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A New Paradigm . . . For Houston’s Most Diverse Public University

UHD Strategic Planning Committee Developing New Plan

It began on Sept. 10 when the Strategic Planning Committee convened for its first meeting.

The three-hour meeting focused on developing strategic directives and specific areas to guide the creation of UHD’s next strategic plan.

The Committee’s approach to this process is akin to building a movement thanks to the UHD community’s wealth of social and institutional knowledge for collectively envisioning the future of UHD and bringing that vision to fruition. The theme of this strategic plan is “A New Paradigm . . . For Houston’s Most Diverse Public University.”

Initial plans for this undertaking will include:

  • Revisiting and possibly revising the UHD Mission and Vision Statements.
  • Using these revisions as a guide for creating recommendations on UHD's strategic priorities and directions through 2027 and beyond.
  • Designing and planning for the next UHD. ​​

The plan is coordinated by Dr. Sheila Lloyd, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, in the Office of the Provost and facilitated by external advisor Michael Wilkinson, CEO of Leadership Strategies. Additional information on the Committee’s meeting schedule and activities are available at Strategic Planning Committee | University of Houston-Downtown.  

The UHD community will receive monthly progress updates via UHD News and Gator Update e-newsletters. However, as the Strategic Planning Committee delves deeper into its work, they are asking for input, advice and insight from all UHD constituents. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the planning process at UHD's Strategic Planning Process | University of Houston-Downtown, to participate in surveys, engage on social media, and help develop the future of this great institution as Houston’s most diverse public university.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.