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Strategic Plan

"Knowledge is not enough" Bethel College Strategic Priorities 2022-27

Italics in the detailed information below denotes a shared committee responsibility. Additional information related to campus-wide Key Performance Indicators can be found at the following page.

Employment Experiences
Strategic Priority #1

Employment Experiences

arm flexing

Provide employment experiences for all students.

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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

 

student digging in the ground
Strategic Priority #2

Ethos of Service

helping hand

Create a sustained ethos of service.

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
Students
Strategic Priority #3

Thresher Media Network

microphone

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

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
shovels
Strategic Priority #4

Real Estate and Infrastructure

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

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
Students smiling
Strategic Priority #5

Support Services

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

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
Student on laptop
Strategic Priority #6

Redesigned Curricula

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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.

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 Practices 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
President shaking hands with student
Strategic Priority #7

Life Cycle System

heart

Implement a comprehensive stakeholder life cycle system.

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

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