Strategic Planning

Summary of Environmental Scans
 

Value Presentation

Threats

  • Dwindling support from the Commonwealth
  • Uncertain governmental support of research, increased competition for research dollars
  • High tuition costs, student debt
  • Cost pressure threatens value proposition
  • Increased competition from low-cost providers (driven by technological advance)
  • Demographic shifts

Opportunities

  • Private partnerships (alternative sources of funding for producing impactful research)
  • Global partnerships (reach more students)
  • Improved communication can strengthen public perception of the value of higher education, expand our profile nationally and internationally, and strengthen the Pitt brand
  • Strengthen value proposition by enhancing student employability (experiential learning, etc.)

Internal Culture

Threats

  • Risk aversion dominates risk / reward considerations
  • Bureaucracy
  • Silos

Opportunities

  • Increase agility
  • Invest in personnel development
  • Streamline pathways to partnerships

Technology

Threats

  • Disruptive impact on educational experience
  • Uneven adoption of innovative teaching methods
  • Increased competition from low-cost providers
  • Increased pressure for infrastructure upgrades

Opportunities

  • Potential improvements in content delivery
  • Enhance operational efficiency
  • Expand the research frontier
  • Enhance outreach to external constituents
  • Broaden opportunities for collaboration

Diversity

Threats

  • We are not as diverse as we aspire to be
  • Cost pressures are a barrier to progress
  • Regional demographics: unfavorable?

Opportunities

  • Globalization
  • Increased recognition of value