So, last year we undertook a strategic, top-to-bottom review of all of its operations, which resulted in the Board of Governors affirming its commitment to the long-term success of each and every one of our 14 universities. Throughout that process, we collected input from students, faculty, staff, university and system leaders, legislators, community leaders, and a national consultant. In October, the Board of Governors adopted three strategic priorities that have been guiding our efforts to redesign the System for the future: 1) Ensuring student success 2) Leveraging university strengths 3) Transforming the governance/leadership structure.
Yes, we have a sense of urgency to address the challenges facing the System, but we have a greater sense of duty to our students, our faculty and staff, our local communities, and the entire Commonwealth to make sure the outcomes are sustainable and the changes we pursue are meaningful. The future of our 14 universities depends on it. Dare I say, the future of the Commonwealth depends on it.
There have been other conversations about the State System in recent days, and we welcome a robust dialogue. It’s a clear sign to me that people understand the important role our 14 universities have in the lives of our students and the economic vitality of our communities.
What can you do? You can stay informed about the System Redesign, and you can share your thoughts or concerns as stakeholders. You can help make the case to our state’s elected officials for more investment to help accomplish our mission (visit our new advocacy site).
United as one, our 14 universities are a stronger force for good, and I’m confident that the 14 universities’ best days are ahead if we all remain united on what matters most—our students.