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We are now in the process of rolling out our new strategic plan, "Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Engagement, Leadership, and Well-Being." Putting the plan together has taken a great deal of time, thought, and collaboration with stakeholders throughout the university community. The question we kept asking ourselves as we developed it was, "How does the new strategic plan continue to build the university’s value proposition?"

We all know that, with the changes taking place in higher education, one of the major obstacles is a rising cost of tuition, which is really making issues of accessibility and affordability come to the forefront. So we are looking at the value proposition – our price relative to the return on the investment the student gets, and their families get, by coming to Robert Morris University as opposed to going someplace else.

The Gallup-Purdue Index, a new study on a university's impact on its students, is an integral part of our planning. It has identified six factors of a college education that correlate strongly with being engaged at work and thriving in your personal life: having a professor who made you excited about learning, having professors who cared about you as a person, having a mentor who encouraged you to pursue your life’s ambitions, working on a project that took more than a semester to complete, having an internship that applied classroom learning, and being extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations while in college.  

Gallup has surveyed 30,000 college graduates, and they found that while 63% say they had at least one college professor who made them excited about learning, only 27% say they had a college professor who cared about them, and only 22% of college graduates had a mentor.  Only 14% had all three. But if they did have all three, they were more than twice as likely to be engaged in their current jobs, and also almost twice as likely to be thriving in their personal lives – socially, physically, financially, in their communities, and in their sense of purpose. 

Looking at internships, projects that last more than a semester, and extracurricular activities, only 6% of all college students had all three of those as part of their experiences. And if we take all six factors, only 2.7% of all college graduates had all six of those components.

Imagine what we could do if we could fill that gap, and make it so that all of our students have all six of those experiences. That’s what Robert Morris University needs to do.

So the focus of our new strategic plan is clear: to institutionalize the most important kinds of experiences for our students – educational and inspirational – and to do so at a competitive price point, on a growing and attractive campus, and with great immediate outcomes that are professionally focused. As we succeed, this will become a very powerful message, not just for our current students, not just for our recent graduates, but for all our alumni, no matter when they earned their degree. 

We are now in the process of rolling out our new strategic plan, "Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Engagement, Leadership, and Well-Being." Putting the plan together has taken a great deal of time, thought, and collaboration with stakeholders throughout the university community. The question we kept asking ourselves as we developed it was, "How does the new strategic plan continue to build the university’s value proposition?"

We all know that, with the changes taking place in higher education, one of the major obstacles is a rising cost of tuition, which is really making issues of accessibility and affordability come to the forefront. So we are looking at the value proposition – our price relative to the return on the investment the student gets, and their families get, by coming to Robert Morris University as opposed to going someplace else.

The Gallup-Purdue Index, a new study on a university's impact on its students, is an integral part of our planning. It has identified six factors of a college education that correlate strongly with being engaged at work and thriving in your personal life: having a professor who made you excited about learning, having professors who cared about you as a person, having a mentor who encouraged you to pursue your life’s ambitions, working on a project that took more than a semester to complete, having an internship that applied classroom learning, and being extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations while in college.  

Gallup has surveyed 30,000 college graduates, and they found that while 63% say they had at least one college professor who made them excited about learning, only 27% say they had a college professor who cared about them, and only 22% of college graduates had a mentor.  Only 14% had all three. But if they did have all three, they were more than twice as likely to be engaged in their current jobs, and also almost twice as likely to be thriving in their personal lives – socially, physically, financially, in their communities, and in their sense of purpose. 

Looking at internships, projects that last more than a semester, and extracurricular activities, only 6% of all college students had all three of those as part of their experiences. And if we take all six factors, only 2.7% of all college graduates had all six of those components.

Imagine what we could do if we could fill that gap, and make it so that all of our students have all six of those experiences. That’s what Robert Morris University needs to do.

So the focus of our new strategic plan is clear: to institutionalize the most important kinds of experiences for our students – educational and inspirational – and to do so at a competitive price point, on a growing and attractive campus, and with great immediate outcomes that are professionally focused. As we succeed, this will become a very powerful message, not just for our current students, not just for our recent graduates, but for all our alumni, no matter when they earned their degree.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D.

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