The strategic planning process for UCI began in fall 2014, coordinated by the Office of Academic Planning and the Academic Planning Group.

The APG focused on setting a foundation for the strategic plan by reviewing various rankings, including those from Academic Analytics; revisiting AAU institutions’ strategic plans; collecting and examining data on about 80 items from the last strategic plan; consulting with management professor Philip Bromiley about best practices for strategic planning; meeting with Assistant Vice Chancellor Victoria Jones on types of possible engagement abroad; and developing and administering a survey on unit objectives. The group assessed responses from 31 academic and administrative units campuswide, and also considered UCI’s long-range enrollment plan and other major goals communicated by the chancellor.