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LIM College Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017

Introduction and Scope of the Plan

Timeline of Community Involvement & Research

Environmental Scan & Planning Context

 

 

 

 

Introduction and Scope of the Plan

Introduction and Scope of the Plan

Vision Statement

LIM College will be a model for 21st Century higher education, developing future leaders of fashion, in collaboration with industry partners, through relevant, experiential, and academically challenging programs.

LIM College Strategic Plan 2012-2017 charts a course for the College’s future at a time of historic success. With traditional undergraduate enrollment at its peak, alumni thriving in the job market, and the achievement of new graduate and continuing education programs, the College enjoys wide recognition and respect for its leadership in fashion business education. Upholding and strengthening the College mission, the initiatives and goals of this plan are designed to ensure the fulfillment of the promise this success brings.

As experiential education is hailed nationwide as a means to ensure the relevancy of higher education, LIM College is poised to become a model for innovation in teaching and learning in the 21st century, and to thereby increase its reputation nationally and internationally. This will unfold only through the creation of dynamic academic programs that educate a student body with increasingly multifarious expectations. The College must continue to invest in the people and tools that deliver excellence in teaching and learning, and we must be rigorous in how we assess learning outcomes, evaluate all that we do, and effectively plan and implement improvements.

The Strategic Plan defines high‐level initiatives to move the institution toward a community‐defined vision within five years. It will serve as a framework and guide for new initiatives and assessment processes. It is very much a living document with several task forces already appointed and active in achieving its goals; and by this very nature the plan is flexible enough to be revised and expanded as future needs determine.

Timeline of Community Involvement & Research

Timeline of Community Involvement & Research

In August of 2010, President Marcuse appointed a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) co-chaired by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, and comprised of twenty members of the College staff and faculty, as well as an alumna. Maguire Associates was hired as an external consultant to work with the Executive Officers and the Strategic Planning Committee to develop a five-year strategic plan.

In August of 2010, President Marcuse appointed a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) co-chaired by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, and comprised of twenty members of the College staff and faculty, as well as an alumna. Maguire Associates was hired as an external consultant to work with the Executive Officers and the Strategic Planning Committee to develop a five-year strategic plan.

The SPC met monthly from August to December conducting SWOT analyses, engaging in visioning exercises, and identifying critical issues. Representatives from the Student Government Association participated in several SPC meetings, and exercises were also conducted with the Senior Cabinet, and with the general staff and faculty at an all-college meeting. In September 2010, Maguire Associates conducted focus sessions with staff, full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and alumni to determine critical issues as related to strategic themes.

In March 2011, Maguire conducted interviews with employers and supervisors of LIM interns and graduates. The sessions and research generated critical themes for the future of LIM College related to global opportunities; academic excellence; strengthening career opportunities for students; industry and community engagement; new technologies; and improving student support. In January, eight broad initiatives were identified and initiative teams, consisting of members across the college community, were formed to write goals and action plans through June 2011.

Environmental Scan and Planning Context

Environmental Scan and Planning Context

Based on the results of the strategic planning exercises, research, and a review of national trends in higher education, several themes form the overarching context for this strategic plan.

Technology and its Effect on Pedagogy

Higher Education experts agree that the conversion to more convenience for students through technology will multiply over the next decade. Students will expect a variety of choice in course format, including portable computing devices, face-to-face, online, and a hybrid of all of these. Social media will play an increasing role in education, the fashion industry, and the professional world at large, and digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.

LIM College, at the very beginning stages of its work with distance learning, social media, and other teaching technologies, must enter this next planning period prepared to educate and service students through increasingly non-traditional, technologically and media-supported, delivery methods. Digital and social media must also be a central focus in curriculum development.

Innovation in Learning and Teaching Styles

Increasingly, college students will want to design their own curricula and find ways to learn in their own style. Students of the 21st century respond well to game-based, interactive, and applied learning. The responsibility of LIM faculty should be reconfigured to give students more freedom to help fashion their own education, and faculty should be encouraged to and rewarded for developing innovative teaching methods. Finally, LIM College must embrace new interdisciplinary models for departments and courses, and identify collaborative models for educational delivery.

Diversifying Enrollment

Economic change and demographic shifts have and will continue to disrupt the higher education marketplace, affecting colleges’ previously reliable recruitment practices. To maintain our competitive strength in the face of these broad-sweeping changes, LIM College’s strategic enrollment plan should focus on international recruitment, transfer students, new graduate-level degrees, and the adult education market.

College Affordability

College is increasingly unaffordable for most people, and LIM’s competitors are responding to this crisis by discounting tuition at increasingly high rates. While needing to be prudent in planning increases to scholarship dollars, LIM must develop a strategic leveraging model to remain competitive, while maintaining its pattern of modest tuition increases.

International Initiatives

According to a Carnegie Corporation report on the future of higher education, one of the challenges facing educators is developing a curriculum that adequately prepares students to participate effectively in an increasingly complex and changing global society. To respond to this issue, a curriculum that develops “international competency” needs to be a fundamental goal for the entire academic community. To become successful professionals and responsible
citizens, LIM College students must develop skills and cultural awareness to interact with people from every kind of background and from countries all over the world. Following the lead of other colleges, LIM should form cooperative networks with other colleges and organizations throughout the world, utilizing technology to facilitate it. Finally, the recruitment of international students will enhance student exposure to global cultures.

Experiential Education

This strategic planning period will find students across the nation increasingly demanding on-the-job learning. The public view has shifted to a more utilitarian view of higher education, and colleges that fail to provide students with an understanding of the practical impact of ideas will fall short in the global society that is emerging. LIM College, long an innovator in experiential education, must embrace the opportunity to be a recognized leader in this field by focusing energies and resources to strengthen its experiential programs.

 

Board Approved August 1, 2012

 



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