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The University of St. Thomas has a new strategic plan, “St. Thomas 2020: Living Our Mission, Expanding Our Horizon.”

Unanimously approved Nov. 20, 2014, by the St. Thomas Board of Trustees, the plan will “enhance our strengths and position us to better prepare students for the complexities of the contemporary world,” says President Julie Sullivan. A new vision statement says:

“The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic comprehensive urban university, is known nationally for academic excellence that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. Through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry and deep intercultural understanding, we inspire students to lead, work and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.”

The strategic plan includes five themes as developed by a Strategic Planning Steering Committee and eight subcommittees. The themes are:

  • Excellence in Learning and Student Engagement
  • Education Informed by Catholic Mission
  • Diversity and Inclusive Culture
  • Globalization
  • One University

Eight priorities emerged from the themes, and eight task forces will develop initiatives that address and achieve the priorities. They are:

  • Educating for the Future
  • Flexible Pathways into UST, Within UST and to the Job Market
  • Enhanced Visibility and Profile
  • Global Connections
  • Embracing our Differences as One Human Family
  • Catholic-Inspired Community Engagement
  • Integrated and Expanded Health and Wellness Programs
  • Integrated Planning