UO Onward

Setting a Course for the Future

What is UO Onward?

As we forge a path for the future, UO Onward is the institutional priority setting effort we have undertaken this academic year. The result of UO Onward will be a five-year strategic plan for the university.

UO Onward takes place over the 2023-24 academic year in four phases
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Input sessions and surveys (fall)

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Compile input, analyze, and draft (winter and early spring)

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Engage the community in review of key elements of the strategic plan (spring)

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Activate campus partners to align their goals and strategies and begin work to implement plans (summer+)

Where are we in this timeline? 

UO Onward began in Fall 2023 with strategic engagement, a series of input sessions and online surveys to gather community members’ perspectives and ideas on a set of 10 proposed goals organized under three priorities: Student Learning and Achievement; Elevating our Outstanding Scholarship and Service; and Campus Belonging. Twenty-five facilitated sessions (in-person and Zoom) were held, and hundreds of surveys were completed.

In Winter 2024, the goals were revised based on the input gathered from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders. Then teams were tasked with creating draft institution-level key performance indicators and broad strategies, using the input gathered to inform their work.

How can I get involved?

Watch for an invitation in Spring 2024 to provide your input via a survey on key elements of the plan. 

Save the date for the Investiture of President Karl Scholz, on Thursday, May 30, where he will share his vision for the university and its trajectory in the coming years.

As a member of the UO community, we will count on you for help to realize this vision and our goals, shaping the UO’s future in the brightest way – a future in which we all have a stake.