In Spring 2010, UCA began the process of developing a long-term strategic plan to guide the university over the next five years. Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Schaefer and with the guidance of consultant Dr. David McFarland, the Strategic Planning and Resource Council and its associated task forces drafted the following documents:
- Planning Assumptions,
- Driving Forces,
- Institutional Distinctiveness,
- Vision, Mission,
- and Core Values.
Six strategic goals were developed by the entire university community in Fall 2010. During the following months, meetings and forums were held to develop specific initiatives aimed at advancing the strategic goals. By May 2011, the complete Strategic Plan had been approved by the entire university community and the UCA Board of Trustees.
To ensure ongoing monitoring, review, and revision of the strategic plan, the Strategic Planning and Resource Council (SPARC) was restructured in April 2012 to create a SPARC Executive Committee, a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) and a Strategic Budgeting Advisory Committee (SBAC) with a single Chair serving all three committees. This structure was designed to provide stronger integration between the budget and the strategic plan with a resultant increased emphasis on accomplishment of the strategic goals of the university.
Strategic Plan Approved by UCA Board of Trustees, May 6, 2011. Goals and Objectives updated December 2012.