Step 1: Identify Peer Institutions

A subgroup led by Allen Bolton, vice president for Financial Affairs and Administration, identifies and codifies "comparable peer" and "aspirational peer" institutions for UAB.

Aspirational Peers

  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of Pittsburgh

Comparable Peers

  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rutgers University

Learn more about the methodology and rationale used in these selections.

February-July 2016

Step 2: Refine Pillars

A team led by Anne Buckley, UAB Chief Communications Officer, refines UAB strategic pillars, which serve as the foundation for the university-wide plan. Because of the significant overlap between Research/Innovation and Economic Development, those pillars are combined, creating four pillars instead of five:

  • Education: Provide education that prepares diverse students to lead, teach, provide professional services and become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future.
  • Research, Innovation and Economic Development: Pursue research, scholarship, and creative activities that spur innovation, make UAB a vibrant cultural center, and expand UAB’s capability to continually discover and share new knowledge that benefits society by contributing to the economic development and prosperity of the city of Birmingham, the state of Alabama and beyond.
  • Community Engagement: Encourage partnerships that improve education, the arts and humanities, health, economic prosperity and quality of life through service at home and around the globe.
  • Patient Care: Deliver the highest quality patient care that reflects our ability to translate discoveries into revolutionary therapies in one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers.
August 2016

Step 3: Identify and Initiate Strategic Planning Council

President Ray Watts, M.D., identifies and appoints a Strategic Planning Council, which holds its first meeting Sept. 1, 2016.

August-September 2016

Step 4: Strategic Planning Retreat

Members of the Strategic Planning Council gather for intensive reflection and discussion.

December 2016

Step 5: Campus-wide Strategic Planning Update

Website with information from the Strategic Planning Council meetings to date shared with the campus community.

January 2017

Step 6: Gather Input

Members of the Strategic Planning Council hold listening meetings with stakeholders across campus. (See the full comments from these meetings, plus comments submitted through this site, here.)

Mid-January–mid-March 2017

Step 7: Operational and Action Planning

The Strategic Planning Council incorporates input from across campus and its own deliberations into a draft UAB Strategic Plan.

Spring/Summer 2017

Step 8: Finalize Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning Co-Chairs hold Town Halls with stakeholders across campus (watch video); Strategic Planning Council begins planning for moving forward with Strategic Plan.

Fall 2017

Step 9: Strategic Plan Approved

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees formally approves the Vision, Mission, Shared Values and Goal Statements for the Strategic Plan.

February 2018

Step 10: Develop the Dashboard Metrics

To measure the success of the plan, metrics need to be developed to assess progress toward goals.

Winter 2019

Step 11: Execute Strategic Plan

The UAB Strategic Plan is executed campuswide.

Fall 2019-2024

Step 12: Schools and administrative units revise/develop strategic plans and dashboard metrics.

Schools and administrative units will work to create/revise strategic plans and dashboard metrics that are aligned with the university strategic plan.

Fall 2019-Fall 2020