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Loyola launches new strategic plan to build on New Orleans' educational strengths, among other strategies

Loyola press release - December 5, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans announces its newly approved strategic plan, “Transforming Loyola 2020”—a six-year plan that won unanimous support from its Board of Trustees at its mid-October meeting. The plan calls for building stronger learning connections with the cultures and traditions of New Orleans as well as focusing more on students’ career opportunities. It also emphasizes the importance of experiential, hands-on learning and of a Jesuit approach to higher education.

“This long-term strategy to strengthen Loyola’s position in American higher education builds on the university’s strengths and its well-documented Jesuit approach to educating men and women who are not only eager to learn, but also to serve the community and the world,” said Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “I am very grateful to the work of the members of the Strategic Planning Team for their more than 16-month tireless effort to make this plan a reality.”

The university will begin implementing the plan immediately. In fact, there are already examples of how Loyola is taking the goals of the strategic plan to heart. The Board of Trustees has approved two new degrees that draw on the educational strengths and opportunities that exist in New Orleans. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking, the only such program of its kind in the region, will cater to increased student demand and prepare young filmmakers for careers in the business of film. The new Bachelor of Science in Popular and Commercial Music, a program that takes advantage of the city’s deep musical roots, aims to attract students who wish to pursue careers in the contemporary music industry. The two new degrees will be offered in fall 2015.

“The strategic plan is designed to guide the university into the next decade. Although Loyola recently celebrated its centennial, the university is still taking the opportunity to navigate through the challenge of an ever-changing educational environment,” said Loyola Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marc K. Manganaro, Ph.D. “This plan builds on the university’s strengths and capitalizes on how Loyola can best fulfill its mission, which ‘welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world.’”

The plan was born from more than a yearlong shared governance process led by the provost and the university’s Strategic Planning Team and included more than 20 collaborative steps and opportunities for campus community feedback.