Strategic Plan 2009-2014

Strategic Goal 1

Educate the Whole Student for Life in a Global Society.

The College seeks to create the Elmhurst Experience by graduating students committed and prepared to continue their self-formation as intellectual and moral beings. Students’ self-formation includes creating a picture of a complex and multicultural world and determining their responsibilities within it; reflecting on the foundations of moral conduct, which may be religious, and framing their values accordingly; thinking and acting for themselves and taking responsibility for their decisions; and dedicating themselves enthusiastically and imaginatively to lives of service and enterprise. Elmhurst College will provide its undergraduate students with a solid grounding in the liberal arts together with specialization in a major leading to a career path or advanced studies. The College will prepare graduate students to be well-rounded and ethical professionals. The College will empower all its students, undergraduate and graduate, to embark on lives driven by critical and creative reflection and the capacity to respond effectively and humanely to complex problems and situations.

Strategies and Targets

1.1
Create, refine and implement integrated curricular and co-curricular programs and experiences that foster student intellectual and personal self-formation, the first hallmark of the Elmhurst Experience.

Targets

  • Continue the ongoing faculty-based general education renewal process through 2009-10. Responsible Areas: General Education Task Force, General Education Committee, Academic Council, Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Achieve annual participation of 300 students in study abroad programs and annual participation in applied experiential learning by all students in First-Year Seminars. Achieve annual participation in service-learning activities beyond the first year by 250 more students. Increase students undertaking coursework in the Intercultural Studies program to 70 by 2011-12. Responsible Areas: Director of International Education; Director of Intercultural Studies Program, Director of Service Learning, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs and the Director of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development. Financial Impact: Approximately $50,000, with 2009-10 portion available in planned budget.
  • Benchmark best practice parent and family programs with referral to President by the end of 2009-10. Responsible Areas:  Alumni Relations/Development and Student Affairs. Financial Impact: Approximately $15,000, available in planned budget.

 

1.2
From the beginning of students’ time at Elmhurst College, refine and further develop integrated curricular and co-curricular programs and experiences that foster early professional preparation, the second hallmark of the Elmhurst Experience.

Targets

  • All students in Education, Nursing, and Speech Pathology will continue to engage in internship or internship-like experiences as required by their major programs. Career education targets for students in other majors, including mentoring, shadowing, internships, and networking to be set by the Centers and academic departments. Responsible Areas: Academic Departments and the Campus Centers. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Increase invitations for outside professionals to visit classes in greater numbers. Responsible Areas: Academic Departments and the Campus Centers. Financial Impact: Approximately $5,000, available in planned budget.

 

1.3
Increase the variety of academic opportunities for students.

Targets

  • Reach annual participation in undergraduate research by 15 full-time faculty by 2013-14. Responsible Areas: Academic Affairs, Center for Scholarship and Teaching/Faculty Development Committee, Academic Departments. Financial Impact: Approximately $25,000, with 2009-10 portion available in planned budget.
  • Maintain annual participation in the Honors Program at current levels of 275-300 students, with an emphasis on sustaining the high quality of Honors Program students’ experiences. Responsible Areas: Academic Affairs and Director of Honors Program. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Establish targets for post-baccalaureate fellowship opportunities in 2009-10 during the plan’s implementation phase. Responsible Areas: Center for Professional Excellence, Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.

 

1.4
Create and support interdisciplinary courses.

Target

  • Reach 30 interdisciplinary courses annually by 2013-14, with specific incentives and funding targets to be set during the plan’s implementation phase. Responsible Areas: Academic Departments, Campus Centers and Center for Scholarship and Teaching/Faculty Development Committee, Academic Council and Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.

 

1.5
Review programs for alignment with goal of developing the whole student.

Targets

  • Establish program review processes for undergraduate and graduate programs by the end of the 2009-10 academic year. Responsible Areas: Academic Council, Academic Affairs, Academic Departments. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Implement program review cycle, beginning 2010-11. Responsible Areas: Academic Council, Academic Affairs, Academic Departments. Financial Impact: Approximately $20,000 per year.
  • Complete an updated plan for graduate education by the end of 2008-09 and submit it to the Advisory Council on Strategic Planning for endorsement and referral to the President. Responsible Areas: Ad Hoc Committee on the Role of Graduate Education at Elmhurst College, ACSP and Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Convene an ad hoc committee to review the effectiveness of the School for Advanced Learning (SAL), adult undergraduate programs, certificate programs and non-traditional services that will propose a plan for endorsement and referral to the President. Report due to the Advisory Council on Strategic Planning by the end of the 2009-10 academic year for implementation in 2010-11. Responsible Areas: Ad Hoc Committee on the Role of Adult Undergraduate Education, ACSP, School for Advanced Learning, and Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Adopt and implement program review process for co-curricular programs by the end of 2010-11 academic year. Responsible Areas: Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Financial Impact: As budgeted in target #2 above.

 

1.6
Assess student learning.

Targets

  • Finalize major program assessment instruments in 2009-10. Responsible Areas: Academic Affairs, Academic Departments. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Review standardized learning outcome assessment instruments in 2009-10 and develop pilots for trials starting in 2010-11. Responsible Areas: Academic Affairs, Academic Departments. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Continue ongoing full use of NSSE and GPI in 2009-10. Responsible Areas: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Executive Vice President. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.
  • Develop and implement co-curricular learning outcomes assessments by 2010-11. Responsible Area: Student Affairs. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.

 

1.7
Create an updated plan for the use of technology and institutional data to support scholarship and teaching.

Targets

  • Prepare and finalize plan on the role of instructional technology for recommendation and referral to the President by 2011-12. Responsible Areas: Technology Steering Committee, Alternative Delivery Committee, Library. Financial Impact: Already budgeted.

 

1.8
Encourage ongoing innovation in academic and co-curricular programming.

Target

  • Establish additional specific pathways for fostering innovation during the implementation phase of the plan in 2009-10. Responsible Areas: Innovation Support Team, ACSP, Academic Departments, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs. Financial Impact: Planning process already budgeted.

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