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.


Identify cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary programs based on existing strengths, and target existing programs for growth. 

  • Develop and approve new academic programs; develop multiyear strategic plan for Digital Liberal Arts initiative; develop, implement first steps to attract new markets of students. 

Begin to implement a new general education curriculum that enhances our core commitments to liberal arts and develops students’ foundational capacities.

  • Begin implementation of revised upper-level general education curriculum. 

Connect students with partners in the business and nonprofit fields with learning experiences, paid internships and work opportunities.

  • Explore industry, corporate partnerships; develop structure for combined curricular, co-curricular programs. 

Launch an entrepreneurship initiative that establishes and promotes partnerships with businesses and nonprofits for expanded, engaged learning experiences.

  • Complete renovations for entrepreneurship center; explore curricular components. 

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


Address critical needs in existing facilities.

  • Complete priority capital projects; develop plans for Hazelrigg conversion; explore opportunities for Mitchell Fine Arts building.

Cultivate environmental sustainability as both a value and as a practical means to accomplish our objectives.

  • Begin implementation of Sustainability Task Force recommendations. 

Be innovative in designing and adapting spaces to enhance and support curricular efforts and ensure accessibility.

  • Begin implementation of campuswide accessibility audit recommendations. 

Use latest and consistent classroom technology for the best students and faculty experience.

  • Implement priority classroom technology upgrades. 

1.3 Enhance mentoring and support across the campus community.

1.3.A Create a Center for Teaching and Learning that will provide faculty and staff educational and curriculum support and offer an interdisciplinary, collegial setting.    

Expand and enhance the 100 Doors mentoring program, with a particular focus on the Alumni on Location initiative. 

  • Implement Board of Regents recommendations.

Identify and implement recruitment and retention strategies that result in a highly qualified, diverse and well supported faculty and staff.

  • Implement flex work policies; evaluate professional development needs; address competitive salaries. 

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