Progress

Advance an innovative and distinctive liberal arts curriculum that will empower students to engage their world by focusing on courses, programs, and teaching that build on the University’s commitment to reflective thinking, scholarship and learning.

Develop a new, integrative general education curriculum... DETAILS: Faculty approved in fall 2012; implemented fall 2013, began with Class of 2017.
Make experiential learning a focal point... DETAILS: Hired director of Career Connections; developing "Career Bootcamp." Adding Sustainability Semester internships.
Pursue a business arts major as well as other programs that address evolving curricular needs... DETAILS: Launched Business in the Liberal Arts major in fall 2013.
Explore creating a center to examine issues of diversity... DETAILS: Established Presidential Commission on Diversity; report expected February 2014.
Enhance commitment to faculty scholarship, research and creative endeavors... DETAILS: Ongoing; increased travel support, consulting on faculty grants.
Highlight our location and geography as it supports our mission... DETAILS: Exploring grant opportunities; developing related communications and marketing.
Enhance and further develop sustainability... DETAILS: Launched Sustainability Semester; received grant support for homesteader-in-residence, Nature Up North project.
Review technology needs and bolster (its) use... DETAILS: Received Mellon grant to support digital humanities; planning classroom technology renovations.

Expand admissions’ reach and enrollment to enhance quality and diversity and advance the University’s financial strength.

Implement a new admissions plan... DETAILS: Expanded national and international markets, including in China, Russia and Middle East.
Increase undergraduate enrollment... DETAILS: Met goals for enrollment. Will continue to assess growth and impact.
Review and develop new financial aid strategies... DETAILS: Launched and in progress; meeting need, managing discount rate and increasing yield.
Continue to increase off-campus learning opportunities... DETAILS: Launched NYC Semester, FYP London, Sustainability Semester, Jordan program; increasing opportunities in China.
Examine adding or expanding other programs... DETAILS: Reviewing JV opportunities in athletics; marketing international programs to non-SLU students.
Launch a comprehensive communications plan... DETAILS: Completed identity guide; launched comprehensive website redesign spring 2013.

Engage alumni more deeply to enrich University connections and expand participation and support of all kinds.

Build the next generation of loyal volunteer leadership... DETAILS: Created alumni engagement metric; launched Laurentian Leadership Committee.
Develop a new system to track alumni careers and accomplishments... DETAILS: Launched new My St. Lawrence online community to facilitate sharing information.
Engage alumni with faculty (in) admissions process... DETAILS: Launched SLU SEALS alumni admissions team; former Alumni Council members re-engaged in projects.
Expand work with alumni to (build on) "St. Lawrence Network"... DETAILS: Created full-time position funded by grant to develop internship program; launched Alumni Council's NYC Semester Task Force.
Broaden programming to provide more opportunities to connect... DETAILS: Launched Laurentian Travel Program; "SLU in a Box" to support regional events.
Launch a new, comprehensive fundraising initiative... DETAILS: Training staff; planning phase one.

Foster a cohesive, effective governance structure that engages faculty with students, staff, and trustees in collaborative, creative, and proactive stewardship.

Review governance and decision-making for efficiency... DETAILS: Launched discussion group of Thelmo officers, Faculty Council members and senior staff.
Review internal communications and explore intranet... DETAILS: Providing monthly updates for employees. Exploring developing new intranet following website redesign, 2013-14.

Foster a culture of planning, assessment, and communication.

Review the role of offices involved in assessment and planning... DETAILS: Ongoing, including system for recording and tracking progress of the Strategic Map; ISAC completed Middle States Periodic Review Report.
Develop a reporting system for initiatives... DETAILS: Creating detailed plans and reporting for Strategic Map, including progress website.
Examine creating an office for assessment and planning... DETAILS: Exploring partnership to assess programs, examine entrepreneurial ideas and develop action plans.

Launch a new master facilities plan to protect, develop, and enrich our learning and living environment and support our vision.

Develop and implement a new facilities master plan... DETAILS: Completed Facilities Master Plan; developing plans for new residential hall to open Fall 2014.
Outline facilities priorities for comprehensive fundraising... DETAILS: Launched focus fundraising effort for new residential hall.