Strategic Plan


Vision Statement

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be recognized for providing experientially based learning opportunities.  Its distinctive and distinguished programs will contribute to the reputation of Frostburg State University as the premier educational and cultural center for the region and for serving as a catalyst for economic development. The college’s efforts in undergraduate research and experiential learning will achieve national recognition for providing “real life” experiences for students and for serving as a national model for regional engagement.

Core Values

  1. We value a high standard of excellence in teaching, service, research, and other professional endeavors.
  2. We value a stimulating, collaborative, and supportive setting for students, faculty, staff, and administrators characterized by creativity, innovation, and excellence.
  3. We value lifelong learning and professional development for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  4. We value an atmosphere of mutual respect and support, which promotes open sharing of ideas and viewpoints and debate of issues and concerns.
  5. We value high standards of ethics, integrity, responsibility, and accountability.
  6. We value the active participation of stakeholders in the planning and development of programs.
  7. We value diversity and an atmosphere of mutual respect and acceptance.
  8. We value interdisciplinary collaboration.
  9. We value assessment as a mechanism for continuous improvement.
  10. We value nimble response to change.

Goals and Select Action Priorities

  1. Promote and support activities of educational distinction. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goals #1 and 2.)
    • Ensure academic excellence through program and student learning outcomes assessment.
    • Encourage and support faculty implementation of applied, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning activities.
    • Enhance classroom instructional environment to support improved student learning.
    • Encourage and support faculty research, creative activities, and other professional development activities that involve students.
  2. Serve as a collaborative partner in economic development, cultural engagement, and K-12 outreach to the local community, region, and state. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #3.)
    • Support and continue educational outreach programs to the public through the Multimedia Learning Center, Center for Literary Arts, the FSU Museum of Natural History, and other means.
    • Promote FSU outreach programs for K-12 students.
    • Partner with local, regional, and state businesses to enhance economic development.
    • Encourage cultural engagement.
    • Collaborate with the Advancement Office and FSU Foundation on alumni outreach and fundraising efforts.
  3. Develop new programs to respond to emerging needs and to workforce shortage areas. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #4.)
    • Continue to implement Nurse Practitioner Programs.
    • Implement the initial Physician Assistant Medicine Program.
    • Review other programs such as Criminal Justice and Construction Management that could address workforce shortage needs.
  4. Recruit and retain diverse and talented faculty and staff. (Aligns with University Strategic Goal #4.)
    • Encourage faculty professional development opportunities using on-campus resources, especially activities that are aligned with college strategic priorities.
    • Provide mentoring outside of the department for all new full-time faculty.
    • Providing training for Chairs.
  5. Recruit and retain a diverse student population. (Aligns with University Strategic Goal #4.)
    • Work with departments to review bottleneck courses and decrease DFW rates.
    • Review course offerings/scheduling and streamline curricula to improve time-to-degree.
    • Collaborate with university offices to recruit and retain qualified students from all backgrounds.