The University of Iowa


Charge to the Path Forward Steering Committee and Work Groups

The Path Forward Steering Committee (PFSC), composed of leaders of UI shared governance, has been created to advance the implementation of the UI Strategic Plan (UISP). The PFSC has convened four work groups that will develop specific, actionable recommendations to the president and other responsible campus decision-makers on how to accomplish the goals of the UISP. To focus their efforts, the PFSC and its work groups have developed annual work plans that include prioritized critical tasks, objectives, and tactics, and have identified those responsible campus individuals or entities. The four work groups are: (1) Student Success; (2) Research and Discovery; (3) Engagement; and (4) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Collaboration. The work plans emphasize activities that are achievable, measurable, and promote the vision and goals of the university.

Each of the four work groups has chosen critical tasks (from the UI Strategic Plan) on which to focus during the calendar year. The work groups have identified objectives and tactics to guide progress on the prioritized critical tasks within the coming year. These objectives might be achievable in a one-year timeframe or aspirational with specific annual benchmarks to measure progress toward achievement of the objectives within a two- to three-year period. At the conclusion of the calendar year, each work group will prepare an annual report identifying progress made toward achieving the identified critical tasks as well as the goals of the UI Strategic Plan. We expect that critical tasks can be added, modified, or carried forward from year to year. Of particular importance are critical tasks that may not already be undertaken in other campus committees/units.

Work groups are encouraged to engage additional university (and beyond) stakeholders and experts as they initiate their efforts on specific objectives, and to draw upon the work of previous Path Forward Teams—the Strategy Implementation Team and the Operations Team. The work groups will work collaboratively with existing campus committees or other work groups on issues of mutual interest. Work groups will be expected to meet with and present periodic progress reports to the PFSC, at least once per semester.

Progress Report and Forum

April 30, 2019 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Iowa Theater (room 166, Iowa Memorial Union)

On April 30, four Path Forward work groups will publicly present at an open forum about the progress they’ve made over the previous year. Since spring 2018, these work groups have collaborated with campus partners to complete or advance selected tasks from the UI Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

All University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the open forum, provide feedback, and make suggestions regarding what tasks the work groups should target in the coming year.

Last year, each Path Forward work group identified two to four critical tasks in the strategic plan and compiled them in a 2018 Work Plan that focused their efforts. In addition to being reviewed at the forum, details on the tasks and progress made are available in the updated 2018 Work Plan.

Progress made by the work groups includes but is not limited to identifying critical competencies for ensuring student success, collecting best practices for post-doctoral fellowships, planning expanded engagement with Iowans, and assessing campus efforts at supporting first-generation and underrepresented students.

Anyone unable to attend the forum is invited to share their thoughts online at Path Forward contact page.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Ted Yanecek in advance at (319) 335-0004 or