Pillar 1: Intellectual Engagement

St. John Fisher University will revitalize and enrich its programming and foster innovative approaches that extend its thought leadership to multiple audiences and prepare students to build successful lives of purpose.

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Goal 1.1

Expand Degree Programs to Attract and Engage New Student Populations

Practice a responsive and continuous process to review and implement new degree possibilities connected to emerging fields of study and new populations of students. 

  • Engage in environmental scanning for mission-consistent opportunities to develop new fields of study, expand current program offerings, and attract new student populations. Evaluate consideration for new programming based on mission consistency, market responsiveness, and fiscal responsibility.
    • Degree Completion Program for Adult Students
    • Second Baccalaureate Nursing
    • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Doctorate
    • Mental Health Counseling Doctorate
    • Film & Television Major Baccalaureate
    • Human Services Baccalaureate
  • Implement needs assessment to support fully online programming in-house.
  • Research changing learner preferences to inform program delivery options.

Goal 1.2

Identify Additional Avenues to Attract New Student Populations

Explore and identify additional avenues and programming to attract new student populations.

  • Intercollegiate athletics.
  • Summer Programming.
  • Create workforce development programming to prepare individuals for the evolving demands of the professional landscape. 

Goal 1.3

Extend Thought Leadership

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Expand our thought leadership in multiple ways and to multiple audiences. 

  • Further develop efforts to support community leadership such as the Institute for Civic and
    Community Engagement and the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing.
  • Offer community lectures and events that feature expertise of community members and alumni.
  • Continue to innovate and enhance teaching and learning through the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence.