be one of the best private residential colleges in the Midwest
by 2015, we must fulfill the following goals.
- Reach and maintain our "right" size of 1,100
to 1,200 full-time students.
- Offer a top-quality Morningside experience where the
word "residential" encompasses academics, co-curricular
activities, residence life, and all other aspects of student
life, as well as physical space.
- Achieve a culture where graduation in four years is expected
- Be recognized as an institution with leading pre-professional
programs that meet market demands and are enhanced by
liberal arts curriculum; that is known for the quality
of our programs in fine arts, especially vocal and instrumental
with well subscribed majors in the humanities, natural
sciences, and social sciences.
- Reach the point where the effective use of information
technology by students and faculty is ubiquitous on campus.
- Create a culture where the library transitions from a
book-centered location to a student-centered facility and
of increased student activity, housing other services such
as the Achievement Center and the Learning Disability
and has transitioned from being a warehouse for texts to
serving as a gateway to information and a learning laboratory
for information literacy.
Advising & Assessment
- Achieve a culture where mentoring (not just advising)
occurs every day, all faculty are able to assist students
with whatever academic interests they have, and our assessment
initiatives demonstrate the effectiveness of our efforts.
- Achieve a culture in which all faculty members live the
spirit of the Walker Faculty Excellence Awards.
- Achieve greater visibility and stature for the faculty
within the Midwest.
- Reach the point where faculty compensation falls at least
in the middle of the tier 5 comparison schools.
Services & Enrollment
- Shape the profile of the 290 to 310 new freshmen
and 80 transfers to include raised academic achievement
- Significantly expand our career service opportunities.
- Address the needs of our students holistically to include
health services, college ministries, personal counseling,
food service, recreation, and wellness.
- Provide effective co-curricular educational opportunities
for our students.
- Provide enhanced academic support services.
- Continue to nurture our Learning Disabilities Program
while capping the program at 40 students.
- Support an athletic program that: a) reflects positively
on the image of the institution; b) remains fully subscribed;
c) provides a high quality educational experience for our
students; and d) continues to occupy a proper, appropriate
perspective in terms of financial support and student time
- Successfully complete the This Is Our Moment
campaign, having raised the necessary funds to complete
the identified projects and developed relationships
and able to provide leadership for the next campaign.
- Improve the connectedness of the institution to its alumni
base, including alumni giving, meaningful involvement,
and participation in events.
- Plan and implement a multi-year campaign focused on endowment
growth and on-going plant needs.
Finance & Investment
on course with our financial forecast
- Continue to implement a compensation plan that is based
upon merit and incentives and allows our respective faculty
and staff compensation to be at least at the mean of our
- Carefully monitor and report student/faculty ratios and
staff positions to the campus community and the Board of
Directors to improve appropriate staffing levels.
- Improve the institution's financial health, to include
reducing the accumulated operating deficit by at least
- Reduce endowment-spending rate to 5 percent of a previous
- With input from the Finance & Facilities Committee,
monitor and control, when possible, expenditures such as
insurance, utilities and health care.
- Maintain and enhance the aesthetic appeal of our campus,
including investing at least $2 million on deferred maintenance
issues (not including campaign projects).
- Achieve control and consistency of message to external
- Educate external audiences on the
meaning and value of being one of the best private residential
colleges in the Midwest.
- Increase positive awareness of Morningside College in
the minds of prospective students in the Midwest.