Vision 2017

Goal 1: Preparing Students for the 21st Century

The University will be recognized for providing an excellent and affordable education anchored in the traditions of the liberal arts and its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, and responding to the professional and personal needs of its diverse student body and the demands of the 21st century workforce.

Objectives and Metrics:

  1. The University will assess for continuous improvement a dynamic, innovative general education curriculum that provides the foundation for liberal (lifelong) learning and offers a comprehensive undergraduate education characterized by broad knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, applied learning and social responsibility.
  2. The University will ensure and promote the integration of the University's educational Mission, Catholic identity and Mercy heritage throughout its curricular, cocurricular and extracurricular activities.
  3. The University will increase student engagement by providing each student with at least one high-impact educational experience. (2017)
  4. The University will expand the number of curricular, cocurricular and extracurricular career readiness experiences in which students will learn to demonstrate professional and social interaction skills.
  5. The University will establish a mechanism for planning, prioritizing and budgeting projects that supports and expands interactive, technologically state-of-the-art learning environments and information technology academic support systems. (2013)
  6. The University will develop a comprehensive strategy and budget to increase enrollment in undergraduate, graduate and nontraditional student academic programs. (2013)

1See Kuh, G. D. (2008), High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. Washington, DC: American Association of Colleges and Universities. Also, see details about what high-impact practices are and their effect on student engagement and learning by viewing the High Impact Educational Practices PDF.