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Frequently Asked Questions

The next decade will offer exciting new challenges and opportunities for The University of Texas at El Paso. UTEP has reached a point in our history where we are the best we have ever been. The 2030 strategic planning process is designed to help the campus explore and identify viable strategies that will build from this strong foundation to enhance our national research profile, advance our goals in a hypercompetitive and dynamic higher education environment and continue to positively impact the social and economic well-being of the region we serve.

UTEP’s senior leaders will guide the strategic planning activities. We have also hired MGT Consulting Group to facilitate the planning process. In addition, President Wilson has established a Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to provide feedback and analysis to UTEP’s senior leaders during the process. The committee is made up of UTEP faculty, staff, and students.

While senior leaders of the campus will be involved and guiding the process, it is critical that the process is inclusive and allows the campus community to participate and contribute to the strategic thinking.

Our approach of focusing on alternative futures reflects our unique planning need at this time. As a national research university, our peers have changed. We are competing for funding, talent, and resources with other established national universities with far more resources. We need to explore and evaluate new strategies that allow us to advance our mission and goals in this hypercompetitive and dynamic environment. The alternative futures approach is designed to generate creativity and provoke us to imagine beyond where we are, while still reflecting our mission and building on our strengths.

The strategic planning process began in January 2020 and is scheduled for completion in August 2020.

The focus of strategic planning is to identify ways in which an institution’s advantages are used to ensure long-term progress compared to competitors and peers. Ultimately, the strategic planning process identifies initiatives that should be prioritized to achieve the long-term goals of an institution. Strategic plans have a long-term focus, generally 10 years or more.

In contrast, the focus of operational planning is to help an institution understand, adapt, and manage external forces to ensure that it continues to make progress toward its goals. Operational plans have a mid-range focus (generally 3-5 years) and guide the institution through potential changes in the environment.

Students, faculty, staff, and other community stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in theme group meetings, charettes, and open forums. In addition, every member of the campus community can submit feedback through this website or email their input to any member of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee or strategicplan@utep.edu.