As part of our commitment to institutional effectiveness and improvement, all academic and administrative units at Highlands University are required to submit a unit-level strategic plan which is aligned with institutional goals as outlined in Strategic Plan 2020. All units are also required to submit an annual report which details the extent to which the unit was able achieve the initiatives outlined in the strategic plan.

The unit strategic planning process is overseen by the Unit Strategic Planning Committee. A general guide for strategic planning activities is available to help units in the planning process.

The unit strategic plans and annual reports for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years are listed below. Also included where applicable are updated versions of the unit strategic plans for AY2018-19. (Units are not required to update their strategic plans on an annual basis, but are encouraged to review them annually and make updates as appropriate.) A summary of the AY2018-19 reports is provided in the link below:

Summary of Unit Strategic Planning Reports AY2018-19

Each academic and administrative unit was also invited to submit a list of improvement initiatives they had undertaken in the 2017-18 academic year. These improvement initiatives provide a summary of some key activities that have been developed at the unit level to drive institutional improvement. A summary of these initiatives can be found at the links below:

Academic improvement initiatives for AY2017-18

Administrative improvement initiatives for AY2017-18

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research maintains a set of department level dashboards to assist academic departments in the planning process. These dashboards can be accessed through the links below.

Fall 2019 Departmental Dashboard (UG)
Fall 2019 Departmental Dashboard (GR)


Administrative Units: Strategic Plans and Reports

Reporting Cycle AY2019-20


Department 17-18 Report 18-19 Plan 18-19 Report 19-20 Report
Academic Affairs – VPAA Report
Academic Support Report Plan Report
Admissions Report Plan Report
Business Office Plan
Campus Life Report Report
Campus Police Report Report
Career Services Report Report
Center for Teaching Excellence Plan Report
Central Receiving Report Report
Customer Relations Coordinator Report Plan Report
Environmental Health and Safety Report Report
Facilities Report Plan Report Report
Farmington Center Report Plan Report Report
Financial Aid Report Plan Report Report
Golf Course Report Report
Graduate Studies Office Report
Housing & Student Conduct Report Report
HU Cares Plan Report
Human Resources Report Plan Report
Ilfeld Auditorium Report
Information Technology Services Report Plan Report
International Student Office Report Plan Report
Library Report Plan Report
Metro Center Report
Native American Center Report Plan Report
Office of Institutional Effectiveness Report Plan Report Report
Office of Research & Sponsored Projects Plan Report
Online and Distance Learning Report
Outdoor Recreation Office Report Report
Purchasing Report Report
Registrar Report Report
Santa Fe Center Report Report Report
Strategic Enrollment Management Plan Report
University Relations Report



Academic Departments: Strategic Plans and Reports

Reporting Cycle AY2019-20


Department 17-18 Report 18-19 Plan 18-19 Report 19-20 Report
Biology Report Report
Business Administration Report Report
Chemistry Report Report Report
Computer Science Report [see Math]
Counseling & Guidance Report
Educational Leadership Report
English Report Report
Exercise and Sports Science Report Report Report
History & Political Science Report Plan Report
Mathematics Report
Media Arts & Technology Report Plan Report
Natural Resources Management Report Report
Nursing Report Report
Visual & Performing Arts Report Plan Report
Physics Report Plan Report
Psychology Report Plan Report
Social Work Report Plan Report
Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice Report Report Report
Teacher Education Report