Dear Colleagues and Friends:
As we complete the first year of our strategic plan, we celebrate the accomplishments of the 2010-11 academic year. And, as is the nature of planning (and of learning), we reflect on what more we need to know, do, and achieve.
The inauguration of our 25th president, Rev. Kevin Quinn, S.J., marks a time of transition fo our University. As Fr. Quinn observed in his inaugural address, "These are challenging times in higher education. Issues such as cost, quality, access, and accountability provide easy targets for both academic heavyweights and media talking heads...But these are also times of extraordinary opportunity to reimagine the mission of the University," communicating what makes the Scranton learning experience truly unique, positioning us to be a "21st century Jesuit university in North America."
Our Catholic and Jesuit mission informs everything we do as a University, and everything we do as a University is designed to provide Scranton students with a transformational learning experience that is second to none. As we continue to shape this experience, in support of the broad strategies of our strategic plan, our tactical plans will continue to provide focus and set goals related to the types of integrated learning experiences essential to this transformation: service, engagement, and global citizenship, all within the constructs of our Catholic, Jesuit intellectual tradition. As planners, we will continue to engage those involved in planning in environmental scanning, institutional assessment, and collaborative conversations to determine how to continue to adapt to the challenges and opportunities Fr. Quinn outlines.
I invite you to read and enjoy the information provided in the following pages, and, as always, to share your feedback and observations with us. Email us at email@example.com to share your thoughts. If you'd like to learn more about our integrated institutional planning efforts, please visit the Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness web site.
With best wishes for a successful year,
Vice President for Planning & CIO
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