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Ole Miss launches new strategic planning campaign

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi’s last strategic planning cycle began in 1994. With the goals from the Commitment to Excellence Campaign achieved, the university has launched a new strategic planning process, called UM 2020: A Bold Vision Forward.

University officials say the goal is to capitalize on the momentum of the past decade and to continue improving the institution’s education, research and service programs over the next 10 years.

Members of the university community, including students, faculty, staff and active alumni, are invited to participate in the process by completing an online survey, available at www.olemiss.edu/UM2020. The survey includes sections that evaluate the university’s undergraduate programs, graduate and professional programs, service and community partnerships, operations and facilities, human resources and benefits, campus life and faculty.

Surveys must be completed by Feb. 9. Plans call for a summary of the survey results to be posted on the UM 2020 website by early March.

The planning process began shortly after Jones was named chancellor in June 2009, said Jim Morrison, the university’s director of strategic planning. The chancellor has conducted numerous listening sessions with various constituent groups, including students, UM employees, alumni and major donors. The feedback gathered from those sessions over the past 18 months has helped shape the focus of UM 2020, Morrison said.

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