Strategic Theme One: Academic Excellence Through Impact and Authenticity

Arcadia University’s long-standing traditions of innovation, inclusion, and global engagement establish a unique evolutionary opportunity for the next decade: to redefine academic excellence as Arcadia’s success in meeting students where they are, building transformational academic and professional experiences, and measuring attainment in terms of social impact and self-fulfillment.

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Theme One Strategic Goal #1: Unbounding the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Objective #1:

Deepen the Undergraduate Experience through Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and Global Lenses

Arcadia will solidify and expand on its national leadership in global engagement and interconnect it with a leading higher education model for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Initiatives:

  • Develop and pilot an Inclusive Pedagogy Framework that can be applied to a wide range of undergraduate courses at a wide range of levels
  • Expand and diversify Preview, Global Field Study (GFS), and College of Global Studies experiences (TCGS) to embrace more regions, cultures, and academic disciplines (including service-learning)

KPIs:

  • Preview, GFS, and Study Abroad participation
  • Thrive Index (a composite of student engagement and success indicators)
  • Identity awareness and cultural competency indicators
  • Course offerings identified as having strong JEDI and/or Global content
  • Enrollment in courses identified as having strong JEDI and/or Global content

Timeline:

Inclusive Pedagogy Framework ready to pilot in Fall 2020; Phase 1 of Preview and GFS expansion launches in Spring 2021; Build and pilot draft version of Thrive Index in Summer 2020

 

Objective #2:

Launch New Undergraduate and Graduate Programs across Pedagogies and Modalities

Leveraging market demands and opportunities for social impact, Arcadia will expand and diversify its programming, paying particular attention to the synergies among its four academic epicenters: liberal arts, health sciences, global business, and education.

Initiatives:

  • Build and rollout Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physician’s Assistant (PA) hybrid programs
  • Redesign the curriculum/program development process to be more data-driven, agile, and outcomes-focused

KPIs:

  • Enrollment in DPT program
  • Enrollment in PA program
  • New programs and modalities
  • New program enrollment
  • Collaborative ventures in programming across the University’s five academic units

Timeline:

DPT and PA hybrid programs rollout in Spring 2021; Pilot of New Program Development process ready in Fall 2020

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Theme One Strategic Goal #2: Transforming Lives and Communities through Strategic Enrollment

Objective #1:

Increase Undergraduate Enrollment and Diversity through New Recruitment and Enrollment Strategies

Arcadia will develop comprehensive, innovative, and contemporary strategies that will redefine how students are recruited and enrolled at the University.

Initiatives:

  • Develop a data-informed three-year comprehensive undergraduate recruitment and enrollment plan (including international)
  • Revise current practices to maximize yield
  • Assess, evaluate, and revise the campus guest experience
  • Establish a campus-wide approach for transfer student success

KPIs:

  • Yield rate
  • First-year student enrollment in the fall term
  • New transfer student enrollment in the fall term
  • Students from diverse backgrounds
  • New market opportunities identified
  • Conversion of visitors to enrolled students
  • Transfer students retained

Timeline:

Phase 1 of new plan deployed for the Fall 2021 recruiting cycle (starting Summer 2020)

 

Objective #2:

Increase Graduate Enrollment through a Strategy Focused on Program Mix and Recruitment

Leveraging its unique mix of programmatic and professional strengths, Arcadia will develop and execute a graduate program strategy that delivers compelling professional growth, extends Arcadia’s brand, amplifies its social impact, and generates new revenue.

Initiatives:

  • Assess graduate program mix for market alignment and, based on the results, develop plans for launching new programs
  • Develop an adaptive Graduate Enrollment Plan

KPIs:

  • Total applications for fall enrollment in graduate programs
  • Yield rate for graduate students
  • Tuition discount rate for graduate students
  • Market share in recruiting regions
  • New market expansion opportunities identified

Timeline:

Market analysis completed by March 2020; New Program Development process launched in Fall 2020

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Theme One Strategic Goal #3: Empowering Students Through Transformational Teaching, Learning, Mentoring, and Research

Objective #1:  

Implement Whole-life Advising and Planning 

Implement an advising framework designed to support our students as they pursue academic and life goals at Arcadia and beyond.

Initiatives: 

  • Conduct an advising self-study and external review
  • Design a broader and more inclusive network of positions, programs, and offices that will provide academic, co-curricular, and career advising for students
  • Launch professional development activities to better equip advisors to work with graduate and undergraduate students on academic, co-curricular, and career goals

KPIs:

  • Undergraduates making satisfactory academic progress 
  • Students’ perception of importance and satisfaction with academic advising 
  • Graduating seniors and new alumni who report that a faculty or staff member helped them to connect with their current employer 

Timeline:

Conduct advising study/review in Summer 2020; Launch workshops in Fall 2020; 
Design of more inclusive advising network by January 2021

Objective #2:  

Expand our Commitment to Teaching, Learning, Mentoring, and Research

Grounded in the belief that the entire Arcadia community should be committed to transforming lives, and recognizing the opportunities for pedagogical innovation across all disciplines, we will create a physical and virtual entity that builds capacity within and across units, roles, and programs to deliver on Arcadia’s mission, vision, and values.

Initiatives: 

  • Establish a Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM, multi-phase implementation)
  • Develop an outreach strategy and support system for Inclusive Pedagogy Framework (see Goal #1, Objective #1)
  • Deepen support for faculty research and expand student involvement

KPIs:

  • Faculty, staff, and student participation in CTLM programming
  • Faculty efforts published, exhibited, presented that involve students
  • Students presenting research and creative work regionally, nationally, and globally 
  • Grants submitted, secured that involve students
  • User agreement that CTLM (Phase I) is an important University resource for building capacity within and across the institution

Timeline: 

Form CTLM Working Group/develop pilot programming for rollout in Fall 2020; Establish CTLM physical space to start in Fall 2020

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Theme One Strategic Goal #4: Expanding Global Reach, Interdisciplinary, and Experiential Opportunities

Objective #1:

Leverage Philadelphia’s Career Landscape to Provide Engaging Opportunities for Student Learning and Development

Building strong relationships in and through businesses, organizations, and institutions in the Philadelphia region, we will provide robust opportunities for students to learn and grow through practical experiences and internships.

Initiatives:

  • Launch Intern Philly
  • Expand and deepen employer relationships with employers and organizations, especially with social impact organizations

KPIs:

  • Internship placement opportunities
  • Center City employer and organization partnerships
  • Intern Philly enrollment
  • Revenue

Timeline:

Launch Intern Philly in Summer 2020

 

Objective #2:

Enrich Global Ventures and Initiatives

Expand, deepen, and enhance shared academic, experiential, co-curricular global initiatives supporting student engagement and learning, faculty collaboration and research, and innovative institutional partnerships.

Initiatives:

  • Establish institutional Global Learning Advisory group to develop global goals and strategy
  • Establish institution-wide comprehensive learning goals for global engagement

KPIs:

  • Student global learning outcomes
  • Total enrollment for all global programs
  • Participation in global programs (e.g., Preview, GFS, study abroad)
  • International student satisfaction with academic/student life experience
  • International collaborative programs (across Colleges and departments)

Timeline:

Complete plan by Fall 2020 (6-9 months)

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