Leading the Change: The UC Santa Cruz Strategic Plan

UC Santa Cruz wants your input!

Leading the Change is our opportunity to chart a path for progress on our campus goals of advancing student success, amplifying our research profile, fostering an inclusive campus climate, and becoming more sustainable and resilient. The strategic planning process will also establish metrics by which success will be measured over the next decade.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and every respondent will automatically be entered into drawings for $25 to $200 gift cards. 

Contact us at: leadingthechange@ucsc.edu


This is an amazing moment in time for UC Santa Cruz. It has been 57 years since our founding in 1965 and we have matured into a preeminent student-centered research university, an HSI and member of the AAU. Over nearly six decades, we have continued to proudly embrace and enlarge our founding values of social justice and environmental sustainability. 

The last campuswide strategic plan, Envision, was launched 9 years ago in October 2013 around six goals: advance and support student success, allocate faculty resources strategically, support research excellence, make UC Santa Cruz a place where people enjoy working, address workload issues, and tell the world our story. In 2017-18 the campus began work on a Strategic Academic Plan (SAP) with a focus on interdisciplinary research and faculty hiring and reducing recognized barriers to collaborative and interdisciplinary activities. 

Learn more about the strategic planning process in the slideshow below: 

The strategic planning we will undertake this year will be broader in scope than the SAP and similar to Envision in addressing opportunities for improvement and transformation impacting a wide cross section of campus constituents and experiences. The strategic plan will chart a path for progress on our campus goals and establish metrics by which success will be measured over the next decade. The plan will be opportunity-focused, identifying new and emergent future dimensions of research, education and service to advance our global and regional impact, improve the experiences of our students, staff and faculty and strengthen the university in our efforts to lead at the intersection of innovation and social justice.