University-level planning at Utah Valley University focuses on a set of institutional strategic and master plans. The central guiding principles are those of the university's mission as articulated in its core themes and administrative imperatives, and put into practice in its objectives. University plans drive implementation of the mission in critical medium- and long-term areas. As each area presents unique challenges that call for significant variation in structure, UVU has determined that it is not appropriate to maintain a single unified strategic planning document beyond the mission fulfillment framework.

Operating Plans

Operating plans have been formally adopted by the university and currently guide key strategic aspects of its operations.

  • Vision 2030 (2019)  A 10-year vision outlining how UVU's integrated dual mission will meet the higher education and workforce need of Utah County, UVU's service region, and the state of Utah.
  • Mission, Core Themes, and Administrative Imperatives. Utah Valley University’s current mission statement reflects our commitment to regional educational needs, our focus on opportunity and student success, and our history of engaged teaching and learning. UVU’s core themes express and articulate its mission, while administrative imperatives identify key principles critical for sustained fulfillment of the university’s mission and core themes. The core themes are the foundation for mission fulfillment and the administrative imperatives provide for mission sustainability. Together, the mission, core themes, administrative imperatives, and objectives form the basis for all planning, assessment, and resource allocation at UVU.
  • University Strategic Planning Integration (2018). The Strategic Planning Integration document consolidates the major efforts of the university expressed in its five key institutional plans—the Academic Master Plan, the Facilities Master Plan, the Strategic Inclusion Plan, the Completion Plan, and the Strategic Plan for Managing Growth—and several supporting documents. This document identifies common elements of the major plans that are driving achievement of the mission, core themes, and administrative imperatives across the university, providing a comprehensive view of our commitment to being the nation’s best open admissions platform for student success.
  • Academic Master Plan (2018). The Academic Master Plan guides academic planning, resource allocation, and other academic efforts at UVU. It outlines six goals and supporting strategies focused on the success of the people UVU was designed and funded to serve, advancing our collective ability to fulfill the university’s vital mission.
  • Completion Plan (2019). The Completion Plan, a joint project of the Student Success and Retention in Student Affairs and Academic Completion in Academic Affairs, recommends initiatives to increase the graduation of UVU students. A driving philosophy in this plan is the understanding that students generally perform better when guided deliberately through activities and courses designed for their individual needs. The plan also addresses the primary reasons UVU students leave the university before graduating.
  • Strategic Plan for Managing Growth (2016). Strategic Plan for Managing Growth 2016-2025 Update. This report renews the 2011 Phase I Strategic Plan for Managing Growth, responding to UVU’s expected needs from 2016 through 2025. The plan reviews progress on the Phase I strategies; updates the key indicators and projections for growth; and reconsiders capacities and resource constraints in the historical, current, and anticipated growth environment. The plan is intended to remain in effect for five years, at which point the growth planning process will again be renewed.
  • Facilities Master Plan (2016). The Facilities Master Plan considers four concepts for use of the Vineyard property in light of needs for access, efficiency, quality, engagement, and inclusivity. It is being developed by Flad Architects and EDA Land Planning. This builds on the Master Building Plan (2010). UVU continues to plan for significant expansion of its Orem campus and intends to add additional satellite campuses. The Master Building Plan identifies specific expansions in Orem and possible sites for additional satellite locations. It will be superseded by the Facilities Master Plan and the Transportation Plan currently under development.
  • Inclusion Plan Utah Valley University values Inclusion not only as an ethical necessity but as an imperative for university rigor, student success and lifelong learning, and as a vital part of UVU’s Unique Educational Mission. The plan for Inclusion engages a campus-wide, comprehensive dialogue about the need for and value of inclusivity as well as actions to create a more inclusive learning and working environment. The Inclusion Plan is currently being updated for the 2018-2022 timeframe.
  • Digital Transformation Task Force Report (2019). In light of our tremendous growth and diversification, the Digital Transformation Task Force was formed and given a charge to research and make recommendations regarding how we should proceed with digital transformation. Strategic Challenges are addressed and recommendations made in key areas of the university.

Supporting Documents

Several documents define specific concepts, values, and practices in support of institutional planning. These documents include the Student Success Declaration, the President’s Council Statement on Ethical Conduct, the UVU Code of Conduct, and the President’s Council Sustainability Resolution. These documents provide important context for the strategies that we pursue.

Future Planning

Several additional planning processes that will influence future iterations of this planning integration framework are underway. Plans in development such as a strategic engagement plan, the Alumni and Development divisional strategic plan (which addresses development strategies for the entire campus), a strategic marketing plan, and revisions to the Strategic Inclusion Plan and Strategic Plan for Managing Growth will set new directions and influence activities across divisions and areas of operations.

Historical Plans

The plans below have reached their intended end date, have been superseded by other plans, or are otherwise deprecated and are no longer in effect. They are included for reference.

  • UVU Business Engagement Strategy (2013). The Business Engagement Strategy (BES) Career Pathways Taskforce developed a plan to initiate strategic engagement that builds and reinforces partnerships to smooth transitions for students from high school to post-secondary education and into a career.
  • Strategic Plan for Sustainable Practice (2013). The sustainability plan documents the vision, goals and accomplishments of sustainability at Utah Valley University and promotes the efficient and effective management of University resources.
  • Phase I Strategic Plan for Managing Growth (2011). The 2011 plan provided a case for action based on UVU‘s mission and state and national initiatives, key indicators of anticipated future growth and capacity/resource constraints, and an array of strategies and tools which may be employed individually or in complementary sets. The recommendations of the plan were incorporated into the UEM white paper and implemented through that process.
  • Our Unique Educational Mission (2011). The UEM white paper addresses the challenge of how to achieve a “complementary alignment” at UVU between the sometimes competing forces of becoming an ever more serious and inclusive university, building on the work of the Advisory Council on our Unique Educational Mission (ACUEM). The UEM report is one of the focal institutional planning documents at UVU.