Through the following strategic priorities, St. Thomas will build upon its strengths, embrace unprecedented opportunity and make bold progress. We will expand our impact with new and emerging priorities, and continue to accentuate our differentiating strengths through ongoing initiatives.
NEW AND EMERGING PRIORITIES Lead in STEAM Education •••
St. Thomas will provide exceptional and interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programming. With consultation from employers, we will co-create relevant programs that inspire creative problem solving among our students and enable collaboration across programs. As we grow these programs, we will intentionally beckon diverse students and faculty toward our
inclusive programs and world-class STEAM complex. Grow the Morrison Family College of Health ••••
By growing the new Morrison Family College of Health and establishing the School of Nursing, St. Thomas will respond to a shortage of health providers and leaders required to promote healthy families and communities. As we welcome our first undergraduate and graduate nursing students, we will work with partners to build programs that help advance systems change and eliminate health disparities. Meet Ever-Changing Needs of Students, Alumni and Employers ••• By working closely with employers, St. Thomas will develop flexible and stackable degrees and programs, including credentials that can lead to a degree. We will creatively redesign programs and their pricing and shorten time to some degrees. As we adapt educational content and pedagogy to be relevant to future students and their employers, St. Thomas will become a sought-after partner for professional development, skills-based education and executive education. Foster Belonging and Dismantle Racism •••• Within St. Thomas and in our broader community, we will seek transformative, measurable equity and inclusion. We will recruit and retain faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and insist upon a more inclusive campus environment for underrepresented students. Beyond our campuses, the Racial Justice Initiative will harness St. Thomas expertise and work alongside corporate and nonprofit partners to help reimagine a future for the Twin Cities free from racial disparities. Prepare Students for Work and Career ••• Deeper connection with the Tommie network of more than 110,000 alumni, and stronger employer and community partners, will increase experiential opportunities for students and provide stronger lifelong career outcomes for our graduates. Every student will be equipped with an internship or career experience before graduation and engage in meaningful career planning. These opportunities will reach every student, ensuring equity and access for all. Build National Awareness and Advance Priorities through Athletics •• As St. Thomas transitions to Division I athletics, we will expand the impact of our mission by raising our national profile, promoting our distinct educational experience, and galvanizing excitement and pride among our alumni and fans. As we emphasize both academic and athletic excellence, we will attract students from across the country and rise higher among our nationally-ranked Catholic aspirant peer institutions.
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