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Chancellor Announces UW-Eau Claire's
Strategic Priorities

RELEASED: Aug. 19, 2008

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
Levin-Stankevich

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich today announced the university's strategic priorities for the 2008-09 academic year.

In his state-of-the-university speech at the opening meeting of the academic year, Levin-Stankevich told nearly 900 university employees and guests that achieving UW-Eau Claire's vision of becoming the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest will require overcoming a number of challenges and being strategic about what should be done first.

The seven specific strategic priorities for the coming year are:

  • Develop a rigorous and distinctive curriculum.

  • Expand experiential, multicultural and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Provide a global experience for all students.
  • Engage faculty and staff through professional development and process improvements.
  • Improve resource flexibility and explore new revenue opportunities.
  • Evaluate and enhance quality of services and academic programs.
  • Identify and prioritize campus improvements, focusing on sustainability and community partnerships.

Levin-Stankevich cited challenges of the state's ongoing budget difficulties, economic uncertainties facing students and their parents, and a transition in UW-Eau Claire administrative leadership at the vice chancellor level.

"It would be understandable, in light of all these challenges, for us to look at our plan, take a deep breath, and put it on hold for awhile," Levin-Stankevich said.

But inaction is not the way to achieve the vision of the strategic plan, he said.

"I want to work with all of you to transform our future despite the roadblocks in the way," Levin-Stankevich said.

Levin-Stankevich focused on two specific action items within the strategic priorities: increasing diversity of faculty, staff and students; and a campuswide process to evaluate and enhance quality.

"I have highlighted diversity as a priority every year since I arrived. It must be the hallmark of a premier university. While I acknowledge the very real challenges we face in this task, our progress to date has been disappointing. Diversity is not someone else's job it is my job and your job," Levin-Stankevich said.

Levin-Stankevich also outlined a quality improvement process developed this summer by nearly 30 faculty and staff members. The Program to Enhance and Evaluate Quality (PEEQ) will require all departments and units to answer specific questions about quality, mission centrality and cost, as well as how they can contribute to the university's strategic vision.

"The hard reality is that we cannot achieve our vision by continuing to do everything we've always done and do the new things we want to do. We will need to make choices tough choices about where we want to direct our resources," Levin-Stankevich said.

The archived Web broadcast of the opening meeting, including Levin-Stankevich's speech, and more information about UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan, "Transforming Our Future," are available online.

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