The University of Iowa

Strategic Plan 2021-2026: Frequently Asked Questions

Strategic Plan 2021-2026: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How will the Path Forward Steering Committee engage with the UI community to get feedback?

A: The Path Forward Steering Committee will host Town Hall events at various points in the process to ensure we receive feedback. In addition, members of the Steering Committee will be visiting various intact groups, such as charter committees, governance groups, departmental and collegiate committees, and student organizations to share updates on the plan and solicit feedback. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting for your group, please contact Sarah Hansen at or 335-1168.

Q: How will funds be allocated to support the strategic plan?

A: The strategic plan will be implemented by Path Forward Work Groups which include faculty, staff, students, and partners. Work Groups will serve as a funnel for ideas related to the strategic plan. They will assess and move forward potential projects to the Path Forward Steering Committee which will be able to provide pilot funds for projects. After pilot completion, project sponsors will either incorporate the project into their organizational budget or end the project, based on project outcomes.

Q: A lot can change in five years. How will we ensure the plan doesn’t become outdated?

A: The Path Forward Work Groups will submit yearly plans focused on accomplishing critical tasks and reporting progress. These plans enable us to be more fluid in addressing tasks in a timely manner, as well as adjusting tasks when needed due to environmental or organizational changes.

Q: How does the institutional plan relate to the individual plans that each college or department may have?

A: We have eleven colleges and numerous administrative units with their own unique needs and goals. Collegiate/VP unit plans drive progress toward these unique goals, while the UI plan helps us strategically invest in our core functions, identify areas of opportunity that can drive new collaborations and discoveries, and examine areas of additional support needed to ensure faculty, staff, and student success.