Why a Strategy Refresh?


Five years ago, the University of Utah crafted a roadmap to 2020 based on four overarching goals: knowledge transfer, student success, community engagement and long-term vitality. As an institution, we’ve made great strides in each area. Now, our target year is upon us. That, coupled with the evolving landscape of higher education, notable demographic change in our state and new senior leadership, means it is time to rethink how we will meet our four goals moving forward.

We need smart growth strategies to guide the future expansion of our student body and our campus and to meet the needs of our state. Higher education is ripe for innovation and we want to harness the creative power of our campus community in coming up with a blueprint for the future.

It’s time to reset our aspirations for 2020 to 2025 — and we need your help!


Our strategy refresh is framed by these four goals:


Achieving these goals is influenced by these dynamic factors:

Growing and changing

Needs of the 21st
century workforce

Lifelong education

Leveraging our unique

The Process


In spring 2019, President Ruth Watkins and Senior Vice Presidents Dan Reed and Mike Good launched the university’s strategy refresh initiative, a participatory process to surface innovative ideas and strategies that will strengthen the U’s research and scholarship, education, community engagement and economic development contributions over the next five years.

Our broad, crowdsourcing approach encourages dialogue and action from all campus and community stakeholders, with particular emphasis on bringing together ideas that bridge traditional disciplinary and unit boundaries.

In conjunction with the university-wide strategy refresh initiative, SVPs Dan Reed and Mike Good are running complementary processes that delve deeper into the issues related to Academic Affairs and Health Sciences.


In spring 2019, President Ruth Watkins launched the strategy refresh initiative, a campus-wide, participatory process, to develop a strategic plan for the University of Utah for 2020-2025.


SVP Dan Reed launched the Educational Futures and Student Success Task Force , which consists of six working groups, to analyze and recommend strategies for smart growth, higher graduation rates, and innovative educational offerings to meet workforce and demographic change.

U of U

As our communities grow, age, and expand geographically, we have a responsibility to serve them with even greater impact. U of U Health Strategy Refresh is harnessing the collective power of our clinical care, research, and education missions to improve health for individuals and communities in Utah and beyond.

How We Will Get There

How You Can Participate


We value the innovation and expertise of all of you—our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters—and ask you to join us in creating the U’s new 2020-2025 strategic vision. 

We invite you to submit an idea using this online form and join us at a campus-wide town hall where we will share more information and foster a discussion on how to achieve our primary goals and elevate our university as a model for the nation.

Attend a Town Hall


Fall 2019 Town halls

September 11, 3 to 5 p.m.
Student Success, SFEBB, Child Hall

October 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
Community Engagement, Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

October 16, 3 to 5 p.m.
Knowledge Transfer, Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

October 30, 3 to 5 p.m.
Ensuring Vitality, Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

Submit Your Idea


The online proposal deadline for the Strategy Refresh process was November 1, 2019. University leadership is currently reviewing submissions. We will announce more on Strategy Refresh in spring 2020. Thank you for your participation in helping shape the future of the University of Utah.

Submit Comments


University administration welcomes ongoing insights, comments and ideas from our campus community to inform our Strategy Refresh 2025 process. Please include your ideas here:

Strategy Refresh Comment Submission
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