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: Acquisition and application of knowledge and providing engaging experiences.)

  1. Ensure academic excellence through program and student learning outcomes assessment.
  2. Encourage and support faculty implementation of applied, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning activities.
  3. Support and encourage faculty development in pedagogy and instruction.
  4. Enhance classroom instructional environment to support improved student learning.
  5. Encourage and support faculty research, creative activities, and other professional development activities that involve students.

2. Serve as a collaborative partner in cultural engagement, economic development, and K-12 outreach to the local community, region, and state. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #3: Expanding regional outreach and engagement.)

  1. Support and continue educational outreach programs to the public through the Multimedia Learning Center, Center for Literary Arts, FSU Museum of Natural History, and other means.
  2. Promote FSU outreach programs for K-12 students.
  3. Support community engagement and cultural enhancement.
  4. Seek partnerships to enhance economic activity and workforce development.

3. Develop new programs to respond to emerging needs and to workforce shortage areas. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #4: University resources and ensuring academic programs meet student and workforce expectations.)

  1. Continue to implement and grow the nursing programs.
  2. Launch Life Cycle Facilities Management Program.
  3. Encourage faculty collaborations to develop and promote new programs that will attract students, meet industry needs, and create a revenue source.

4. Recruit and retain diverse and talented faculty and staff. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #4: University resources and providing professional development opportunities.) 

  1. Continue strategic recruiting practices to broaden applicant pools, diversify selection committees, and hire diverse candidates.
  2. Encourage faculty professional development opportunities that are aligned with college strategic priorities.
  3. Provide mentoring for all new full-time faculty and new chairs.
  4. Provide training for chairs.

5. Recruit and retain a diverse student population. (Aligns with University Strategic Plan Goal #4: University resources and developing a recruitment and retention plan.) 

  1. Continue to work with departments to decrease DWF rates.
  2. Collaborate with university offices to develop activities to recruit and retain qualified students from all backgrounds.
  3. Work with departments to update and fine-tune their websites.
  4. Create awareness of potential careers and employment opportunities for students.