Executive Summary

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

Significant Outcomes: Engaged

  • The formation a new “center” for Community-Based Learning, and the appointment of its first faculty coordinator, Dr. Meghan Ashlin Rich, Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies. The launch of the center is funded through the 2016-17 Strategic Initiatives Funding.
  • The Royal Experienceinternship program, launched in 2016, created $45,000 in competitive funding to support students participating in summer internships. Sixteen students were supported through this fund in summer 2017.
  • Data from the University’s participation in the 2017 AJCU Consortium mission-focused supplemental questions to the NSSE show that Scranton students scored significantly higher than the Consortium in all but one of the thirteen areas of study for first-year and senior students, with the areas of highest significance the extent to which they devote effort to helping others in need, understanding the principle of being “men and women for others”, and connections between your intellectual and spiritual life.
  • University enrollment in summer sessions increased by 8 percent overall between 2015-16 and 2016-17. By college, undergraduate enrollment increased by 9 percent in the CAS, 39 percent in the PCPS, and 23 percent in the KSOM.

Significant Outcomes: Integrated

  • The launch of a new living/learning community by Residence Life in partnership with faculty, bringing the total to 11. The new SITE (Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship) community is linked with the Entrepreneurship First Year Seminar, which provides opportunities to develop the entrepreneurial skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to excel in a rapidly changing world, within the context of Ignatian identity and values. In 2016-17, 221 first-year students (22 percent) participated in Living-Learning Communities.
  • New academic offerings, including a Bachelor of Science degree program in Physiology, a new online Master’s of Science degree program in Finance, and the University’s first research doctorate, the Doctor of Business Administration. A new minor and concentration in Business Analytics and a new track in Applied Kinesiology have also been launched.
  • Participation in the Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP) rose to its highest level ever in 2016-17, connecting 110 students with faculty partners in research experiences. And, seven students were awarded President’s Fellowships for Summer Research.

Significant Outcomes: Global

  • Completion of the first year of the new faculty-led study abroad and language immersion program with the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Ten students participated in the first summer 2017 cohort.
  • An increase of 26 percent of the number of Scranton students participating in short and long-term study abroad, bringing the total number of students to 259.
  • In 2016-17, the University hosted four Faculty Fulbright scholars, including Fulbright teaching assistants in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Five University students were awarded Fulbright scholarships, and the University also hosted three incoming student Fulbright awardees.


Strategic Initiatives Funding 2016-2017

Linking planning to resource allocation is an important part of putting our plan into action. In the spring of 2017, a pool of funding was reserved to support innovative projects in support of the strategic plan’s goals. Led by the University Planning Committee, faculty, staff, and students were invited to apply for grant funding through this fund for projects that support an engaged, integrated, or global experience. Fourteen projects were funded, totaling more than $250,000. Read more about the Strategic Initiatives Fund, and the projects underway.

What are HIPs?

Throughout the strategic plan progress report, several High Impact Practices, or “HIPs.” HIPs are learning activities that are known to have a significant impact on student success, including retention and engagement. The University actively tracks student participation in selected HIPs – click here to view some recent data for graduating seniors.   One of our strategic metrics tracks the percent of undergraduate students who complete two, and three or more, HIPs before graduation. 

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. In 2017, the University included a supplemental series of mission-focused questions prepared by the Association of Jesuit College and Universities (AJCU) Consortium. See recent NSSE survey results here.