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Over the next decade, the UC Merced Strategic Plan 2021-2031 will be implemented through coupled annual planning and resource allocation processes.

Initiated in academic year 2021-22, these processes involve three components:

  1. Academic and administrative divisions aligning their work to the campus strategic plan

  2. Planning teams facilitating institutional, cross-division planning

  3. Resources being allocated in support of the priorities outlined in the strategic plan

A summary of the work accomplished in AY 2021-22 can be found here or via the menu at the far left.

Starting in AY 2022-23, annually the campus will evaluate progress on the strategic plan and assess approaches and timelines for meeting the strategic plan objectives in light of the campus's current context. 

As the strategic plan oversight committee for the campus, the Senior Administrators' Council will oversee the plan's implementation. This includes tracking progress on the plan and advising on resource allocation in support of the plan. 

Divisional Support for the Strategic Plan

On an ongoing basis, academic and administrative divisions will consider how their work advances achievement of the strategic plan.

These efforts will enable academic and administrative divisions to identify

• what they already do that supports the plan

• areas to emphasize and prioritize for additional investment 

• over time, new priorities for investment

As part of this work, divisions will collaborate with planning teams to enable coordinated and appropriately sequenced growth and development of the campus.

Starting in spring 2023, these plans will be summarized and made public as division strategic plans, with the expectation that plans will be reviewed and updated annually.


Planning Teams

Strategic planning teams will steward the development of institutional-level efforts in support of the strategic plan goals.

With responsibility for one or more objectives of the strategic plan, each team will work with the relevant units to develop, and iteratively update with each planning cycle, pathways for realizing the objective(s). These pathways will outline the institution-level work the campus needs to undertake and the investments needed to achieve the objectives. In this way, planning teams will help the campus develop the institutional infrastructure and support necessary to become an R1 campus of 15,000 well-supported undergraduate and graduate students in an empowering and equitable place to learn.

Established in 2021-22, these teams will be developing and implementing a regular consultation cycle with relevant parties.

Annually, each planning team will generate and present a summary of its work to the Senior Administrators’ Council and to the campus community. Summaries of planning team work, by academic year, can be found via the menu in the upper left of this page.