UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Planning

In Fall 2015, university and community leaders launched a strategic planning process to set UCF’s trajectory for the next 20 years. In doing so, we will help shape how we can have a greater impact on lives and livelihoods at UCF and throughout the region.

The UCF Board of Trustees and President Hitt charged the Strategic Planning Commission to explore UCF’s role in the community through the three dimensions of Philosophy, Value and Distinctive Impact.

Taken together, these dimensions will consider our purpose, the quality our institution provides and areas of excellence that will distinguish UCF from other institutions on the national and international stage. We also will examine how UCF best fits into the education landscape in the state and across the country.

This planning process, aptly named “Collective Impact” because it involves not only internal stakeholders but also members from the community, will take place through Spring 2016. It will involve UCF and community members working together to deliver a road map that will help develop our long-term vision and a 5-year action plan.

Commission Dimensions

The Strategic Planning Commission dimensions were created in collaboration with several members of the UCF Board of Trustees and the UCF President and Provost’s offices. They include:

Philosophy: A fundamental understanding of an institution’s purpose that guides its decision-making. A philosophy is informed by the past – by an institution’s self-identity and its role within the community – but it is not constrained by it. Philosophy establishes culture and shapes people and products; it states what we collectively believe, what we value, and who we are. Examples of this dimension in action could include the university’s five goals or UCF’s academic mission devoted to access and student success.

Co-chaired by:

  • Mr. Jeffrey M. Fleming, Special Magistrate, U.S. District Court Mediator, and retired Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Dr. Lisa Dieker, UCF Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in the College of Education and Human Performance

Value: A ratio of quality to cost. Higher education institutions can reflect value by optimizing delivery of services across units, innovating ways to increase quality while reducing cost, and partnering with others as appropriate to collectively advance the institution’s mission and further its comparative advantage. Universities that provide high value clearly define quality, diligently constrain unnecessary costs, and ensure that expenses advance value and will meet demand. In order to achieve this, UCF must foster a cost containment culture. Examples of this dimension in action could include UCF’s relatively low dollar-per degree ratio and its growing distance-learning programs.

Co-chaired by:

  • Mr. Conrad Santiago, Financial Planner and Owner, Conrad Santiago-Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Dr. Cynthia Young, UCF Pegasus Professor and Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence and International Affairs and Global Strategies

Distinctive Impact: Areas of excellence and impact that distinguish UCF from other institutions at the international and national level, while simultaneously advancing the local environment. These areas of distinction arise from unique, place-based attributes, a critical mass of scholars, a cluster of partners who collectively create impact, and historic strengths of the institution. Examples of this dimension in action could include national and international prowess in the areas of modeling, simulation, and training; the establishment of an advanced manufacturing research center devoted to smart sensors; and national models for hospitality and tourism.

Co-chaired by:

  • Mr. Michael Grindstaff, Partner, Shutts & Bowen
  • Dr. Debra Reinhart, UCF Pegasus Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research

View the full list of Collective Impact Strategic Planning Commission members.


The Collective Impact Strategic Planning Commission convened in October 2015 with discussions about how the three committee dimensions guide the planning process, what kinds of questions we want to ask to help us create a road map and 5-year action plan and how to solicit input from the campus and Central Florida community at large, as well as to research best practices from other higher educational institutions and organizations.

A final strategic plan will go before university leadership and the UCF Board of Trustees for approvals and will be published in Summer 2016.

Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee Meeting — May 3, 2016


From October 2015 to January 2016, the Commission held eight stakeholder sessions across Central Florida, engaging more than 500 participants from UCF faculty, staff and students; other academic institutions; businesses; and local government. In addition, responses from more than 3,000 students were captured via survey to be included in the strategic planning data-gathering process. This community feedback has helped fuel plan design and content, and continues to offer direction as additional input is received from UCF leaders in the final drafting phases.

UCF Board of Trustees Presentation Slides — March 24, 2016

Innovators Conversation – An interactive conversation with higher educational leaders

In December 2015, UCF invited two national higher educational leaders to discuss strategic planning and universities’ changing role in the American landscape. You can watch the video with Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, and Dr. James Duderstadt, President Emeritus at the University of Michigan. This conversation was part of UCF’s ongoing “Collective Impact” strategic planning process.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/cdlvideo/review/148678080/2627671c63