Aspire Higher Strategic Plan
The Aspire Higher Strategic Plan, approved in July 2016, is the strategic plan for the future of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The goals of this plan are fundamental to strengthening the College, and they build on the foundation of SMWC’s 175 years of educational excellence, the beauty of the campus and its historic structures, a strong Catholic identity and a commitment to a teaching culture that supports lifelong learning, and effects positive change in a spirit of service and social responsibility.
This plan was created with the faculty and staff of the College to carry forward the vision of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is intended to be a living, breathing document, dynamic in nature and meant to change and evolve with the College as it grows. It focuses on three strategic priorities, and at its heart is embedded a commitment to enrollment growth and strengthening spirituality:
- Priority 1: Elevate the distinctive, high-quality education that has been a hallmark of education at SMWC
- Priority 2: Provide a college environment that is relevant to overall student success and enhances students’ quality-of-life through improvements to facilities, spiritual offerings, and an enhanced financial structure
- Priority 3: Improve perception of the College through renewed focus on outreach and partnerships, emphasizing the value of relationships that has always been critical part of education at SMWC
Read the Aspire Higher Strategic Plan priorities and objectives
Spring 2017 Highlights
As Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College aspires to provide a quality education for today’s students, the Aspire Higher Strategic Plan is one that has a great propensity to help the college grow by elevating the College’s identity, increasing enrollment and uplifting the academic mission begun by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin 177 years ago. Read about the work of the faculty and staff in the Spring 2017 Highlights update.
Fall 2016 Highlights
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a college on the move. With a decision to become a fully coeducational institution in May 2015, the College has positioned itself for growth as a Midwest liberal arts institution committed to educating the next generation of women and men as critical thinkers, visionaries and leaders for the world. This year has already seen:
- The largest enrollment growth for the College in recent history
- Raised $1 million in unrestricted giving for the first time in nearly a decade
- Increased regional awareness of SMWC
- A more robust student experience on campus
Read the full highlight document.