Bethel College

Strategic Plan

“Knowledge is Not Enough” Bethel College Strategic Priorities 2022-27

Additional information related to campus-wide Key Performance Indicators can be found at the following page.

To download a pdf copy of the information below, click here.

Employement Experiences

Strategic Priority #1

Provide employment services for all students.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Become a federally designated work college.

    ⁠— Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Fall – 2027
    End
    Fall – 2027

     

    B. Community Involvement

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022 
    End
    Fall – 2027

     

    C. Messaging

    ⁠— Marketing, Admissions, Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Fall – 2021
    End
    Fall – 2022

     

    D. Finance

    ⁠— Business Office, Advancement, Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Spring – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2027

     

    E. Student Experience | SP5: Support Services

    ⁠— Student Life, Success & Retention, Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Summer – 2023

Ethos of Service

Strategic Priority #2

Create a sustained ethos of service.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Define service.

    ⁠— Faculty, staff, Campus Ministries, current students, alumni, Cabinet

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Fall – 2022

     

    B. Publish definition and develop an action plan.

    ⁠— This committee

     
    Start
    Fall – 2023
    End
    Fall – 2023
     

    C. Initiate “Volunteer Days.”

    ⁠— Cabinet approval

     
    Start
    Fall – 2023
    End
    Fall – 2023

     

    D. Facilitate community involvement.

    ⁠— Work with Campus Ministries.

     
    Start
    Spring – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2027

Thresher Media Network

Strategic Priority #3

Increase the visibility of campus life and build community by starting the Thresher Media Network.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Develop supporting curricular programs. | SP6: Redesigned Curricula

    ⁠— Academic Affairs

     
    Start
    Fall – 2026 
    End
    Fall – 2026
     

    B. Link to employment experiences. | SP1: Employment Experiences

    ⁠— Career Services

     
    Start
    Fall – 2024
    End
    Fall – 2024
     

    C. Develop appropriate spaces. | SP4: Real Estate & Infrastructure

    ⁠— Marketing, Facilities

     
    Start
    Fall – 2023
    End
    Fall – 2023
     

    D. Define scope, equipment and programs.

    ⁠— Marketing

     
    Start
    Spring – 2023
    End
    Summer – 2023

Real Estate and Infrastructure

Strategic Priority #4

Identify and complete changes to campus real estate and infrastructure to serve the college and community.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Carry out a multifaceted facility evaluation.

    ⁠— Administration, all

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022 
    End
    Spring- 2023
     

    B. Catch up on deferred maintenance.

    ⁠— Facilities

     
    Start
    Spring – 2024
    End
    Fall – 2027
     

    C. Sell non-essential real estate to increase cash flow.

    ⁠— Administration

     
    Start
    Spring – 2023 
    End
    Fall – 2023
     

    D. Enhance campus signage and safety.

    ⁠— Marketing, Facilities

    Start
    Spring – 2023
    End
    Summer – 2024

Support Services

Strategic Priority #5

Redesign support services to meet the needs and expectations of a diverse student population.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Define diversity.

    ⁠— Administration

    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2023
     

    B. Publish action plan for campus diversity and inclusion.

    ⁠— Administration assigns a special committee.

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    C. Prepare for growing mental health needs of students.

    ⁠— Administration assigns a special committee.

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    D. Take steps toward a safer campus (create a plan).

    ⁠— Administration

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    E. Get student feedback.

    ⁠— Student Life, Marketing

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2023
     

    F. Make campus food options more accessible.

    ⁠— Student Life

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022   
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    G. Improve campus community spaces. | SP4: Real Estate & Infrastructure

    ⁠— Facilities, Student Life

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    H. Add a student union to the campus master plan. | SP4: Real Estate & Infrastructure

    ⁠— Administration

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2023
     

    I. Partner with coffee house for community space.

    ⁠— Business Office, Advancement, Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022 
    End
    Fall – 2024
     

    J. Improve commuter student services.

    ⁠— Student Life, Enrollment Management

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    K. Improve campus information accessibility.

    ⁠—Employment Experiences

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    L. Review advising process. | SP6: Redesigned Curricula

    ⁠— Academic Affairs

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2023
     

    M. Provide resources to the CAD. | SP6: Redesigned Curricula

    ⁠— Academic Affairs

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Fall – 2024
     

    N. Assist with student transportation needs.

    ⁠— Career Services, Student Life

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Fall – 2022

Redesigned Curricula

Strategic Priority #6

Redesign curricula (e.g., general education and major offerings) so they are consistent with the college mission and respond to diverse student needs and expectations.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Maximize course schedule for employment experiences. | SP1: Employment Experiences

    ⁠— Registrar in consultation with faculty

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022 
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    B. Develop a multimedia journalism program. | SP3: Thresher Media Network

    ⁠— Communication arts department, CFO, Facilities, faculty

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2026
     

    C. Add English as a Second Language (ESL) services to CAD. | SP5: Support Services

    ⁠— CAD director

    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    D. Outfit classrooms and offices with state-of-the-art tech and furniture. | SP4: Real Estate & Infrastructure

    ⁠— CFO, IMS, Facilities

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025

     

    E. Review and revise training for faculty advisers. | SP5: Support Services

    ⁠— Director of Advising, LEAs, division deans, Faculty Executive Committee, faculty

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    F. Complete Vocation Seminar course sequence. | SP1: Employment Experiences

    ⁠— Faculty Working Group, faculty

     
    Start
    Spring – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024
     

    G. Integrate major program offerings with employment experiences. | SP1: Employment Experiences

    ⁠— Educational Policies Committee (EPC), faculty, registrar

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    H. Expand remedial coursework and pedagogy. | SP5: Support Services

    ⁠— CAD director, registrar, faculty, EPC, Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) director

     
    Start
    Fall – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2025
     

    I. Expand online coursework.

    ⁠— CTL director, faculty, registrar

     
    Start
    Spring – 2022
    End
    Spring – 2024

Life Cycle System

Strategic Priority #7

Implement a comprehensive stakeholder life cycle system.

  • Timeline and detailed information

    A. Enhance technological backbone of campus. | SP4: Real Estate & Infrastructure

    ⁠— IMS, Enrollment Management, CFO

     
    Start
    Fall – 2021  
    End
    Summer – 2024
     

    B. Identify and define college stakeholders. | SP5: Support Services

    ⁠— Administration

     
    Start
    Fall – 2023
    End
    Fall – 2024
     

    C. Construct business process infrastructure.

    ⁠— Administration

     
    Start
    Summer – 2024
    End
    Spring- 2025
     

    D. Develop and deploy life cycle engagements. | SP3: Thresher Media Network

    ⁠— Administration

    Start
    Summer- 2025 
    End
    Fall – 2027