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Planning & Assessment

Our Mission

UPAC functions as the central steering committee for university-wide planning, budgeting, and assessment. UPAC makes recommendations to the University Executive Council and President's Council to guide decision-making aligned with the University’s mission and goals. 

UPAC: University Planning Advisory Committee

UPAC is essential to the effective coordination across UVU’s operations, functions, resources, and initiatives. By aligning strategic plans, increasing communication, and maintaining flexibility in the changing landscape of Higher Education, UPAC serves as a valuable partner in supporting UVU’s planning and assessment needs.

-Dr. Rasha Qudisat
Executive Sponsor, Chair

Rasha Qudisat

UPAC plays a pivotal role in UVU's integrated institutional effectiveness endeavors by identifying key opportunities and challenges while aligning with broader educational directives. Through comprehensive strategic analysis, UPAC provides advisement on the university's trajectory, ensuring that plans adapt to meet dynamic needs. Our commitment extends to supporting fiscal decisions, aligning strategic initiatives, and championing academic excellence, all aimed at advancing UVU towards fulfilling its mission.

-Dr. Laurie Sharp
Co-chair

Rasha Qudisat

UPAC: University Planning Advisory Committee

Divisional/College Representatives

Scott Wood

Scott Wood

Finance and Auxiliary Services

Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson

People & Culture

Ruthann Cunningham

Ruthann Cunningham

Woodbury School of Business

Dr. Steven Huff

Dr. Steven Huff

Woodbury School of Business

Dr. Anne Arendt

Dr. Anne Arendt

Smith College of Engineering & Technology

Dr. Keith Mulbery

Dr. Keith Mulbery

Smith College of Engineering & Technology

Connie Bond

Connie Bond

Administration and Strategic Relations

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

University Relations

Brandon Springer

Brandon Springer

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Janet Colvin

Janet Colvin

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jennyfer Gaede

Jennyfer Gaede

College of Health and Public Service

Mark Wathen

Mark Wathen

College of Science

Karen Watson

Karen Watson

School of the Arts

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Stan Harward

School of Education

Rhet Rowley

Rhet Rowley

School of Education

Gabrielle Thomas

Gabrielle Thomas

Institutional Advancement

Derek Kent

Derek Kent

Student Affairs

Tara Ivie

Tara Ivie

Student Services

Quinn Koller

Quinn Koller

Academic Programs and Assessment

Sam Gedeborg

Sam Gedeborg

Academic Programs and Assessment

Matt Serrao

Matt Serrao

University Marketing & Communications

Brett McKeachnie

Brett McKeachnie

Digital Transformation

 
 

Data Governance Representative

Laura Busby

Laura Busby

Business Intelligence & Research Services

 
 

Dean Representatives

Steven Clark

Steven Clark

College of Humanities & Social Science

Cheryl Hanewicz

Cheryl Hanewicz

College of Health and Public Service

 

Support Staff

Taylor Lovell

Taylor Lovell

Engagement & Effectiveness

Julia Escobar

Julia Escobar

Engagement & Effectiveness

 

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Current Session & Charge

Under the direction of the President, the University Planning Advisory Committee (UPAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the President and the President’s Cabinet on university-level planning matters.

2023-2024 UPAC Charter and Charge

 

Alignment of UVU Planning with Higher Education Initiatives

To ensure alignment with UVU planning efforts and USHE initiatives, UPAC develops strategy maps that visually depict the relationship between UVU’s strategic plan, UVU’s master plans, and the Utah Board of Higher Education Strategic Plan.

2022-2023 Strategy Maps for Planning

Internal and External Assessment Services

At IEE, our goal is to assist departments and faculty in succeeding in their projects. We provide a variety of assessments and evaluation services to both departments and grants.

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