“Through the diligent work o all o you,Mount Union has experienced ongoing suc-cess. Exciting programs, innovative acilitiesand modest enrollment growth are just aew o the accomplishments we have col-lectively achieved. We have much reason tocelebrate, but at the same time, it is criticalthat together we set the course or the nextstep in the institution’s development. Thus,we are about to embark on a comprehen-sive yet ecient visioning process that willprovide a road map or the years to come.”These words, communicated by PresidentRichard F. Giese in an e-mail to members o the campus community a little more thana year ago, launched a year-long eort todene the Mount Union o 2015. Twelvemonths later, the Board o Trustees hasapproved
Advancing Excellence – A Strategic Plan for the University of Mount Union
, andthe vision or the uture is clear.Dynamic, challenging, relevant, residential,diverse and attractive – these are just a ewo the adjectives that
uses to describe the Mount Union o tomorrow. But the vision or the Universityo Mount Union or
goes ar beyondornate descriptors to really dene what’s atthe heart o the institution’s uture. It setsan enrollment goal o
, comprised o
90 percent undergraduate students
10 percent graduate students
, yet callsor continued personal attention and assur-ance that the institution’s student-acultyratio will remain at approximately
. Itprovides or academic growth in primarily
high-demand graduate programs andundergraduate majors aligned with thehealthcare eld
, yet arms the institu-tion’s
strong commitment to its liberalarts tradition
. And, in this day and age, itmost denitely speaks to the importanceo a curriculum that is both
. Essentially, it calls oraction that will move the institution or-ward without compromising the historicaloundation upon which it was built.
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Mount Union’s strateic lan sets the course or the uture
Oering a ocused image o the University tocome,
is the result o athorough process that involved input romtrustees, alumni and riends, aculty, sta,current students, prospective students andparents. A wealth o inormation was gatheredthrough ocus groups, surveys and eedback sessions, and the plan truly belongs to theentire Mount Union community.“I believe that this plan unites our communi-ty around a clear and powerul vision o theuture – one that allows us to aptly prepareour students or engagement in our 21stcentury world,” said Giese. “It also preparesus as an institution or the undeniable chal-lenges that lie ahead including changingdemographics, a turbulent economy and aprolieration o higher education options.”Throughout the planning process, it be-came clear that the six strategic initiativesthat have guided Mount Union’s eortsthroughout the past ve years are still verymuch relevant or the uture. Thus,
stems rom these guidingprinciples – develop a curriculum or theuture, oster an engaging campus commu-nity, manage strategic enrollment growth,ensure the sustainable management o resources, enhance the diversity o the cam-pus community and broaden the visibilityand reputation o the institution.“These six strategic initiatives exempliy theinstitution’s desire to oster what is alreadyoutstanding and ensure an even moreexceptional uture or students and theinstitution as a whole,” said Amy Tomko ‘81,vice president or enrollment services andco-chair o the strategic planning steeringcommittee along with Dr. Douglas Hendel,proessor o theatre. “They have, and willcontinue, to serve our institution well as weace the challenges that lie ahead.”To learn more about the strategic planningprocess or to read
inits entirety, visit
Develop a curriculumor the uture
Mount Union recentlyannounced the approvalo a master o arts degreein educational leadershipto begin in the all o 2012.
Foster an engagingcampus community
Due to the high studentdemand or indepen-dent living options oncampus, construction iswell underway on Mount Union’s thirdapartment-style housing village, sched-uled to open this all.
Manage strategicenrollment growth
Annual enrollmentgoals have been and willcontinue to be set towork toward the vision o being an institution o 2,500 students bythe year 2015.
Ensure the sustainablemanagement o resources
In line with Mount Union’ssustainability initiative, theGartner Welcome Centerreceived silver LEED certication by the U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC).
Enhance the diversity o our campus community
Mount Union recentlyannounced the approvalo Discover China, a newChinese language andcultural initiative that will expose studentsto diverse ideas and customs.
Broaden the visibilityand reputation o theinstitution
This all, the Universityembarked on a new mar-keting eort, including alogo, tagline, new advertising eorts andthe launch o a new website.