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Background & Resources

President Tim Killeen was directed by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees in March 2015 to begin the process of developing a strategic framework, which took approximately 14 months. 

Killeen called the strategic framework a roadmap for the System's future that touches every aspect of the institution's operations -- from enrollment, curricula and pedagogy to economic development and partnerships. The plan was to be "rooted in evidence and guided by experience." 

Background information on how the framework was developed can be found here:

Materials utilized in the strategic framework development process include:

University strategic plans

Environmental Scan

The purpose of the University of Illinois' environmental scan is to support and inform the strategic planning and strategy execution processes. A comprehensive environmental scan helps the University to understand and respond effectively to changes in its environment.

The environmental scan provides information on:

  • Demographics
  • Higher education
  • Economic and budgetary matters
  • Research, technology, and economic development
  • The political landscape

Each section includes related implications, opportunities, and challenges for the University of Illinois.  The scan was prepared by University Administration's Office for Planning and Budgeting.

Retreat resources

Below are resources provided to participants at the July 2015 retreat.

Suggested readings


  • The Innovative University:  Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out  by Clayton Christensen
  • The Great Brain Race:  How Global Universities are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky

Consultant firm

Learn more about AKA Strategy.