The University of Illinois began its strategic planning process in early 2005. The fundamental intent of this process was "to combine academic excellence with an unprecedented commitment to innovation, quality, and service so that each campus and support organization is the best among its peers and is recognized as such." The University community worked from March 2005 through June 2006 to develop strategic plans for the University as a whole (Stage 1); for the three University campuses, University Administration, University of Illinois Alumni Association, and University of Illinois Foundation (Stage 2); and for each school, college, and major administrative unit (Stage 3). Four of the strategic priorities that emerged from this multi-stage planning process are to:
Realizing each of these priorities will be dependent upon effective strategy execution at all levels of the University, which in turn requires effective and creative leadership, adequate resources, and appropriate accountability mechanisms. The University has created annual progress reports to serve as one accountability mechanism. The reports - developed collaboratively and with input from many individuals and groups across the University - include data and other information regarding the context and challenges for plan execution and key accomplishments and progress toward the strategies and goals underlying each of the five priorities. In addition, information is presented on the University's effectiveness in securing the necessary resources for plan execution through "the Compact," as well as a prospective look at plans and challenges for the coming year.
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