Strategic Initiative Funding

Inspired by faith, informed by our core mission and values, and dedicated to the ongoing legacy of our founders, the University of San Diego’s strategic plan envisions a more distinctive identity among the most respected Catholic universities in the world. USD’s vision (adopted September 25, 2016) is to set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. The current strategic plan was created in 2016 to help the University realize its vision by 2024, the year of USD’s 75th anniversary. The strategic plan was thus coined Envisioning 2024

One of the opportunities identified in the Envisioning 2024 strategic plan was that USD wanted to create an environment that fosters and rewards creativity, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. From this, the strategic initiative funding program was born beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The funding program supports teams or individual faculty, staff, students, or administrators as they pilot innovative initiatives in support of USD’s five strategic goals, as listed below. The purpose of the fund is to jump-start, but not permanently fund, initiatives for a two year time frame. The initiative must span across multiple units on campus or extend out into the community.

  • Goal 1: Enhancing Student Learning and Success
  • Goal 2: Strengthening Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
  • Goal 3: Improving Structural and Operational Effectiveness
  • Goal 4: Elevating Faculty and Staff Engagement
  • Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation

Using the University’s mission and vision statements as guides, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives, with various stakeholder groups across the university campus community, facilitates the strategic initiative funding program.

The menu to the left is helpful in understanding the proposal, implementation, and evaluation processes of the program.