Master Plan
Academic Planning Questionnaire:
UWM Academic and Master Planning Process*
Over the next two years, UWM is engaging in an intensive planning process to realize the UWM mission and to build on Chancellor Santiago’s vision and goals. The Academic and Master Planning processes will position the University to further the campus goals of increasing research productivity, ensuring student success, enhancing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, and spurring the economic development of Southeastern Wisconsin.

What is master planning?
Master planning is a process that provides scenarios and opportunities to envision the physical facilities of UWM in the next 10 to 20 years. The process is fully supported by a team of professional consultants who, through working with the campus committees set up for this purpose, will take into account our academic planning, facility needs, current and potential land and facilities to draw up a physical master plan for our next two decades.  

What is academic planning? 
While narrower in scope than full-fledged strategic planning, this academic planning process ensures that academic priorities set the direction for the master planning process and for critical infrastructure enhancements such as the utilization of regional campuses and the building of new facilities and redesign of existing facilities. In addition, the UW System now requires each campus to prepare and submit 3-5 year academic plans. This planning process responds to this UW System expectation and also informs the master planning process.

Decision-making process
The formulation of a 5-10 year academic plan includes data gathering for future planning from faculty, Department Chairs, research center Directors, and Deans. Throughout the two-year planning process, there will be opportunities for input and evaluation through feedback loops that include university governance and the Campus Master Plan Steering and Coordinating Committees. Findings through various data gathering venues will be reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee. Recommendations for research and academic program development that will be vetted within standard program approval and resource allocation processes.  

The Charge for the Subcommittees:
The academic planning process is being facilitated by three subcommittees: Engineering and Natural Sciences, Health Disciplines, and Liberal Arts and Professions. They are comprised of faculty and deans. Many of these individuals are also part of university governance. The Subcommittees are charged to:

  • Communicate to different constituencies about the academic planning process;
  • Engage department chairs, directors of large interdisciplinary Centers, and Deans in gathering academic planning information through the use of a web-based questionnaire;
  • From information submitted via the web-based questionnaire, identify affinities and key linkages among programs and faculty research areas including possible scenarios for how these areas might develop in the future to strengthen UWM’s academic programs; and
  • Provide an advisory role to the space planning process (regional and Kenwood campuses).
The Subcommittees will be supported by the Planning Support Team, which is a working group that facilitates the development of the campus master plan. Specifically, the team coordinates meetings, provides administrative assistance to the master planning committees, liaises with the master planning committees, Wisconsin Department of Administration and the consulting team, and communicates information about the academic and master planning process to internal and external constituents. The team is comprised of staff from the Wisconsin Department of Administration, UW-System, and UWM. For a list of members, please click here.

The two-year planning process will address the following:

1. UWM’s program array in 2011 and beyond, including the identification of anticipated programmatic, research and enrollment growth and the interdisciplinary areas or clusters that are expected to become more prominent over time.

2. The implications of the above for the amount and nature of space utilized for academic program delivery and research, including identification of programs that will likely benefit from being located on a regional campus, and the profile of students who may be enrolled in programs on the regional campuses (i.e., addressing mix/location of undergraduate versus graduate students).

3. The student experience in 2011 and beyond, including our anticipated student profile (i.e., addressing student diversity; balance of traditional/nontraditional; residential/commuting; undergraduate/graduate; on-campus/blended/online).

4. UWM’s most pressing infrastructure/support needs given anticipated program array, student profile, and locales.
5. The impact of the program and research priorities, student growth, and regional campus development on the Kenwood campus.

Considerations regarding academic visioning:

UWM’s doctoral, masters and undergraduate programs may grow in several disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas. In response to the region’s economic needs and building on areas of developing strength for UWM, anticipated investments will likely follow the pattern of the 2007-09 UWM Budget Initiative and be focused in research clusters involving engineering, sciences and health.

For more information about strategic academic planning, please visit the Academic Affairs web site.

* The master plan was completed in May 2010. The information on this page (as well as the responses, subcommittee reviews, and response summaries) is posted for historical purposes.