Illinois State University
Illinois State University
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  • Goal 1

    Provide a supportive and student-centered educational experience for high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students that promotes their success.  

  • Goal 2

    Provide rigorous, innovative, and high-impact undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment.

  • Goal 3

    Foster an engaged community and enhance the University's outreach and partnerships both internally and externally.

  • Goal 4

    Enhance institutional effectiveness by strengthening the organizational operation and enhancing resource development.  

Strategy 1

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Recruit, enroll and retain high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students

  1. Increase need-based and merit-based institutional financial aid for students to promote access and affordability
  2. Implement creative recruitment and enrollment initiatives
  3. Increase the diversity of the student population
  4. Strengthen partnerships with community colleges to provide a seamless transition to Illinois State
  5. Increase the competitiveness of support packages for graduate assistants

Strategy 2

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Strengthen the University's commitment to continuous improvement of educational effectiveness as reflected in student learning outcomes

  1. Continue effective integration of the assessment of student learning outcomes into the curricula and review process of the General Education Program and all degree programs
  2. Provide professional development opportunities and create administrative support structures to ensure that assessment of student learning outcomes is central to program improvement
  3. Increase content tutoring and other academic support services that facilitate student progress toward achievement of learning outcomes
  4. Develop and assess student learning outcomes facilitated by out-of-class and cocurricular learning experiences

Strategy 3

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Increase opportunities for students to engage in high-quality, high-impact educational experiences

  1. Increase professional development offerings designed to help faculty deliver high-quality educational experiences, especially in one-on-one or small group settings
  2. Increase partnerships across campus and with other educational, civic, and corporate entities that support student learning and development
  3. Increase student participation in research at and across undergraduate and graduate levels

Strategy 4

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Identify steps that can be taken to shorten time to degree

  1. Discuss and implement curricular recommendations of the General Education Task Force regarding program structure through the shared governance process
  2. Increase offerings of online and hybrid/blended courses
  3. Use curricular review processes to investigate changes that facilitate students' efficient progress toward degree completion
  4. Increase course scheduling options
  5. Increase program enrollment capacity through curricular changes and remodeling of facilities
  6. Increase innovative academic experience offerings during summer sessions and semester breaks

Strategy 5

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Provide integrated and holistic services that support students' individual needs

  1. Promote safe and healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices
  2. Create and support additional themed, living-learning environments, including the development of a model that enhances the environment for students living in apartments such as Cardinal Court
  3. Increase opportunities for students to develop skills and credentials for career, professional, and graduate school success
  4. Increase student leadership development opportunities

Strategy 1

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Enhance and support rigorous and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs

  1. Increase the availability of state-of-the-art technology-enhanced courses and programs
  2. Evaluate potential program growth in areas where there is expertise and excellence, workforce needs, and societal demands with appropriate funding levels available
  3. Support continued development of Milner Library to meet the evolving information, research, and learning needs of the campus community
  4. Implement administrative recommendations of the General Education Task Force to enhance support for student learning.
  5. Discuss and implement curricular changes and enhancements recommended by the General Education Task Force through the shared governance process

Strategy 2

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Promote sustainable, mission-consistent growth in the research enterprise

  1. Centralize support services for research that improve the efficiency and coordination of activities
  2. Increase the number of faculty and staff applying for external grants
  3. Increase the number and percentage of faculty mentoring students conducting research at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  4. Increase collaborative inter-disciplinary teams on campus
  5. Increase collaborative partnerships with other educational institutions, civic organizations, and private entities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally
  6. Enhance the University's commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning

Strategy 3

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Recruit and retain high-quality, diverse faculty and staff

  1. Recognize, reward, and promote the balanced teacher-scholar model for faculty
  2. Increase intentional faculty recruitment practices that emphasize candidate fit to the University's balanced teacher-scholar model
  3. Increase orientation and mentorship opportunities for new faculty and staff
  4. Enhance leadership and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  5. Increase diversity of faculty and staff
  6. Increase competitiveness of salaries
  7. Enhance the competitiveness of resources available to assist new faculty as they initiate their scholarly and creative agendas
  8. Enhance initiatives that promote health and wellness of faculty and staff

Strategy 4

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Strengthen the University's commitment to civic engagement

  1. Increase curricular and cocurricular initiatives and activities that include civic engagement themes for faculty, staff, and students
  2. Support programming and ensure long-term viability of community engagement activities
  3. Increase the number and variety of service learning opportunities

Strategy 5

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Develop a university-wide plan that enhances globalization of the campus and the curriculum

  1. Increase the number and variety of opportunities for students to study abroad
  2. Increase the number of international students and visiting scholars on campus
  3. Increase the number of research, teaching, and service partnerships with institutions in other countries
  4. Enhance administrative support, recognition, and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff involved in international programs and partnerships
  5. Increase the number of English Language Institute participants who transition to University academic programs

Strategy 1

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Enhance cross-divisional and cross-departmental collaboration

  1. Identify cultural and structural barriers to collaboration, and develop strategies to overcome them
  2. Develop mechanisms for designing and delivering interdisciplinary, team-taught, and cross-listed courses
  3. Encourage and reward interdisciplinary collaboration

Strategy 2

Increase pride, engagement, and sense of community among University stakeholders

  1. Enhance visibility and support of Illinois State educational, cultural, intercollegiate athletic, and recreational opportunities
  2. Deliver coordinated and consistent communication and relationship-building opportunities to university constituents
  3. Provide opportunities for students, alumni, and their families to create enduring connections to Illinois State University
  4. Provide opportunities for all University stakeholders to engage in the campus community

Strategy 3

Develop partnerships with business, educational, and government entities that provide learning, financial, and mutually-beneficial opportunities

  1. Increase opportunities to pursue collaborative applied research that benefits community partners
  2. Increase the number of opportunities for students to work in the field, including internships, professional development, on-the-job training, and student projects that meet community needs
  3. Investigate programs that build faculty-community teams that collaborate on applied research projects

Strategy 4

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Advance the University's reputation through initiatives that promote the mission of the institution

  1. Develop and refine the University brand through marketing research, integrated communication planning, and the creation of brand resources for faculty and staff
  2. Promote faculty, staff, student, and alumni achievements
  3. Enhance the University's role as a cultural resource for the campus and surrounding community

Strategy 1

Review processes and practices to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the University's operations

  1. Incorporate space allocation and utilization standards in planning and review processes
  2. Systematically review the University's support functions to ensure quality, efficiency, and consistency with the University's mission
  3. Formalize a university program to monitor compliance with, and changes in, federal and state laws and regulations

Strategy 2

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Build a modern IT infrastructure that supports the achievement of the University's mission and goals

  1. Implement new information systems that meet the changing needs of the University, including student and financial information systems
  2. Create a modern business intelligence environment by providing ready access to data in a user-friendly format to inform decisions
  3. Enhance technology infrastructure for classroom and research activities

Strategy 3

Build a culture of philanthropy throughout the University community

  1. Increase participation of faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees in philanthropic activity
  2. Educate current students about philanthropy and the importance of alumni participation
  3. Demonstrate the impact of philanthropy through university events, publications, and online media

Strategy 4

Continue to promote university planning efforts and ensure all plans are integrated with Educating Illinois

  1. Prioritize and implement facilities improvements identified in the Master Plan 2010-2030 that meet the needs of the University community
  2. Develop a long-range financial plan that incorporates both cost-saving and revenue enhancement strategies, including a comprehensive fundraising plan
  3. Review the academic plan process to ensure integration with Educating Illinois
  4. Develop continuity of operations plans to ensure that the University is prepared to handle any disruption in service

Strategy 5

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Promote a safe and environmentally sustainable campus

  1. Educate the University community on how to incorporate sustainable practices into everyday living
  2. Incorporate sustainability principles throughout University processes and practices
  3. Promote initiatives and procedures designed to enhance safety and security
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