Making plans for a bright future

Students, Alumni and Parnters - we want your feedback!

UTA has launched a strategic planning survey from Nov. 1-30 for students, alumni, and community partners to provide their valuable input and help shape the future of UTA.

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Strategic Themes

As we chart our path forward, The University of Texas at Arlington will focus on five key strategic theme areas to guide our efforts. These themes emerged from hundreds of conversations and listening sessions that President Cowley held in her first six months at UTA. Feedback and input on what the Maverick community envisions for UTA was collected from students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders, industry partners, and many others. This valuable insight shaped the emerging themes that UTA will focus on in our strategic plan.

Guided by UTA's Mission

The University of Texas at Arlington is building a strategic plan that will ensure we accomplish our big dreams. Guiding the work that we do every day and as we move forward are our mission and vision.


UTA will go through a multi-phase process to create the overarching five-year strategic plan for the University. The timeline for UTA's strategic planning process will be broken down in to four phases. 

Phase I. University leadership will gather feedback and input from various stakeholders on the future of UTA. 

Phase II. The University will undergo rigorous data collection, evaluating trends across the region and country, to establish baseline data that will be used throughout the development, implementation, and tracking of the strategic plan. 

Phase III. UTA  leaders across the institution will collaborate to define and establish the support elements of the strategic plan, including the strategies and initiatives around each theme that will guide UTA toward its ultimate goal. 

Phase IV. The University will present the strategic plan to UT System leadership, as well as campus stakeholders and begin engaging in the implementation process. Implementation will not only include measurement and tracking, but will incorporate focus groups and a continuous feedback look so that the plan remains dynamic and versatile over the years. 

The success of this process will rely on the dedication and partnership of the entire Maverick community to develop and support a future-focused strategic plan. 


Event Date Status
Business Unit Listening Session June-August Complete
Academic Unit Listening Session August-September Complete
Strategic Planning Retreat January Complete
Committee working & ongoing stakeholder engagement with students, faculty, staff, and community members Spring/Summer  In Progress
 Theme Work Groups gathering to develop strategies, goals, and targets for strategic plan Fall  In Progress

Maverick Engagement

See how Dr. Cowley engaged across the UTA campus and in the community during her first year. 

UTA Strategic Planning Committee

  • Donny Beasley, Assistant Vice President for Talent, Culture, and Engagement
  • Suprena Bennett, Associate Vice President for Budgets, Planning and Analysis
  • Yolanda Bevill, Vice President for Marketing, Messaging and Engagement
  • Deepika Chalemela, Chief Information Officer
  • Jon Fagg, Director of Athletics
  • Jackie Fay, Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor of English
  • Diana Huffaker, Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Morteza Khaledi, Dean, College of Science
  • Don Lange, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Campus Operations
  • Kim Lemaux, Chief of Police
  • Maria Martinez-Cosio, Interim Dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Joanna Merritt, Reporting Director, University Analytics
  • Andrew Milson, Chair-elect, Faculty Senate and Professor of History
  • Doris Navarro, Director of Evaluation and Survey
  • Kevin Porter, Chair, Department of English
  • Ashley Purgason, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Marie Schultz, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
  • Justin Silcox, Director of Scholarships
  • Cassandra Smith, Executive Director, GEOES
  • Heather Snow, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Christopher Templeton, Chair, Staff Advisory Council and Sr. IT Analyst
  • Jon Weidanz, Associate Vice President for Research

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