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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.  (i) Develop and adopt at least three of the following for implementation in 2022-23:
– Sports Administration curriculum
– Public Health curriculum 
– Medical Humanities curriculum 
– Data Science curriculum
– Pre-Nursing
– Race and Ethnic Studies
(ii) Expand and enhance Digital Liberal Arts for faculty and students including iPad initiative, hybrid/online teaching support.
(iii) Ask Committee on Program and Curriculum (CPC) to explore “triad model” and determine its efficacy as an option for Transy students.
1.1.BBegin to implement a new general education curriculum that enhances our core commitments to liberal arts and develops students’ foundational capacities.Finalize and adopt revised general education curriculum for implementation in 2022-23.
1.1.CConnect students with partners in the business and nonprofit fields with learning experiences, paid internships and work opportunities.(i) Add 10 funded experiential learning opportunities.
(ii) Formalize partnership with Appalachian Regional Health to increase pipeline of students from the Appalachian region and opportunities for experiential opportunities.
1.1.DLaunch an entrepreneurship initiative that establishes and promotes partnerships with businesses and nonprofits for expanded, engaged learning experiences.(i) Implement first phase of entrepreneurship experiential opportunities.
(ii) Complete renovations to Rosenthal Commons to serve as Center for Entrepreneurship.
(iii) Develop and adopt entrepreneurship curricular components for implementation in 2022-23.

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.(i) Complete all items on capital projects priority list. 
(ii) Develop plan to address major systems and infrastructure needs in Hazelrigg and Mitchell Fine Arts.
(iii) Develop plan to address needs in Shearer Art Building.
(iv) Develop athletic facilities master plan to include renovations, phased planning and capital needs.
1.2.BCultivate environmental sustainability as both a value and as a practical means to accomplish our objectives.Establish and empower sustainability task force to bring recommendations forward for facilities, programs and other next steps.
1.2.CBe innovative in designing and adapting spaces to enhance and support curricular efforts and ensure accessibility.Conduct campus-wide accessibility audit and bring forward recommendations for next steps.
1.2.DUse latest and consistent classroom technology for the best students and faculty experience.(i) Conduct classroom technology upgrades needs assessment across all classrooms and conference areas. 
(ii) Upgrade at least two classrooms.
(iii) Create a comprehensive data warehouse and analytics platform for enhanced visibility into data for decision making processes.

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. Establish Center for Teaching and Learning and implement first phase of programming.
1.3.BExpand and enhance the 100 Doors Mentoring program, with a particular focus on the Alumni on Location initiative.  (i) Expand student participants in the 100 Doors program to 50% and double the number of Alumni on Location programs.
(ii) Arrange for joint programming for student-athletes with the CAPE office.
1.3.CIdentify and implement recruitment and retention strategies that result in a highly-qualified, diverse and well-supported faculty and staff.(i) Increase faculty and staff retirement benefits program to 9% with sustainable funding.
(ii) Increase minimum wage to $13/hour with sustainable funding.
(iii) Undertake professional development plans and enhance opportunities for staff. 
(iv) Address mechanisms to support contingent faculty.
(v) Address competitive faculty salaries.
(vi) Create Assistant Coach leadership program to support their professional development.