Asbury University Unveils Five-Year Strategic Priorities
A longer version of this article appears in the summer 2017 issue of the Ambassador magazine. To read the full version online, along with campus news, student and alumni profiles and much more, visit: asbury.edu/Ambassador.
What will Asbury University look like in five years? What will the world look like in five years? In the meantime, how can we best prioritize our mission to build on our strengths, meet challenges and maximize opportunities?
These questions, and many more, drive Asbury’s newly unveiled strategic priorities – “Imagine 2022: Asbury’s Vision for Faithful Change.” The product of much prayer, conversation and research, Imagine 2022 outlines six initiatives that will ground the University in its core identity while driving positive change. Read the strategic priority initiatives in their entirety at: asbury.edu/Imagine.
Prayerfully developed by Asbury faculty, administrators and key advisors, Imagine 2022 is a focused statement of priorities for the next five years – a plan of action for more fully living out our mission of equipping students, “through academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for lifelong learning, leadership and service to the professions, society, the family and the Church, preparing them to engage their cultures and advance the cause of Christ around the world.”
“With God’s leading, Imagine 2022 will be a road map for Asbury University to faithfully press onward,” said President Sandra C. Gray. “We seek to strengthen academic excellence, to enliven spiritual vitality and to enrich our vibrant student community. Building on timeless truth, God calls us to ‘serve the present age.’ With joyful expectation, the strategic priorities set forth will equip students to be channels through which positive change and eternal transformation occur.”
Initiative I: “Learn”
Advance Asbury University as a rigorous Christian liberal arts university that embraces opportunities and addresses emerging challenges in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world.
Initiative II: “Believe”
Deepen identity as a vibrant community of Christian faith and whole-person transformation rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
Initiative III: “Embrace”
Cultivate a culturally responsible Christian community that practices hospitality, mutuality, redemptive social action and grace-filled reconciliation.
Initiative IV: “Explore”
Recruit, retain and develop outstanding teacher-scholars committed to academic achievement and student success.
Initiative V: “Innovate”
Create a culture of business innovation to meet the strategic demands of mission readiness, institutional sustainability and student affordability.
Initiative VI: “Deliver”
Pursue excellence in the development, implementation and management of systems, facilities and infrastructure.
To read the Strategic Priorities in their entirety, visit: asbury.edu/Imagine.