STRATEGIC PLAN 2022-2027: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Strategic Plan
Students at the Center... For a Better World

More than ever, successful higher education institutions must place students at the center and meet them where they are. The days of a “one-size fits all” approach to their education have long passed. The growing diversity and complexity of the lives of our students necessitate a progressive and responsive approach to ensure continued access to the benefits of a Lewis education. Our new Strategic Plan, boldly constructed with significant contributions from the entire Lewis community, charts a course that is visionary, ambitious and most importantly…achievable. Built upon a nearly 350-year tradition of Lasallian education and 90-year legacy since our founding, we will conclude this plan as a more inclusive, significant, impactful, and life-changing institution for the students we serve.

Our immersive educational experience, whether in-person, hybrid or virtual, will distinguish us from other institutions as we carve out a unique niche within higher education for Lewis to stand upon. We will be increasingly recognized for offering a vertical range of market-responsive degrees and credentials, complemented by a distributed approach firmly grounded in our physical campus and augmented by an expanding range of virtual spaces.

Lewis graduates will be known for their compassion, concern, hands-on experience and professional expertise as they move forward to lives of significance and impact…for a better world. We will prepare them to lead in a future that will be highly impacted by digital transformation and increasingly intricate societal issues. We will accomplish this while also building a financial foundation that will allow for continued investment in their experience and success.

Since our founding during the Depression Era when visionaries anticipated the need for aviation professionals, through the arrival of the De La Salle Christian Brothers with their student-centered and values-based philosophy of education and now during our collective navigation brought on by the challenges of the global pandemic, the Lewis community has demonstrated ambition, resilience, grit, determination, and innovation. We will continue to draw upon these qualities to advance Lewis forward to an even more promising and hopeful future.

Eight Priorities
 1. ADVANCE TEACHING DISTINCTIVENESS

A Lewis education whether in-person, online or hybrid, will be steeped in Lasallian pedagogy and progressive instructional training and technology to deliver a rich, profound and purposeful student learning experience.


 2. ESTABLISH THE LEWIS EXPERIENCE

Establish the Lewis Experience that promotes the holistic success of our graduates by emphasizing experiential learning, research and vocation exploration, while instilling a renewed culture of advising and mentorship.


 3. MEET THE STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE

Access to a Lewis education will be broadened through an expanded range of programs, micro-credentials, badges and certificates, that are aligned with the needs
of the external community and supportive of their goals, talent objectives and workforce development.


 4. FOSTER A MORE DIVERSE COMMUNITY WITH AN INCREASED SENSE OF BELONGING

Through focused programs of continuous awareness, understanding and training we will cultivate a community and culture that is universally welcoming, supportive and encouraging of all individuals.


 5. INVEST IN THE CAMPUS "CORE"

The allure of the physical campus will be amplified as we reimagine spaces, places and topography to more intentionally support the formation of community, engagement and success for all students.


 6. BUILD FINANCIAL PROSPERITY

Alternative revenue sources and new strategic partnership opportunities will be targeted and cultivated to enhance our quality of earnings and close our prosperity gap.


 7. BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE DESIRE TO WORK

We will accentuate the structures, practices and processes to ensure that we attract, retain, develop and motivate a workforce that embodies the demographics of the region and our student enrollment, while also equipping us with the internal intellectual capital and capacity to achieve our goals.


 8. PROMOTE OUR LASALLIAN IDENTITY

Inspired by the Declaration on the Lasallian Educational Mission, we will build upon our nearly 350-year legacy to further advance our Lasallian identity and culture to benefit students and enhance the image of Lewis University.