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Strategic Plan

Notre Dame College Strategic Planning

The 2017-2022 Notre Dame College Strategic Plan is a living document that, in simplest terms, is a road map focused on NDC’s future plans in the areas of academics, campus environment, enrollment, resources and philanthropy.  It is the result of a multi-year process that engaged the Notre Dame community.  This strategic plan will serve as a guide for Notre Dame College as we continue to refine and renew our vision to be recognized as an exceptional, small, Catholic college; an institution that transforms students through rigorous and relevant learning experiences that are grounded in a values-based curriculum.  Our Strategic Plan is comprehensive and far-reaching in its initiatives, goals and objectives, and will enhance Notre Dame College’s long-term well-being.

The Notre Dame College Strategic Plan is built upon three distinct but integrated elements:

  1. Foundation (NDC Mission Statement)
  2. Supporting Components (NDC Vision Statement and Guiding Principles)
  3. Strategic Initiatives (NDC six initiatives each with its own goals and objectives)

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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

We will also prepare graduates for life-long learning, the world of work, and leadership in the global community by engaging students in the disciplines we teach and providing active learning experiences through cultural events, athletics and community projects.

In our efforts for continuous improvement, the College will strive to provide state-of-the-art services and facilities and an experienced and dedicated faculty and staff through effective stewardship of fiscal resources.

Guiding Principles

Student Success:  We strive for student persistence and completion by helping students set appropriate educational and career goals and encouraging them to become responsible and self-directed learners.

Diversity:  We respect the diversity of race, culture, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation in the College community and benefit from the variety of skills, talents and gifts this diversity brings to the College.

Community:  We support broadening the education of students through engagement with both local and global communities.

Collaboration:  We promote collective efforts and value the interdependence of all persons in the College community and beyond.

Integrity:  We insist on honesty, fairness, and respect in our learning community of students, faculty and staff.

Innovation:  We encourage creativity and versatility in teaching, learning, and service.

We believe adhering to these guiding principles will result in overall excellence in educating for personal, professional, and global responsibility.

Strategic Initiatives

Each initiative has action goals and tactics to achieve those goals.  These six initiatives are:

  1. Academics
  2. Campus Wide Environment
  3. Enrollment Management
  4. Stewardship of Capital Resources
  5. Stewardship of Human Resources
  6. Philanthropy

As the first step in creating the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, the leadership team of the College developed a “Strategic Thoughts/Strategic Questions Document.” It was made available, along with a feedback form, for review by the campus community. The document reviewed the progress made in implementing the previous Strategic Plan and laid the groundwork for the current plan.

The Strategic Thoughts document called for the establishment of an Institutional Policy and Planning Committee to shepherd the process of developing the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. The President and Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) selected representatives from faculty, staff, students and alumni to be on the IPPC.  The IPPC reviewed the Strategic Thoughts document and identified discussion questions for the campus community.  Working groups led by members of the IPPC were formed to convene listening sessions to collect comments on the document from students, alumni, faculty, staff and the South Euclid Community.  The IPPC consolidated the comments and presented them to the President and VPASA.  The President and VPASA identified five emerging strategic initiatives: Academic Excellence; Campus Culture and Climate; Stewardship of Resources; Enrollment Management; and, Philanthropy. (Stewardship of Resources was later sub-divided into Capital and Human Resources).

Once the strategic initiatives were identified, the VPASA formed a committee for each strategic initiative.  Each committee had two co-chairs, one co-chair from faculty and one co-chair from staff.  Individual committee membership was made up of faculty, staff, and students.  The charge to each committee was to develop one to four goals for their initiative and objectives for each goal.

A Strategic Plan Steering Committee was then established.  The VPASA and the Chair of the Faculty Senate served as co-chairs of the Steering Committee.  The co-chairs of the Strategic Initiatives committees, along with a member of the Board of Trustees, comprised the membership of the Steering Committee.  The function of the Steering Committee was to oversee the work of the Strategic Initiatives committees; craft a vision for NDC flowing from the NDC mission; develop a set of guiding principles; and, refine the work done by the Strategic Initiative committees.

In November 2016, the complete Strategic Plan was submitted to the President, the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees for review.  The Plan was then sent to the faculty and staff of the College.

Planning Documents

Notre Dame College Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Strategic Plan Progress Report (as of May 2021)

Notre Dame College Beyond 100 (forthcoming)

Notre Dame College Growth Plan (forthcoming)

Planning Process for New Strategic Plan (forthcoming)