President Ross gives 5-year update of Lynn 2020
Published Feb. 22, 2011
In a recent e-mail to Lynn University students, staff and faculty, President Kevin M. Ross presented a sampling of completed initiatives related to the university’s 15-year strategic plan, Lynn 2020.
“It is with great excitement that I inform you that today [Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011] we reach the five-year mark of our 15-year strategic plan, Lynn 2020,” Ross said. “Since launching this endeavor on Feb. 1, 2006, we have made remarkable progress.”
Lynn’s progress - outlined in detail below - includes advancements in the university’s academic offerings, financial aid opportunities, student life experiences, technological improvements and completed on-campus construction projects, including the Perper Plaza, the Perper Tennis Complex and the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.
“We still have much left to do over the next 10 years, so please continue your efforts, and together we can make our vision to be recognized as one of the most innovative, international and individualized small universities in the country a reality,” said Ross.
LYNN 2020 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES UPDATE
Lynn will recast, partially restructure, and intensify the focus of its academic offerings.
- The Dialogues of Learning, our new core curriculum begun in fall 2008, was hailed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as “inspirational…the Dialogues will ensure that Lynn students will graduate richly prepared for life, work and citizenship.” Inside Higher Ed also recently held Lynn up as an example of how to improve academic rigor.
- January Term—the Dialogues of Innovation—launched as part of the core provides students with educational experiences focusing on original ideas, topics, pedagogies and/or experiential learning.
- New Ed.D., a part of the Carnegie Foundation Project on the Education Doctorate.
- Lynn Degree 3.0, a student can graduate in 3 years and save $45,000.
- Transitions 2010 and 2011, High School to Higher Education Options, conference for students with Learning Differences
The University will further improve the quality, geographical origins and financial aid of its students, enlarge its graduate and continuing education enrollments and enhance the accommodations and services for undergraduates especially.
- Faculty-based advising
- Eight new endowed scholarships
- Enhanced cafeteria and food services
- HigherOne system for students to have single-card residence hall access, online banking, meal plan, library services, financial aid refunds, etc.
- New Women’s Center and Multicultural Center programs
- #1 in region in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for high concentration of international students five years straight
- New websites launched: Lynn.edu (public, especially prospective students), OurLynn (alumni), myLynn (single sign-on portal for students and employees)
- Enhanced social media presence on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
- Most fees eliminated and five years in a row, tuition increases fell below national average; no room and board increase.
- New financial aid model, based on both merit and need.
- $1 million gift toward a new soccer stadium
The institution will continue to improve the salaries, governance opportunities, workloads, teaching skills and office and classroom facilities of the faculty.
- Compensation study resulted in salary increases to the minimum of salary range for all employees, resulting in $900,000 increase to payroll costs.
- Two-thirds of the faculty and staff received an increase based on benchmark analysis.
- Dialogues, J-term and new advising model led to redefined course loads.
- Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) established, providing classroom technology design, emerging technologies exploration, faculty development and video and web conferencing.
- Academic Spaces task force evaluated all classroom spaces; technology ($500,000), furniture, flooring, lighting, paint and design were modified.
Lynn will complete the construction of its campus and provide for better technological and scientific equipment.
- New campus Master Plan approved by the City of Boca Raton.
- Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center completed.
- Perper Plaza completed.
- Perper Tennis Complex completed.
- Sustainability program launched.
- IRIS reclaimed water system installed.
- College of International Communication and science laboratory equipment upgraded.
The University will establish a new culture of widespread fund-raising and grant solicitation.
- Total gifts as of December 2010 (since Lynn 2020 launch) nearly $26 million.
- First endowed professorship established.
- Capital projects including a simulator and TwinStar airplane, the Perper Plaza and Perper Tennis Complex and the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center funded.
- Endowment up 38% from $14 million to more than $19 million ($5,308,000 increase).
- Alumni participation has grown from less than 1% to more than 7%.