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Plan for Pitt 2025 Framework Released

The Plan for Pitt 2025 is rapidly approaching completion. Members of the Pitt community can now take a close look at the work in progress by visiting the Plan for Pitt website. There, a short video describes the draft framework for the Plan for Pitt 2025—in essence, a blueprint of the forthcoming strategic plan.

“A defining characteristic of our draft framework is that it prioritizes change,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “It identifies the actions necessary to move the University of Pittsburgh from where we are today to where we want to be in five years.” 

The strategic plan is a University-wide effort that was initiated more than a year ago.

“We launched the planning process in January 2020 and have had outstanding participation and input from across our five campuses,” said Melissa Schild, assistant vice chancellor for strategic planning and performance. “We held nearly 50 in-person workshops, focus groups and discussion sessions and received nearly 900 responses to our input-gathering survey, as well as more than 100 emails. All of this input was pivotal in the development of the priorities for the new Plan for Pitt.”

The framework builds on the original Plan for Pitt with some notable differences. For example, rather than six strategic goals, the Plan for Pitt 2025 lays out three areas of focus.

“The Plan for Pitt framework provides a vision for how—over the next three to five years—our University will recommit to focusing on people, programs and purpose,” said Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and member of the strategic plan steering committee. “It will allow us to engage in responsible risk-taking in key strategic areas. I am excited about the framework, particularly because it centers on community-engaged partnerships, innovative teaching and impactful research that, importantly, emphasize equity, justice and transformation.”

At this time, Pitt’s strategic planners are looking for your feedback. After exploring the draft framework, you are encouraged to take a short survey seeking answers to just three questions.

“It’s important to note that this is not our final plan,” said Laura Winters, deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Provost. “It is a deliberately simple framework that we’ll be using to stay on track as we fill the Plan for Pitt with specific actions and objectives through the summer.”

“Once we gather feedback on the draft framework we will finalize the plan by late June,” added Schild. “That’s when we hit the ground running. Success of the new strategy depends upon our ability to implement it, and we will be focusing a lot of energy over the coming months on developing detailed action plans. This is where people will see a lot of their ideas come to life.”

“Our university community members and partners have injected ideas and enthusiasm into every step of our planning process,” said Gallagher. “I am grateful to be part of such a talented team and excited to continue working together to build an even better, stronger Pitt.”