Please find updates on the implementation work being done during Spring 2018 on the Vision 2.0 webpage.


UMA 2016-2020 Strategic Plan: A Maine Leader in Distance and Online Education

Below are two versions of the Final Revised Strategic Plan.  One is a clean copy, the other shows all of the changes made through the Vision 2.0 process.

Full text – FINAL REVISED Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Full text – FINAL REVISED Strategic Plan 2016-2020 redlined version

Mission Statement

UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education; excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

Current Vision Statement

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) will become Maine State University, a recognized national leader in distance education. Through innovation and collaboration, we will deliver undergraduate and graduate programs, on-site and at a distance, that prepare our students to succeed as engaged citizens, professionals and leaders. 

Full text of the original 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Proposed Vision Statement

As an engaged learning community, the University of Maine at Augusta will continuously pursue innovative and best-in-class pedagogy, technology and services to enhance student learning and success.  UMA is committed to delivering quality academic programs, on-site and at a distance, that prepare students to succeed as engaged citizens, professionals and leaders in enriching and advancing Maine’s communities.

Full text of the draft revised 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

UMA Community Engagement

All members of the UMA community are invited to participate in a process to re-ground ourselves in UMA’s 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. This re-grounding will allow us to better define our collective vision for the future and align our limited resources, including human and monetary, behind those strategies that will help us to be most successful in fulfilling the vision.

The following list of questions is intended to engage our community in further defining the 2020 vision for UMA. The exercise is intended to be visionary, looking forward to the final year of the strategic plan in 2020; therefore, most questions are worded in the future tense. Participants should feel welcome to rephrase the questions or replace them if needed as you participate in this process. Participants are also encouraged to provide input on any aspect of the strategic plan. All voices are desired, with “UMA community” broadly defined to be inclusive of University College, New Ventures Maine, as well as other community stakeholders.

Vision Questions:
  • What educational and community values are represented by this vision?
  • What will “high-quality distance and on-site education” delivered by UMA look like in 2020?
  • How will the UMA experience “transform the lives of students”?
  • How will the UMA community align to provide “excellence in student support”?
  • How will the UMA community support all students in civic engagement and experiential learning opportunities?
  • How will the UMA community expand support for workforce development throughout Maine?
  • What will UMA do to preserve and enhance a sense of community for all students, faculty and staff with this vision?
  • What are UMA’s strengths today and how will we evolve our core competencies to support this vision?
  • What challenges does UMA face and what new investments will be required to support this vision?

Recognized Sectors of the UMA Community 

The President also requests the senior administration, the Faculty Senate, the Professional Employees Assembly, the Classified Employees Assembly, the Student General Assembly, and the Board of Visitors to engage in this process by responding to the Vision Questions and by recommending proposed revisions, if any, to the strategic plan and accompanying strategies. There is no set format for submitting these initial recommendations for the revised vision, plan and strategies.

The President held open forums on the Bangor Campus on October 2nd
from Noon to 1 pm in the Huskins Lounge, and on the Augusta Campus on October 3rd from Noon to 1 pm in the Fireside Lounge.

These forums were held to discuss the state of the University of Maine at Augusta and to engage the UMA community in re-grounding in its vision and strategic plan in order to refine the vision and prioritize strategies.

Open Forums Kickoff – Event Video, October 3rd


The President requests the Provost and the Faculty Senate President to include this as part of the Academic Agenda for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year.

Bangor Campus
October 5th – 2 pm to 3 pm, Eastport 124
October 11th – noon to 1 pm, Huskins Lounge
October 16th – 10 am to 11 am, Eastport 124

Augusta Campus
October 5th – Noon to 1 pm, Klahr Center Rotunda
October 11th – 10 am to 11 am, Fireside Lounge
October 17th – 2 pm to 3 pm, Fireside Lounge

The President will offer a series of round-table discussions facilitated by two or more members of the senior administration to engage cross-sector discussion on the Vision Questions and input on the strategic plan. Three sessions each will be scheduled on the Augusta and Bangor campuses, and one for each UC Center.

This survey was available from October 5th to 18th, 2017.

Below, please find a link to word clouds created from the responses to each of the nine questions in the first survey:

Vision 2.0 Survey 1 word clouds

Use the following link to view the feedback submitted during the round table discussions, the responses to Survey 1: Vision Questions, and other meetings arranged by various UMA Community Groups.

Vision 2.0 Feedback

By October 23rd

The President requests the senior administration, the Faculty Senate, the Professional Employees Assembly, the Classified Employees Assembly, the Student General Assembly, and the Board of Visitors to provide their respective responses to the Vision Questions and their initial recommendations for the revised vision, plan and strategies no later than October 23rd.

The President held open forums on the Augusta Campus on November 2nd (originally scheduled on October 30th), and on the Bangor Campus on November 3rd (originally scheduled on October 31st).

These forums were held to provide feedback to the UMA community on what was heard during the engagement process (roundtable discussions, survey and initial recommendations) and to share the draft revised vision, plan and strategies.

View the Augusta Open Forum recording here!

View the Vision 2.0 Open Forum Powerpoint here!

This survey was available from November 3rd to November 13th originally scheduled from October 30th to November 8th.

By November 20th

Use the following link to view the feedback submitted via Survey II, and other meetings arranged by various UMA Community Groups.

Feedback – Survey II and community groups

The President requests the senior administration, the Faculty Senate, the Professional Employees Assembly, the Classified Employees Assembly, the Student General Assembly, and the Board of Visitors to review the draft revised vision, plan and strategies and provide their final recommendations no later than November 20th.

Full text of the draft revised 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

This survey closed on December 1 at noon. Use the following link to view the feedback submitted via Survey III.

Feedback – Survey III

November 28th

The vision, plan and strategies will be finalized following a review by the President’s Cabinet of the survey results and the recommendations from the senior administration, the Faculty Senate, the Professional Employees Assembly, the Classified Employees Assembly, the Student General Assembly, and the Board of Visitors.

December 8th – The final revised vision, plan and strategies will be sent out to the UMA community via a communication from the President and the materials will be posted to the UMA website.

Below are two versions of the Final Revised Strategic Plan.  One is a clean copy, the other shows all of the changes made through the Vision 2.0 process.

FINAL REVISED Strategic Plan 2016-2020

FINAL REVISED Strategic Plan 2016-2020 redlined version

Notes: Dates listed are subject to change in order to better facilitate engagement or to process feedback.

Below is an info-graphic that summarizes the above timeline for the Vision 2.0 process.

Timeline for Vision 2.0 summarized
Timeline for Vision 2.0 summarized