Executive Summary

A listing of selected achievements within the Engaged, Integrated, and Global plan themes. 

Significant Outcomes: Engaged

  • The formation of a Committee to explore a “center” for Community Based Learning. A proposal prepared by this committee is currently under review.
  • New "Roadmap for Success" tool to assist students in developing a personalized plan and timeline for experiential educational and other opportunities.
  • New Royal Experience internship program, creating $45,000 in competitive funding to support students participating in summer internships.
  • In the 2015-2016 academic year, The University of Scranton launched In Solidarity with Syria, a coordinated advocacy effort involving university administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, and students in education, advocacy, and service to aid those affected in the current immigration crisis.

Significant Outcomes: Integrated

  • New Comprehensive Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning describes new processes for how the University and its programs - curricular and co-curricular - develop learning outcomes and regularly assess student learning and experiences.  
  • New Provost Assessment Scholars program was formed to help students to participate in the continuous improvement process.  Paired with a faculty or staff member, these student scholars collect viewpoints data from of other students by designing and administering focus group projects. 
  • New Undergraduate Research Forum and Fair, bringing 30 faculty and staff into conversation with over 100 students interested in participating in faculty-mentored research.
  • New funding line to support Research as a High Impact Practice to enhance student research skills and poster presentation regionally and nationally. 
  • New SOAR program, designed to cultivate and coordinate student interest in research with faculty projects. 
  • New Faculty Grant Writing Program and Grant Writing Workshop/Funding Agency Travel Award was also created to help support faculty research activities. 
  • New academic offerings: A new major in Information Technology, RN to BSN concentration, Master's in Accountancy program, M.S. in Health Informatics, certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and two new locations for the delivery of the MBA program: Geisinger Hospital in Danville, PA and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
  • Two new residential learning communities (RLCs) were created by Residence Life in partnership with faculty, bringing the total to 10.

Significant Outcomes: Global

  • New faculty-led study abroad and language immersion program with the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • A committee was formed to undertake the development of a proposal for a Global Learning Portfolio for students.  
  • An international recruiting audit is underway to identify strategies to improve and better integrate efforts to recruit undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • A new Global Insights Program, a lunch-and-learn series held three times each semester to provide an opportunity for students to encounter a different culture and perspective firsthand. 
  • With the Office of Educational Assessment, the Study Abroad Office developed and implemented a new pre- and post- assessment process to measure student outcomes related to the study abroad experience.
  • Through the Department of Asian Studies, the University established the first local chapter of the Asian Studies Honor Society to recognize students who strive for excellence in the study of Asia through curricular and co-curricular involvement. The University also hosted the first International Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 
  • In 2015-2016, the University hosted seven Faculty Fulbright scholars, including five Fulbright teaching assistants in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.















What are HIPs?

Throughout the strategic plan progress report, we describe several High Impact Practices, or “HIPs.” HIPs are well-known learning activities that are known to have a significant impact on student success, including student retention and engagement. The University actively tracks HIPs participation of its students - click here to view some recent data for graduating seniors.   

What is the NSSE?

Several strategic metrics are selected from the National Survey of Student Engagement, or NSSE. Developed by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, the NSSE asks undergraduate students questions about their participation in and satisfaction with a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. The University of Scranton administers the NSSE survey to first-year and senior students annually.