Albertus 2020: A Strategic Path for the 21st Century

Albertus Magnus College is committed to providing an education that enables students to pursue the truth in all of its dimensions and is practical in its application. To continue to realize this mission, which is grounded in the Dominican values of study, community, service and spirituality, the College will accomplish the following five strategic goals:

  1. Prepare students to succeed personally and professionally through the development of academic programs in high-demand fields supported by a foundation in the liberal arts.
  2. Enhance student access and success through effective uses of technology, the development of flexibly delivered academic programs, and the implementation of high-impact practices.
  3. Expand the College’s capacity to provide academic programs that leverage advances in digital technologies by developing a multi-use Digital Media Communication and Arts Education Center.
  4. Strengthen the College community through the expansion and enhancement of athletic programs.
  5. Promote a diverse, inclusive learning environment by recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and staff who reflect the demographic changes occurring in American society.

The College will undertake the following course of action to realize these strategic goals:

Commit to the Development of In-Demand and High-Impact Academic Programs

Prepare students to succeed personally and professionally through the development of academic programs in high-demand fields supported by a foundation in the liberal arts.

  • Invest in academic programs (new and existing) that will become signature programs for the College with emphasis on professional credentialing.  Programs the College will establish include: B.S. and M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Criminal Justice, an undergraduate program in Early Childhood Education, a program in Health Care Management, programs in Digital Media and Digital Humanities, and five-year Bachelor to Master programs.
  • Insure the quality and currency of the academic program portfolio through systematic market analysis and data driven assessment.
  • Develop for consideration at least two new academic program proposals for licensure in a high-demand field each academic year.

Implement Innovative and Distinctive Delivery of Academic Services

Enhance student access and success through effective uses of technology, the development of flexibly delivered academic programs, and the implementation of high-impact practices.

  • Deliver academic programs in flexible modalities in the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies to enable students to take them online, in a blended format, or both.
  • Expand course delivery options in the Traditional Undergraduate Program.
  • Expand the use of high-impact practices, opportunities for experiential learning, and implementation of best practices in blended and online teaching and learning across programs through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
  • Promote student success and retention by insuring that students have the support services necessary to enable them to participate fully in student life in the classroom, on campus, and online.
  • Pursue community partnerships to increase opportunities for students to engage in service learning and internships, including opportunities for international community service and study.
  • Empower students to develop programming and student organizations that enhance their intellectual and spiritual development and capacity for civic engagement.
  • Develop a grant acquisitions process to identify opportunities, complete applications, and manage grant funds for grants that contribute to making college accessible, enabling students to succeed academically, and preparing students to enter high-demand fields.

Enhance our Capacity for Technological Innovation and Human Creativity

Expand the College’s capacity to provide academic programs that leverage advances in digital technologies by developing a multi-use Digital Media Communication and Arts Education Center.

  • Build capacity to house multi-purpose instructional spaces for digital media communication and arts programming.
  • Identify funding sources to repurpose existing space or to construct an appropriate facility.
  • Design facilities to support programming that will contribute to making Albertus Magnus College a destination campus.

Promote Strong Athletic Programs

Strengthen the College community through the expansion and enhancement of athletic programs.

  • Leverage athletic programs to increase enrollment and enrich campus life; use the College's sports to promote student engagement and foster community.
  • Expand on success of Division Three athletic teams to provide an environment supportive of student-athletes.
  • Promote the Mary Benevento Endowed Fund for Athletics to grow endowment and support special projects for the Athletics Department.

Celebrate our Inclusive and Diverse Community

Promote a diverse, inclusive learning environment by recruiting and retaining a student body, faculty, and staff that reflect the demographic changes occurring in American society.

  • Develop dynamic models of enrollment management that attract expanding student markets such as Veterans, Latinos, and community college students.
  • Enhance partnerships with the Connecticut Community Colleges to identify emerging student interests, to collaborate in academic program development, to improve academic advisement, and to support a seamless transfer experience.
  • Track demographic trends, identify emergent student populations, and determine if the College should develop targeted recruitment and retention strategies for those populations.
  • Identify and implement best practices for the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Provide appropriate support to students with special needs, English language learners, and students who require mental health counseling.
  • Develop student life activities and events that are of value and accessible to students across all programs.
  • Develop programming to enrich the larger New Haven community, such as information sessions on college readiness, public lectures, and sessions on career transition; and target specific organizations in the community to offer these services.
  • Cultivate and promote a campus culture grounded in the Dominican values of study community, service, and spirituality.


To achieve these goals, the College will adhere to the following supporting commitments.

Practice Responsible Financial Stewardship

Institutional Advancement will focus on the growth of the endowment, particularly to support academic program development and institutional support for financial aid.  Administration and Finance will help to identify and secure alternative revenue sources, evaluate existing programs, and expand attention and development of ongoing greening initiatives. 

Broaden Awareness and Appreciation of an Albertus Education

The College will develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that will inform prospective students, benefactors, and other stakeholders about the nature and value of an Albertus education and the specific programs and opportunities the College offers.

Leverage Information Technology

Information Technology Services will help to identify and implement information technology solutions to promote student accessibility to an Albertus education, promote best practices in the use of information technology resources to realize pedagogical goals, foster effective college-wide communication, and provide institutional data to inform institutional decision-making.


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Mission Statement and Six Guiding Principles

 

The mission of Albertus Magnus College is to provide men and women with an education that promotes the search for truth in all its dimensions and is practical in its application.  Founded by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Albertus Magnus College, faithful to its Catholic heritage and the Judeo-Christian tradition, remains dedicated to providing an opportunity for learning which responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and society.  (Updated and Approved by the Board of Trustees 2012)

The mission of Albertus Magnus College derives from the intellectual tradition of the Dominican Order whose essential charism is the search for truth (Veritas).  Reflective of the dedication and commitment to service of our founder and sponsor, we at Albertus assume responsibility for the fulfillment of our particular service as an academic community.   Principles which guide our mission and purpose include the following: 

  • The College embraces the Liberal Arts tradition and is committed to a vibrant curriculum, including a general education program that is both scholarly and humanistically enlarging.
  • The College encourages students to participate in academic internships, practica and relevant work experiences as preparation for meaningful careers.
  • The College strives to bring together a richly diverse student body and cultivates an atmosphere of mutual respect and ethical behavior.
  • The College fosters close, positive interaction between faculty and students, thereby offering broad opportunities for challenge and growth.
  • The College provides an educational environment dedicated to enhancing each student’s development, both as an individual and as a member of society.
  • The College prepares students to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners, encouraging them to contribute to their communities and to become moral leaders in a complex world. 

Approved by the Board of Trustees
March 21, 2003 


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