Every 10 years, the University engages in a strategic planning process aimed at formulating a Strategic Framework for the future. In the spring of 2022, the University announced the launch of the planning process that will guide Notre Dame for the next decade. Over the next decade, the University Strategic Framework will focus on seven University Themes, each integrally connected to the University’s central goals. Each of these themes has the following characteristics:

  • is aligned with Notre Dame’s mission,
  • will advance the University’s goals,
  • reflects important and enduring questions and challenges facing our communities, the nation, the world, and the Church,
  • provides opportunities for Notre Dame to offer unique insights and solutions and to have broad impact,
  • invites collaboration across colleges, schools, divisions, centers, and institutes, and
  • represents current areas of strength or new opportunities to amplify Notre Dame’s impact.

Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said that “plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” While any plan completed at a particular time will not adequately account for the many unanticipated contingencies of a later time, the process of formulating goals, setting priorities, and preparing for opportunities and potential challenges will enable the University to make sound and strategic decisions.

You may read the full letter from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announcing the launch of the next University Strategic Framework Planning process.

If you would like to offer suggestions and comments to help inform the Strategic Framework planning process, please do so via the form below.

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