The purpose of the Path Forward teams is to create a continuous process to support the vision and goals articulated in the University of Iowa Strategic Plan. The Strategy Implementation Team (SIT) will drive an ongoing, active process to identify, prioritize, and recommend actions on institutional initiatives, generally with timeframes of one to five years. The Operations Team (OT) will maintain a continuous, collaborative process to review ongoing institutional/Regent/state responsibilities, and identify, study, and recommend actions on institutional initiatives within times of zero to 18 months.

The work of the teams will emphasize the role of faculty, staff, and student leaders in the development of the vision and institutional needs and requirements. These campus leaders represent diverse interests and perspectives. The teams will coordinate their activities with the President’s Cabinet and regularly report to the UI community on progress toward achieving the vision and goals of the Strategic Plan.

Ongoing work of the Strategy Implementation Team (SIT) will:

  • Emphasize the role of administrators and faculty/staff leaders in the development of a vision and corresponding execution.
  • Be based on continuous evaluation of external factors, direction of higher education, weighing alternatives, etc.
  • Be driven by perception of gaps between the UI’s current and future states.
  • Address various institutional long-term needs (one to five years) that enable success.
  • Clearly define the appropriate future state.
  • Coordinate with the Path Forward–Operations Team and UI President’s Cabinet.
  • Assess and build capabilities to reach future state.

Ongoing work of the Operations Team (OT) will:

  • Emphasize the role of a broad-based, collaborative team in maintaining progress on critical zero- to 18-month institutional needs and requirements.
  • Utilize the diverse representation of the team and additional content experts to gain university-wide understanding of and commitment to zero- to 18-month issues.
  • Consider and advance understanding of internal and external factors impacting zero- to 18-month issues and future-state objectives.
  • Be driven to enable future-state vision objectives targeted by the UI Strategic Plan and the Path Forward–Strategy Implementation Team.
  • Identify and study new opportunities that make the future-state objectives feasible, while addressing current and pressing institutional issues. 
  • Coordinate with the Path Forward–Strategy Implementation Team and UI President’s Cabinet. 


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The Strategy Implementation Team (SIT) and the Operations Team (OT) will utilize a similar, three-step process as they develop recommendations on the issues to be addressed by their respective groups.

Agree on the Most Pressing Issues/Agree on Issues to be Tracked and Managed

Input will be solicited from the leaders of campus shared governance groups: Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government. These groups will submit a prioritized list of issues to the teams for consideration. The list of issues submitted by the shared governance groups for consideration during 2017 can be found by clicking on this “top ten issues” link.   Ideas and issues will also be submitted by central administration and the campus community.

Develop Clear Strategic Execution Plans

Team members will be assigned, as part of a subcommittee, to each issue and will gather relevant data. Additionally, campus subject matter experts will be called upon to assist the subcommittee. The subcommittee will develop recommendations for consideration by either the SIT or OT at their monthly meetings.

Build Ongoing Accountability

The teams will present periodic progress reports to the UI community. Results will be shared with senior university leadership and reviewed with the President's Cabinet. Ongoing efforts and organization of the teams will also be reviewed and refined.