President's Report 2018-2019 - Page 7

Transformative Student Experience: This theme is focused on our students’ experiences at GMercyU and how we can fulfill their needs and exceed their expectations. This includes developing partnerships for experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, clinicals, study abroad, student teaching, undergraduate research, and more. Empowered Community: In order to support our students, we need to have a strong and empowered community. This theme includes initiatives focused on improving technology and systems so faculty and staff can work more efficiently and proactively. This theme also focuses on our Campus Master Plan, which includes plans to develop and utilize the new East Campus. Compelling Brand: Centered around creating WOW experiences for our community and crafting irresistible stories, this theme includes initiatives involving alumni, new traditions and experiences, and more support for student success. Through the Strategic Plan, the University also has developed a Vision Statement to help guide the University as we embark on this ambitious plan. The Vision Statement, along with the overall plan and implementation, is meant to inspire everyone MENT VISION STATE first choice that “A university of te ntial to meet the unleashes your po eat ne ed” next gr in the GMercyU community to work together to accomplish the overall goals of the Strategic Plan. In August 2018, volunteers from across campus began working on Theme Teams, which were created to start developing individual initiatives within each of the four themes. All four Theme Teams consisted of approximately 60 members of the University community who gathered during the months of August and September for a total of four two-hour meetings. Based on the work of the Theme Teams, the Strategic Plan draft was completed in October 2018. Once the draft of the plan was in place, President D’Emilio hosted a Community Affirmation of the Strategic Plan in November where faculty and staff could offer their feedback before it was submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval. On December 5, 2018, the Strategic Plan was enthusiastically approved by our Board of Trustees and we excitedly prepared for its implementation in January 2019. For GMercyU, 2019 has been a year of progress and forward momentum. New Implementation Teams have been assigned to tackle many of the initiatives in the Strategic Plan. For example, one of the initiatives, “More Engaging Website” was tasked with redesigning the GMercyU homepage to be more user-friendly and responsive. In September 2019, the new homepage went live at gmercyu.edu and features new video content, updates on news and events, and offers a whole new experience for users. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, be sure to go take a look! In addition to the new website, there are so many more exciting and innovative updates on the way thanks to the work of other Implementation Teams. As the implementation of the Strategic Plan continues throughout 2020 and beyond, we remain enthusiastic and optimistic about the future of Gwynedd Mercy University and are excited to continue sharing additional updates as they happen. PRESIDENT’S REPORT 5