University Policies & Standards will embark on a new Strategic Plan in 2023. For reference, below is the first Strategic Plan developed in 2017 with notes on progress:


University Policies & Standards promotes the university’s mission by establishing a uniform and collaborative policymaking process and providing comprehensive, clear guidance to the university community and broader public about applicable university policies and standards.

Plan for Updating the Policy and Standards Program

Phase I. Establishing the Foundation for Policy Development and Management

  1. Finalize Policy 04-001, Development of University Policies and Standards. This policy describes the process for adopting, modifying, and retiring university policies and standards. It will form the foundation for the proposed policy process. [COMPLETE]
  2. Adopt conventions for categorizing policies. [COMPLETE]
    • Identify the major categories of policy and adopt naming and organizational conventions.
  3. Design and launch website for the policy manual. [COMPLETE]
    • Develop content, including major information that should be conveyed in the site and general ideas for how it should be organized.
  4. Consolidate all policies across the university. [IN PROGRESS]
    • Identify existing policies in every department, center, unit, and office. 
    • In consultation with policy stewards, determine if unit policies warrant inclusion in the UPSM and if so, manage the process for updating them as necessary.
  5. Constitute the Policy Advisory Group. [COMPLETE]
    • Compliance/policy program will identify members of the PAG.
    • Executive Policy and Standards Committee will advise on the PAG charter. 
  6. Develop Guidance Documents. [COMPLETE]
    • Develop internal, policy program manual to guide the program’s operations, including processes and procedures, record-keeping, etc.
    • Develop guidance for policy stewards to aid in drafting policy, training, outreach, etc.
    • Develop public-facing information about the policy process and policy program for external stakeholders.

Phase II. Begin Developing, Organizing, and Categorizing Policies

  1. Prioritize policy needs. [COMPLETE]
    • Meet with policy stewards to:
      • Identify policy actions
      • Prioritize actions 
  2. Identify high priorities. [COMPLETE]
    • Take action on highest priority policies, based on desires of the Board, the President, major areas of risk, and policy stewards.
  3. Identify quick wins. [COMPLETE]
    • Identify and take action on policies that can be retired or updated quickly, without disruption.
  4. Long-term policy development and management. [COMPLETE]
    • Turn to the medium and lower priority policies, retiring, updating, introducing, and categorizing policy as necessary.

Phase III.  Long-term policy maintenance

  1. Continue to modify and update policies. [IN PROGRESS]
  2. Continued outreach and education efforts. [IN PROGRESS]