Strategic Plan Goals

Building a Future Full of Hope 2025, our strategic plan, presents our university community a unique and important occasion to collaboratively chart the future for this university.

The strategic plan builds on past innovation to set a course for a prosperous future.

Goal 1: Live our Lasallian Catholic Heritage

Create opportunities to distinguish Saint Mary’s University by building on the Lasallian Catholic tradition.

Areas of Focus:

  • Lasallian Catholic approach
  • University-wide diversity and inclusion
  • Character education and virtue formation
  • University-wide wellness
  • Lasallian Catholic formation (networking, recruitment, professional development)

Goal 2: Grow Enrollment

Pursue new markets and emphasize student success to grow total enrollment.

Areas of Focus:

  • New markets: High school pipeline, international, students with prior education and work experience
  • Student success, retention, and completion (residential, on-ground, and online)

Goal 3: Foster Innovation

Create innovative educational models, pedagogies, locations, and pathways that integrate across undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree levels.

Areas of Focus

  • New non-degree programming (stackable credentials, trade guild)
  • Program flexibility (residential, on-ground, online, hybrid)
  • Leverage physical locations (Minneapolis, Rochester, Winona)
  • Spaces and support for faculty and staff development

Goal 4: Excel through Excellence and Relevance

Support enrollment growth goals by evolving our academic program portfolio to achieve greater excellence and alignment with student and workforce needs.

Areas of Focus

  • Regionally dominant, nationally prominent programs
  • Alignment with workforce needs
  • Faculty and staff development
  • Career support for students
  • Stronger industry partnerships and alumni connections

Goal 5: Steward Resources

Create long-term financial sustainability through improved enrollment, efficiency, strategic partnerships, and philanthropy.

Areas of Focus

  • Institutional effectiveness/operational integration
  • Asset utilization
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Philanthropy

Several key initiatives will allow us to achieve our goals. 

See Strategic Plan Initiatives