Gallaudet University Mission

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

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, of those highlighted in blue, 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 and/or SSI. (target forthcoming)
  3. By the end of FY 2020, we will demonstrate improved campus climate of faculty and staff as measured by the ESS. (target forthcoming)
  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.