Inclusive Excellence planning process summary
UAF has launched a process to create its own Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan.
ParticipationIt takes our whole UAF community to grow a culture of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please join the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence team in making this transformation at UAF by completing the Inclusive Excellence Volunteer Form to participate in the plan's projects.
What is "inclusive excellence"?
Here's a summary from a briefing paper presented as part of the Making Excellence Inclusive initiative by the American Association of Colleges and Universities:
"Inclusive Excellence re-envisions both quality and diversity. It reflects a striving for excellence in higher education that has been made more inclusive by decades of work to infuse diversity into recruiting, admissions, and hiring; into the curriculum and co-curriculum; and into administrative structures and practices. It also embraces newer forms of excellence, and expanded ways to measure excellence, that take into account research on learning and brain functioning, the assessment movement, and more nuanced accountability structures. In the same way, diversity and inclusion efforts move beyond numbers of students or numbers of programs as end goals. Instead, they are multilayered processes through which we achieve excellence in learning; research and teaching; student development; institutional functioning; local and global community engagement; workforce development; and more."
—"Towards a Model of Inclusive Excellence & Change in Post-Secondary Institutions," Damon Williams, University of Connecticut, and Joseph Berger and Shederick McClendon, University of Massachusetts
Spring-fall 2020 expected results
- Action-oriented plan to chart a clear path forward transferring ideas into action;
- Strategies, goals and objectives;
- Resource/fiscal plan to support each strategy;
- Accountability through individual responsibility, reporting to leadership and university community; and
- Continuous evaluation and modification of the plan.
Phases and timeline
Six phases of Vision Navigation strategic planning
- Margo Griffith, UAF Diversity Officer, Department of Equity and Compliance
Facilitation and support:
The UAF Process Improvement & Training (PIT) Crew, in partnership with Professional Growth Systems, is facilitating the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Planning effort using the Vision Navigation® strategic planning approach. The UAF PIT Crew will provide ongoing facilitation support for quarterly accountability check-ins and to modify the plan, as needed.
Other related plans
UAF chancellor's strategic plan
Our accreditation themes of Educate, Research, Prepare, Connect and Engage help describe what we do. In addition, the UA system has goals for UAF in the broad areas of degree attainment, research, and workforce and economic development. Mindful of this context, we have a renewed focus around who we are and what we aspire to be. One of the six goals within the chancellor's strategic plan is to embrace and grow a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring at UAF. To see this committee's work and progress, go to the chancellor's strategic goals website
- Modernize the student experience
- Solidify our global leadership in Alaska Native and Indigenous programs
- Achieve Tier 1 research status
- Transform UAF’s intellectual property development and commercialization enterprise
- Embrace and grow a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring
- Revitalize key academic programs
UAF Strategic Enrollment Planning
This group incorporates diversity and inclusion within the student enrollment planning strategy. Currently, phase 4 is underway. To learn more about this process and the status, go to the Strategic Enrollment Planning website.