President Larry Dietz appointed a twenty-four member Task Force to revise the University’s strategic plan, Educating Illinois 2013-2018 Individualized Attention, Shared Aspirations. He charged the Educating Illinois Task Force to review and update the strategic plan, building upon the success the University has accomplished since the inception of the first iteration of Educating Illinois. The Task Force was further charged to consult with the campus community, be well informed regarding the internal and external environments, and develop a new strategic plan that sets forth a direction to further advance the University in the coming years.
September 16, 2016 – President's State of the University Address announcement
Fall 2016 – Task Force constituted and planning process begins
Spring 2017* – Information gathering stage (see details below)
February - April 2017 – Open forums, online survey, focused discussions
Summer 2017 – Plan draft development
Fall 2017 – Consultation on plan draft
Spring 2018 – Shared governance endorsement of plan, Board of Trustees approval of plan
*During spring 2017, the Task Force sought input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community through an online survey, open forums, and focused discussions. Over 1,000 responses were gathered from the online survey and open forums. Groups consulted through focused discussions phase included:
The Task Force used the information and feedback it received from the consultation process to formulate a new strategic plan. The draft is scheduled to be released to the campus community in fall 2017 for review.