The five broad goals of Sacred Heart University's 2011-2017 Strategic Plan are:
Goal 1: Increase Academic Excellence and Distinctiveness
Goal 2: Develop a Student Development Plan of Learning and Living outside the Classroom
Goal 3: Build New Facilities and Upgrade Existing Infrastructure to be More Competitive
Goal 4: Strengthen the Long-term Financial Stability of the University
Goal 5: Deepen the Commitment to the Mission and Catholic Identity of the University
What follows is an explication of the specific internationalization objectives and strategies built into these five goals.
University Strategic Plan, 2011-2017
Goal 1: Increase Academic Excellence and Distinctiveness: Sacred Heart University will enhance its distinctive commitment to academic excellence demonstrated by the work of students who take responsibility for their learning and who are encouraged and guided by a faculty dedicated to innovative teaching and actively engaged in scholarly and creative work that advances their fields.
- Promote Active and Engaged Learning. The Faculty will be challenged to use pedagogy that facilitates any high impact practice that promotes students’ autonomous and engaged learning.
- Increase Global Awareness and Global Learning Opportunities.
Goal 2: Develop a structured, mission-driven student development plan that intentionally educates the whole person within a campus-wide living and learning community and is a seamlessly integrated extension of classroom learning.
- Promote self-knowledge and respect for others by creating a community that engages diverse cultures and ensures that all students are active participants in this aspect of the community.
- Facilitate students’ awareness and fulfillment of their social & civic obligations & the development of a life-long passion for service.
Internationalization Strategic Plan
The standing Council for Internationalization coordinates internationalization efforts at Sacred Heart. In 2015/16, the priority goal is to develop the vision for internationalization at SHU and a companion strategic plan.
Comprehensive Internationalization “is a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, and initiatives to position colleges and universities as more globally oriented and internationally connected institutions” (American Council on Education, 2013).