Distinctiveness

 
CORE STRATEGY III  
 

To establish its distinctiveness and to differentiate from other institutions, the college will focus upon its experiential learning history, its location, and its niche. The institution’s history, location, and uniqueness will be a primary focus for determining and creating a quality, focused set of programs that will attract and retain students.

Core Strategy Team: Alyson Gill*, Blaine Hansen*, Kevin Phillips (*Co-leaders)

Priority Initiatives

  1. Develop and implement a best-practices living and learning community model for residence life that aligns with the college’s niche and is appropriate for the college.


  2. Conduct market analysis and consider new programs that tie into the college’s location and distinctiveness.


  3. Bring focus to strengthening distinctive undergraduate majors and other programs (minors, specializations).


  4. Improve intentional experiential opportunities defined by High Impact Practices (HIP) and create a “taxonomy of experiential learning” to signify the unique Lees-McRae experience.


  5. Develop an appropriate academic calendar to match the college’s distinctiveness as an experiential-centric, residential institution.
Distinctiveness KPI

Central to the success of the strategic plan is regular and recursive assessment and evaluation of the Priority Initiatives and their contributions to the Core Strategies. To ensure accountability and optimization, each Priority Initiative will be measured against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and analyzed for progress towards defined targets. 

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    High Impact Performance Metrics

    • Percent students in internships, field-based study, and experiential learning
    • Percent students engaged in undergraduate research
    • Percent students in study away and study abroad programs
    • Number and Percent students receiving support through support services
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    Enrollment Metrics

    • Percent students in internships, field-based study, and experiential learning
    • Percent students engaged in undergraduate research
    • Percent students in study away and study abroad programs
    • Number and Percent students receiving support through support services