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VISION 2015
From the outset we, the University Strategic Planning Committee, developed Vision 2015 in the Wilkes tradition of harnessing change to drive University growth and progress while meeting the emerging needs of our students. The importance of consultation, collaboration, and inclusion in setting goals was paramount in our work. Our membership included a broad representation of University constituencies, allowing us to communicate with the University community at
each stage of the strategic planning process.
   

OUR VISION
Vision 2015 draws from the Wilkes mission statement, values, core strengths, and operating model. As part of our work, we revisited these components and revised them to ensure that they provided a solid foundation for service to current and future students.


We updated the University mission statement to highlight our longstanding tradition of providing a strong liberal education to our undergraduates, as well as our ongoing commitment to community engagement:

We serve students through our core strengths of excellence in academic programs, scholarly activity, partnerships and mentoring. Our primary focus is upon the learner, and we are guided in our thoughts and actions by our collective values of mentorship, scholarship, diversity, innovation and community. These building blocks create a solid foundation for Vision 2015.


MOVING FORWARD TO REALIZE VISION 2015
Our Committee, in consultation with the University community, developed an action plan to focus on continually meeting learner demands, mastering key processes, growth and development of key competencies, and supporting our vision financially.

Continuous improvement in these areas will ensure an experience for students that is truly transformative, that positively shapes their lives, and-by extension-positively affects those around them.   

1. LEARNER DEMANDS

As our understanding of the changing needs of our learners grows and we move to serve new groups of learners, we must respond to their changing educational requirements. The University must respond to all of our learners with programs and services that address their needs, while remaining true to its historic commitment to learners and their success through the provision of rigorous and highly personalized programs. The SPC views the following to be crucial learner demands in the years ahead:

    a. Excellent teaching and scholarship,
    b. Distinctive and flexible learning structures,
    c. Welcoming, supportive, sustainable, safe
        University community,
    d. Global and diverse experience,
    e. Engagement with the alumni, community and
        career partners,
    f. Affordable and accessible education.

2. PROCESSES TO MASTER

To respond to the changing needs of these learners, engage our alumni,and serve our community, we must master these processes:
    a. Build the Wilkes team,
    b. Develop and operate high-quality academic programs,  
    c. Recruit and retain students,
    d. Foster scholarly activities.

3. COMPETENCIES TO GROW AND DEVELOP
To master these processes, we must develop our collective competency as a community in the following areas:
    a. Build great programs,
    b. Work together with open communication and
        shared governance,
    c. Broaden our horizons.

4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Finally, we must address the following organizational needs, which are essential to the long-term success of Wilkes:
    a. Fundraising,
    b. Effective internal allocation and utilization of resources,
    c. Maximization of existing revenue sources and development of new revenue streams,
    d. Financial stewardship.

If we can work together as community and address these four critical areas, we can assure Wilkes’ long-term success and become the leader in higher education in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

TRACKING OUR PROGRESS TOWARD THE VISION 2015 GOALS
No plan becomes a reality without demanding goals and measures to gauge their attainment.  As we have done in the past, we will track our progress on our shared goals and work together as a community to reach them.  To provide a sense of our ambition for Wilkes, we share these major goals for the four overarching initiatives defined in Vision 2015.

1. LEARNER DEMANDS

  • Using a variety of locally developed and standardized assessment instruments defined by the faculty, Wilkes will measure the learning outcomes of its students. Steady improvements in test scores are projected through 2015.
  • By 2015, Wilkes will increase the number of credit hours delivered through online/hybrid courses by 50 percent; special effort will be made to increase these offerings in the undergraduate program.
  • By 2015, Wilkes will double the number of students studying abroad each academic year.
  • Wilkes will seek to continually increase student satisfaction.
  • By 2015, Wilkes will substantially increase the number of alumni engaged with the University through mentoring, giving and event attendance.
  • Between 2013 and 2015, Wilkes will hold its annual tuition increases to a minimum in efforts to keep a Wilkes education affordable to students.


2. PROCESSES TO MASTER

  • Wilkes will measure satisfaction with professional development opportunities through 2015, in line with our goal to continuously develop and support a strong faculty and staff.
  • Wilkes will increase first year student retention as well as the five-year graduation rate through 2015.
  • Wilkes will track baccalaureate alumni perception that Wilkes contributed to their preparation for employment in a desired career through 2015.
  • Wilkes will achieve the following enrollment goals:
    • Build strong first-time freshman enrollments, while increasing the proportion of diverse and foreign students who make up these enrollments through 2015
    • Increase transfer student enrollments by 50 percent by 2015
    • Increase evening, summer school and degree completion enrollments by 50 percent by 2015
    • Increase graduate enrollments by 15 percent by 2015 
  • Wilkes will double extramural funding of research by 2015.


3. COMPETENCIES TO GROW AND DEVELOP

  • In order to serve our learners, current and future, we will continuously improve our capacity to deliver great programs.
  • In order to serve our employees, Wilkes faculty and staff will be challenged and supported to take advantage of opportunities that develop their professional skills. This will involve the development of a stronger human resources organization that will define a new strategy and funding approach for developing Wilkes faculty and staff for the future. This should be a major University funding priority.


4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • A key to Wilkes’ long-term success is developing the financial strength necessary to achieve its vision. There are two key elements to developing this strength: first, increasing our capacity to raise the funds we need to operate, and second, managing our resources more effectively. This work has begun with the building of the FY12 Budget and will continue with the construction of a projected budget to FY15 that supports the realization of Vision of 2015.
  • In recent years, Wilkes has built capacity in its development function. These efforts, which require time to come to fruition, are beginning to yield results.  Wilkes is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $20 million by 2013 to support the construction of a $32 million science building that will house its biology, chemistry and environmental engineering and earth sciences departments.
  • With regard to resource management, the University has developed the Integrated Management, Planning and Resource Effectiveness, or “IMPROVE,” process that requires and provides incentives for University colleges, departments, and divisions to develop plans to increase revenue and use resources more effectively in their areas of responsibility. Components of the process include incentives for development of new revenue sources and financial savings.


Wilkes University is fully prepared to move forward toward 2015 with confidence and agility.  It will be guided by its proud history and traditions, its readiness to be responsive and innovative in meeting student needs, and its recognition that setting ambitious strategic goals and working collaboratively to achieve them is essential to success in the challenging higher education climate of today and tomorrow.


To respond to the changing needs of these learners, engage our alumni,and serve our community, we must master these processes:

    a. Build the Wilkes team,
    b. Develop and operate high-quality academic programs,  
    c. Recruit and retain students,
    d. Foster scholarly activities.

If we can work together as community and address these four critical areas, we can assure Wilkes’ long-term success and become the leader in higher education in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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