Planning Process


The 2015 strategic planning process was an enormous effort—one that sought to meaningfully engage all voices from the CMU community and to thoughtfully consider and synthesize their input. The process spanned the academic year from October 2014 through the summer of 2015, and the campus continues to engage in implementation activities and regular updates to the plan. Key accomplishments include the following:

  • Hosting more than a dozen town hall meetings and retreats with unprecedented attendance and interest, in person and via webcast, including open sessions; sessions focused on particular topics such as diversity, international strategy, and teaching and learning; and smaller sessions with university leadership and the Board of Trustees.
  • Delivering countless presentations to campus groups, departments, schools, administrative units, and other interested parties to gather feedback on the plan.
  • Engaging more than 160 campus community members (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) on strategic planning committees that have shaped key elements of the plan.
  • Focusing on key community members outside the Pittsburgh campus to gather the broadest possible input, including CMU locations in Silicon Valley, Australia, Qatar, and Rwanda.

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