Introduction

In November 2015, the university began a new strategic planning process by inviting the campus community to enter a period of reflection and contribute ideas.

Since my arrival, I have been impressed with our campus community's deep commitment to the mission and core values of the University of San Diego. Those core values are clearly grounded in the University’s rich Catholic intellectual tradition and imbued with a dedication to academic excellence one would only find at a university that aspires to rank among the finest in the nation.

This is a propitious time for USD and the ideal moment to focus on our future. The strategic planning process will capitalize on the progress of the university in recent years and align the new strategic goals with our current strengths. There is no doubt in my mind that we can remain steadfast in our commitment to the mission and core values our founders articulated, and create a bold vision that positions USD at the forefront of higher education for years to come.

The strategic planning process will be highly inclusive and transparent as the Strategic Planning Steering Committee works to engage the campus community and all of its constituencies for input and feedback throughout. Additionally, the process will be iterative and incorporate periods for review, reflection, and dialogue across the institution. 

Early in 2016, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will form several sub-committees that will focus on emerging strategic themes and will be tasked with further evaluating the themes and crafting supporting priority initiatives. The work of the sub-committees will culminate in a vision conference in which participants will work to synthesize findings into a draft strategic plan comprised of a mission-aligned vision statement, strategic goals and supporting priorities, and key considerations. 

The vision conference will take place in the spring of 2016, and its findings will be shared with the Board of Trustees at its April 2016 meeting. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will then facilitate additional review and feedback with the university community before confirming a strategic plan and presenting its findings to me. The goal is to have a new vision statement, strategic goals and an implementation plan approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in September 2016.

I look forward to our collective work to envision the next decade in the life of the University of San Diego. 

Sincerely,

James T. Harris III, DEd
President

Begin quote We will build upon the achievements of the past decade's strategic directions, and will integrate our most effective current programs and initiatives with our elevated ambitions for USD's future. – President James Harris