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Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023 Strategic Plan

Trinity CommunicationsFebruary 27, 2015

Trinity International University regents unanimously approved a new strategic plan that will guide the institution during the next eight years.

“Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023” proposes about 125 initiatives that fall under 12 overarching priorities. It emerges in a time of change for higher education, with large and ongoing shifts in philosophies, methodologies and delivery systems.

“While it is impossible to keep up with these never-ending changes, this plan seeks to provide a hopeful path toward Christ-centered, church-connected and culturally engaged education,” President David S. Dockery said. “This path will be faithful to Trinity’s institutional and evangelical heritage.”

The first five priorities call on Trinity to celebrate its institutional heritage as a hopeful resource for advancing its mission, ensure Christ-centered faithfulness, refine the work of institutional oversight, develop a coherent, synergistic and strategic approach to leadership, management and administration, and strengthen the commitment to intellectual seriousness and academic rigor while exploring new academic programs, offerings and services.

The next four priorities will create a context for continuous quality improvement, prioritize student recruitment and service to students, enrich the student learning experience, and improve support for Trinity faculty and staff.

The final three priorities call for continued stewardship of the financial and facility resources, expansion of the strategic work of the University, constituent relations and enhanced technological support.

Larry Collett, a leading business leader and member of the Trinity board of regents observed in voicing his support for the plan that it “is certainly comprehensive in its scope and its attention to all aspects of the University.”

Bill Jones, another board of regents member who is a pastor in the St. Louis area, praised the plan as “impressive and comprehensive.”

Judy Bradish, a board of regents member, observed that “the plan addresses Trinity’s immediate concerns such as enrollment, the need for a comprehensive campaign, and many other far-reaching yet realistic goals.”

Melody McSparran, also a member of the board of regents, called the plan “bold and ambitious,” while celebrating “the Christ-centered wisdom that permeates the plan.”

Research Professor of Church History John Woodbridge described the plan as “a masterpiece of strategic planning, which captures so well the implications of the themes of heritage and hope.”

The 125 initiatives will touch all phases of the University’s operation. Among those initiatives:

  • Develop new strategies to strengthen enrollment and student services
  • Beautify and maximize the use of existing facilities
  • Open new extension sites in the U.S. and Asia
  • Increase healthcare education options
  • Expansion of both traditional and online initiatives for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Strengthen retention rates
  • Enhance relationships with the EFCA and other churches, networks and denominations across the evangelical world
  • Enlarge Trinity’s intercultural and international commitments
  • Expand community outreach programs

The time frame for the plan coincides with Trinity’s forthcoming 125th anniversary in the 2022–23 academic year.

“This plan is not merely a response to the latest trends or most urgent challenges,” Dockery said. “It is an attempt to create a shared vision, mission and identity that will take precedence in all things on our campus and ground our efforts in the gospel message with which we have been entrusted.”

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