Actions Accomplished in 2012-2013

Summary of Principal Actions Accomplished in 2012-2013

Goal 1: Increase Academic Excellence and Distinctiveness: Promote Active and Engaged Learning

  • Successfully completed the NEASC team visit for continued accreditation
  • Began implementation of reduction of faculty teaching load
  • Institutionalized high-impact educational practices, especially with freshmen
    • Living-learning communities have been developed for the St. Thomas More honors program, Social Justice, Health and Wellness and Business
    • First-Year Academic Experience has been implemented across sections of freshman year with Mathematics, First-Year Seminar and The Art of Thinking; all First-Year Seminars are taught by full-time faculty
    • SHUsquare, a virtual public square, was launched in the fall 2013 to complement the First-Year Seminar program
  • Exceeded goal of introducing new Graduate programs
  • Initiated formation of Center for Innovative Pedagogy and Digital Learning
  • Created an institutional repository for faculty publications, activities and on-going projects.  

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

  • Continued the growth/expansion of the Performing Arts Programs and club sports
  • Continued increase in student participation in Study Abroad opportunities
  • Ensured that a four-year career development plan is in place that offers appropriate coaching, resources and programs for all phases of career development
  • Began to implement the process of requiring internships, field experiences or other experiential learning activities in the curriculum for every major. This is second year of a four-year goal   

Goal 3: New Facilities and Upgrade/Maintain Existing Infrastructure

  • Renovated two additional Living-learning communities, two additional seminar rooms and Speech Pathology offices at Cambridge.
  • Finished building a new Health and Wellness Center, expanded the Edgerton Theater/front entrance
  • Implemented a university portal that integrates with our information systems and learning management system
  • Obtained approval from the Town of Fairfield for new academic building to house John F. Welch College of Business and the Department of Communication and Media Studies
  • Established a secondary, independent path to the Internet with secondary DNS to provide access in event of CEN long-term outage 
  • Enhanced and expanded campus emergency communications, especially emergency broadcast solution for CATV
  • Developed strategies and plans for additional academic and athletic facilities

Goal 4: Strengthen the Long-term Financial Stability of the University

  • Exceeded undergraduate enrollment and retention goals
  • Continued growth in graduate and online programs
  • Continued implementation of a comprehensive plan for University Advancement to include all aspects of fundraising, alumni relations and public relations
  • Began to increase alumni participation and contributions
  • Began process for developing internal employee professional development program

Goal 5: Deepen the Commitment to the Mission and Catholic Identity

  • The University community exceeded its annual goal of 40,000 service hours to the local community by 13,000 service hours
  • Continued and improved current annual faculty development programs on the CIT and hosted a University-wide international conference on Thomas Merton
  • Identified specific inter-faith undertakings—the prayer room in the chaplaincy and shared encounters and forums that are connected with the resurgence and re-definition of the CCJU