Elon University
2011-2012 Institutional Priorities

An unprecedented university commitment to diversity and global engagement

1. Complete a strategic diversity plan focused on recruitment and retention, residence life, campus culture, pedagogy, and curriculum

2. Complete the campus facilities audit and form a task force to develop an ADA transition plan

3. Continue implementation of the Multi-faith Center and Religious Community Houses Report

a. Participate in White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
b. Plan for funding and development of a campus Hillel house
c. Plan for opening of the Multi-faith Center to include a dedication ceremony and inaugural year of specialized programming

Supporting a world-class faculty and staff

4. Review teaching, research, and service expectations for faculty performance as teacher-scholars

a. Discuss and, when possible, implement recommendations from the Academic Council’s task force reports on service, promotion and tenure, reassigned time, and department chair responsibilities
b. Revise departmental peer-reviewed scholarship statements

5. Implement and integrate the new Office of Leadership and Professional Development

6. Conduct successful hiring for administrative positions:

a. Dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
b. Dean and University Librarian
c. Assistant Vice President for Finance
d. Director of Campus Safety and Police
e. Director of Planning, Design, and Construction
f. Director of Foundation Relations

7. Support the work of the newly created Staff Advisory Council to facilitate active and direct communication between staff employees and the president

Attaining the highest levels of achievement across our academic and student life programs

8. Finalize proposal for a premier general studies program and, if approved, begin planning for implementation and evaluation of the program’s impact on the following areas:

a. Academic advising
b. Faculty development
c. Outcomes assessment
d. Wellness programming
e. Writing

9. Continue preparation for SACS reaccreditation; select and develop plans and budget for university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

10. Continue development of the School of Law

a. Complete application process for AALS membership
b. Resolve space issues as law school activities expand
c. Recruit a nationally recognized leader in legal scholarship and teaching
d. Host a successful conference on law and leadership in Spring 2012

11. Complete successful professional accreditations
a. ACEJMC re-accreditation visit in Fall 2011
b. ARC-PA initial accreditation visit May 3-4, 2012

12. Restructure leadership programs to deepen academic connections and increase leadership development opportunities

13. Create an office and develop signature programs for domestic study opportunities

14. Enroll 1,400 freshmen reflecting Elon values, especially academic ability, diversity, and a well-rounded high school experience that fits Elon’s style of engaged learning. The majority of these students will fall within a total SAT range of 1730 – 1950 with an average SAT of 1820.

15. Revise spring admission program with attention to recruitment strategy, communications, and orientation programs

16. Enroll new students in each graduate program to meet the following goals:

• DPT: To enroll 44 students in January 2012
• M.Ed.:  To enroll 24 students in summer 2012
• M.A. iMedia: To enroll 36 students in summer 2012
• MBA: To enroll 55 students in AY 2011-12

17. Critically examine and develop Elon's core marketing messages with an emphasis on creating sophisticated social media and interactive website resources

18. Develop a plan that articulates the critical role of fluency in a second language to being a global citizen and ensures that students have access to a vibrant, innovative foreign language curriculum that connects to their career aspirations

Launching strategic and innovative pathways in undergraduate and graduate education

19. Implement the School of Health Sciences to be housed in the Francis Center

a. Develop the physician assistant master’s program,  including curriculum proposals and faculty-staff hiring
b. Recruit the first class (38 students) for January 2013
c. Expand the DPT program from 36 to 44 students per class
d. Develop curriculum and seek approval for a new post-professional degree program

20. Define and illustrate engaged learning at Elon; develop a plan to launch a center for engaged learning

21. Successfully enroll Elon’s Gap Semester Program: finalize plans for and implement a gap-semester program for approximately 15 first-year Elon students

22. Explore feasibility of new undergraduate/graduate programs, including full-time master’s degrees (M.A.T., M.Ed., or M.A.) in mathematics education and science education

23. Implement PACE (Providing Aid through Campus Employment) fund plan and work with PACE coordinator to expand the program for 2012-2013

24. Continue development of the School of Education partnership with the Alamance-Burlington School System; explore the feasibility of creating a university high school (early college) in cooperation with the Alamance-Burlington School System

Stewarding Elon’s commitment to remain a best-value university

25. Successfully conclude the Ever Elon campaign by exceeding $100 million in gift commitments by December 31, 2011

26. Raise $4,137,000 in undesignated and designated annual gifts to Elon University and raise $600,000 in undesignated and designated gifts to the law school

Developing innovating alumni programs to advance and support the Elon graduate

27. Increase alumni annual giving participation to 24 percent

28. Successfully execute the first phase of the Vibrant Alumni Network Plan, including implementation of a peer-to-peer communication and fund-raising model, doubling the number of alumni volunteers, and execution of an alumni volunteer summit in Spring 2012

Establishing a national tournament tradition of athletics success along with the highest academic standards for Phoenix athletics

29. Complete the construction of a new academic support area for athletics, ensure that all sport programs remain above the 950 APR mark, and have at least 14 sport programs achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in a semester

30. Create and implement a multi-year plan to increase the activity of the Phoenix Club to achieve a giving level of $1,000,000 and membership numbers approaching 2,500; 2011-2012 goals: $935,000 and 1,825 members

31. Advance the gender equity plan by adding 3 scholarships for women’s sport programs, acquiring a new assistant coach for volleyball, identifying funds for phase I of a new softball facility, and planning the addition of a new women’s Division I sport

Significantly enhancing Elon’s campus with premier new academic and resident facilities and a commitment to protecting our environment

32. Launch the newly revised and staffed Student Professional Development Center in Moseley to replace the current career center

33. Continue to implement the Residential Campus Plan

a. Finalize plan for the Global Residential Neighborhood
b. Develop and document ways to link academic activities with residential life, including increasing the number of learning communities with first-year course linkages
c. Develop neighborhood councils
d. Introduce and engage a new Residential Campus Faculty Fellow

34. Complete planning for following projects:

a. Master Plan documentation and analysis of classroom space utilization
b. Creative interiors for classrooms and faculty office pods
c. Possible Federal Plaza renovation
d. Early College facility needs
e. Duke Renovation after career services moves to Moseley
f. Communications building
g. Existing housing upgrade plan
h. Parking lot replacement (800 cars) at Francis Center
i. Global Residential Neighborhood
j. Multi-faith Center
k. Academic Village colonnades linking all six buildings
l. Moseley Center

35. Support progress toward Climate Action Plan implementation

a. Conduct FY 2011 greenhouse gas inventory
b. Complete and submit Elon’s first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report
c. Conduct a sustainability assessment to gauge attitudes and behaviors toward sustainability on campus
d. Research methods to track sustainability metrics and progress toward goals

36. Complete construction:

a. Francis Center for physical therapy education and physician assistant studies
b. Colonnades Housing C, D, E
c. Colonnades geothermal system
d. New playing fields at Francis Center
e. New road to Francis Center
f. Student Professional Development Center move to Moseley
g. Student events facility
h. New parking lot on Williamson Avenue (287 cars)
i. New bookstore (construction by private developer)
j. Koury Center Phase II (locker rooms, academic offices, and campus recreation expansion)
k. Global dining hall
l. Station at Mill Point housing

37. Complete a utility master plan for Elon to include electrical, communication, storm drainage, water, gas, steam, and chill water facilities