- Ryan Donaldson ’15
- Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
- Major: Medical Technology
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.
Advancing Excellence - A Strategic Plan for the University of Mount Union
Through the diligent work of the entire campus community, Mount Union has experienced ongoing success. Exciting programs, innovative facilities and enrollment growth are just a few of the accomplishments we have collectively achieved. There is much reason to celebrate, but at the same time, it is critical to collectively set the course for the next step in the University’s development. Thus, in 2010, Mount Union embarked on a comprehensive yet efficient strategic planning process to develop a road map for the years to come.
During this process, much insight was gathered from more than 1,800 members of the Mount Union community – trustees, faculty, staff, current students, alumni, friends and Alliance community members. Reflection on Mount Union’s strengths, core characteristics and recent successes provided for a solid foundation from which the institution can expand, extending beyond the current accomplishments in an effort to achieve more in the years to come.
Throughout the strategic planning process, it became clear that the six strategic initiatives that have guided Mount Union’s efforts throughout the past five years are still very much relevant for the future. Thus, Advancing Excellence stems from these guiding principles:
- Develop a curriculum for the future
- Foster an engaging campus community
- Manage strategic enrollment growth
- Ensure the sustainable management of resources
- Enhance the diversity of the campus community
- Broaden the visibility and reputation of the institution
After months of reviewing drafts, hosting open forums for discussion and making pertinent revisions, a final draft of the plan was completed. In January of 2011, the Board of Trustees approved Advancing Excellence – A Strategic Plan for the University of Mount Union at its winter retreat.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will continue to meet monthly to monitor progress on the plan, and will ensure that developments are appropriately communicated to the entire Mount Union community on a consistent basis.