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Strategic Plan 2009-2014

The following structure and goals for the Strategic Plan were identified through the Futures Committee process and fully approved on Dec. 8, 2009. Progress reports are below.

1. Prepare students for a global society (curricular and program development)

  1. Undertake undergraduate and graduate curriculum innovation
  2. Review the viability of existing majors, minors, concentrations, and certificate programs as part of the comprehensive academic plan
  3. Ensure quality of graduate programs and teaching
  4. Continue to improve program review and assessment
  5. Expand study abroad opportunities and international partnerships
  6. Expand language offerings
  7. Explore service learning as a graduation requirement
  8. Ensure quality of distance offerings
  9. Expand career services and internships for students and alumni
  10. Utilize alumni mentors and resources
  11. Balance academic and student life
  12. Determine the future of the Leadership Academy Honors Program

2. Achieve academic excellence (pursuit of knowledge, professional competency, and scholarship)

  1. Hire faculty, librarians, and appropriate support staff to meet programmatic needs (no. to be det. by 6/1/10)
  2. Determine class sizes and faculty/student ratios to be consistent w/ values, mission, and vision (same date)
  3. Increase opportunities and allocation of resources for professional development
  4. Increase support for faculty research, creative activities, and public service
  5. Commit resources for editorial work and leadership roles in professional associations
  6. Establish the levels and appropriateness of print and digital holdings in the library necessary to support academic programs
  7. Support the library in their efforts to align themselves with national trends
  8. Commit institutional support (resources and staff) for CTL
  9. Increase opportunities for student research

3. Employ innovative uses of technology (to maximize student learning)

  1. Upgrade technological infrastructure to provide secure and reliable computing and communication access
  2. Improve services through the use of technologies
  3. Explore and implement green technology solutions
  4. Upgrade office and classroom space
  5. Ensure quality of the technology in distance learning offerings
  6. Upgrade safety technologies, training, and procedures
  7. Provide professional development on current and emerging technologies for campus community
  8. Develop ways to utilize technology to build community for GCE students
  9. Assess the academic effectiveness of the laptop initiative

4. Create a culture of diversity (to meet regional needs and enhance campus community)

  1. Implement a plan to engage the campus in achieving a culture of diversity
  2. Implement a plan to recruit and retain under-served minority populations
  3. Increase student, faculty, and staff diversity
  4. Increase retention of at-risk populations
  5. Offer programming indicative of a diverse campus
  6. Increase student and faculty international exchange
  7. Expand off-campus outreach to diverse populations in the community

5. Build collaborative partnerships within our community (to provide opportunities and solutions)

  • Conduct an internal service/resource audit to identify existing collaborations, relationships, opportunities

Collaborative Partnerships

  1. Commit institutional support (resources and staff) for ICE and REDI
  2. Expand partnerships with K-12
  3. Pursue collaborative grants
  4. Engage alumni and community experts
  5. Implement green initiatives
  6. Explore a “University Park”-like collaboration
  7. Enhance partnerships with the community for arts and cultural events
  8. Continue efforts with neighborhood groups to be a good neighbor

Student involvement

  1. Expand and implement internships
  2. Grow volunteer opportunities
  3. Promote athletic events

Services to the community

  1. Facilitate community dialogues
  2. Increase professional training and development for the community
  3. Expand literacy projects (ESL opportunities)
  4. Expand the breadth and reach of non-degree programs and non-credit courses
  5. Explore the creation of Open University lectures

6. Build and maintain a high quality campus

Enrollment and retention

  1. Establish enrollment benchmarks (by 1/1/10)
  2. Develop a recruitment and retention plan for academic growth areas
  3. Grow Latino enrollments to 10% to reflect the population of North Central Massachusetts

Student experience and engagement

  1. Balance academic and student life
  2. Increase student satisfaction with services
  3. Enhance the electronic experience for students
  4. Improve transfer student experience
  5. Increase commuter students’ engagement
  6. Maintain and enhance student support
  7. Enhance academic advising
  8. Further the integration of student life programming with curricular goals
  9. Increase student participation in daytime and weekend activities

Staff Training and Development

  • Promote on-going professional development through financial and material support to improve skills, service, and efficiency

Capital projects and Financial Resources

  1. Design and construct the science building
  2. Allocate resources to implement strategic initiatives
  3. Upgrade faculty offices, as well as academic and common spaces
  4. Reduce the need for additional parking
  5. Increase green initiatives
  6. Reduce overall consumption of energy and natural resources by the campus
  7. Continue to update the comprehensive master plan for facilities

Cultural Changes

  1. Perform a communication audit and develop recommendations
  2. Create an effective internal communications strategy (perhaps a clearinghouse)
  3. Maintain campus-wide institutions to formalize communication
  4. Provide opportunities for campus community input into budgetary decisions
  5. Explore the development of programs to increase student participation in campus life
  6. Implement a plan to engage the campus to achieve a culture of diversity

Marketing and public relations

  1. Maintain and highlight small-campus feel
  2. Create a more effective communications strategy (perhaps a clearinghouse)
  3. Assess the current Day and GCE target audiences and integrate new audiences into the marketing plan
  4. Develop new technologies to market Day and GCE
  5. Inform students, faculty, staff, and community of the institution's safety record
  6. Update the University website

Progress Reports