Explore the Strategic Plan
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Carroll College provides a learning and living environment where faith, reason, and free inquiry aid the search
for truth in order to cultivate enlightenment, a professional calling, spiritual inquiry, and a commitment to
the common good. As such, it affirms the following values derived from its mission.
1. We are on a journey of discovery for the purpose of vocation and enlightenment
2. We cultivate habits of exploring the world more deeply and with ongoing curiosity
3. We explore ethical questions that bring purpose to education
4. We seek truth in all intellectual pursuits without fear or prejudice
5. We affirm that faith and reason are complementary in the search for truth and intrinsic to a Catholic
6. We are rooted in an ongoing tradition of those who have modeled a culture of critical inquiry and authentic
7. We journey toward justice with those we serve in compassion and mercy
8. We work together for the greater good of our communities
9. We engage many perspectives, including those outside our own, with empathy and generosity
10. We share a common pilgrimage with members of all religious faiths and all persons of goodwill
The goals of this plan are organized into high level imperatives, strategic goals, and more specific objectives. Each imperative is rooted in our Diocesan liberal arts model of education for the whole person. These imperatives define those areas which need the most focus to help us fulfill the Carroll College mission in the coming years. Several objectives fit under each imperative; progress towards the objectives will be assessed by the progress of specific actions and key metrics. These goals will be the philanthropic foci of Carroll College as we execute our Strategic Plan.
Imperative 1 - Define, Enhance, and Communicate the Carroll Experience
Strategic Goal - Craft and launch a new endeavor that will define what makes Carroll distinct, communicate
our brand, provide deliberate programming for every student, and demonstrate the
Carroll Experience to the world.
Objective A: Engage Carroll College leadership, faculty, staff, students, and other
stakeholders to undergo a process that articulates and defines the distinct Carroll values
Objective B: Create a vibrant environment that fosters student interactions and relationships.
Utilize and improve our physical spaces to make our campus a better place for
students to live, learn, recreate, and compete.
Objective C: Leverage the Carroll Experience to increase enrollment, student success,
and alumni engagement. Demonstrate the value of a Carroll education, degree, and career.
Imperative 2 -Enhance our Academic Profile
Strategic Goal - Grow programs in healthcare and other high demand fields while also innovating in liberal arts programs where the college has particular strength.
Objective A: Create, implement, and utilize an academic planning process that will facilitate new program development (ranging from microcredentials to graduate programs) as well as a defined process to support and encourage academic innovation.
Objective B: Strengthen Carroll’s foundational liberal arts education by reimagining or enhancing existing academic programs and investing in our core curriculum to support critical and integrative thinking, ethical reasoning, quantitative and scientific analysis, theological literacy, communication skills, intercultural and global understanding, and experiential learning.
Objective C: Explore and create partnerships with nonprofit, healthcare, industry, and educational organizations which support the growth and expansion of programs and learning opportunities at all levels, with particular focus on healthcare and other high demand fields.
Imperative 3 - Expand our Reach
Strategic Goal - Increase access and diversity by removing barriers, creating a culture that allows for all students to flourish, and fulfilling our Mission through intentional outreach and support for social groups that historically have had limited access to education.
Objective A: In collaboration with the work of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, create structures across campus that attract and support students, faculty, and staff who are underrepresented within our community.
Objective B: Identify equity gaps in historically underserved populations such as low income, first generation, and minority students. Implement strategies to close those equity gaps by alleviating social, financial, physical, emotional, and academic barriers to success.
Objective C: Foster campus and community relationships that connect students, employees, alumni, supporters, and community members. Promote work-based learning and volunteer experiences such as service, internships, and mentorships.
Imperative 4 - Embrace our Catholic Values
Strategic Goal - Carry out the Catholic Church’s vision for higher education with purpose that fosters transformative encounters and integrates academic experiences with co-curricular opportunities, thus preparing our students to address the spiritual, social, and environmental issues of our time.
Objective A: Establish new initiatives to spiritually support students of all faith backgrounds. Create opportunities, in and outside of the classroom, that build understanding, respect, love, and fellowship across all faith backgrounds.
Objective B: Demonstrate commitment and care for student physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual wellbeing. Ensure our campus is a safe and secure place for students to learn and dialogue. Prioritize the mental, physical, and spiritual health of our community.
Objective C: Foster better understanding and fulfillment of the Mission of Carroll College by embracing the work of the Mission Integration Committee and fulfilling the Mission through service to the people of Montana and our worldwide human family.
Imperative 5 - Support our People
Strategic Goal - Support Carroll’s future and impact in the world by leveraging a spirit of stewardship
and sustainability. Invest resources in people, planning for innovation, and making
connections among alumni, employees, community partners, and students.
Objective A: Develop an environment that allows employees to thrive so that we
can better serve our students. Foster a workplace culture that appreciates work, celebrates
success, supports professional development, and fellowships as a community.
Objective B: Support a culture of stewardship and innovation by funding projects
that enrich the lives of students. Emphasis will be placed on novel, creative, and collaborative
solutions and academic programming that develop value-creating opportunities
or address known challenges.
Objective C: Prioritize fundraising resources to facilitate sustainable growth and
lasting impact through the launch of a comprehensive campaign. This campaign will
have a special focus on increasing endowed funding that will offset operational costs.