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Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The University of South Alabama, with a global reach and special focus on the Gulf Coast, strives to make a difference in the lives of those it serves through promoting discovery, health, and learning.

Vision Statement

The University of South Alabama will be a leading comprehensive public university internationally recognized for educational, research, and health care excellence as well as for its positive intellectual, cultural, and economic impact on those it serves.



Dates Milestones
November 2019 The University begins planning to develop a new 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. Schools and Colleges are asked to complete visioning exercise and collect community input to guide conversations about revising the University’s vision and mission.
January -February 2020 Community Input sessions begin to collect feedback on vision and mission and to analyze the University’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
March 2020 The pandemic interrupts strategic planning. The University’s attention, including that of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, shifts to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff and the continuity of quality classroom instruction. The strategic planning process is paused until fall 2020.
September 2020 University Strategic Planning Committee is appointed.
October-November 2020 Discussions with University administrators about community input for revising mission, vision and the strategic plan.
December 2020 First Strategic Planning Committee Meeting is held.
February 2021 Dr. Tony Waldrop, President, retires; The strategic planning process is revised; Second Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
March-August 2021 Community Input sessions with student leaders, faculty, department chairs, and staff.
Late August 2021 Acting President’s leadership team will discuss community input and updates to University priorities, objectives, and indicators of success.
September 2021 Draft of updated 2022-2024 Strategic Plan; Third Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
October 2021 Final draft of updated 2022-2024 Strategic Plan; Fourth Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
December 2021 Presentation of final plan to the Board of Trustees Long Range Planning Committee and Committee of the Whole.