In September, 2009, the Academic Blueprint Task Force (ABTF) was convened to fulfill the charge to the Provost articulated in 2.5 of the Building on Strengths Strategic Plan, the submission of  “a five-year academic plan – graduate and undergraduate – including program expansion, projected enrollments, needed staffing and space, and projected costs and revenues.”

Crafting the Blueprint

In September, 2009, the Academic Blueprint Task Force (ABTF) was convened to fulfill the charge to the Provost articulated in 2.5 of the Building on Strengths Strategic Plan, the submission of  “a five-year academic plan – graduate and undergraduate – including program expansion, projected enrollments, needed staffing and space, and projected costs and revenues.”  This document, the “Academic Blueprint,” constitutes that academic plan, with actions and indicators of progress to achieve within a five-year time-span, while at the same time laying a foundation for an academic identity and distinction that is intended to live for years beyond the plan.

Considerable work prior to the drafting of this plan informed both its directions and goals.  Themes from groups such as the Educational Policies Board have emphasized ethics, social justice, and citizenship over the past decade.  Our WASC 2004 Educational Effectiveness report focused on shared inquiry, social justice, and diversity.  The desire to establish a strong foundation in these areas is reflected in our mission statement and in the academic objectives expressed in our Building on Strengths Strategic Plan, which includes the following:

  • Develop a cohesive, integrated, and inclusive academic identity that includes graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Improve the College’s academic standing both locally and nationally.
  • Maintain an effective, engaging, and challenging curriculum for all students.
  • Enhance our national reputation and contributions as a leader in social justice and service.
  • Expand global awareness and engagement.
  • Attract academically strong and motivated students.
  • Attract and retain a faculty that is diverse, highly qualified, and fully engaged.
  •  Encourage excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • Expand, improve, and support the use of technology.
  • Ensure modern, sufficient, and well-maintained facilities.
  • Incorporate sustainable practices and environmental awareness

Finally, in 2008-09 each School performed a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) that was presented to the Provost, and a Senate task force on national rankings recommended that we improve our reputation, selectivity, attractiveness to the best high school students, retention, and graduation rates.  These objectives have informed the work of the ABTF.

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