Strategic Theme Three: Social Responsibility and Impact

Forge partnerships and alliances, affirm the talents of diverse populations, engage in difficult dialogue, and question our own practices through the lenses of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Theme Three Strategic Goal #1: Lifting Ourselves and Others Through Partnership

Objective #1:

Expand Vibrant Partnerships Across the Region

Create local partnerships and alliances with mutually beneficial goals both to strengthen Arcadia’s commitment to the community and to elevate students’ learning experiences through a meaningful application.

Initiatives:

  • Develop Easton Road as a vibrant community-university corridor reinvigorated through visible community partnerships
  • Expand targeted dual enrollment programs and agreements, including certificates

KPIs:

  • Number of student and faculty participation in courses, internships, research, student teaching, Education practicum, and PT and Counseling clinical practice along the Easton Road Corridor
  • Number of Community-engaged courses and events in the Easton Road Corridor
  • Number of neighbors and partners involved in Easton Road Corridor planning sessions
  • Number of high schools and students participating in dual enrollment programs

Timeline:

Easton Road Corridor community listening sessions to be held in Fall 2020, with pre-meetings to be held in Spring and Summer 2020; Dual Enrollment Certificate course clusters offered to partners in advance of Fall 2020

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Theme Three Strategic Goal #2: Supporting Populations of Promise

Objective #1:

Meet the Financial Needs of Diverse Applicants and Affinity Groups

Through meaningful awarding of financial aid, help students find clear pathways toward success related to their diverse interests and affinities.

Initiatives:

  • Implement data-driven financial aid matrix to support enrollment growth

KPIs:

  • Yield rate by financial aid matrix cell
  • First-year students enrolled in the fall term
  • Freshman retention rate by demographics and financial awards

Timeline:

Strategic Packaging Matrix will be deployed Fall 2019 for Fall 2020 financial aid packages; Enrollment and yield goals to be met progressively over five years

 

Objective #2:

Expand Specialized Admission Programs

Arcadia will give more students opportunities to see a clear home for themselves as they make their college choices.

Initiatives:

  • Implement and establish Arcadia Civic Scholars Program for students in any major who are passionate about driving social change

KPIs:

  • New student yield rate for those who were offered Civic Scholars
  • First-to-second year retention of Civic Scholars

Timeline:

Launch inaugural cohort in Fall 2020

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Theme Three Strategic Goal #3: Strengthening, Connecting, and Amplifying Civic Life

Objective #1:

Promote Dialogue and Safeguard Open Expression

Promote engaged discourse through clear frameworks for open expression and a renewed emphasis on dialogue and debate.

Initiatives:

  • Create lectures, seminars, and dialogueseries (e.g., Ten-Minute Teach-In) to open minds to new ideas and cultivate new ways of thinking
  • Create training sessions for participants to lead difficult dialogues

KPIs:

  • Percentage of training participants who go on to facilitate dialogues
  • Number of campus lectures, panels, and events about contentious issues or contemporary policy debates

Timeline:

Pilot Ten-Minute Teach-Ins before Fall 2020; Launch training offerings in Fall 2020

 

Objective #2:

Expand Community-engaged Teaching and Learning in Local and International Settings

Provide applied learning opportunities for students to practice community engagement and produce meaningful outputs beyond the traditional classroom.

Initiatives:

  • Expand and diversify structured, for-credit community-engaged courses enabling students to gain real-world experience while serving and learning in cross-cultural contexts 

KPIs:

  • Number of community-engaged academic offerings each semester
  • Number of students participating in communityengaged learning experiences annually
  • Percentage of Arcadia’s global centers offering a community-engaged course each semester
  • Number of international service-learning courses in Spring 2020/Spring 2021
  • Percentage of community site leaders who report their associated Arcadia course has made a positive difference for them and they would welcome continued/future collaboration

Timeline:

Initial Training - Spring 2020; Expanded offerings - Fall 2020

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Theme Three Strategic Goal #4: Grounding and Integrating Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Objective #1:

Position Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at the Center of All of the Institution’s Work

Initiatives:

  • Produce a JEDI Framework with uniquely Arcadian characteristics
  • Offer training sessions related to the JEDI Framework to inform and affect University activities and decision-making processes

KPIs:

  • Number of participants in training sessions for the use of the Framework
  • Climate Survey indicators • Identity awareness and cultural competency indicators

Timeline:

Develop draft JEDI Framework in Spring 2020; Solicit community feedback in Fall 2020; Produce final Framework by the end of Fall 2020; Offer training in Spring 2021; Offer additional training and consultancy in Fall 2021

Objective #2:

Expand Environmentally Sustainable Practices

Create new programs to measure and address campus carbon footprint, and organize education around the most relevant and current topics.

Initiatives:

  • Engage in a sustainability audit to measure current practices and highlight areas for expansion
  • Design and ratify a plan for promoting and expanding environmentally sustainable practices with concrete goals to be developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders

KPIs:

  • Percentage improvement based on key sustainability indicators (baselines to be determined)
  • Number of new sustainability efforts

Timeline:

Execute audit Spring 2020; Launch committee in Fall 2020; Produce a comprehensive plan by June 2021

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