Two Years to Two Decades Initiative

Finding our focus

We gathered input before we acted.

In order to develop a sustainable plan and vision for the UW, we needed community input. Since 2009, over 3,500 faculty, staff, student and community stakeholders have participated in 2y2d focus groups and surveys, to help envision the future and identify priorities.

We asked: Where should the UW be in 20 years?

Initial focus groups addressed seven key areas of interest: Discovery, Diversity, Engagement, Globalization, Interdisciplinarity, Learning, and Technology. As they considered where UW talent and expertise would be most needed in the coming decades, these groups:

Each focus group summarized their vision and recommendations in a report, available on the 2009-2010 Focus Group results page.

Then: Which of society’s major issues should we help solve?

After initial focus groups asked the UW to provide solutions to “society’s most pressing issues,” 2y2d sought additional input from stakeholder groups to help identify what issues those might be.

2y2d concept word cloud

Results of the stakeholder group survey appear in the concept cloud above, with size corresponding to frequency of response. Subject-specific concept clouds and individual comments by faculty, students, staff, and community stakeholders are available on the 2010-2011 Focus Group Results page.

  • Resulting action: Their conclusions have informed the work of campus groups like Clean Energy, the Council on Diversity, and Advancement.
  • Next step: 2y2d will provide these results and recommended areas of focus to UW community experts to inform their work and decisions that will help us remain or become leaders in those areas.