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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need to look for new strategic opportunities?​

The higher education landscape has undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, with technological, demographic, social, and financial shifts requiring universities to adapt in new ways​

Within this context, we want to ensure Miami is in the strongest position possible to continue delivering on its teaching, research, and service missions, and to serve the dynamic needs and interests of students now and in the future. We are exploring new strategic opportunities to ensure the university can continue to thrive into the future.​

Who is responsible for determining the strategic opportunities that we may pursue?​

The work will be led by senior Miami leadership who will engage a broad and diverse set of faculty, staff, and students through interviews, working sessions, focus groups, and surveys. We have formed working groups focused on several topics (bold strategic ideas, academic programs, enrollment strategy, and operational improvement) that will develop recommendations for the Board of Trustees to consider.​

What progress has been made to date?​

We have begun to source ideas from the university community and conduct research and analysis into potential opportunities. No decisions have been made at this stage; the Board of Trustees will decide which opportunities the university will ultimately pursue in early 2024.​

How is this different from the university’s last strategic plan, MiamiRISE?​

This effort will build on the foundation of MiamiRISE and focus on how Miami can navigate the shifting higher education landscape for success into the future. Compared to MiamiRISE, this work will include greater focus on long-term, transformative opportunities, along with opportunities to increase student interest in Miami and enrollment in the near term.​

How will we ensure that the process is inclusive of the diverse Miami community?​

This effort will engage members of the Miami community, including faculty and staff members, students, deans, vice presidents, executives, and alumni in a variety of formats and forums. ​

How can I get involved in the process?​

We appreciate your interest and are very excited to have you participate! Broad engagement across the community is vitally important to this effort. Please feel free to submit your ideas.​