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Notre Dame College

Strategic Plan 2022-2025

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A Bright Future

The plans listed below are geared for a lasting transformative change that positions Notre Dame as a college of the post-pandemic 21st Century. For the past 100 years, Notre Dame College has opened doors for students who have experienced countless barriers to education – social, financial, educational. The College, guided by the traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, reaffirms its mission of educating a diverse population for personal, professional, and global responsibility.

Notre Dame College (NDC) is unique in its market, but it also faces the same challenges as most other small, religiously founded, private colleges and universities in the United States. Buoyed by a commitment to mission, the College is prepared to meet those challenges, learn from the past and move boldly into the future.

As NDC looks beyond its centennial, the College has an obligation to solidify its financial foundation, make data driven decisions, prepare graduates for meaningful work in a divisive and polarized world, and lift faculty and staff to be leaders in their disciplines. This is a place where students should learn how to earn a living but, more importantly, live a life.

NDC values family, community, diversity, access, and respect for the dignity of the human person. Just as Elizabeth and Hillegonde welcomed the first students over 100 years ago.

Notre Dame’s Mission

Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional, and global responsibility.

Notre Dame’s Vision

The vision of Notre Dame College is to be recognized as an exceptional, small, Catholic college, transforming students through excellent, challenging, and relevant learning experiences that are grounded in a values-based curriculum.

Notre Dame’s Learning Objectives

Responsibility | Communication | Critical Thinking | Information Literacy | Ethical Inquiry

Framing Statements

The College will continue to…

Operate a diverse and relevant traditional undergraduate, liberal arts college for both resident and commuter students.
Operate a competitive NCAA Division II athletic program.

Be a place of access for economically underserved students, removing financial barriers to quality undergraduate education.

Offer undergraduate and graduate education through online programs.

Animate and enliven its Catholic identity, incorporating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Catholic Social Teaching and the founding charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Offer graduate-level programs and expand graduate offerings.

Be a place that welcomes underprepared students and guides them toward paths of success.

Be a vital community partner and resource for South Euclid, Ohio, and Northeast Ohio.

Offer non-traditional and accessible programs for working adults, those returning to college, and those in need of professional credentials and/or certificates.

Strategic Planning Team & Process

Notre Dame College is thankful for the talented team behind the new Strategic Plan. We appreciate their dedication to the College, its mission and the advancement of Notre Dame beyond 100.

Cordae Barnes | Blaire Barr | Mark Chamberlin | Ann Coakley | John Falconi | Chris Gill | Jerry Hayes | Katie McMahon | Tom Meeks | Alana Norris | Molly Pifer | Michele Polak | Michael Pressimone | Tracy Sabransky | Ted Steiner | Natalie Strouse | Scott Swain | Patty Swed



  • President J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., selected Chris Gill, Ph.D., dean of students, and Natalie Strouse, M.B.A., associate professor of business administration, as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Co-chairs selected committee members
  • Co-chairs began meeting every week until completion of the strategic plan



  • Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) began meeting every other week till the end of April
  • Conducted the first of two College community-wide brainstorming sessions


  • Committee members met with various constituents of the College community to better understand various department goals
  • SPC presented findings to the Board of Trustees and solicited input


  • Held the second of two College community-wide brainstorming sessions


  • SPC submitted first draft of plan to President
  • SPC continued to refine the Strategic Plan based on input from President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees and the community


  • Final draft of plan reviewed by the President’s Cabinet during a retreat
  • Formulated implementation plan and areas of responsibility
  • Submitted final draft to the Board of Trustees


  • Board of Trustees approved the Strategic Plan

Notre Dame’s College Strategic Initiatives


Notre Dame College will focus on the holistic success of every individual student.


Notre Dame will establish a sustainable financial model to assure a strong future beyond its centennial.


Notre Dame will foster the development of each member of the community, so they understand, articulate, and embody the mission. Notre Dame will embody the values and mission described above.

Dive Deeper

Download the full Strategic Plan to learn more about NDC’s action plan for each objective.