The University of Mount Union has a long and storied history of adapting for success. In every era, it has been active in sensing the needs of the time and working to meet those needs. Today’s challenges – concerns about affordability, doubts about the value of a college degree, evolving learning styles, changing student demographics – will summon Mount Union’s traditional strengths: steadfastness in facing difficulties, inventiveness in meeting society’s needs, and an instinct for inclusion and service to others that expands the institution’s reach and impact. Committed to leadership, collaboration, and innovation, Mount Union promises to prepare students for exceptional futures.
In December 2015, the University concluded Advancing Excellence, an ambitious and successful five-year strategic plan. At that time, the University began collaborative work to create a new strategic plan that would build upon those recent successes. After months of work, and with input from hundreds of members of the University community, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee proposed Compass 2021: Mount Union’s Strategy to Lead, Collaborate, and Innovate. The plan was approved by the faculty and Board of Trustees in the fall of 2016.
Compass 2021 is realistic yet aspirational. It builds upon the University’s existing strengths and focuses on the student experience. The plan is not meant to address all the important tasks the University will undertake in the next five years. It focuses, instead, on areas that provide the most opportunity for innovation, growth, and continued excellence.
Compass 2021 focuses on six initiatives:
- Cultivate an innovative and expanding academic environment
- Ensure financial strength, affordability, and enrollment success
- Enrich the experience of an increasingly-diverse student body
- Brand the University as a remarkable Midwestern institution
- Create an effective and collaborative workplace culture
- Leverage existing and emerging technology