The UNCG athletic department has announced its updated strategic plan, “The Spartan Way: 2017-2022,” a comprehensive vision that maps out the next five years for the department in concert with the university’s “Taking Giant Steps” strategic plan announced last week. The plan contains the department’s core purpose, guiding principles and strategic priorities moving forward for UNCG Athletics.

“We recognize the meaningful part athletics play in both the strategic development of our university and in creating a vibrant UNCG experience for our students, our alumni, our colleagues and our community,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Our goal is and always has been to compete for championships on the field while ensuring our student-athletes’ success off the field, not only while they are here, but also after they’ve moved on from UNCG. In doing so, we will create excitement around the university, a deeper connection to our community and a sense of pride for all of our stakeholders. The updated UNCG Athletics Strategic Plan is the right road map for us moving forward, and it will help us achieve both our athletic and university goals.”

The core purpose of the UNCG athletic department has been and will continue to be operating The Spartan Way to discover and develop champions in life. This plan sets a course for the department to achieve its envisioned future being a nationally-recognized athletics program continuously competing for championships.

“This planning process gave us an opportunity to connect with our stakeholders and imagine our future together,” said UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record. “We identified six strategic priorities to focus on: student-athlete well-being, athletic facilities, branding and engagement, resources, basketball and culture and community.”

The strategic planning committee, comprised of more than 100 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, developed a plan with over 200 action steps to be executed over the next five years. The athletics department will operate with six guiding principles as the foundation for daily decisions: student-athlete well-being, teamwork, responsibility, integrity, development and excellence.

To learn more about the new plan and the planning process, visit uncgspartans.com.