Dear members of the Loyola University Chicago community,
As we are in year two of the University’s “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” I hope you are well aware of the plan and our many initiatives and priorities. Our commitment to the plan is evident in everything from investment in plan projects to stories on the web to being the theme of our November 4 Presidential Inauguration for Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, Loyola’s 24th President.
To date, hundreds of stakeholders across the University have participated in the creation of Plan 2020 and the subsequent implementation and progress over the last year. Some highlights from our first year of Plan 2020 (FY16):
- We are in year two of Arrupe College and have a number of successful metrics to share:
- 318 enrolled students (187 freshmen, 131 sophomores)
- Sophomore retention rate: 82 percent
- Average GPA: 2.8
- Students of color: 97 percent
- Launched the Engineering Science program
- Developed a new faculty seminar on Catholic intellectual life, Ignatian pedagogy, and the pursuit of justice
- Established the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice
- The story in the September AJCU Connections magazine highlights some of our many Loyola partnerships mentioned in our strategic plan, including:
- Related, the new Loyola Community and Family Services clinic is providing low-cost mental health services to families living in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods.
- More than 50 faculty, staff, and students have served on Plan 2020 committees.
- More than 20 projects have commenced specific to the four institutional priorities for Plan 2020, with over 75 individuals actively engaged on project teams and many others providing additional support.
- In FY16, more than $560,000 in University Plan 2020 funds to support projects and initiatives to supplement operating budgets, grants, and other investments; total FY16 investment in Plan 2020 was more than $4 million.
- Plan 2020 student committee members provided orientation/training on Plan 2020 to more than 250 student leaders and peer advisors for UNIV 101.
The next phase of Plan 2020 is transitioning the proposal process to focus on new projects that support the plan. The current proposal process will end December 31, 2016. Starting January 1, 2017, new proposals, supported by leadership of schools and divisions, will advance if they address specific outcomes of the plan. If you are interested in the work of Plan 2020, please contact your dean or vice president to discuss the available opportunities. I welcome you to get involved, ask questions, talk about the plan, and provide input.
Complete information on the strategic plan can be found at the Strategic Planning website. The climate on our campus continues to be one of genuine excitement about the plan and its effects over the next several years and beyond. We thank the Loyola community for embracing and supporting the work of Plan 2020!
Chair, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee
VP and CIO, ITS