Key Strategies for Achieving the Core Goals
Goal 1: We will create an environment for learning that transcends traditional disciplinary, programmatic, cultural, and physical boundaries.
1. Advance the connection between learning and living with curricular and co-curricular programs that encourage students to reflect upon and understand relationships among contemporary issues in society, professional and technical trends, traditional academic topics, and personal growth and development.
- Launch and develop The Arches, an integrated learning community that will be piloted with 108 first-year students in fall, 2011, as the flagship for this effort.
- Develop a co-curricular transcript to encourage, reward, and track participation.
2. Assist students and faculty in integrating liberal arts and professional disciplines by developing and supporting interdisciplinary programs throughout the College and by encouraging each student to engage in either an internship or a sponsored research experience.
- Significantly increase internship and research opportunities, as we move incrementally toward a College requirement, tracked by a co-curricular transcript process.
- Develop opportunities for inter-school collaboration.
3. Encourage and support our students in developing a global perspective and in gaining the skills and understanding to serve, participate, and succeed in an increasingly diverse, multicultural world.
- Expand opportunities for service-learning both locally and internationally.
- Capitalize on our New York City location, on our own internal diversity, and on our worldwide connections through Lasallian Networks.
4. Strengthen our commitment to graduate and continuing education as means to promote professional advancement and personal development.
- Strengthen our new School of Continuing and Professional Studies to serve our local community by offering support for undergraduate courses and degrees for working adults who are seeking to enhance their careers by earning a college degree.
- Develop masters programs in strategic areas, especially in disciplines for which the masters is a logical, attractive, and cost-effective option for current undergraduates.
5. Better integrate our Division I athletic programs into the academic and social fabric of the institution through increased academic support for student athletes, improvement of athletic facilities, improved fan experience, and better marketing.
- Strengthen athletics and student-athlete support to ensure that our athletic program is a source of pride and a rallying point for the institution as a whole.
6. Work more intentionally and in a more integrated way to offer forums and events that promote the life-long exchange of ideas between the campus community and the larger community, particularly alumni.
- Strengthen ties between the Office of Career Development and Placement and the Alumni Affairs office.
- Leverage resources of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies to reconnect alumni for professional and personal development.