Strategic Plan Overview 2012-2017

Goal 1. Academic Innovation & Excellence – Promote and sustain innovation, inclusion, diversity, and rigor in academics.

Successful academic institutions in the 21st century will be those that innovate and deliver relevant and rigorous academic programs to a student audience that values both convenience and affordability. Accomplishing this strategic goal while maintaining a clear focus on Antioch’s mission, vision, and core values is critical to AUNE’s future. Tomorrow’s adult students will expect their learning experience to be enriched by state-of-the-art academic technology, value added strategic partnerships, and diversity and inclusion woven throughout the campus and classroom culture.

Goal 2. Accessibility – Improve accessibility to students managing the demands of family, personal finances, job, and education including affordability and program delivery.

In order to serve today’s and tomorrow’s adult students, higher education institutions must be responsive to the needs and interests of students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In addition, academic institutions must offer their programs through affordable delivery methods that accommodate the busy lifestyle of adult learners. It is no longer possible to expect students to adapt their lives to fit a single or narrow set of program delivery options. Furthermore, because of the power of internet-based learning tools, geographic location is of diminishing importance to students considering where to pursue an advanced degree.

Goal 3. Financial Viability – Implement a business model that allows AUNE to prosper and create a resource-rich environment.

Financially sustainable higher education institutions must rely on a diverse set of revenue streams. While student tuition payments will continue to generate a significant proportion of the campus’ revenue, it is vitally important to realize positive net revenue from a variety of sources including grant overhead, continuing education offerings, endowment earnings, and annual unrestricted giving. Robust results from such a range of sources are necessary to support a financially secure future for the campus.

Goal 4. Visibility & Reputation – Forge an AUNE brand and enhance the overall awareness and respect for AUNE locally, nationally, and globally.

The last fifteen years has seen vastly increased competition for adult students among higher education institutions across the country and around the world. While this competitive landscape continues to consist of traditional public and private non-profit colleges and universities, it now also includes new online institutions, for-profit colleges and universities, and small residential liberal arts colleges that have launched adult oriented graduate programs. It is essential for success that higher education institutions clearly define and effectively communicate their brand identity and core competence to a diverse audience of potential students who have a wide range of options for graduate study.

Goal 5. Leadership & Governance – Foster an environment of accountability, collaboration, communication, effectiveness, efficient operations, and integrity within an integrated university system.

Successful academic institutions over the long-term encourage and support leadership and engagement in governance throughout the organization. In addition, collaborative and participatory leadership are related to Antioch’s mission, vision, and core values. The development and maintenance of effective and efficient operations require an ongoing commitment to assessment, accountability, and communication as well as the provision of appropriate training toward those objectives.

Goal 6. Infrastructure – Create a functional, sustainable, and inspirational physical and technical infrastructure.

While distance learning and low residency/online programs will play an increasing important role in AUNE’s future, the campus physical and technological infrastructure will remain of critical importance for a variety of vital program delivery functions. In addition, it is largely through its facilities that AUNE lives its commitment to a sustainable future. An attractive and well-maintained campus facility with state-of-the-art learning environments and information technology resources is essential to successfully recruit and retain excellent students and faculty.

Goal 7. Community Engagement – Build strong community partnerships with business, government, and nonprofit organizations based on our sustainability and social justice values.

In order to better serve their students, higher education institutions can expand their resources and programs through the creative development of partnerships and collaborative relationships with a variety of organizations. Alumni present a unique and valuable asset for partnership development.

Goal 8. Quality of Community Life – Foster a dynamic, diverse, responsive, and inclusive campus community that supports the well-being of its members.

Antioch University New England depends on the quality and commitment of its people to achieve its mission. Throughout its history, AUNE has had many innovative and dedicated employees who have contributed to its growth and development. Antioch University core values stress its historic commitment to promoting social justice and the common good and to nurturing inclusive communities and diversity of thought and action.

Read the complete Strategic Plan 2012-2017.