Strategic Plan 2020
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The College of Architecture and Design developed a comprehensive, well-vetted strategic plan toward 2020. The top two priorities include

  1. Increasing scholarships for students as part of its goal to improve undergraduate and graduate recruitment.
  2. Securing its resources in the Fab Lab by purchasing the building for $1.4 million. Once accomplished, the $90K lease will go to student scholarships.


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2020 Strategic Priorities

The college invites collaboration and seeks support as it works to accomplish these 2020 strategic priorities:

  1. Recruit, enrich, graduate and place undergraduate students who are prepared to enter the global community as lifelong learners and authentic leaders
  2. Strengthen graduate education through an emphasis on excellence and improvement of the graduate student experience
  3. Attract, retain, and recognize stellar faculty and staff who strive for excellence and proudly embody Volunteer values
  4. Strengthen our capacity, productivity and recognition across our total portfolio of research, scholarship, creative activity and engagement
  5. Develop a resource base for the future; continue transformation of campus infrastructure
  6. Enhance diversity and inclusion to benefit our campus

Year 51: What Will You Do With It?

Students, faculty and staff are challenged to think beyond the 50th anniversary, beginning with Year 51. Top challenges the college faces include these:

  • To gain a competitive edge in student recruiting, scholarships must increase.
  • Students need more opportunities for internships while in school to gain experience and provide assistance to firms.
  • The college is in the process of raising $1.4M to purchase the building in which its Fab Lab operates. The $90K formerly portioned for the yearly lease will go to students through scholarships.
  • Long-term industry partners are needed to enrich the education of students and opportunities for faculty.

For more information about these challenges, please contact Dean Scott Poole, 865-974-5267,