University Planning Advisory Council
Charge to the Council
The purpose of the new University Planning Advisory Council is to provide guidance to the university in the task of planning systematically for its future in three areas: institutional advancement, goal setting and revision, and scanning the future. UPAC continues to play an advisory role in providing information and recommendations to the Office of the Provost, the Chancellor, and the Board of Trustees. To do so, UPAC needs a new structure with a greater number of participants to address a broader agenda.
The new University Planning Advisory Council consists of an overall Coordinating Council and three integrated task forces. All members of the Coordinating Council also serve on one of the three task forces. The purpose of the Coordinating Council is to initiate and oversee the work of the task forces, to receive and review reports for the task forces, and to make recommendations to the provost, chancellor, and board of trustees based on the work of the task forces. The Coordinating Council consists of 24 members, including 8 trustees, 8 faculty, and 8 staff members.
The three task forces are named the Case Statement Planning Group, the Mission and Goals Planning Group, and the Environmental Scanning Planning Group. Each employs the expertise of the members of the Coordinating Council in various ways and is composed of additional members to add specific expertise, engage more people in the process, and to broadly represent the interests of the university�s key stakeholders and decision makers. The composition of the Coordinating Council and the three task forces is represented visually in the attached diagram.
Task Force Roles
Case Statement Task Force
To generate the case statement that will be used to guide the next capital campaign. The statement will contain an overview of the university�s achievements and aspirations, a specific list of capital development targets, and a strong rationale and justification for the campaign and its goals.
Mission and Goals Task Force
To review the existing statement of Vision, Values, Mission and Goals, to report on progress in reaching goals, and to suggest revisions in the statement including new goals if needed. The review will contain an assessment of the university�s progress in meeting its vision, mission, and goals and its faithfulness to its values and an evaluation of existing structures, expertise, and other resources available to move the University forward in these goal areas.
Environmental Scanning Task Force
To identify and review selected issues crucial to the university�s role in pioneering excellence. This group will produce �white papers� that address the 21st century social and cultural context of the university, current trends and issues in higher education in the U.S. and abroad, and areas of potential innovation and distinctiveness for the university.
Previous Charge to the Council
The Office of the Provost, in close cooperation
with Chancellor Ritchie and with endorsement by the Board of Trustees, is
creating a University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC) that will advise
the Provost, Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial
Affairs on University-wide planning.
The overall purpose of UPAC is to develop planning as a dynamic,
ongoing, coordinated part of the life of the university.
As noted by Chancellor Ritchie, at no point in the
University of Denver�s 136 years has it been as poised for greatness as
it is now. �DU has arrived
at a critical inflection point in its long history�We have taken DU to
new heights� The question
now is not whether the University of Denver can be a very good university,
it is whether it can be a great one?�
To attain greatness requires planning, not only
planning at several levels and within the various units of the university,
but at the highest level as reflected in the unifying framing elements of
vision, values, mission, and long-range goals.
The charge to UPAC includes these eight
Drafting Key Statements
Drafting, refining, and reviewing the university�s statements of
vision, values, mission, and long-range goals and ensuring widespread
discussion of these before presenting them to the Board of Trustees.
Forming the planning foundation, in the first cycle, the Council
will utilize the work done for the North Central Association self-study
and the Provost�s Planning Retreat.
Establishing Review Processes
Developing a strategy for initiating two-way communication that
honors the expertise and authority of other internal planning bodies,
while commenting on the coherence and congruence of their work with the
university�s stated vision, values, mission, and long-range goals.
Providing leadership to guide a coordinated effort to relate the
annual budget planning process to long-range and annual goals.
Facilitating discussion and providing advice to the Provost, the
Chancellor, and the Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs as
requested when major unforeseen opportunities or problems emerge in order
to examine their congruence with university vision, values, mission, and
Reporting to the university community on the degree of progress
being made toward realizing its vision and achieving its goals.
Three: Reflecting on Effectiveness and Making Revisions
Reviewing the university�s planning efforts, including especially
UPAC�s own role and work, to make recommendations about how to enhance
efficiency and effectiveness, improve clarity, and achieve coherence in
the overall planning processes of the university.
Collecting and integrating, on an ongoing basis for future planning
cycles, the information and opinion relevant to planning, such as
scanning and interpreting the macro environment and higher
using assessment data and other information to review the
current status of the university�s present achievements and activities
as expressed in its functional units through the communities and
constituencies they serve.
� identifying emerging opportunities and challenges.
� describing ways that the university can become a more effective leader of innovation in higher education nationally and globally.
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