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President Ricardo Romo and strategic planning participants

Strategic planning teams to survey UTSA community

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for Communications

(Oct. 10, 2006)--As part of the "UTSA 2016: Creating a Shared Vision" strategic planning process, members of the UTSA community will receive surveys seeking input to help shape the institution's evolution into a premier research university. Most surveys will be developed at the online Survey Monkey site and are uncomplicated and easy to complete.

"These surveys are an opportunity for faculty, students and staff to participate in the development of thematic directions that are critical to the long term success of the institution as we plan for what UTSA will be like in 2016," said President Ricardo Romo.

UTSA leadership participated in a two-day strategic planning retreat in May to discuss ways the university should grow, given its opportunities and challenges, over the next 10 years. At the conclusion of the retreat, nine central themes were selected for further research and discussion. On Sept. 22, leadership re-convened at the UTSA Downtown Campus for another full day of dedicated planning.

The surveys are being developed with nine central themes to solicit feedback from all UTSA constituencies. The nine strategic action themes are accountability, community engagement, enrollment management, globalization, research, infrastructure and facilities, resources, staff and faculty success, and student success.

UTSA Provost Rosalie Ambrosino echoes President Romo's sentiments and hopes everyone will take time to complete each strategic planning survey they receive.

"One insightful thing that came out of the retreat was the common desire for UTSA to remain inclusive, remain family, even in spite of our rapid growth," said Ambrosino. "We are all interested in including as many students, faculty and staff as possible in the discussions concerning the university's future."

In addition to electronic surveys, the Strategic Planning Team will conduct focus groups on certain topics.

UTSA's final strategic planning document is due to UT System for review by the end of 2006.

Read a summary of the "UTSA 2016: Creating a Shared Vision" strategic planning sessions (a pdf document).

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