Lock Haven University Strategic Plan

Overview

The strategic plan seeks to advance the university in five major areas:

  • Student engagement and success
  • Enrollment management
  • Faculty and staff recruitment and development
  • Organization and governance
  • Obtaining and managing resources

1. Student Success: promote, assess, and improve student engagement and learning.
The university seeks to promote student engagement in a broad variety of academic and student life opportunities, including internships and field experiences, study abroad, service-learning, undergraduate research, athletics, and the arts. The university will seek to improve students’ success by developing a comprehensive and coordinated First-Year Experience.

2. Enrollment Management: Develop and implement a strategic enrollment plan.
The university will develop an enrollment management task force to provide oversight for a more comprehensive enrollment management plan. This plan will include revising and expanding academic program offerings to better meet the needs of students and the Commonwealth, specific enrollment targets for various programs and student populations, and a comprehensive marketing plan.

3. Faculty and Staff: Attract, retain, support and develop a diverse faculty and staff committed to students.
The university’s faculty and staff are key to its mission. The university will continue to seek to attract, retain, develop, and support a faculty and staff that will support student success. Adequate support for the use of technology for teaching and other operations is an important element of faculty and staff support.

4. Organization and Governance: Strengthen shared academic governance and organizational structure to achieve ourmission in a changing environment.
The university will conduct a comprehensive review of administrative and governance structures and processes to evaluate and improve their effectiveness. As a part of this evaluation, the university will clarify the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of various constituencies in governance and develop a plan to ensure that all constituencies have appropriate opportunity to participate in institutional decision-making.

5. Resources: Increase, allocate and use resources guided by assessment and mission.
In a time of limited resources, it is increasingly important that the university review and strengthen planning and budgeting resources to ensure that these support the university’s mission. The university must also attract additional resources to develop the planned science center, new student housing, and other priorities identified in the Facilities Master Plan.

Goals & Initiatives

1. Student Success: promote, assess, and improve student engagement and learning.

  1. Require each student to engage in real-world learning experiences such as internships, study abroad or service learning, and/or scholarship (presentation of research) exhibition or public performance.
  2. Promote and encourage all students to be involved student clubs, activities, athletics and the arts.
  3. Develop a comprehensive, coordinated first-year experience that includes a required orientation, a structured experience with a common set of learning outcomes, appropriate class schedule, and an early warning system to identify students who would benefit from additional assistance.
  4. Maintain a safe campus environment.
  5. Support the use of technology with appropriate equipment, training and technical support.
  6. The University will assess student learning in curricular and co-curricular environments, use data to improve student learning, and share that information with constituents as appropriate.

2. Enrollment Management: Develop and implement a strategic enrollment plan.

  1. Establish an enrollment management committee to address all aspects of a strategic enrollment plan including recruitment, admissions and retention.
  2. Establish overall enrollment growth targets so as to achieve incremental growth, with specific targets for traditional, non-traditional, under-represented, graduate and international students, and program goals where possible. Review results every year and adjust when necessary to meet overall goals.
  3.  Undertake a review of program offerings and demand so as to recommend development of new emerging programs to meet the needs of the region and Commonwealth, expansion of already existing programs, and elimination of extremely low-enrolled, non-viable programs.
  4. Review the general education program to ensure it meets university goals and student needs.
  5. Create and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that includes improved web design.

3. Faculty and Staff: Attract, retain, support and develop a diverse faculty and staff committed to students.

  1. Attract and retain a diverse and qualified faculty and staff committed to students.
  2. Ensure that faculty and staff develop and maintain appropriate professional skills.
  3. Enhance support of scholarly activities and development of grants.
  4. Support use of technology with appropriate equipment, training and technical support.

4. Organization and Governance: Strengthen shared academic governance and organizational structure to achieve our mission in a changing environment.

  1. Undertake a broad review of the university organizational structure for appropriate alignment of responsibilities, and to clarify and streamline administrative policies.
  2. Clarify and document roles, responsibilities, and expectations of various constituencies in university governance (including clear charges for all committees).
  3. Develop and implement a communication plan that ensures proposed policies and actions are publicized with sufficient notice to permit input and dialogue among campus constituencies.

5. Resources: Increase, allocate and use resources guided by assessment and mission.

  1. Refine our mechanisms for ensuring that budget allocations and expenditures correspond to the university’s priorities.
  2. Secure resources and complete construction of the science center and new student housing as identified in the Facilities Master Plan.
  3. Collaboratively develop sequential steps to allow implementation of the Facilities Master Plan.
  4. Increase community and alumni outreach to enhance relationships and strengthen university finances.
  5. Work collaboratively with the LHU Foundation to meet the resource needs of the university in accordance with the university's mission and strategic plan
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