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President Ditzler to unveil strategic plan, campus master plan

Jeff Rankin
A new strategic plan and campus master plan for Monmouth College will be unveiled by President Mauri Ditzler on Thursday, March 1, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the college’s Dahl Chapel.

Ditzler will review the strategic plan approved by the board of trustees at its recent winter meeting, as well as present highlights of a 10-year master plan for future campus development. In addition, he will provide an update on construction progress for the Center for Science and Business.

“Of all the plans the college develops in coming years, from new academic and student life initiatives to new construction projects, the strategic plan is by far the most important,” Ditzler explained. “The four simple but profound strategies that it contains will be used in every decision-making process the college undertakes.”

Ditzler said it is important that all sectors of the college community—especially employees and governing bodies such as the trustees, alumni board and student government—have a clear understanding of the four strategies and the principles behind them. “We will grow stronger as an institution if we all work in unison to embrace these ideals,” he said.

The campus master plan was developed over a period of several months by an inclusive process that involved administration, employees, students and alumni. Facilitated by Performa Higher Education, a professional design firm specializing in aligning physical environments with strategic goals, the plan unites several space-related themes around three core concepts: Active Learning, Student Engagement and Success, and Best Practices Spaces and Places. Among the plan highlights that Ditzler will discuss are creating a central academic corridor, constructing a modern student center that will be a focal point for student life, and expanding residential spaces to accommodate a projected enrollment of 1,500 or more students.

The presentation will conclude with a status report on the 136,000-square-foot Center for Science and Business, which is rapidly rising on the south side of campus and scheduled to open in fall 2013.

While faculty and staff are particularly encouraged to attend the presentation, members of the public and media are also welcome. Box lunches will be provided at the conclusion of the program.