This week, administration met with faculty, staff and students to discuss the college’s updated five-year strategic plan to span from 2014 to 2019.
The draft of the plan discussion defines eight overarching goals for the college that encompass areas including increasing enrollment, growing the financial base, providing more experiential learning experiences to students and distinguishing Augustana from other colleges.
“We want many, many, many more people to know about Augustana,” senior vice president for academic affairs and dean Susan Hasseler said at a feedback meeting with students Wednesday night.
Specific desired outcomes for 2019 include an undergraduate enrollment of 2,000 students, a graduate enrollment of 500 students, $100 million endowment and an overall retention rate of 85 percent.
In establishing the eight goals, the college has looked at research from several areas. Sage Project Consultants helped develop the strategic plan by conducting an environmental scan in which various colleges were analyzed to provide comparisons to Augustana.
Additionally, the college conducted focus groups of current students, alumni, community members and prospective students who did not choose Augustana. The information and data gathered from the environmental scan and focus groups have helped to define the eight goals in their current form.