USD's strategic initiatives are developed through Strategic Directions, a planning process yielding broad, overarching, visionary goals that support strategic planning at all levels. At the university level, strategic initiatives involve cross-campus collaboration to devise and implement new programs for the university. Many divisions and departments develop their own strategic initiatives to improve or enhance their work.
University-wide strategic initiatives developed and implemented during the first planning phase, from 2004 to 2009, focused on Catholic social thought, inclusion and diversity, integrated learning, internationalization and sustainability. Initiatives undertaken within divisions addressed the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, enrollment management, technology infrastructure, undergraduate research, program accreditation, endowment development, and new branding and marketing standards.
At the annual Fall Convocation held on Sept. 3, 2010, President Lyons challenged the audience to participate in a second five-year planning phase. Four campus-wide initiatives were approved to redesign the core curriculum, strengthen undergraduate research and scholarship, develop living-learning communities for incoming first-year students, and renovate classrooms. Five more initiatives were launched in the fall of 2012 to leverage the Ashoka partnership, engage alumni and build relationships, expand USD's global presence, assess programs expressing our Catholic character, and imagine Alcalá Park West.
Please visit the Strategic Directions website for more detailed information about USD’s strategic initiatives.