The university-wide strategic planning process, “Dare to Dream,” began in 2020 with the goal of guiding UH to its centennial and beyond. With the help of faculty, staff and students, we will define our priorities yielding a road map for turning our dreams into reality. Together, we will have a profound and lasting impact on our university and our city.
Strategic Planning Process
|1||Form Committees and Establish Timeline
Oct - Dec 2019
|2||Hold Listening Sessions, Collect Surveys
Jan - Feb 2020
|3||Perform SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) Analysis
Mar - Apr 2020
Mar - Apr 2020
|5||Establish Key Priorities and Initiatives
May - Aug 2020
|6||Refine Initiatives Around Key Priorities
Aug - Sep 2020
|7||Conduct Focus Groups Around Emerging Priorities; Begin Implementation Design
|8||Finalize Strategic Plan and Implementation Process
Nov - Dec 2020
Roll Out of Strategic Plan
Schedule for College SOAR Analysis Sessions and UH Community Listening Sessions
Campus-Wide Listening Sessions
|Complete||Space City Room, Student Center South|
|Complete||Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library|
|Complete||Room 110, Building 4, Technology Bridge|
College SOAR Sessions
|Complete||University Libraries||Rockwell Pavilion|
|Complete||The Honors College||Commons, Honors College|
|Complete||Cullen College of Engineering||L2D2|
|Complete||Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design||Room 120, Mashburn Gallery|
|Complete||Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management||Conrad Hilton Ballroom|
|Complete||College of Medicine||Room 186, Health 1 (TSO Auditorium)|
|Complete||College of Technology (Sugar Land)||Room 249, SAB1, UHSL|
|Complete||College of Nursing||363 Brazos Hall, UHSL|
|Complete||Hobby School of Public Affairs||Room 315 McElhinney Hall|
|Complete||College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics||SEC 102|
|Complete||C. T. Bauer College of Business||160 Melcher Hall|
|Complete||College of Technology||KIVA Room, Farish Hall|
|Complete||UH Law Center||144 BLB|
|Complete||Graduate College of Social Work||SW 101|
|Complete||College of Education||101 Farish Hall|
|Complete||College of Optometry||TSO Auditorium|
|Complete||College of Pharmacy||Room 3050, Health 2|
|Complete||College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences||SEC102|
|Complete||Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts||Dudley Hall|
|Complete||Provost’s Cabinet||210 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Deans’ Council||220 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Graduate and Professional Studies Committee (GPSC)||306 MD Anderson|
|Complete||Staff Council||306 MD Anderson|
|Complete||College Business Administrators||220 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Undergraduate Associate Deans||220 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Graduate Associate Deans||306 MD Anderson Library|
|Complete||General Counsel||311Q E. Cullen|
|Complete||UH at Sugar Land & UH at Katy Faculty and Staff||Room 103B, Brazos Hall|
|Complete||Undergraduate Committee (UC)||220-U, MD Anderson Library|
|Complete||Department Chairs #1||220 E. Cullen|
|Complete||SGA||Room 204 (Senate Chamber), Student Center North|
|Complete||Athletics||AD Conference Room, Suite 2002, Alumni Building|
|Complete||Administration and Finance||226 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Department Chairs #2||Rockwell Pavilion|
|Complete||President’s Cabinet||220 E. Cullen|
|Complete||Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)||Space City Room, Student Center South|
|Complete||Student Affairs and Enrollment Services||Room 204 (Senate Chamber), Student Center North|
|Complete||Faculty Senate Executive Committee||306 MD Anderson|
UH Strategic Planning Management Committee
Paula Myrick Short
Raymond S. Bartlett
Paul A. Pavlou
David Ashley White
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of the strategic plan? Why does the University need one?
As the University of Houston approaches its centennial, the development of a new strategic plan offers an opportunity for UH to dream about the future. Past strategic plans have resulted in many of our University’s major achievements to date. The strategic plan currently in development will include thematic areas, goals, strategies, tactics and metrics. It will yield a road map for turning these dreams into reality. It will guide our ambitions, improvement efforts and institutional investments to the centennial and beyond.
How will the new strategic plan be developed?
The process begins at the grassroots level. Broad participation in the strategic planning process is critical to the University's success.
UH faculty, staff and students will be invited to listening sessions to gather ideas and input about the big things that UH can do over the next five to 10 years. During these listening sessions, the UH community is encouraged to suggest goals and strategies that will focus UH’s energies and resources on the most pressing issues that we are distinctively positioned to address. A consultant will facilitate the collection of these ideas and assisting with environmental analyses, out of which themes will emerge. We will solicit input from our external stakeholders to ensure our plan addresses our impact on all aspects of the city of Houston.
Who will have input into the plan?
Input and ideas from all faculty, staff, alumni and students are welcome — and essential — as we chart the path forward for UH. Think BIG. What BIG things would you like UH to achieve in the next 10-25 years? What multidimensional approaches can the institution take to achieve these significant goals?
Who will decide which ideas move forward?
Analysis of data collected during listening sessions and SOAR assessments will inform the development of a list of emerging themes, priorities, and directions, which will be presented to the Strategic Planning Management Committee.
The Strategic Planning Management Committee will appoint “flash groups” (comprised of faculty and staff subject matter experts) tasked with researching and developing these emerging themes more deeply. The flash groups are expected to look at specialized topics and related questions.
Once these emerging priorities are more clearly refined by the “flash groups” and Strategic Planning Management Committee, they will be tested with the UH community and stakeholders for additional feedback. The strategic plan is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
What is a SOAR assessment?
SOAR is a strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results analysis used in strategic planning. It helps to focus an organization on its current strengths and vision of the future to develop strategic goals. SOAR also focuses on the aspirations and the potential of an organization.
How can the university stakeholders give their input?
Each of the 17 academic colleges will participate in SOAR assessments with their faculty and staff. Listening sessions will also be held with established campus groups such as the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and Staff Council. Additional listening sessions will be scheduled and open to the entire campus community. Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to provide feedback via a brief online survey.
What is the role of the Strategic Planning Management Committee?
The UH Strategic Planning Management Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students from across campus and is responsible for seeking input from the UH community to inform the development of the strategic plan. The group will ensure that the process is driven from the bottom up and they are tasked with garnering widespread participation from the UH community.
What is the timeline for developing the plan?
Spring 2020: Listening sessions; collect stakeholder input via forums, surveys and interviews. Conduct SWOT/SOAR analysis.
Spring-Summer 2020: Analyze data to establish key priorities and initiatives. Review priorities with UH stakeholders through additional series of listening sessions. Begin draft of strategic plan. Share draft with UH community for feedback.
Fall 2020: Finalize strategic plan and related communications.
The UH System Board of Regents is expected to review the strategic plan by the end of 2020.