MISSION AND PURPOSE
As Pennsylvania's premier public liberal arts institution, Mansfield University offers students a
personalized education that emphasizes character development, scholarly growth, cultural awareness, and community service. By preparing our students for productive careers and meaningful lives, we positively influence the world.
As Pennsylvania's only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities (COPLAC), Mansfield University is the state's premier public liberal arts institution. We are committed to enhancing our identity as a small, distinctive, affordable alternative to private liberal arts colleges.
GOAL 1: STUDENT SUCCESS
OBJECTIVE 1.1: MAINTAIN QUALITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Initiative 1.1.1: Use documented results of formative and summative assessments to improve continuously all MU programs, services, and activities.
Initiative 1.1.2: Cultivate undergraduate and graduate programs that highlight Mansfield’s distinctiveness.
Initiative 1.1.3: Embrace the liberal arts as our PASSHE identity and core emphasis in all programs.
Initiative 1.1.4: Integrate high-impact practices, such as service learning, research, internships, and hands-on learning into all areas of study.
OBJECTIVE 1.2 DEVELOP MANSFIELD'S LIBERAL ARTS IDENTITY
Initiative 1.2.1: Hone and continually market our academic promise.
Initiative 1.2.2: Promote the development of the whole student by emphasizing the values of the Mansfield Creed as a foundation for personalized education.
Initiative 1.2.3: Increase the percentage of students who pursue post-graduate education or are employed in a chosen field.
Initiative 1.2.4: Identify and celebrate traditions that are distinctive to Mansfield University.
Initiative 1.2.5: Increase personal knowledge of our University and celebrate our success.
GOAL 2: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
OBJECTIVE 2.1: REVIEW AND REBALANCE STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Initiative 2.1.1: Increase the quality of our incoming students' academic profiles.
Initiative 2.1.2: Increase four- and six-year graduation rates and the total number of graduates annually.
Initiative 2.1.3: Increase annual retention rates.
Initiative 2.1.4: Increase the diversity profile of incoming students.
Initiative 2.1.5: Strategically increase overall student enrollment to sustain fiscal integrity and academic quality.
Initiative 2.1.6: Maintain and improve the affordability of a Mansfield education.
OBJECTIVE 2.2 CLEARLY LINK RESOURCES TO UNIVERSITY MISSION
Initiative 2.2.1: Institute a transparent and participatory budget process that aligns resources with University needs as assessed.
Initiative 2.2.2: Achieve efficiencies through streamlined processes and improved communications.
Initiative 2.2.3: Identify, promote, implement, and effectively use up-to-date technologies.
Initiative 2.2.4: Maintain, enhance, and utilize attractive, efficient, and functional spaces for learning and working environments.
Initiative 2.2.5: Increase private and philanthropic support annually.
Initiative 2.2.6: Develop policies and procedures for achieving and documenting connections between strategic planning, resource allocation, and institution-wide assessment.
GOAL 3: STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT
OBJECTIVE 3.1: ATTRACT AND RETAIN AN ENGAGED, TALENTED, AND DIVERSE WORK FORCE
Initiative 3.1.1: Become an employer of choice.
Initiative 3.1.2: Recognize the success of staff and faculty who typify our Creed in the performance of their duties on campus and in support of our surrounding communities.
Initiative 3.1.3: Promote employee engagement with students.
Initiative 3.1.4: Increase support for the ongoing professional development of our employees.
OBJECTIVE 3.2: BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
Initiative 3.2.1: Match student service learning projects with community needs and programs.
Initiative 3.2.2: Seek opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning with community partners.
Initiative 3.2.3: Emphasize and track community involvement in the life of the university and embrace relationships with organizations in the area.
OBJECTIVE 3.3: FOSTER AN ATMOSPHERE OF RESPECT FOR CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND PERSONAL DIFFERENCES
Initiative 3.3.1: Update the university-wide diversity plan.
Initiative 3.3.2: Increase the number of international students on campus and the number of MU students studying abroad.
OBJECTIVE 3.4: ENGAGE IN A UNIVERSITY-WIDE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
Initiative 3.4.1 Develop matrices to organize the relationships among assessments at all levels of the institution.
Initiative 3.4.2 Identify and communicate assessment timelines and accountability roles throughout the institution.
Initiative 3.4.3 Develop, implement, and document policies and procedures for tracking and monitoring the strategic plan to ensure that key performance indicators exist, are measurable, and have baselines and benchmarks.