Strategic Plan

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Strategic Plan Goals

Since the initial publication of the strategic plan, Centennial Compass 2.0, Our Lady of the Lake College has earned university status and has been renamed Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. Expansion of programs in recent years, including doctoral level degree programs, prompted the College to adopt a name change that reflects the evolution of the programs now being offered at the institution.

Also, the change to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University honors both the ministry’s founding sisters and its Franciscan values, as expressed through the education and formation of its students. Given that strategic plans are living documents, meant to provide long term focus and direction, our plan is regularly evaluated and updated. The following Strategic Plan Goals are current as of May 2017.

1. Build and sustain a culture of academic excellence.
  • Implement a University Technology Plan that includes an expansion of multimodal instruction and distributed environments
  • Establish a comprehensive University‐wide assessment of teaching and learning
  • Expand undergraduate and graduate mission‐centered degree offerings
  • Create a Center of Excellence in Gerontology and Healthy Aging
  • Develop, implement and assess a revised core curriculum
  • Establish a comprehensive, highly integrated academic support/remediation program

2. Develop a fully integrated Franciscan and Catholic university identity and student experience of faith development, spiritual growth, moral analysis, and human formation

  • Promote the Mission of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady and the University’s Catholic and Franciscan identity and values through curricular and co‐curricula programming and liturgy
  • Emphasize the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Traditions in the core curriculum and determine the appropriate theology learning objectives for all Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University students
3. Recruit, retain and graduate highly competent servant leaders formed in the Catholic,
Franciscan tradition.

  • Create a comprehensive enrollment management plan.
  • Implement a comprehensive advisor development program
  • Establish a comprehensive University‐wide assessment plan for evaluating the effectiveness of non‐academic support units
  • Develop an international program
  • Create an office of career development/vocational discernment within the office of student affairs and in collaboration with academic affairs and FMOLHS office of human resources

4. Recruit, mentor and retain highly qualified, versatile and engaged faculty, staff, administration and trustees who are committed to the University’s distinct mission

  • Facilitate a synergistic academic environment characterized by collaboration among and between various units of the University
  • Develop a program of orientation/education and formation of new hires to inculcate a sense of mission and vocation
  • Implement a mentor program for faculty
  • Establish a University Office of Human Resources in Operations and Finance.
  • Develop hiring practices that integrate the Catholic and Franciscan heritage of the University
  • Recruit mission‐centered Trustees and engage them in meaningful orientation and ongoing formation
5. Move toward a unified physical campus.
  • Update/develop the Campus Master Plan

6. Link learning and service with Catholic and Franciscan teachings and tradition throughout the communities the University serves

  • Collaborate with area Catholic Church leaders to develop partnerships and serve the needs of the community and the Church
  • Expand service learning opportunities

7. Enhance and support population health initiatives in collaboration with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

  • Develop academic programs to meet the strategic workforce development needs of the Health System
  • Broker non‐degree education services (and/or provide such services directly) to meet the workforce development needs of the Health System.
  • Maximize the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital through interprofessional development activities among Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System clinicians, University faculty and other community partners
  • Create a Franciscan Mission Institute to serve as a scholarly and applied resource for advancing the Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions while supporting the mission formation offices throughout the Health System

8. Establish a culture of philanthropy to help ensure sustainability.

  • Develop an institutional advancement infrastructure designed to support a comprehensive development effort comparable to similar sized private institutions and initiate an institutional advancement plan that incorporates development, alumni relations, and communications
  • Compose a comprehensive development (fundraising) plan
  • Improve alumni engagement through cultivation from point of admission through graduation
9. Establish a culture of investment, stewardship, fiscal accountability, and appropriate operational autonomy to ensure the financial and operational sustainability of the University.
  • Identify and implement systems that provide capacity for data driven financial planning.
  • Align support services from the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System with specific University needs.
  • Clarify University governance structure among all key constituents.

10. Establish a market identity as a Catholic and Franciscan University dedicated to educating and forming servant leaders.

  • Develop an Institutional Marketing Plan.