Overview of Pillars

The University of Arizona strategic plan is inspired by the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) – a time of augmented intelligence and the fusion of the digital, physical and biological worlds. It also embraces our original mission as a land grant university to serve the unique needs of the diverse population of Arizona. Through the implementation of the strategic plan, the University is developing innovative, adaptive learners and disruptive problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in an ever-evolving world.

Wildcat Journey

At the heart of the strategic plan lies our commitment to drive student success in a rapidly changing world. We build on the deep and powerful legacy of the University of Arizona to prepare our students with the skills and mindsets to lead in the 4IR. We adapt to the future needs of our students and our state from recruitment and initial enrollment to timely graduation and placement into the workforce.

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Grand Challenges

Consistent with our dual mandate to expand educational opportunities and address important societal challenges, we are well positioned to fully leverage the 4IR advancements in our existing strengths in research. The strategic plan tackles pressing grand challenges in the areas of space, human and intelligent systems, natural and built environments, health care technology, pain and addiction, and disease prevention in ways that will fundamentally shape the future.

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Arizona Advantage

We build upon our unique location and people to drive social, cultural and economic impact in the 4IR era. We leverage our remarkable differentiators to reinforce our commitment to diversity and inclusion and fuel regional and transnational research and learning opportunities. New outreach and collaboration centers are the catalyst for partnerships, recruitment and more.

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Arizona Global

We set the standard for a global university in the digital age. We are transforming global education and redefining the international university experience by engaging with communities globally. We are building an expansive network of UArizona Global locations,igniting international projects and expanding access to intercultural experiences for the entire Wildcat community.

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Institutional Excellence

As a dynamic institution in education and scientific exploration, we always aspire to operate as a best in class place to learn, research and work, where innovations are encouraged and incorporated. To achieve this vision, we are deploying strategic initiatives that will better unlock the potential of our employees and enhance the student experience.

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Strategic Initiative Budgets

The initiatives in the UArizona Strategic Plan are supported by a variety of sources including the Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) which is a discretionary fund that was established by UArizona to meet our strategic goals.