Loyola University New Orleans’ strategic and operational plan is designed to guide the University into the next decade. Although Loyola recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, the University still must navigate through the challenge of an ever-changing educational environment.
This plan is both strategic and operational in that it aligns strategic initiatives and actions designed to deliver value to our various stakeholders. This plan calls for our university to fulfill the promise found in Loyola’s mission that “welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world.”
The plan calls for the university to focus activities on four overarching strategies to cultivate a learning-centered community:
- dedicated to a high-quality, experiential, and values-based education.
- devoted to students’ discovery of their career and a life of service.
- infused by the cultures and traditions of New Orleans.
- rooted in the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the University.
To ensure the success of our overarching strategies, the University must recruit and retain high-quality faculty by enhancing support for faculty development in teaching, scholarship and creative work. We also realize that the kinds of activities outlined in this plan often form a distinctly secondary part of faculty evaluation. Experiential learning, developmental and discerning advising, community engagement, formation for mission, and other activities with or on behalf of our students are not discouraged, but because they are not generally rewarded they tend to be engaged in by a relatively small percentage of the faculty. The overarching strategies and action plans must be embraced by all if this plan is to succeed, and so a recalibration of faculty evaluation processes will be needed.