5. Strategic Planning and Performance Monitoring
and Reporting

The University of Waikato Strategy identifies six inter-related strategic goals to enable it to fulfill its commitment to its Charter and Vision and achieve the outcomes represented in section 4.

Goal 1: Provide a world-class, relevant and sustainable programme of teaching and learning
Goal 2: Be recognised nationally and internationally as making a contribution to New Zealand’s tertiary education and research sectors that is significant, distinctive and reflective of the University’s values
Goal 3: With an international perspective, contribute to the educational, social, cultural, environmental and economic development of our region and nation
Goal 4: Be recognised nationally and internationally for research excellence in our areas of expertise
Goal 5: Achieve management and operational excellence in support of teaching, learning, postgraduate supervision and research
Goal 6: Apply strong leadership and best practices to ensure that governance and management activities are coordinated, complementary and effective in achieving the University’s goals

The University of Waikato Strategy forms part of an integrated planning framework, represented by a ‘planning pyramid’ that links strategy to operations and inputs:

University of Waikato Strategic Planning Framework

University of Waikato Strategic Planning Framework

This pyramid represents a hierarchy of plans; the inputs and more operational plans at the base of the pyramid feed through to the higher-level plans that focus on educational and research outputs and, at the apex, the outcomes cited in the University Vision and Charter.

The KPIs against which universities are required to report in their Statement of Service Performance are those established and agreed through negotiation with the TEC as part of their Investment Plans. The University of Waikato Investment Plan 2008 - 2010 (including the KPIs against which it reports in its Statement of Service Performance) was written and approved in October 2007, and was derived from the University’s Strategic Plan and Academic Plan, as they were at the time.

While the University’s overall strategic direction has not changed since then, its planning framework has developed considerably in the intervening 3½ years. The high-level University Strategy was ‘refreshed’ in 2009 and is now supported by a framework of specific plans, which are at various stages of development, each of which has or will have associated responsibilities and KPIs.

The 2010 targets attached to the University’s current Investment Plan KPIs were updated in 2009, with the TEC’s approval, to take account of various factors and developments since the Plan was originally approved by the TEC.

A new Investment Plan has been developed for the period 2011-2013 and approved by the TEC. The associated KPIs are closely aligned with the Government’s 2010-2015 Tertiary Education Strategy as well as the Educational Performance Indicators that have been developed in consultation with the university sector as the basis for performance-linked funding from 2012.

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