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Strategic Plan 2013-2017

While being receptive to new opportunities, Salem College will focus on these goals: Academic Excellence, Competitiveness and Reputation A Vibrant and Engaging Co-Curricular Environment Enhanced and Expanded Campus Facilities Continuing Growth in Financial Strength

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College on May 3, 2013

While being receptive to new opportunities, Salem College will focus on these goals:

Academic Excellence, Competitiveness and Reputation

  • Highlight and enrich our liberal arts and sciences mission through scholarly events that involve the wider community
  • Launch competitive new programs, undergraduate and graduate, to augment our liberal arts and sciences core and foster growth
  • Increase undergraduate research and other experiential learning opportunities for students
  • Offer international and cross-cultural experiences to prepare students for a rapidly changing global society
  • Expand academic support programs to assist student transition to and success in college, improve retention, and develop each student’s unique potential
  • Increase opportunities for the professional development and mentoring of faculty
  • Elevate our reputation for providing an outstanding and distinctive education that prepares graduates for success in a changing world

A Vibrant and Engaging Co-Curricular Environment

  • Implement women’s professional development and leadership initiatives that prepare graduates to succeed in a changing world
  • Create an Office of Intercultural Affairs that fosters the development of multicultural citizens and offers programs that support and sustain a diverse student body
  • Expand the visibility, impact, and presence of the Wellness Program
  • Launch dynamic social, educational and cultural activities as the state-of-the-art student center opens.
  • Continue the development of a strong NCAA Division III program for student athletes

Enhanced and Expanded Campus Facilities

  • Develop a new Campus Master Plan that respects the unique history and architecture of the College, provides for growth and facility improvement, and mindful of sustainability and accessibility
  • Continue efforts to acquire additional property and increase the campus footprint
  • Explore new options for student housing and classrooms
  • Support and implement emerging technologies to enhance the campus environment

Continuing Growth in Financial Strength

  • Optimize fundraising strategies to increase the endowment and contributions to the annual fund
  • Focus on systematic improvements in faculty and staff compensation
  • Develop a plan for incremental, qualitative growth among the traditional residential, traditional off-campus, Fleer Center and graduate students while maintaining small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Provide additional merit and need-based scholarships for academically qualified students