Strategic Plan 2015-20


Distinctive Excellence: Defining the Future of Saint Mary’s


College Strategic Plan, 2015-2020

The Strategic Planning process was designed to galvanize the College community around a compelling vision and future possibilities for continued intellectual vibrancy, financial strength and innovation. The leadership-driven project engages the College community, to define and commit to a comprehensive 5-year plan that specifies goals, initiatives, outcomes, measures, resources and an implementation framework that will move the College successfully toward achieving its aspirations.

Goals and Initiatives


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Discovery in Dialogue

Our ability to compete for students, faculty, and funding rests on the quality of our academic programs. Our markers of excellence are demonstrated by the scholarly achievements of our faculty and students, the engagement of students with ranked faculty, the transformation of our students into ethical, global leaders pursuing common good, and the relevance of the Saint Mary’s education to achieving a meaningful professional life…..(more)  


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Access to Success

Saint Mary’s is primarily a residential campus, but today’s campus “destination” is a blend of physical and virtual spaces and activities. A large portion of our students desire to live on campus, and, at the same time, community, dialogue, and relationships are paramount in the Saint Mary’s environment that thrives on opportunities and experiences of engagement and intellectual sustenance. We require additional facilities…..(more)


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Expanding Responsibility for Lasallian Higher Education

Our goal is that Saint Mary’s be – and be publicly recognized as – the model of the best of Catholic higher education. We thus see the need for an internal deepening, development, and contemporary expression of our traditions, as well as a concerted effort to externally promote them. In particular, this means that we must clearly articulate a purposeful intersection of our three traditions—Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts—in which the whole is greater than the parts……(more)

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Defining Our Place

Physical space and facilities are integral parts of a student’s learning experience, and a satisfactory learning space and environment is necessary to delivering our distinctive academic experience. These initiatives prioritize the major outcomes desired from our master planning process, with impacts in the near term and beyond. Among our top priorities are an academic learning commons enabled by contemporary technology…..(more)



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Claiming Our Competitiveness

As Saint Mary’s moves forward strategically in clearly defined areas, it is vital that we support our strategic direction with compelling messages and comprehensive marketing activities. Students and their parents have many options today, and it is our obligation to clearly describe the distinctive features of the Saint Mary’s experience so that they can make the right choice. There are many Catholic colleges in the West, but there is only one Saint Mary’s. We intend to tell our story…..(more)

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Strengthening Foundations in Affordability

Our College enjoys a strong financial foundation, but this status is contingent on multiple changing factors. Continued reliance on increasing tuition revenue to support operations may not be sustainable.  Our focus will be on strategic diversification of our revenue streams in light of current trends and future aspirations, always with an eye on systems and operations that strengthen our path forward. It is also critical…..(more)