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Strategic Plan

UNH 2020 Vision
Over the past year, the University of New Haven has engaged in a comprehensive planning process that has culminated in a new strategic plan to guide the University’s operations for the coming decade. This initiative, called UNH 2020 Vision, aims to develop, strengthen and expand the University in accordance with the following three strategic pillars:

1. Academic Quality and Distinction

The University strives to create, maintain and enhance distinctive programs in all of its colleges by:

  1. Investing in the College of Business and the Tagliatela College of Engineering in order to create or enhance interdisciplinary destination programs that are competitive and serve as an engine for economic development.
  2. Fostering quality, interdisciplinary connections in programs that demonstrate the ability to achieve higher levels of financial strength, external recognition, and acclaim, thus creating destination programs that attract top students nationally and internationally.
  3. Supporting strong scientific discovery and learning by updating facilities, providing cutting-edge learning spaces, creating a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, and providing learning opportunities that will distinguish our graduates from others.
  4. Assessing continually the quality of all programs in order to apply and achieve high academic standards, improve retention, improve graduation rates, and strengthen the levels of achievement of our student body.


2. Transformational Experience through Student Engagement

The University engages students in character building and career development through transformative experiences outside and inside the classroom by:

  1. Promoting transformation through experiential learning, co-curricular endeavors, meaningful and substantive faculty- or staff-mentored experiences, service learning, study abroad, internships, collaborative research, discovery-based learning, and intellectual discovery and debate.
  2. Assisting students to build character; cultivate their humanity; understand, appreciate and celebrate diversity; and become responsible citizens by strengthening their ties to their local and global communities through experiential learning.
  3. Preparing students to contribute effectively to the workplace and promoting the development of responsible, ethical and effective global citizens.
  4. Focusing resources, activities and programs to support career development and academic programs benefiting students and their future employers.
  5. Supporting efforts locally and regionally to improve economic conditions for all citizens, advance environmental stewardship, and create strong societal ties to our communities.
  6. Promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research so that students view problems and issues from new or different perspectives and learn and appreciate the value of interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.


3. Technological Advancement

The University seeks to introduce innovative, emerging technology and to establish and maintain consistent, reliable advanced technologies by:

  1. Employing technologies that lead to greater levels of skill, improved operational effectiveness, enhanced teaching and learning, and superior preparation of students entering the workforce with the ability to apply technology effectively.
  2. Expanding programs that incorporate aspects of emerging technologies, ensure competitiveness, sustain development of a global workforce, and promise relevance for the next generation through student success.
  3. Striving to develop, improve and maintain state-of-the-art technology through facility improvements, equipment upgrades and technology training.


UNH had been operating under a five-year strategic plan approved by the Board of Governors in 2006. Following the success of the current plan, the UNH 2020 Vision initiative will accelerate the University’s momentum through the year 2020, when UNH will celebrate its centennial anniversary.

The new planning process is led by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David Dauwalder and Vice President for Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator Carol Koziatek, who serve as chair and vice-chair respectively of the   Strategic Planning Committee.  The committee is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives. A full list of committee members can be found here. This committee sought input and feedback from all UNH constituencies, including faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and friends, and members of the greater West Haven community. The committee engaged participants through surveys, focus group research and interviews.

An Executive Summary of the Strategic Plan is available online.