Last May, UNM President Garnett Stokes announced the start of planning for UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined, the multi-year plan for the future of The University of New Mexico. She announced in her weekly message the strategic planning process is now in one of the most important and exciting parts: gathering ideas from the campus community about the future of The University of New Mexico.

Timeline of planning
After UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined was launched virtually on May 7, 2021, multiple virtual focus groups for students, faculty, staff, and supporters were held from May 3-24. These events provided an early chance to share insights about how UNM can be more relevant, more visible, and more competitive for what it distinctly does best.

In October and November of 2021, the 2040 task forces took the emerging vision plan to a new level of detail by suggesting key activities that need to occur over the next five years for UNM to carry out its ambitious goals and realize its loftiest aspirations. A month later, a survey went out asking for feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors about the draft vision framework. More than 1,600 Lobos completed the survey and helped better inform decision-making as the process moved forward.

The survey responses and other comments helped to fine-tune the vision framework and led to a revision of the plan, so goals and objectives were more reflective of the feedback.

IdeaScale collaborative space
The UNM Office of the President is now soliciting further community input through the new UNM innovation management platform powered by IdeaScale, a collaborative space for engaging with the entire UNM community. It’s easy to get started with IdeaScale, where UNM students, faculty, and staff can generate new ideas, upvote or comment on ideas, and provide transparent, real-time feedback to inform the process. While it’s impossible to incorporate every idea or objective into the working document, Lobo’s active engagement will help guide the further direction of this work and inform UNM’s ongoing priorities.

The UNM 2040 Goal campaigns open for innovation has been extended through Feb. 18, 2022.  All Lobos are encouraged to participate either through the IdeaScale platform or by providing feedback on the UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined webpage.