As we have shared over the last few months, the University has been in the process preparing a strategic plan and recently published Breaking Through: 2017 - 2022 A Strategic Plan for the University of Wyoming Draft - Document as of June 6, 2017. You may view the latest draft here. The plan is expected to be completed over the next few weeks. We are excited about the engagement initiatives included within the plan and the role that the Association will play in assisting the university in accomplishing its goals.
So what does this process mean for the Alumni Association? Our board has begun updating our 2015 strategic plan to ensure our goals are aligned with those of UW. An important part of our process is to gather feedback from our alumni; therefore, as a first step in May, we conducted an alumni survey and received 684 responses. Thank you to all who completed the survey. The responses included alumni from each decade since 1960. The survey produced some valuable information that will be helpful as we draft our strategic plan. Our board has reviewed and developed the following takeaways from the results.
- The most important work that you believe we should do are ranked as follows: promoting UW, providing scholarships, connecting grads with career opportunities, recruiting students and hosting events.
- You shared that the primary barriers to alumni attending alumni activities are time and geographical distance
- In your relationship with the UWAA, you most value interacting with the UWAA through the monthly electronic newsletter, the UWYO, the website, visiting campus and attending events.
- Overwhelmingly, our alumni understand and appreciate the unique roles the UWAA, the UWF and CJC play in supporting the university.
- For UWAA members, you shared that the most valuable reason for joining the Association is UW pride and loyalty and the least was the discounts offered. Interestingly, it was important for you to know the programs we support and you emphasized that you valued that we provide student scholarships.
- For non-members in considering whether to become a member, you noted that you would value UW pride and loyalty, knowing how the gifts would be used and providing student scholarships.
- With respect to communication from the UWAA, you most wanted to connect with UWAA through Email, US mail and Facebook.
In summary, our alumni value our work as the engagement arm of the university. You are proud of UW and you desire for the Association to direct our work toward promoting and being advocates for UW. We are excited to take the entirety of the survey results and consider your input in crafting our 2017-22 Strategic plan.
On July 1st, you may see the detailed results of the survey and follow the progress of our strategic planning process on our website. We encourage you to participate as we provide the opportunities for broad participation from our alumni and other constituencies. Our goal is to publish a draft of the UWAA Strategic Plan 2017-22 for alumni review and comment by August 1, 2017. Upon feedback and input from you, our board will update the plan and is expected to adopt the final strategic plan at our fall board meeting on September 15-16, 2017. We are fortunate to have a supportive base of alumni and friends who believe in the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and understand the important part they play in advancing UW's future.
My best in Brown and Gold,
Tim Wilson, BS ‘98
Bureau of Mines Building, Room 137
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2929