Priority 2: Community

Alma College will nurture an inclusive and respectful campus community where students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public can work together to learn, grow and serve others. We will ensure that our campus offers a richer, more diverse intellectual environment that acknowledges the increasingly global society into which our students will graduate.

Objective One: Develop partnerships and initiatives that ensure our campus better represents the diversity of American culture.

  • Metric: By 2020, the percentage of minority students, faculty and staff will exceed 15% of totals.

Objective Two: Expand international recruiting and provide a campus infrastructure that supports students from other countries.

  • Metric: By 2020, the percentage of international students will exceed 5% of total student enrollment.

Objective Three: Provide opportunities for alumni to become more engaged with students and see the positive impact of their involvement.

  • Metric: By 2020, 30% of alumni will engage with the college either through financial gifts, participation in the Ambassador program, or both.

Objective Four: Assess employee satisfaction twice during the plan period. Report outcomes to the community and develop strategies to address concerns.

  • Metric: Establish baseline and community-approved goals for improvement in first year of survey.

Objective Five: Offer competitive staff and faculty compensation packages.

  • Metric: Average annual increases will be above the median of MIAA peers from FY2016 through FY2020.

Objective Six: Make data and analyses more accessible to campus community to facilitate decision-making.

  • Metric: Develop accessible platforms for both internal and external audiences where current assessments and analyses are posted for review. Through the Provost’s Office, hold bi-annual reporting forums to share data with the campus community, beginning in 2016.

Objective Seven: Leverage business investment in the downtown community to strengthen the campus/community connections.

  • Metric: Increase engagement with the community through student/faculty research that benefits our region, service learning courses, student organization volunteerism and participation on boards and committees.