As we transition to our shared post-pandemic future, it is time to come together to create our next strategic plan for the 10-campus UH System. We must acknowledge that Hawaiʻi will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic passes. Everyone who makes Hawaiʻi home is seeing opportunities for positive change emerging from the lessons of the shutdown and aftermath. Many can now envision a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future in which we take better care of one another and our islands through an approach that is both locally and globally aware.

Hawaiʻi cannot get to such a vision of the future without its great public higher education system fully focused and engaged in creating and supporting that better future for all of us. As a result, the state needs to pivot in a number of ways. To support that pivot, UH as a system must increase its responsiveness, agility, and focus.

Foundations for UH Strategic Plan 2023-2029

We are now developing the University of Hawaiʻi Strategic Plan, 2023-2029.  To serve as a foundation for this work, in 2020,  the University completed a Third Decade Report prepared by Guild Consulting, a local consultancy group headed by Dr. Peter Adler. The report provides an extensive scan of state, national, and international trends and emerging issues, as well as extensive interviews with campus and community members. Several of the proposed strategies come directly from this report.

Our previously completed UH Strategic Directions (2015-2021) are also embedded in this foundation. The University of Hawaiʻi Strategic Directions, 2015-2021 included five priority areas.

2015-2021 Five Priority Areas

Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative

Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative

21st Century Facilities

Mission Focused System

High Performing System

Using the action strategies and metrics in these five areas, significant progress has been made in increasing graduation rates and degree production, increasing research funding, improving facilities, and increasing online capacity, among other areas.

These UH Strategic Directions have guided us at a high level, and our post-pandemic plans have helped us focus on what Hawaiʻi needs most from public higher education during these challenging times. They set forth shared directions and purpose toward high-priority outcomes for our institution and our state.

Development & Timeline of UH Strategic Plan 2023-2029

We present here the development schedule for the next UH Strategic Plan to guide the university system from 2023 through 2029. Your opinion matters. We hope that you will lend your voice, experience, and aloha to this important participatory process. It is an aggressive timeline, but it will help us all to have a new Strategic Plan in place as soon as feasible.

March

Appointment of UH-wide Steering Committee
Campus Chancellors/Provost were invited to submit names to be considered for appointment to the UH strategic plan steering committee. – COMPLETED –

April

UH Community Internal Survey
Faculty, staff and students will be invited to respond to an initial survey on the thematic recommendations and strategies that emerged from core planning documents including the “Reimagining” report, Post-Pandemic Hawai’i and UH, the Third Decade Report, and the Integrated Academic and Facilities Plan. – COMPLETED –

Early May

Feedback on Input
Following analysis and review of survey results, town hall discussions will be held on and off our campuses with internal and external constituents and stakeholders. – COMPLETED –

June-August

First Draft
Steering committee begins to develop the first draft of the plan including goals, strategies, tactics and recommended metrics.

September

Review of and Consultation on First Draft
Governance groups, all members of the UH community and external stakeholders will be invited to provide input and suggestions.

October

Refine Draft
Steering committee continues to refine the draft plan based on feedback with attention to assignment of responsibilities, timelines and resource requirements.

November-December

Approval Process
Proposed UH Strategic Plan 2023–2029 presented to the UH Board of Regents for consideration of approval at a public meeting following public testimony.

Last modified: August 9, 2022