The final of seven Roadmap Town Hall meetings concluded on Friday with hundreds of faculty, staff, and students attending one or more of the seven forums aimed at advancing the Roadmap to Our New Century and fulfilling the University of Miami’s aspirations of becoming the hemispheric, excellent, relevant, and exemplary university by its 2025 centennial.
“One hundred years is emblematic for a university because if you’ve made it to 100, it means you have the potential to be there for the long haul,” UM President Julio Frenk said.
Explaining why the University has embarked on this journey, the president noted that higher education is facing “disruptive challenges” as well as “unprecedented opportunities.” The Roadmap process has been an inclusive exercise designed by our community to enable the University to shape its future—one that will thrive in this environment.
“If we do that,” Frenk said, “we’ll not only celebrate our 100th anniversary, but we will be well poised to celebrate our 200th and 300th.”
The Roadmap Town Halls, which began on September 15 at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, moved to the Miller School and Coral Gables campuses over the next eight days. The purpose of the Town Halls was to discuss and refine the proposals that grew out of Frenk’s intensive University-wide Listening Exercise that began last fall and that led to a design process informed by a diverse group of members from the University community.
In the coming weeks, the Office of the President will discuss the Roadmap Initiatives with the Faculty Senate and Student Government before presenting them to the Board of Trustees.