The Ascent 2029

At the request of the board, the university embarked on a comprehensive and highly inclusive strategic planning process in September of 2016. The University Council conducted a collaborative process consistent with the expectations of the President as articulated in the strategic planning scope document.

After presentations at the November 2016 and April 2017 board meetings, the Board of Trustees approved the strategic plan framework, at the May 2017 meeting. The approved goals, objectives, and key performance indicators serve as the strategic focus of the university through its centennial in 2029.

Eastern Oregon University Strategic Plan Framework – The Ascent 2029

Goal 1: Student Success – Graduate students with the competence and confidence to succeed

Objective 1: All graduates engage in high-impact, experiential learning activities

  • KPI 1: Students complete an internship, practicum experience, research project, or the equivalent
  • KPI 2: Students engage in meaningful civic, service-learning, or co-curricular activities

Objective 2: Graduates engage in post-graduate planning and preparation

  • KPI 1: 90% of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of degree completion
  • KPI 2: 85% of alumni indicate EOU adequately prepared them for achievement of long-term educational and career goals

Goal 2: Transformational Education – Enrich academic quality and enhance intellectual vitality

Objective 1: Excellence in teaching and scholarship

  • KPI 1: Students experience meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • KPI 2: Faculty engage in best practice interactive pedagogies
  • KPI 3: Teaching and library faculty are supported in disciplinary research and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning

Objective 2: Graduates possess the essential learning outcomes employers seek

  • KPI 1: Graduates demonstrate proficiency in University Learning Outcomes
  • KPI 2: Graduates demonstrate readiness for a diverse and interconnected world

Goal 3: Grow the Number of Lives Impacted – Expand student access, opportunity, and completion

Objective 1: Serve as a growing and thriving rural university

  • KPI 1: Grow on campus FTE enrollment to 2,500
  • KPI 2: Grow on-line FTE enrollment to 5,000

Objective 2: Students are retained

  • KPI 1: Achieve 80% year 1 retention for first-year freshman cohort
  • KPI 2: Achieve 90% year 1 retention for entering transfers

Objective 3: Efficient degree attainment

  • KPI 1: Increase 4-year completion rates to 50% for first-year freshman cohort
  • KPI 2: Increase 2-year completion rates to 70% for entering transfer students

Goal 4: Thriving University Community – A great place to work and learn

Objective 1: Foster an inviting and supportive university culture that exemplifies EOU’s values and principles

  • KPI 1: Achieve national recognition on the “Great Colleges to Work For” list
  • KPI 2: 85% of students, faculty, and staff indicate the institution provides a supportive and caring environment

Objective 2: Support intercultural competency, inclusiveness, and diversity

  • KPI 1: Resident students reflect a cross-section of Oregon enriched by students from other regions and countries
  • KPI 2: The students, faculty, and staff demonstrate competency in intercultural interactions

Objective 3: Provide and maintain a campus that promotes quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and the community

  • KPI 1: Infrastructure and facilities are well maintained, accessible, safe and secure
  • KPI 2: The physical campus reflects and strengthens our naturally beautiful setting
  • KPI 3: Use of campus by stakeholders is maximized

Goal 5: Relevance and Interconnection – Serve as the educational, economic, and cultural engine for rural places

Objective 1: Educational partnerships are cultivated

  • KPI 1: Maximize transfer student credit articulation
  • KPI 2: Increase matriculation of regional high school students

Objective 2: Be recognized as a leader in promoting rural community prosperity and resilience

  • KPI 1: Designated as Oregon’s rural university
  • KPI 2: Achieve Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Goal 6: Financial Sustainability – Stewardship in financial sustainability and in growing EOU’s financial and capital resources

Objective 1: Develop and foster a culture of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and security for all university funds

  • KPI 1: Maintain E&G fund balance of 20-25%
  • KPI 2: Maintain primary reserve ratio ≥ 40%
  • KPI 3: Maintain debt burden ratio ≤ 5%

Objective 2: Foster a culture of philanthropy that significantly increases engagement with and giving to the university

  • KPI 1: Complete a successful comprehensive campaign
  • KPI 2: Increase alumni participation rate to 6 percent or more

Objective 3: Expand revenue from alternative sources such as grants, sponsorships, partnerships, and alternative uses of campus property