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Moravian College is one of our nation’s oldest colleges, with a proud tradition of providing an outstanding education in the liberal arts and sciences for men and women. Throughout its history, the College has remained vital by continually looking forward and planning for coming generations of students. The successes from our most recent strategic planning efforts have positioned the College to move decisively in an uncertain world. Over the last ten years, we have focused on enhancing every aspect of the College that affects the quality of student experience, from our engaged faculty, to new and technologically up-to-date academic and athletics facilities, to updated student services. Thus, it is from a position of strength that we embark on a new strategic plan. Though it contains much that is new, it is firmly rooted in the mission, vision, and values that have long been the hallmark of a Moravian College education.
Moravian College is a residential, liberal arts college that draws on the Moravian traditions of community, engagement in the world, and balance among body, mind, and spirit in the life of the individual. The College seeks to develop in students of all backgrounds the capacity to learn, reflect, reason, communicate, and act with integrity as individuals and in association with others. This education prepares men and women for advanced study and continuous learning, individual achievement, and leadership and service for the common good.
Our Vision for the Future
Thus, we envision a strong and vital Moravian which, in the future will be
As such, Moravian will be a leader within higher education--a community of choice for students, faculty and administrators, a model of excellence.
A World of Change
As we look forward to creating an even stronger Moravian College, we are mindful of the challenging circumstances in which we live and work. Significant changes in demography will demand that we prepare to welcome and educate a more diverse population in the broadest sense of the term, so that our community at Moravian more closely mirrors the world into which we send our students to live, lead, and serve. Changes in technology continue at a pace that challenges all members of the community to discover how we might best utilize these advances. Our world is increasingly interconnected across national boundaries, requiring that we prepare our students to succeed on a global scale as well as a local one. The ever-increasing pressure on the environment also demands that we prepare our students not only to live in such a world, but also to change it for the better. Finally, we must prepare students for an international climate in which ideologies, religions, nations, and cultures find themselves in conflict.
MAP II is a guide for long-term academic planning and for short-term decisions related to academics.
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In the context of this world of uncertainty and change, we have crafted our plan for the future. We believe that the following seven initiatives will position the College to better serve our students to 2015 and beyond.
Initiative One: Discover and develop a more diverse student body
Between 2008 and 2015, Moravian will increase the size of the incoming class from 400 to 435 while maintaining the current strong academic profile, most notably having 30 percent of our first-year students come from the top decile of their high school class. Consistent with our long tradition of providing high quality liberal arts education to those who do not come from backgrounds where such experiences are the norm, we will increase our percentage of first-generation college students from 25 percent to 30 percent and will increase the proportion of lower-income students from 24 percent to 30 percent. As we work to achieve these enrollment goals, we believe that in our efforts to offer the highest quality education to the broadest spectrum of the population, we will increase our proportion of historically under-represented and under-served groups from 11 percent to 15 percent of the incoming class; need-based financial aid will increase from 47 percent to 50 percent of our total aid budget. Finally, we will continue to strive for diversity in academic interest, increasing our proportion of entering students with an interest in mathematics and the natural sciences from 28 percent to 30 percent.
Initiative Two: Recruit, hire and retain faculty to create an excellent educational experience
Outstanding and diverse faculty are central to providing the highest quality academic experience for our students. Building on our already excellent faculty, we plan to add eight new full-time faculty members in response to growth in the student body, and an additional six new full-time faculty members to enhance our student-faculty ratio and to reduce our use of adjunct faculty. This dramatic increase in the size of the full-time faculty will allow all faculty to engage our students more fully to meet our shared educational goals.
Initiative Three: Recruit, hire and retain excellent staff in support of the student profile
Similarly, outstanding and diverse administrators and staff are central to providing the highest quality educational experience for our students. In order to better support and serve our increasing student population, we will add ten administrative and staff positions in response to growth in the student body and growth in our facilities, and six administrative and staff positions in support of strategic initiatives related to the changing student profile. This increase in staffing will better enable us to create conditions, foster environments, and develop programs and services that facilitate all facets of student development.
Initiative Four: Create the proper physical environment needed for excellence in teaching, learning, and performing
Moravian proudly maintains and uses colonial-era buildings as part of its beautiful, historic campus. In order to ensure that these highly valued facilities are properly maintained, we will devote significant resources to the restoration and upkeep of our older facilities. In addition, we will add exciting new spaces for academic and co-curricular functions. Most notably, we will add a major new living-learning complex on the Hurd Campus, update and make significant improvements to our natural science facilities, update the health center and a number of residence halls, and renovate Comenius Hall.
Initiative Five: Develop a comprehensive technology strategy
Access to current technology is crucial to providing the best educational experience. Yet, the state of technology progresses so rapidly that, without thoughtful planning, we could risk being overwhelmed both financially and philosophically. We must ensure that we can employ technology when it serves our purposes, but not adopt whatever is possible simply because it is possible. To that end, we will develop a comprehensive technology strategy that will begin by assessing our current position, then developing goals for the future, and creating action plans needed to achieve those goals. This initiative will proceed at an institution-wide level, including the Comenius Center and Moravian Theological Seminary as well as the undergraduate College.
Initiative Six: Focus the Comenius Center as the division of Moravian College with primary emphasis on graduate education and post-baccalaureate professional programs (exclusive of the theologically-related programs) that have a foundation in the liberal arts
Consistent with our heritage of life-long education, the Comenius Center will strengthen its focus on graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs. Specifically, the Master of Education program will be expanded to include four new concentrations and three new certifications. Within the business and management program, the Comenius Center will add a master’s degree in human resource management and apply for external business accreditation. Within the health sciences, the Comenius Center will add a master’s degree in nursing with three tracks and a post-baccalaureate pre-medical preparation program. The Comenius Center will also work to engage its alumni more substantively to ensure that this important contingent has every opportunity to remain active members of our community.
Initiative Seven: Gather the resources in support of the strategic plan initiatives and develop a greater sense of stewardship among our various constituencies
Most important in this initiative will be the launch and successful completion of a comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to create the resources needed for the six initiatives listed above. A vital part of this effort will be to actively engage our alumni in the life of the College. It is our hope that, through the generosity of those who have already benefited from a Moravian education, we can offer the same opportunity to generations of future students.