Strategic Planning

The University of Pittsburgh has become a leader in higher education by building exceptional research strength and academic programs that prepare students for productive and meaningful lives. We also have a rich history of community service and global impact.

From this enviable position, we have launched a new phase of institutional planning. Through wide-ranging discussions—with community leaders and Pitt trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students—we have developed strategies for navigating the challenging terrain we face, regionally and globally. And we have identified strategies to advance our mission over the next five years.

Pitt's working groups on planning continue to welcome input from the University community.

The Plan for Pitt

Through The Plan for Pitt: Making a Difference Together, Academic Years 2016-2020, we will to add to the University’s impressive achievements in improving lives and making the world better through knowledge. Our efforts will be purposeful, coordinated, and collaborative, and success will be measured in terms of accomplishment and impact. Read The Plan for Pitt (PDF).

Planning Development Timeline

The development and implementation of The Plan for Pitt is a dynamic process, with working groups from across the University helping to move strategies from concepts to operational plans. See a timeline of planning activity.

Next Steps: Implementation

As planning proceeds, Pitt will align institutional and unit-level plans with the goals and initiatives of the institutional strategic plan, working in the context of the University Planning and Budgeting System. See the next steps for implementing The Plan for Pitt.

Working Groups

Throughout fall 2015, working groups charged with developing initiatives for advancing the strategic plan engaged broadly with the University community to share ideas and gather input. The result is a set of six initiatives linked here (PDF) that cut across the goals put forth in the institution-wide plan as well as across the units in which implementation will take place.

While the development of initiatives for advancing the plan remains ongoing, these six initiatives represent significant progress. Reactions will be sought in public forms planned for the spring 2016 semester. Feedback can also be uploaded via the "Send Us Your Ideas, Comments, and Questions" section on this page.