Strategic Plan (2013-2020)
The plan for the Seaver College of Science and Engineering is grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount traditions with an eye toward the future. We are a student-centered college committed to the education of the whole person. Our approach consists of the systematic integration of curricular, experiential learning, and co-curricular activities that help students develop the intellectual and practical skills for professional success and a commitment to personal and social responsibility.
As a college community we are committed to:
● A student-centered educational philosophy grounded in cura personalis and magis,
● Maintaining high academic standards, modern curricula, and advanced pedagogical techniques,
● Excellence in research and scholarship,
● The development of our faculty and staff, and
● A collegial environment marked by open communication, shared governance, and collaboration.
As an integral part of a comprehensive Catholic university, LMU's Seaver College of Science and Engineering provides a student-centered educational experience in an intellectually vibrant and socially just environment. Graduates develop intellectual and practical skills that enable life-long learning, post-graduation success, and an appreciation for personal and social responsibilities. Our faculty are renowned for scholarly activities and a high level of engagement with students, leading to strong, long-lasting relationships.
The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering provides outstanding student-centered disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational and research experiences in science, engineering, and mathematics within a comprehensive Catholic university emphasizing intellectual vibrancy, excellence, citizenship, service, and social justice.
Seaver College defines itself by its dedication to serving students through transformative teaching, hands-on mentoring, and opportunities for research, service, and community engagement. The college values a community of students, faculty, and staff, diverse in background as well as outlook, working together to serve both the university and society at large. The college's commitment to the Jesuit principle of whole-person education creates a stimulating environment that fosters creativity leading to innovation in the discovery of truth and problem solving for the global benefit of humanity.
Our Strategic Plan for 2013-2020 is organized around four themes that tie directly into the university’s strategic plan. These themes are: (1) Transformative Undergraduate Education, (2) Excellence in Graduate Education, (3) Faculty Excellence, and (4) Strengthening our College. Within these themes, three major ideas emerge. First, all students will participate in a transformative learning experience that goes beyond the classroom, engages with the larger community, connects to curricular activities. Second, faculty evaluation and reward processes will be redesigned to align with broader notions of scholarly and instructional activities commensurate with our vision. Third, strong graduate programs will be fully integrated into the College and the community.
Theme 1: Transformative Undergraduate Education
Seaver College provides rigorous and innovative curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning experiences to fully support the coordinated development of our students for professional and personal success. To accomplish this we will:
1. Conduct a comprehensive review, evaluation, and prioritization of all undergraduate programs.
2. Enhance the quality and distinctiveness of our academic programs that increases student learning.
3. Ensure all undergraduate students engage in experiential learning activities that are integrated into program curricula.
4. Partner with Student Affairs to provide and encourage student participation in meaningful co-curricular activities.
5. Attract, retain, advise, and mentor a diverse student body and prepare them for postgraduate success.
Theme 2: Excellence in Graduate Education
Seaver College will develop and strengthen signature graduate programs to create leaders who can make a significant impact on the major issues facing our society and the world in which we live. To accomplish this we will:
6. Develop a comprehensive vision for graduate education within the College.
7. Conduct a comprehensive review, evaluation, and prioritization of all graduate programs.
8. Strengthen, restructure, or eliminate current graduate programs based on the comprehensive vision.
9. Develop new and innovative graduate programs aligned with the vision, as appropriate.
Theme 3: Faculty Excellence
Seaver College will recruit and retain a strong and engaged faculty committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, able to guide transformative experiences for students in the discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. To accomplish this we will:
10. Design and implement formative assessment strategies that assist our faculty to excel as teacher-scholars.
11. Support faculty in obtaining resources to facilitate teacher-scholar activities.
12. Assess and revise current tenure and promotion guidelines, and faculty service report structures, to better recognize and reward teacher-scholar activities.
13. Recruit, support, and reward faculty who seek to undertake the teacher-scholar role in ways that are appropriate for and supportive of our mission.
Theme 4: Strengthening Our College
Seaver College is widely recognized for both technological excellence and social justice within the context of a Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount culture, with the infrastructure required to support efforts to increase visibility and excellence. To accomplish this we will:
14. Improve and enhance the College’s infrastructure to successfully implement this strategic plan.
15. Increase our engagement with the local community and commitment to global citizenship.
16. Increase opportunities to interface the Catholic Intellectual Tradition with science and engineering.
The College’s strategic plan is bold and ambitious. Our 16 action items set high goals and expectations for our students and ourselves. Our plan sets the overarching direction for the College, while being dynamic and flexible enough to adjust to current conditions. The plan will take seven years to fully implement and requires the active participation and collaboration from all faculty and staff in the College and our many colleagues across campus.
We will use existing college and departmental committees where possible and create ad hoc committees where necessary. We are mindful of the many contributions our faculty and staff currently make, but also understand that shared governance requires active participation from all in the college.
The file below includes detailed plans for our action items. These detailed plans assign primary and collaborative responsibilities, timelines, cost, outcomes, and metrics for each action item.