Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity this fall to provide input on two presidential efforts — Vision 2034 and Campus Plan 2050 — that together aim to build a shared future for the university.
“I am incredibly proud of this university and excited about where we’re headed together,” President Santa J. Ono wrote in a Sept. 20 email to the Ann Arbor campus about the initiatives.
Vision 2034, which launched in March, is Ono’s strategic visioning process to outline U-M’s focus for the next 10 years — which he said will sharpen U-M’s impact and create new opportunities that challenge the present and enrich the future. The process incorporates thousands of ideas from faculty, staff and students gathered during the spring.
Campus Plan 2050 is a comprehensive, long-term campus planning effort that is closely related to Vision 2034. It seeks broad campus engagement to craft the blueprint for how the physical Ann Arbor campus should evolve to support the university’s mission and vision.
The campus plan will include five- and 10-year development planning horizons, as well as a long-term, 25-year plan that will serve as a catalyst to advance ongoing initiatives and establish clear priorities for capital investments.
The plans for Vision 2034 and Campus Plan 2050 are expected to be completed in winter 2024.
“As we enter the next critical phase of this planning journey, I’d like to ask for your continued engagement,” Ono wrote. “There are a number of opportunities available this fall.”
Open houses, where attendees can interact with organizers for both initiatives and respond to early-stage elements of the plans, are scheduled in October. In addition, three campus planning scenarios will allow attendees to respond to tangible examples of how the physical campus could change.
Other campus plan engagement opportunities for the U-M community include surveys and an interactive campus map that allows users to record their personal experiences while navigating campus.
Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the priorities for Vision 2034 and Campus Plan 2050, including a review of preliminary planning scenarios, which present a range of potential changes to campus.
Participants will be able to share feedback. Representatives from both initiatives will be on hand to answer questions. Registration is required to participate in the open houses. They will be:
- Oct. 10, 4-8 p.m., at the North Campus Research Complex, Building 18 Dining Hall.
- Oct. 11, 4-8 p.m., at the Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom.
- Oct. 12, 4-8 p.m., at Pierpont Commons, East Room.
- Oct. 19, 4-8 p.m., at Pierpont Commons, Fireside Café.
An online, interactive map survey will allow the campus community to share how people use and move through campus today, and how those experiences could be improved in the future. The survey will be open until Sept. 30.
The vision project team is continuing to refine the community input collected earlier this year alongside other university initiatives — such as the work of the Well-Being Collective, Culture Journey, Bold Ideas, DEI 2.0 strategic planning and carbon neutrality planning — to develop U-M’s draft 10-year strategic vision.
More than 5,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni have engaged in the Vision 2034 process so far, either by attending an information-gathering session or by submitting ideas online.
A draft of the U-M vision framework is expected to be shared with the community later this fall.