BOT Gives Green Light to Strategic Plan

At the April 11, 2014 meeting, the Regis University Board of Trustees gave President Fitzgibbons and the university leadership its approval to move forward with seven key initiatives, including the creation of a College of Computer and Information Sciences and a College of Business and Management.

For the past several months, many faculty and staff have stepped into key roles in advancing these initiatives. We invite you to track our progress as we move these plans forward over the next several years.

Regis is on the rise. The strategic plan reflects a new chapter in our institution’s growth.

Strategic Goals

College of Computer & Information Sciences (CC&IS)

The establishment of a College of Computer & Information Sciences (CC&IS), which involves combining academic units from all three existing colleges: School of Computer and Information Science from CPS, the computer science major from Regis College, and the health information management and health informatics programs from RHCHP, has the potential to become a major new enrollment driver for Regis. This includes the following:

  • Active marketing to promote the facts that the current CPS programs are nationally ranked and three of its undergraduate programs are ABET accredited.
  • Increase in the visibility of CC&IS in the marketplace to attract students, employers, business partners, and alumni.
  • Provision of opportunities for Regis College students to enroll in a more robust range of undergraduate offerings taught by a wide variety of faculty.
  • University investment to support growth in areas such as cybersecurity, health informatics, and data science, which will be strong economic drivers in the market for the foreseeable future.

College of Business

Establishment of a distinctive College of Business will strengthen our reputation and enable the University to thrive. This effort will take longer because of the size and complexity of the two organizations: the School of Management in CPS and the Division of Business in Regis College. To address this goal we will:

  • Revitalize the business programs, which are the largest source of enrollments and revenue in their respective colleges.
  • Identify actions needed to achieve external accreditation for the College.
  • Develop a distinctive market niche by emphasizing our Jesuit mission and ethical values and focus on academic areas with the strongest promise for the future.

Culture of Innovation

This strategic goal is designed to recapture our sense of entrepreneurship and foster creative ways of generating revenue by establishing a Center for Innovation. To address this goal we will:

  • Emphasize the development of new partnerships and investment opportunities with businesses, alumni etc. for shared projects.
  • Explore alternative financing models to support University activities.
  • Encourage the University community to create revenue-generating degrees, certificates, programs, projects, etc.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The goal of this effort is to further our distinctive niche by expanding access to internships, service learning opportunities, immersion experiences, community-based course projects, and other experiential opportunities for all students regardless of college. To address this goal we will:

  • Provide a sharp focus on career preparation, enabling students to build a portfolio of experiences that increase their marketability.
  • Develop a strong alumni mentoring network to engage our alumni with Regis in new ways and provide students with a broader variety of experiences.

Global Learning Community

This initiative has two foci: active recruitment of international students for both on-campus and online programs and the expansion of the University's global curriculum for students in all programs. To address this goal we will:

  • Develop a strong infrastructure/support network for international students who attend Regis.
  • Establish an active, intentional recruitment strategy for traditional students and for students interested in key academic units like CC&IS and Business.
  • Develop effective partnerships with universities around the world where our students can participate in study abroad.
  • Extend opportunities for international experiences to nontraditional students.

Strengthen Our Jesuit, Catholic Character

This initiative is specifically designed to enhance our reputation and build on the distinctive nature of the education we provide. To address this goal we will:

  • Emphasize our Jesuit mission and values in the development of all aspects of the two new colleges.
  • Unify faculty development programs across all colleges with a special emphasis on faculty understanding of our Jesuit mission and educational focus.
  • Expand the Institute on the Common Good as a resource for faculty especially in the area of curriculum development and research into mission themes.
  • Encourage faculty contributions to this area through their advancement and reward structures.

Cultivate Health Project

This project focuses on addressing the health needs of the community from four census tracts around Regis. It is multi-dimensional, emphasizing healthy living, healthy eating, and physical/mental health. It has the potential to dramatically enhance our reputation and visibility in the region. To address this goal we will:

  • Obtain external funding for start up costs and to support the clinic portion of the project until it becomes self-sustaining.
  • Continue to work with the city of Denver and other nonprofits to address all aspects of the project.