Cultivate a Cabrinian culture of leadership, collaboration, communication, diversity and community development
We will reinvigorate our community by actively creating a sense of common purpose, collaboration, and trust among all members of the community, by demonstrating a commitment to open communications and shared responsibility, and by creating the diverse and inter-connected campus culture we value and desire.
We will create an institutional environment characterized by trust and collegiality by making decisions openly and transparently, inviting participation across the campus community as appropriate. Cabrini College has evolved from a small institution where informal decision-making practices prevailed to a more formalized and professional institution. The ongoing challenge for the College is to negotiate this basic tension, while recognizing the importance of both.
The College's Board of Trustees must continue its efforts to resolve issues of institutional authority and responsibility in relation to the sponsoring order of the MSCs, to ensure that the long-term interests and integrity of Cabrini College are consistent with "best practices" and trends in Catholic higher education. In addition, we will design new protocols to ensure timely and effective communication from the Board to the College community regarding significant decisions and actions.
We will develop a comprehensive communication plan that addresses multi-directional communication protocols among all constituencies, sets expectations, and holds members of the community accountable for their role in the communication process. We will provide opportunities for members of all constituencies to develop a heightened awareness of the importance of communication and the skills necessary to communicate effectively.
We will develop a mission-centered Code of Conduct, rooted in the core values of the College, which will apply to all members of the community and be implemented consistently throughout the College. Each member of the community will be held accountable for comporting himself or herself to the level of these standards and all faculty and staff will be expected to model our core values and standards in interactions with all community members. We will have well-documented policies and procedures for all levels of the organization.
Our mission and our long-term need to attract and educate for an increasingly diverse world demand that Cabrini College address diversity in sustainable and novel ways. We will develop a sustained program for achieving greater diversity among students, faculty, and staff - as well as administrative leadership and the board, and consider the appointment of a Director of Student Diversity Initiatives.
We will cultivate and invest in new community traditions and events, and promote existing traditions that offer opportunities to develop a greater sense of community. Such events will also be used to establish new and enhanced partnerships with external agencies and organizations.
Under the guidance of the Institutional Assessment Committee (IAC), a broadly representative group to be appointed by the president, we will design and implement a systematic and objective evaluation process that will enhance synergies, eliminate duplication, and ensure quality. Collectively we shall arrive at an institutional program mix that is financially viable for the long term. A newly appointed Coordinator of Assessment will focus on student learning outcomes by working with specific faculty members and departments to design assessment plans and achieve their assessment goals.