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INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE SELF-STUDY
At the core of Felician University’s current strategic plan are five principles to set priorities and give direction to the important opportunities and challenges Felician is addressing. During development of its current 2014- 2019 Strategic Plan, Felician University engaged in a university-wide process to identify five institutional priorities to drive the development of strategic initiatives in support of Felician mission over the five-year span of the Strategic Plan. During the MSCHE Self-Study Institute, the Felician Executive Self-Study Steering Committee conducted a cross-walk between the five institutional priorities and the seven Standards for Accreditation (please see page 8) and determined that the three priorities listed below substantially align with all seven Standards. After completing the Self-Study Institute, the selection of these priorities was reviewed with Felician’s President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and faculty.
The following three priorities were chosen as institutional priorities for the self-study and the linkages between these three priorities and the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation will be noted during the self-study process:
- We will graduate students with competence, character and compassion, to be global citizens of leadership and service through innovative and interdisciplinary programs and services. A successful student is one who understands him or herself to be engaged in an educational process that focuses both the student and the Felician community on a path to success. Success is measured by a number of factors, most significantly, student engagement – intersection of student activities, academic and social, and the University’s support systems.
- We will embody the values of our Felician Franciscan heritage as stewards of our assets and property within the framework of our institutional advancement efforts and our fiscal sustainability. Diversity, technology, students, alumni, faculty, international collaborations and identification of new markets all work together to advance the mission of educating future students of the world. Over the next five years, fiscal sustainability, institutional advancement and deliberate and careful planning will give us the foundation we need to continue acting as good stewards of our assets and property.
- We will assure institutional effectiveness through innovative organizational policies and practices. Felician is committed to the effective evaluation of its educational programs, its academic and administrative support services, and the use of assessment results for continuous improvement. We will develop a comprehensive communication plan, cultivate current and new advisory boards, employ shared governance initiatives and ensure compliance with all outside agencies and internal compliance requirements.
The self-study work groups will be attentive to the institutional priorities and will be charged to address them, where appropriate in each standard, and explicitly respond to them along with the criteria in each of the accreditation standards.