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Finalizing the Plan

Thank you to all the UC Merced stakeholders who reviewed and commented on the draft strategic plan over April and May. Seven-hundred and seventy-seven unique individuals checked out the Review the Draft plan page. Sixty-four submitted responses. Comments were also solicited and received from the Academic Senate, which followed its own internal review process.  

Under the guidance of the Strategic Plan Governance Committee, community responses to the following two questions were used to finalize the plan by Fall 2021:

  • What do you find most exciting and/or valuable about the plan?  
  • What could be clarified in the plan? 

This input has also informed how the campus approaches the plan’s implementation.

Developed with the input of stakeholders from across the UC Merced community, the plan is truly a reflection of our shared ambitions to expand the reach of our mission by focusing our energies on its core, to bring - in partnership with surrounding communities - the benefits of a research university to a historically underserved student body and region of California. 

The plan puts forward a set of institutional goals and a process by which the campus will achieve those goals as it continues to grow and develop into an institution of 15,000 students and pursue our ambition to be the youngest university ever to achieve a very high research (R1) designation in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Stay tuned for updates as the start of fall semester approaches.