NSU will be innovative in our approach to achieving D23 by:
The external environment continues to shift with increasing mobility of students, declining federal student financial support, increasing cost of living, increasing accountability measures, and advancing technologies. As a university, we face challenging factors that potentially create access and persistence barriers for our current and future students. Federal financial support for students in the future is unclear while cost of living continues to rise. Without a doubt, we have to be fiscally prudent and innovative in order to maximize student enrollment and keep highly qualified faculty and staff. At the same time, technology advances will enable us to take full advantage of enhanced teaching methods and digital course delivery tools to meet the needs of our mobile students. The university must be a leader in the use of electronic delivery of course material and academic programs. Resources may need to be reallocated to fund infrastructure developments to address the myriad of changes taking place in the online environment.
NSU will be a leader in integrating academic and cocurricular experience with post-graduation planning. We will follow national best practices on “…coupling high-value services with key student milestones, positing an idealized process for combining classroom, cocurricular, and experiential learning to promote systematic exploration of career options and informed choices across the student life cycle that maximize post-graduation success.”
All learners, particularly adult learners, are more highly engaged and more likely to persist in their education goals when they connect their learning to real-world applications. These connections become even more meaningful when students work with faculty and others toward a common outcome and in service of others. NSU will continue the legacy of serving our region through an innovative education approach where expert faculty bring together students in an interdisciplinary approach to apply learned knowledge with hands-on experience to create solutions that result in community change. Immersive learning “synthesizes disciplinary knowledge with application. Students and faculty turn knowledge into judgment and judgment into action through projects and programs that benefit business, community, and government partners across the state and around the world.”
NSU will be innovative with recruitment strategies and retention methods. We will realign our recruitment strategies to maximize our human and technology resources. At the same time, we will be innovative with recruitment strategies that utilize national best practices. Student retention will be the center of our attention as the key element to degree completion. Student retention will be approached from a holistic perspective that is guided by the values of empowerment, learning-centered focus and trust.
Physical, technological and fiscal resources must be in place in order to be innovative in achieving D23.