Bridges to the Elms Plus Experience

After nearly a year of comprehensive collaboration through listening sessions and surveys with faculty, staff, and students; information gathering by subcommittees; and benchmarking, Elms College has developed five critical strategic areas to lead our efforts as we move forward in line with our mission, vision, and values.

Click on each of the five institutional priorities listed below to learn more. You can also download the Executive Summary.
See what we have accomplished – Strategic Plan: Year One Report

Excel

Excel in Academics

  • Build a robust faculty mentoring and development program, including the needs of diverse faculty.
  • Ensure that distinctive elements of an Elms education are incorporated into all academic programming.
  • Implement a comprehensive plan for the innovative delivery of ElmsFlex programs with a commitment to accessibility for all students.
  • Maintain a continued focus on identified academic program priorities.
  • Identify new academic program opportunities for planning, resource allocation, and launch.

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Expand

Expand Experiential Learning

  • Advance Experiential Learning (EL) at Elms and oversee the Keating Schneider Fund and the Elms Internship Advantage Experience Fund.
  • Establish the position of Director of Experiential Learning.
  • Increase the number and types of EL opportunities available.
  • Create a pathway for EL throughout the Elms Plus Experience from day one through graduation.
  • Make EL accessible for all students.

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Elevate

Elevate Ethical Leadership

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to infuse ethics and ethical leadership development into all academic and cocurricular programs, as well as the liberal arts core.
  • Institute ethical leadership development as a hallmark feature of the Elms Plus Experience that will distinguish the college regionally and nationally.
  • Establish the Center for Ethics, Religion and Culture as the visible manifestation of the college’s commitment to our Catholic Identity and contemporary academic and public engagement.

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Engage

Engage Our Learning Community

  • Build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus through increased underrepresented student enrollment and faculty and staff hiring and retention.
  • Empower students through leadership roles effecting positive changes in the college, local communities, and the world.
  • Carry on the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph by engaging students’ learning through spirituality and service to the Dear Neighbor.
  • Improve living and learning environments in the residence halls, classrooms, and flexible affinity spaces.

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Enhance

Enhance Sustainability

  • Increase undergraduate enrollment pool geographically and with fully online/nontraditional students.
  • Increase student retention of academically underprepared, residential, and underrepresented populations.
  • Increase graduate enrollment.
  • Increase student athlete enrollment by modernizing athletic facilities.
  • Augment and track fiscal stability of the college.
  • Boost donor funding through a multi-year comprehensive capital campaign.

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