UOG launches 5-year strategic plan

University of Guam President Thomas W. Krise speaks to an audience of university faculty and staff and government officials at an event on Feb. 28 launching the university’s five-year strategic plan. (Photo courtesy of University of Guam)

On Friday, the University of Guam launched its “Para Hulo'” five-year strategic plan to elevate UOG to become an educational hub for Micronesia.

CHamoru for “Excelsior” or “Ever Upward,” the Para Hulo’ five-year strategic plan aims to improve UOG in and prepare for its next WASC accreditation site visit in 2024.

In his welcoming remarks, UOG President Dr. Thomas Krise commended the results of the previous “Good to Great Plan,” citing achievements such as the university receiving its first 8-year WASC accreditation in 2016 and awarding its highest number of degrees in 2019.

Goals in the Para Hulo’ plan include having UOG be recognized as a research university centered in island wisdom, leading as a partnership university, enriching the student experience, becoming a model for operations and customer service in Micronesia, growing the institution’s financial resources, and building its infrastructure.

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“Guam and the region will think of UOG first when they seek a partner to address a challenge or to pursue an opportunity. More of our students will succeed. More of our citizens will be well educated and more opportunities will be realized,” Krise said.

“And we’ll be making an even greater impact on the economy, the culture, and the quality of life of Guam and all of Micronesia,” he added.

Several new buildings for the university are planned for development such as a school of engineering, a student success center, a cultural repository, and more.