement, advancement and investment,” Harden said in extending his invitation to campus and community. “These are the big ideas that provide the basis for a shared vision. What are your dreams for this University?”

UW-Green Bay expects to finalize and distribute its new strategic plan by November 2010. The plan would then be a resource for University leadership and the campuswide Planning and Budget Council during preparation and review of the 2011-13 biennial budget early next year.

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