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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.