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Pathway 1: Inspire Student Learning and Development
The liberal arts are the building blocks upon which learning takes place at Shepherd University. To best prepare our students for their professional and personal lives, student learning must take place through engagement in the liberal arts both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside of the classroom, engagement opportunities may include capstone projects, seminars, learning communities, group presentations, or debates. Outside of the classroom, engagement opportunities may include internships or practica, study abroad programs, global experiences, service learning, community service, faculty-student collaborative research efforts, or involvement in student leadership initiatives.

In order to achieve our goal of inspiring student learning and development, we must improve the quality of learning through the integration of items such as technology in teaching, critical thinking, and wellness throughout the curriculum. We will improve academic standards while maintaining access for West Virginia citizens. We must develop a value-added approach to student advising, ensure a high degree of professional preparation for students and improve Shepherd's diversity and commitment to social justice. Finally, we must enhance graduate and continuing education programs for the lifelong learner.

Pathway 2: Optimize Potential of Faculty and Staff
A premier liberal arts learning environment requires an outstanding faculty and staff. In order to attract, retain, and reward excellent employees, Shepherd University commits to competitive salaries and professional development opportunities. We must increase the number of instructional and support staff, particularly addressing the ratio of full-time faculty to part-time faculty. We are committed to developing a diverse work force and to promoting a welcoming community reflective of our pluralistic society. The availability of support systems for faculty and staff should be ensured, including such items as effective work space, technological tools with accessible on-campus training, professional development, and wellness activities. Mechanisms for recognizing outstanding employee performance will be implemented. We will provide incentives for retirees to maintain a connection to the University through established and continuing education programs. In order to foster a liberal arts relationship between faculty and students, the development of innovative curricular initiatives, faculty scholarship and student research will be encouraged.

Pathway 3: Create a Beautiful and Welcoming Campus
Shepherd University's facilities must meet the needs and expectations of students, faculty, staff and community attracted to a dynamic liberal arts environment. The buildings and grounds will be well maintained and aesthetically pleasing for visitors and the campus community. Focal points will be created to communicate the identity of the University. The physical characteristics of the buildings and grounds must enhance the learning experience. The campus will evolve from an environment where driving is the norm, to one where walking to and from campus buildings is not only the standard, but a welcome activity. The facilities must be accessible to all users. Sustainability of the environment will be a priority as the University campus is developed. Grant funds will be sought for the preservation of historic structures which are an asset to the community.

Adequate resources will be expended to maintain the University's physical assets. Buildings will be renovated as needed to meet current standards. Additional facilities will require financial resources for debt, depreciation expenses, maintenance staffing and utilities. All avenues of funding--state, federal, and private--will be sought to enhance Shepherd University's physical environment.

Pathway 4: Stimulate the Cultural and Economic Development of the Region
As a premier educational resource, Shepherd University will provide economic and cultural development opportunities for the region. Our programs contribute to the community's quality of life through excellent performances, exhibits, competitive athletics, and educational and recreational activities.

We will seek resources and fresh opportunities to develop innovative partnerships. We are committed to open dialog and on-going communication with the greater community. Shepherd University will provide an academic structure that stimulates economic and cultural development. We educate students who will become cultural, economic, and civic leaders.

Symbols and ceremonies are vital to the creation, maintenance, and promulgation of our organizational culture. Shepherd University defines itself in terms that reflect our educational heritage. We will celebrate our teaching, learning, and academic successes.

Submitted by the Shepherd University Strategic Planning Committee
January 16, 2009

 

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