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In his 2012 Annual Address to the University, President David C. Hodge noted that "the world of higher education is undergoing tremendous transformation, driven by a number of critical factors including technological advances, economic stress, and demographic change. . . . Success in this environment requires anticipating these changes and effectively adapting them to the core missions of the University. More specifically, success requires an inspiring vision, focused goals, and high performance execution."

The Miami 2020 Plan is an inclusive and comprehensive process aimed at meeting the complex challenges of our current context. During the summer of 2012, senior leaders of the University, including the divisional deans, vice presidents, and selected other leaders, created an initial set of five goals for the University and outlined a process for engaging the extended Miami community in developing the Miami 2020 Plan.

In Fall 2012, a coordinating team, as well as five target goal teams with 50 representatives from all academic and administrative divisions of the University, was assembled. The coordinating team was co-chaired by Dean Phyllis Callahan and Dr. Jim Kiper, chair of the Executive Committee of University Senate. Informed by several external consultants and professional literature, these teams worked diligently throughout the fall semester to revise the goals and form ideas for specific objectives and metrics.

In late October, the chairs of the target goal teams and members of the coordinating team met with Jeff Selingo, editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, to learn about future trends in higher education. Following that meeting, President Hodge, Provost Gempesaw, along with Dean Callahan, Dr. Kiper, the chairs of the target goal teams, and four members of the Board of Trustees met to further revise and hone the Miami Plan goals, objectives and metrics. In January 2013, and guided by John Foster, founder of Gamut Labs, LLC and Miami alumnus, via video conference, all members of the target goal teams along with the President, the Provost, and members of the Board of Trustees met to further refine the plan.

During the spring 2013, Dr. Kiper and Dean Callahan presented the revised plan to numerous committees and groups, including the President's Executive Council, University Senate, Faculty Assembly, academic administrators, and in four public forums.

As a result of the thoughtful input from this diverse array of constituencies, the goals, objectives, and metrics of the Miami 2020 Plan were finalized.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, divisions, programs, and departments generated plans and defined their contributions to help advance the 2020 Plan's unifying and foundational goals and their metrics. The final versions of the University and other plans were completed by May 2014.  All units have begun the process of implementing their strategies and tracking their progress on advancing key goals, objectives, and metrics.

For key action steps, see 2020 Plan Timeline.