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Strategic Plan - May 2009


Marymount University
Strategic Plan

May 2009

Overview

Mission: Marymount University is an independent Catholic university that emphasizes academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Committed to the liberal arts tradition, the University combines a foundation in the arts and sciences with career preparation and opportunities for personal and professional development. Marymount is a student-centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person, promoting the intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth of each individual. Scholarship, leadership, service, and ethics are hallmarks of a Marymount education.

Shared Strategic Priorities: Using the strategic principles that have guided Marymount University’s recent accomplishments, individuals throughout the University will embrace the following shared priorities in order to achieve Marymount’s vision for the future:

  • Enhancing the intellectual experience: Marymount University will offer rigorous academic programs that nurture scholarship and inquiry, engage students and faculty in interdisciplinary study, and provide unique educational opportunities that help students achieve their personal and professional goals.
  • Capitalizing on the region’s rich resources: Marymount University will engage fully in the Washington, DC metropolitan region through enhanced academic programs, expanded co-curricular and cultural offerings, increased service to the community, and strengthened ties to regional leaders and employers.
  • Building community: Marymount University will be an inclusive and welcoming community where students, faculty, staff, and alumni find commonality in shared values and experiences and know that their unique contributions are valued. Programs and services will create connections and foster unity within the campus community and encourage engagement with the broader world community.
  • Honoring the values and traditions of Marymount’s Catholic heritage: Consistent with its identity as a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University will be a community committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition, education of the whole person, mutual respect and caring, and service to others.

Benchmarking and Assessment: This Strategic Plan will cultivate a culture of assessment using measured outcomes of student learning and university operations to guide planning, budgeting, and decision-making, and measure progress toward stated objectives.

Shared Strategic Priorities

Enhancing the intellectual experience: Marymount University will offer rigorous academic programs that nurture scholarship and inquiry, engage students and faculty in interdisciplinary study, and provide educational opportunities that help students achieve their personal and professional goals.

Strategic Opportunities:

  • Promote inquiry-based learning through increased student-faculty collaboration, expanded faculty development and support, and increased funding
  • Encourage interdisciplinary inquiry through development of dual-degree programs, collaborative teaching, and support for research across disciplines
  • Provide a cohesive curriculum founded in the liberal arts, emphasizing writing and inquiry, and promoting career preparation
  • Make optimal use of the new academic facilities provided by the 26th Street project to enhance and expand the Universityís programs in the sciences and health sciences
  • Strengthen Marymountís emphasis on fine, performing, and applied arts through expanded facilities, activities, and curriculum
  • Expand studentsí global perspective through the study of foreign languages, increased study abroad opportunities, and academic offerings with an international emphasis
  • Increase the resources to advance teaching and learning through enhanced facilities, additional scholarships, and a stronger faculty
  • Use technology, alternative schedules, and off-campus locations to extend academic programs, while maintaining Marymountís emphasis on attention to the individual student

Capitalizing on the region’s rich resources: Marymount University will engage fully in the Washington, DC metropolitan region through enhanced academic programs, expanded co-curricular and cultural offerings, increased service to the community, and strengthened ties to regional leaders and employers.

Strategic Opportunities:

  • Build and enhance academic programs that align with the regionís history, culture, and economy
  • Establish a systematic, integrated approach to career-preparation that uses the regionís resources to help students achieve their personal and professional goals
  • Introduce students to, and engage them in, the regionís cultural opportunities through the curriculum, activities, and service opportunities
  • Offer innovative summer programs that capitalize on DC-area resources for current, prospective, and visiting students
  • Strengthen relationships with alumni, philanthropic organizations, and professional leaders in the region to expand opportunities for students
  • Create a distinctive market position for Marymount as the university that draws upon the rich resources of the nationís capital in a creative and comprehensive way

Building community: Marymount University will be an inclusive and welcoming community where students, faculty, staff, and alumni find commonality in shared values and experiences and know that their unique contributions are valued. Programs and services will create connections and foster unity within the campus community and encourage engagement with the broader world community.

Strategic Opportunities:

  • Ensure a diverse student population with a mix of undergraduate and graduate students using data-driven enrollment management practices and achieve targets of 2,400 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students
  • Improve student retention through an increased emphasis on individual attention, quality programs and services, enhanced facilities, and commitment to studentsí personal and professional development
  • Develop an annual ďCommon PurposeĒ or theme to unite the community in study, service, and related activities
  • Engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni in programs, organizations, and activities that advance common interests and cultivate leadership
  • Expand recognition of student, faculty, staff, and alumni achievements
  • Create campus common spaces to encourage interaction among members of the University community
  • Promote accessibility to all campus facilities
  • Use the Internet and other technologies effectively to connect students, faculty, staff, and alumni across time and location
  • Strengthen programs and initiatives that extend beyond the campus to benefit the wider community

Honoring the values and traditions of Marymountís Catholic heritage: Consistent with its identity as a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University will be a community committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition, education of the whole person, mutual respect and caring, and service to others.

Strategic Opportunities:

  • Sustain and strengthen Marymountís Catholic identity and emphasize studentsí intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth through the curriculum
  • Establish a Center for Mission and Ministry to sponsor programs and services that offer students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all faith traditions opportunities for moral and spiritual growth
  • Expand service-learning and volunteer opportunities to promote a spirit of service to others
  • Strengthen student, faculty, and staff commitment to social justice for all people
  • Build Marymountís reputation as a leader in ethics education through programs that encourage thoughtful examination of ethical issues and the development of personal and professional ethical standards and conduct
  • Provide opportunities for interfaith dialogue within the campus community
  • Promote stewardship of the environment through conservation of resources and a commitment to sustainability

Benchmarking and Assessment

This Strategic Plan will cultivate a culture of assessment using measured outcomes of student learning and university operations to guide planning, budgeting, and decision-making, and measure progress toward stated objectives. The Plan is linked to comprehensive benchmarking and assessment, which will inform its implementation, measure the impact of its shared priorities, and evaluate the fulfillment of Marymountís mission. More specifically:

  • Each of the Shared Strategic Priorities will be assessed using a series of student and institutional outcome measures. The results will be compiled, analyzed, and shared with the University community in order to make decisions in the best interest of the institution.
  • Strategic indicators will be compared to those of Marymount’s peer institutions to evaluate overall effectiveness. These indicators will include retention and graduation rates, entering-student profiles, student-faculty ratios, national survey results, facilities information and financial statistics.
  • Planning for new programs and initiatives will begin by identifying best practices at institutions with a record of success. This analysis will be used to establish benchmarks to measure progress.


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