…for an Even Better Tomorrow
Building the future of Georgian Court University starts now—and it is an ongoing, collaborative and proactive process.
That is one of the reasons we created The GCU Strategic Compass…for an Even Better Tomorrow, a plan that was designed from the outset to be re-examined, modified, and measured on a regular basis.
Our vision of “an even better” future for GCU is rooted in the sentiment shared more than 180 years ago by the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, whose motto was “Resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.”
Nearly two centuries later, those words continue to ring true.
For Georgian Court, a better tomorrow is found in the four compass points focused on
The GCU Strategic Compass…for an Even Better Tomorrow reflects our commitment to students and their futures.
Our key performance indicators, which we update annually here, reflect many, many efforts of the entire GCU community. Our focus on planning and delivering on our promises is reflected in another important document—the GCU Self-Study, prepared for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Together, these and other instruments help us navigate our future and keep us accountable. Everyone, no matter their role or job title, plays a part in our success as we move forward. Thank you for joining us on the journey.
Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
The university will evaluate, design, and deliver diversified academic programs offered in response to market demands based on both student interest and employer needs. It will prepare students to be confident positive contributors to their chosen professions through expanded opportunities to develop and apply skills through high-impact academic experiences. It will support teaching and learning excellence in all venues and modalities of instruction. To do so, the university will judiciously expand its physical and virtual presence.
The university will enhance the student experience and attract and retain more students by ensuring all students find a mentor and by creating an environment in which the entire community can grow through shared educational, cultural, social, and spiritual experiences. It will develop a community of active participation that expands the interactions of students and increases the opportunities to understand various perspectives.
With the GCU mission and Mercy core values as its foundation and guiding principles, the university will empower students to experience and shape a just and compassionate world. It will promote a dynamic campus community based on sound financial principles necessary to continue its mission into the future. GCU seeks to become a 21st-century university providing access to education and filling underserved needs (e.g., degree completers, Hispanic population) through multiple modalities, including on-site and virtual courses. The university is committed to maintain well its main campus in Lakewood while seeking alternate sites as determined by program interest and availability. It commits to providing seamless services regardless of location. It will also engage all stakeholders in ensuring the university’s viability through appropriate funding opportunities and revenue generation and diversification.
Operational efficiency, or offering the university’s services in the most cost- effective manner, is a critical component of sustainability over time. This efficiency, coupled with effectiveness, applies to all aspects of the university, and entails regular and comprehensive review of unit effectiveness within academic, administrative, student services, and operational support areas. It also requires a level of proficiency in the use of technology across the university to allow for comprehensive communication of the university’s mission, critical data, accomplishments, access to services, and events. The university will develop a strong brand that promotes its mission, outcomes, and shared experiences such that Georgian Court becomes a first-choice university for an increasing number of ambitious students.