Community Forums

In order to gather additional stakeholder feedback, we held open community forums at three of our COM campuses. During these forums, we updated attendees on the strategic planning process thus far and provide an opportunity for attendees to share input towards the development of goals, outcomes, and strategic initiatives for the future strategic plan of the college. This was an opportunity to shape our plan and voice any existing concerns.

Additional community forums are planned for early fall. Dates and locations will be shared at a later time.

Prior to attending the forum, attendees were asked to review this background material.

Community Forums Output

In May 2019, UI COM leadership led a series of community forums to orient Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana stakeholders regarding the strategic planning process and to solicit their input to deepen and expand on strategic planning efforts made to date. These forums consisted of town hall meetings and a variety of breakout sessions. The town halls provided introductions and opening remarks, project status updates, and guidance on the breakout sessions, and they encouraged the audience to engage in open discussion with leadership to initiate the iterative process. During the breakout sessions, work groups presented their focus areas, drafted goals, outcomes, and strategic initiatives, and gave attendees the opportunity to challenge and strengthen the presented content.

This document presents attendees’ comments as captured by ECG during the community forums. Attendees provided a variety of perspectives in defining how the multiple campuses are currently operating and how they fit into the larger UI COM system. They also presented observations on a desired future state for UI COM as it relates to the college’s education, research, and clinical service missions.