University of Dubuque

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Mission, Vision, and Values

UPDATE TO "MISSION VISION ACTION PLAN 2009 - 2015"

Ensuring Academic Excellence

1.  In light of its Mission, the University will continually re-examine and adjust the core curriculum to achieve an artful and purposeful blend of the arts, sciences, humanities, and theology. Where appropriate, these disciplines will be infused within the professional programs offered. A value-laden education which focuses on justice, ethics, and responsible stewardship within a globally diverse community will be stressed.  

2.  New graduate and undergraduate degree programs of a professional nature will be developed to meet the needs of local, regional, national, and international markets.  

3.  Students will be challenged to embrace life-long learning in and outside of the classroom. Educational experiences will be enhanced by service learning and technology. Use of the library and other external data sources will be emphasized. The University will be technologically current.  

4.  Several programs will be selected for distance education, accelerated completion, and/or other methods and strategies of educational delivery. These methods of instruction will be aimed primarily at, but not restricted to, the adult learner. Other initiatives will be taken to actively join local and regional communities in providing educational programming to benefit the socioeconomic development of the region.  

5.  The Diamond Program will be resourced, monitored, assessed, and improved. It will include the Bridge Program, the Voices/ Values Program, and a 21st Century Honor’s Program, and will become a national leader for addressing the challenges facing higher education in the 21st Century. 

Modeling the Lifestyle of a Functional Christian Community

6.  Utilizing the resources at its disposal, the University will encourage all students to examine the moral and theological components of one’s life. 

7.  The college and seminary will join to offer educational programs to the community which will build upon the expertise available with both faculties.  

8.  The University’s policies will create a “community where diversity is appreciated and Christian love is practiced.” Emphasis will be placed on student life for constructive learning and for the opportunity to help one another with our individual journeys of faith.  

9.  Respecting freedom of academic thought and discourse, the University will adopt an Honor Code of behavior which is congruent with the Mission of the University for all faculty, staff, students, and members of the Board of Trustees. The University will resolve its conflicts with justice and compassion.  

10. The Lester and Michael Lester Wendt Center for Character Education will become nationally recognized and a leader among colleges and universities in the area of ethics and character.  

11. A campus-wide Wellness Committee will be established, and coordinated wellness initiatives for students, faculty, and staff will become part of our community life together.  

Sharing our Message

12. The University will practice the highest ethical standards in its marketing efforts and in the services it offers. 

13. Local groups will be encouraged to host their functions on campus. The University will seek to host synod and other Church-related meetings on campus. 

14. The University will maintain a sophisticated plan for the marketing of its image and programs. The participation of faculty, staff, and students within the ecclesiastical and secular communities will be supported. The University will partner with other entities that are congruent with its mission. 

Ensuring our Future

15. An enrollment management plan will be developed and implemented to attain a full-time traditional undergraduate student body of between 1400 to 1500; a graduate student body of approximately 150; a Doctor of Ministry enrollment of between 40-50; a face-to-face seminary enrollment of between 95-105; an on-line Master of Divinity program of between 75-90; a baseline enrollment of 845 for the summer program with four percent annual growth; and the LIFE (Learning Institute for Fulfillment and Engagement) adult evening program with an enrollment of 200 or more.  

16. Six year graduation rates will be five percent above our Traditional Masters profile national average by 2015 as measured by ACT Institutional Data File; first year retention rate (return for second year) will be five percent above our Traditional Masters national average by 2015 as measured by ACT Institutional Data File; second year retention rate (return for third year) will show a 10 percent improvement by 2015 as based on UD Fact Book Cohort 2006 numbers.  

17. To enhance its mission, the University will grow the endowment to approximately $175 million by the year 2015; increase the Annual Mission and Vision Fund giving through 100 percent participation from active trustees, 75 percent participation from faculty and staff, and increase Alumni donors to 25 percent of the verified Alumni of record. The University will continue efforts to obtain Foundation grants and appropriate governmental monies. The University also will aggressively pursue innovative non-traditional revenue streams.  

18. The University will be a good steward in the allocation of resources. Salaries and benefits of faculty and staff will be competitive, equitable, tied to a systematic performance review process and, where appropriate, in the top third of identified measurement groups. Partnering, pooling of resources and other such cost-saving strategies will be adopted where sound. The campus master plan, which addresses aesthetics, functionality, and proposed enrollment growth, will be maintained and regularly updated. The strategic plan will be maintained and regularly updated.  

19. Through annual updates of the University of Dubuque “Fact Book,” the University will measure its progress by challenging, pertinent and agreed upon benchmarks such as data provided by the IAICU, CIC, ATS, NAICU, and other resources. 

Vision

The University of Dubuque by the year 2015 will be —

ACKNOWLEDGED as one of the best small, private Christian colleges and universities;

RENOWNED for serving the best interests of students at all stages of their lives and at different levels of professional and personal development;

UNITED as a community where Christian commitment, intellectual integrity, and academic excellence are the basis for learning;

INVIGORATED by its bold integration of both liberal arts and theological education with the acquisition of professional credentials required to compete and contribute in the global arena;

FOCUSED on the development of skills for critical and creative inquiry and communication, enhanced by technology;

DISTINGUISHED as a dynamic and vibrant cultural center where a diversity of ideas and experiences are embraced and nurtured;

ENERGIZED by a dedicated, diverse, and demonstrably competent faculty and staff well-respected in the community and in their respective fields;

CHARACTERIZED by financial health and fiscal prudence, with a physical environment and facilities conducive to the University’s educational mission;

RESPECTED as an educational institution whose graduates make their mark through their stewardship of human and natural resources, and in service to their community 

Mission and Values

The University of Dubuque is a small, private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary programs. The University is comprised of individuals from the region, the nation, and the world.

As a community, the University practicesits Christian faith by educating students andpursuing excellence in scholarship. Therefore,the University of Dubuque is committed to:

  • The Presbyterian tradition;
  • Excellence in academic inquiry andprofessional preparation;
  • Relationships which encourage intellectual,spiritual, and moral development;
  • Community where diversity is appreciatedand Christian love is practiced;
  • Stewardship of all God’s humanand natural resources;
  • Zeal for life-long learning and service.

Ensuring the Future/Capital

Several elements of the Action Plan will require new infusions of capital beyond what can be provided by the University of Dubuque’s annual operating budget or endowment income. The following projects are key areas where major support will be needed to fully implement the Action Plan: 

National Marketing Campaign 

Capital Projects A-List

  • Fine and Performing Arts, Worship, and Campus Center  
  • One of three Residence Halls 
  • Alumni Hall Restoration

Capital Projects B-List

  • Renovation of Severance
  • New Seminary/Office Building
  • Two of three Residence Halls
  • Update Blades Hall  
  • Renovate VanVliet Hall    

Endowment Initiatives

As the University seeks to establish new academic programs, attract and retain an excellent faculty, and provide a high-quality, affordable education for students, it must have the financial stability afforded by a strong endowment. 

Endowment A-List

  • Fine and Performing Arts, Worship, and Campus Center Programming & Maintenance
  • Perpetual Maintenance & Technology
  • Student Scholarships
  • Character Scholarships (25)
  • Faculty Chairs (10)
  • Diamond Program   

Endowment B-List

  • Student Scholarships
  • Character Scholars (25)
  • Wallace-Smith Teaching 
  • Excellence
  • Diamond Program