Introduction

Short-Term Strategic Plan Priorities

The following priorities build on the previous 2010-2016 strategic plan for Gallaudet University, including the leadership priorities that were part of the measures of success until the approval of this plan. The goal of this process is to design an iterative strategic planning process that allows the community time to adapt to new conditions and ways of working that will support and accelerate innovation and progress toward excellence in achieving Gallaudet's unique mission in the world.

To assure success of this plan, we have identified university-wide measures that will be shared by the entire community. These measures are expected to be part of the goals of every individual, unit, and division throughout the next three years.

University-wide Measures of Success (Key Performance Indicators)

  1. By the end of FY 2018, identified opportunities will be completed, or significant progress will be made toward completion, with the highest focus being on those related to the student experience.
  2. By the end of FY 2020, we will demonstrate a reported increase of having a sense of belonging among students as measured by the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement).
    • Metric 1: Increase the mean score for the discussions with diverse others item by 1% from the 2014 baseline score of 35.0 for first year students and 38.6 for seniors.

      Discussions with Diverse Others Mean Scores
       20142017 Target2017 Actual2020 Target
      First-Year Students 35.0 35.4 32.5 35.4
      Seniors 38.6 39.0 35.3 39.0
    • Metric 2: Increase the percentage of students responding to having done or plan to do at least one, two or more, and a total of one or more high impact practices by 5% from the 2014 baseline scores of 65%, 12%, and 77% respectively for first year students and 17%, 74%, and 91% respectively for seniors.

      High Impact Practices Mean Scores

      First-Year Students
       20142017 Target2017 Actual2020 Target
      Participated in at least one 65% 68% 58% 68%
      Participated in two or more 12% 13% 17% 13%
      Total HIP (at least one + two or more) 77% 81% 75% 81%
      Seniors
       20142017 Target2017 Actual2020 Target
      Participated in at least one 17% 18% 16% 18%
      Participated in two or more 74% 78% 78% 78%
      Total HIP (at least one + two or more) 91% 96% 94% 96%
  3. By the end of FY 2020, we will demonstrate improved campus climate of faculty and staff as measured by the ESS.
    • Metric 1: Increase the mean satisfaction score for the teamwork and cooperation item - "There is a spirit of teamwork and cooperation at the institution." by 2% per year from the 2017 baseline score of 2.84.

      Teamwork and Cooperation Mean Scores
      201520162017 Target2017 Actual2019 Target
      2.37 2.57 2.63 2.84 2.95
    • Metric 2: Increase the mean satisfaction score for the transparent and informed communication item - "Transparent and informed communication is practiced consistently throughout the university community." by 2% per year from the 2017 baseline score of 2.79.

      Transparent and Informed Communication Mean Scores
      201520162017 Target2017 Actual2018 Target
      2.46 2.65 2.70 2.79 2.90
  4. Gallaudet will have systems, including components of university-wide planning and implementation, and mechanisms to gather data and establish baselines targets for key metrics of progress for the University.