Guiding Objective #1

Enhance our capacity to deliver our enduring mission and core values in ways uniquely suited to individually preparing students of today as leaders of the future.

1.1 Implement innovative and distinctive programs that will enhance the culture of academic excellence for our students and help drive enrollment growth.

1.1.AIdentify cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs based on existing strengths and target existing programs for growth.  partially completeFaculty reviewing curricular options
1.1.BBegin to implement a new general education curriculum that enhances our core commitments to liberal arts and develops students’ foundational capacities.partially completeNew Gen Ed director bringing forward proposals for consideration by Faculty in Jan/Feb 2022, having already consulted with a number of key committees.
1.1.CConnect students with partners in the business and nonprofit fields with learning experiences, paid internships and work opportunities.completeGoal completed in Fall 2021 with 15 new paid internship opportunities; Partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare formalized and launched in Fall 2021.
1.1.DLaunch an entrepreneurship initiative that establishes and promotes partnerships with businesses and nonprofits for expanded, engaged learning experiences.partially completeDirector search complete; director will be working to implement experiential opportunities in 2022; Renovation plans developed and cost estimates received for center facility; Faculty developing curricular components, one course already approved.

1.2 Create plans for enhancement of facilities and infrastructure that will set the stage for Transylvania’s efforts for the next decade.

1.2.AAddress critical needs in existing facilities.partially completeFeasibility reports completed; Exploring funding options for building projects; Faculty in temporary office/lab spaces, for now.; Currently working to lock agreements with local athletics facilities.
1.2.BCultivate environmental sustainability as both a value and as a practical means to accomplish our objectives.partially completeTask Force established and has met twice; developing focus points for campus efforts.
1.2.CBe innovative in designing and adapting spaces to enhance and support curricular efforts and ensure accessibility.completeAudit project completed and shared with cabinet. Recommendations forthcoming spring 2022.
1.2.DUse latest and consistent classroom technology for the best students and faculty experience.partially completeClassroom tech assessment report to be completed in March 2022.

1.3 Enhance mentoring and support across the campus community.

1.3.ACreate a Center for Teaching and Learning that will provide faculty and staff educational and curriculum support and offer an interdisciplinary, collegial setting. partially completeProposal developed and to be considered for funding by Bingham Board in spring 2022.
1.3.BExpand and enhance the 100 Doors Mentoring program, with a particular focus on the Alumni on Location initiative.  partially completeRecruitment of students for 100 Doors continues; Received NetVue grant of $25,000 to support AOL program expansion; Doing first year resume workshops for all student-athletes with Career Services.
1.3.CIdentify and implement recruitment and retention strategies that result in a highly-qualified, diverse and well-supported faculty and staff.partially completeIncreased faculty and staff retirement benefits program to 9% with sustainable funding; Increased minimum wage to $13/hour with sustainable funding; Faculty bylaws revised to regularize contingent faculty evaluation/renewal; Proposal to address faculty salaries developed and to be considered by appropriate Boards in spring 2022; Started Assistant Coach Leadership Program in Fall with 3 sessions and 3 sessions established for Spring 22.