Strategic Directions

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Survey Results

The following list shows the 25 strategic ideas presented on the survey ranked from high to low, based on an average of rankings by each respondent group. The lines in the list group ideas that received similar rankings.

  1. Promote retention, graduation, and success for all students through improved advising, capstone classes, and job placement.

  1. Identify new sources of revenue and increase the endowment to provide more need-based financial aid.
  2. Increase USD's reputation locally, nationally, and internationally.

  1. Strive for environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability.
  2. Develop and expand technology infrastructure to enhance learning, research, and the work environment.
  3. Increase student opportunities for integrated learning and experiential learning (e.g., multidisciplinary classes, learning communities, and internships).

  1. Strategically renovate classrooms, libraries, and other learning spaces to facilitate teaching and learning.
  2. Establish new academic partnerships and collaborations with other universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governments.
  3. Live and model our USD values within the USD community and beyond.
  4. Foster an engaging student life by building school spirit, school traditions, and student participation in school activities and athletics.
  5. Strengthen support for faculty and faculty-student research, including interdisciplinary collaboration.

  1. Promote life-long learning through critical thought and continuing education.
  2. Cultivate alumni participation in campus life and student activities.
  3. Educate students for global engagement through student and faculty exchanges.

  1. Enhance support for faculty through increased salaries, endowed chairs and professorships, and quality office space.
  2. Provide more professional development and career enhancement opportunities for employees.

  1. Develop a more flexible and focused undergraduate core curriculum.

  1. Provide programs to enhance wellness and life balance for faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Develop an institutional definition and comprehensive plan for diversity and inclusion.
  3. Recruit and retain more students, faculty, staff, and administrators from underrepresented groups.

  1. Offer students opportunities to design flexible academic programs.
  2. Increase USD's role and involvement in promoting peace and resolving conflicts.
  3. Expand USD's connections to Africa, Asia, and Latin America through partnerships, study abroad, and language instruction.

  1. Integrate the principles of Catholic Social Thought, social justice, compassionate service, and social entrepreneurship into the academic curriculum and administrative decisions.

  1. Work with local communities to prepare elementary and secondary students for college.