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UWF 2022-2027 Strategic Plan

The University of West Florida’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 builds upon the solid foundation of teaching, research and service established since we opened our doors in 1967. The plan is built on seven strategic directions and highlights priorities for transformation and growth. This plan was approved by the UWF Board of Trustees during the June 2022 meeting and by the Florida Board of Governors during the September 2022 meeting.

“Culture of Inclusion & Civility” and “Community & Economic Engagement” above overlapping circles showing “Student-Centered & Focused” and “Academic Programs & Scholarship,” on a foundation of “Employee Success,” “Operational Excellence” and “Infrastructure”

Strategic Direction 1: Student Centered and Focused

  • 1.1 Provide high impact educational and co-curricular learning experiences that inspire, engage, and prepare students to become knowledgeable citizens and successful in their careers and lives.
  • 1.2 Student recruitment and retention programming aligned with the University’s strategic enrollment plan.
  • 1.3 Adequate physical and virtual learning support opportunities for earning degrees and related credentials, including post-graduation. 
  • 1.4 Student awareness of available resources for support.

Strategic Direction 2: Employee Success

  • 2.1 Recruit and retain capable employees who support UWF’s mission, values, and strategic directions of service to the institution and the community.
  • 2.2 Provide adequate workforce flexibility to address market needs and demands.

Strategic Direction 3: Exceptional Academic Programming and Scholarship Aligned with State Needs

  • 3.1 Ensure excellent academic programs in areas of strategic importance to the University, region, and state.
  • 3.2 Enhanced student-faculty engagement.

Strategic Direction 4: Community and Economic Engagement

  • 4.1 Enhance the region’s educational opportunities, economic development, health, and environmental sustainability.
  • 4.2 Provide specific workforce needs/credentials for regional and state businesses.
  • 4.3 Ensure mutually beneficial, highly visible cultural, entertainment and recreational events.

Strategic Direction 5: Infrastructure

  • 5.1 Safe, effective, efficient use of physical plant.
  • 5.2 Maintain up-to-date technology.
  • 5.3 Establish UWF as desirable destination for educational, cultural, recreational, and professional events for the community.
  • 5.4 Manage UWF’s natural resources to improve utilization, resilience, and environmental sustainability.

Strategic Direction 6: Operational Excellence

  • 6.1 Effective and timely business and operational services informed by best practices.
  • 6.2 Ensure student and employee safety and continuity of operations from natural disasters or catastrophic events.
  • 6.3 Assure accountability of operations and outcomes to appropriate internal and external stakeholders.

Strategic Direction 7: Culture of Inclusion and Civility

  • 7.1 Maintain a welcoming, inclusive, equitable and respectful environment for employees, students, visitors and service partners.
  • 7.2 Ensure a commitment to open- minded and tolerant civil discourse.

UWF Strategic Plan 2022-2027

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