In 2003, as the result of an extensive period of self-evaluation and analysis,
the University community released an Academic Plan to guide the next five years
of growth and change. That plan encompassed five core values of the institution,
capturing key characteristics that describe who we are, what we represent,
and how we operate.
Plans have a life expectancy, and the University has now completed a new Strategic
Plan, UNH 2020, that identifies requisites for change and a number of
specific initiatives. As these initiatives are realized, UNH will become a
different place, with new techniques for teaching, new ways of using faculty
time, a different kind of student body, advanced and engaged research and scholarship;
in short, a transformed and re-invigorated institution.
Universities embody both continuity and change. Core values provide the guideposts
and direction for positive innovation. They assure progress, and not just movement.
The five Elements from the 2003 Academic Plan still resonate. I use them to
help define for new students and faculty what it is that makes UNH unique and
excellent. So, this older Plan retains value as we move forward, and remains
here on the web site to help guide the community, and present us to the outside
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs