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 unanimously approved the Collective Impact Strategic Plan on May 31, 2016, with final editing and publication to take place over the summer.

This planning process, aptly named “Collective Impact” because it involved not only internal stakeholders but also members from the community, provides a road map to achieve our long-term vision and a 5-year action plan.


With the approval of the plan by the UCF Board of Trustees, our process now pivots to implementation, which is where the strategic plan will come to life.

As the plan defines, implementation will be guided by four key principles: transparency, accountability, evolution and connectivity. Regular reporting by those responsible will be frequent and public. The Collective Impact Strategic Plan must be a “living document,” evolving as the university progresses and the environment in which it exists changes.

Additionally, this strategic plan will be thoughtfully integrated with plans throughout the university and with key partners in the community.

Special Acknowledgements

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 considered our purpose, the quality our institution provides and areas of excellence that distinguish UCF from other institutions on the national and international stage. We also examined how UCF best fits into the education landscape in the state and across the country.

A special thank you to each of the commissioners and friends who contributed to the strategic planning process, particularly to our co-chairs for the three dimensions:


  • 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


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

Distinctive Impact

  • 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.

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 offered direction in the final drafting phases.

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