A Guide and a Catalyst
Charting Our Course: UW Tacoma Strategic Plan 2016-2021 is a beginning, a guidepost and a call to action co-created by a campus and community intent on advancing our shared Mission.
Charting Our Course successfully captures our hopes and aspirations for the next 25 years of UW Tacoma. It builds on our past while articulating a bold new shared Vision and Mission honed through dozens of meetings, forums, surveys, and discussions with more than 1,200 people.
The plan sharpens our focus on:
- UW Tacoma’s compelling urban-serving mission
- Our passion for access as the central value of UW Tacoma
- Our commitment to meaningful, measurable results
Under Six Strategic Priorities - Students, Communities, Scholarship, Equity, Culture, and Growth - the plan lays out Impact Goals with Indicators that will help us gauge our progress.
From Planning to Action
To guide implementation of Charting Our Course over the years, ahead Chancellor Pagano formed the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee. Leading the Committee are co-facilitators Kathleen K. Farrell, Ed.D., Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services, and Marcie Lazzari, Ph.D., Professor Emerita. The Coordinating Committee is broadly representative of campus and committed to co-creating a process that integrates Charting Our Course into the fabric of UW Tacoma’s operations and culture.
The committee includes the following Impact Goal Co-Champions and Representatives:
Jill Purdy, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Affairs
Nikolas Ahkiong, Program Assistant, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Publicly Engaged Scholarship
Turan Kayaoglu, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Lauren Pressley, Director of the UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries
Linda Ishem, Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies and Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Engagement
Isozaki, Reasearch Adminstrator, Academic Affairs and Office of Research
Amanda Figueroa, Director of Student Transition Programs
Ruth Ward, Administrative Coordinator, Faculty Assembly
Alison Hendricks, Director of Academic Human Resources
Riki Thompson, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Academic Initiatives
Innovation and Growth
Karl Smith, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services
Katie Baird, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Staff Association Representative
Elizabeth Hansen, Staff Association, Interim Vice-Chair & Secretary and Assistant Director of Student Engagement
ASUWT Appointed Student
Harjot Bajwa, ASUWT Director of Finance
At-Large Student Representative
Kent Thomas, Graduate, Social Work
Members will help prioritize and support unit-level and campus-level initiatives, and evaluate plan progress. Their initial focus is on identifying, celebrating, and optimizing existing plan-aligned work.
Progress and Participation
Charting Our Course is a dynamic plan. Our stakeholders, on and off campus, will continue to have opportunities to participate throughout its implementation. These include learning about key initiatives, celebrating our impact, and reflecting on how changes we encounter over time should shape our work.
You will find updates on implementation progress and opportunities to engage on these pages, in quarterly forums, and through routine campus communications.