The University Strategic Planning Committee spent much of 2011 drafting the 2012-2017 plan, collecting data, and obtaining feedback from the University community. A draft of the plan was approved by the University Senate on December 7, 2011. The plan was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on January 27, 2012, and serves as a guide for the University over the next five years. Elements of the plan touch every department on campus.