Distinctive
Education

Improve educational experiences and outcomes

Graduation Rates

Continue to improve yield and graduation rates among our undergraduate and graduate students, focusing on attracting and supporting the success of students who are under-represented minority (URM), first-generation college, or other underserved constituencies

  • Identify and provide resources for the students most at risk of attrition, including staff support to provide programming and attention to the social and emotional needs of students as well as to their academic needs
  • Set a target six-year graduation rate for all undergraduates of at least 90%
  • Empower and provide resources to assist faculty in exploring pedagogical methods to meet the needs of our diverse student population
  • Invest in a strong and holistic admissions and recruitment process for prospective URM graduate students
Interconnected Priorities
Intrinsic Inclusivity — Connect
Distinction

Build on academic programs to create (or enhance) distinction as a first-class educator in those fields

  • Continue to strengthen current academic programs to provide a strong liberal arts education and disciplinary training that positions students to contribute to civil society and their chosen fields
  • Seed fund new multi- and interdisciplinary programs, including certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs
  • Provide faculty the training needed to expand their knowledge and teaching beyond their background disciplines
  • Engage and develop staff to facilitate and foster cross-disciplinary work
Experiential Learning

Move the educational experience beyond the walls of the classroom by augmenting experiential learning activities for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Expand seed funding for faculty to engage in community-engaged learning
  • Hold training workshops and provide incentives to prepare faculty and staff to develop and lead international and domestic academic programs
  • Provide opportunities and support for all students who wish to engage in research initiatives on and beyond campus
Preparation

Prepare students to be global citizens and innovative thinkers, eager to question and cross traditional boundaries of knowledge

  • Expand opportunities for students to engage in collaborative learning and acquire global experiences (through education abroad and on-campus programming)
  • Enhance the educational emphasis on taking intellectual risks and learning resilience
  • Provide a pathway to a citation in global citizenship as a professional and civic skill set and important credential in the twenty-first century
  • Further develop the College Competencies to complement classroom learning through reinforcing a common set of competencies (adaptability and resiliency, critical thinking and problem solving, intercultural and global fluency, leadership, oral and written communication, teamwork, career design)
  • Enhance training for staff in these competencies to support and model these perspectives for students
Interconnected Priorities
Intrinsic Inclusivity — VisibilityExceptional Research — Support
12 Month Campus

Move from a nine-month to a twelve-month campus

  • Develop new curricular offerings during the summer term
  • Explore partnerships to enhance revenue possibilities through increasing online and on-campus summer term enrollments
  • Build and develop the physical and human infrastructure required to support a twelve-month campus
Interconnected Priorities
Intrinsic Inclusivity — Multi-Cultural