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Dr. Andrew P. RothUpon arriving at Notre Dame College in 2003, I targeted several key areas that the newly co-educational College needed to address to continue on its path to growth. Several goals were established including: increasing enrollment, introducing creative academic programming, and expanding and renovating our physical campus resources.

Although we knew we would succeed, the manner in which the College achieved its goals has been stunning. Many of the initial goals and objectives have been met and exceeded literally years ahead of schedule. Enrollment at the College has surpassed 200 new incoming students for the past three academic years, setting new records with each passing year. This year the number of new students exceeds 270! Academic programming efforts have ushered in niche programs such as nursing and the Academic Support Center for students with learning differences. We have also completed the Legacy Walkway, renovated the Clara Fritzsche Library, and added new living spaces to Providence Hall.

However, there is still much to do. To sustain an institution such as Notre Dame College, we must continue to grow, though not simply for the sake of growth. A college of our size must have a full time enrollment of approximately 1,200 students to generate enough revenue to operate effectively. Even with the residence halls nearly full and classroom space at a premium, the College is still too small to achieve the excellence it seeks.

We must grow, however, not simply to grow but to ensure the survival and flourishing of the College’s mission to educate the students for “personal, professional and global responsibility.” To meet this challenge and as the culmination of the College’s Self-Study, we are engaging the campus community in a strategic “thinking” process, or, maybe, more accurately described as a college-wide conversation, to refine our vision for Notre Dame’s future. Beginning last spring at dinner discussions with faculty and this summer at picnic lunch meetings with administrators and staff, these strategic thoughts focused on a provisional list of four major goals subject to the college community’s analysis and review.

  • We will create a distinctive Notre Dame College education anchored in the liberal arts, attuned to professional preparation, sensitive to its Catholic heritage, and focused on the need “to not only prepare students to earn a living, but also to learn how to live a life.”
  • We will strive to attract a high quality and diverse student population of sufficient size to ensure both the College’s survival and to create a vibrant learning community.
  • We will attain the financial, human, and physical resources necessary to ensure both the College’s survival and to position it for the pursuit of excellence.
  • We will create an academic and administrative culture of accountability and assessment.

Going forward, these goals will serve as points of departure for a formal strategic planning process involving the entire college community. This will begin with the completion of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study visit in March, 2007 and meetings of the Institutional Planning and Policy Committee (IPPC) during the spring of 2007 and beyond. The College’s intention is to complete formal strategic planning work during 2007/2008.

Even as we continue to plan for Notre Dame’s future, we return to the fact that the College’s success is directly linked to the generosity of our alumni and friends. Thank you for your continued support of Notre Dame College and its worthy mission.

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President