It has been such an honor to serve Seattle University and the College of Education's students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, administration and community partners over this past inaugural year. I have been inspired and energized by what I have learned and through our work to develop a collective vision for the future! This past year College faculty and staff engaged in strategic planning to focus our energy and actions on the coming years. This work was grounded firmly in SU's mission of educating the whole person, professional formation, and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Throughout, they held fast our core values of care, academic excellence, diversity, faith, justice and leadership. Based on these foundations, the strategic planning process generated a direction illuminating a sense of growth, innovation, responsiveness and connection.
Our new goals center on enhancing existing programs and building new programs, increasing our focus and integration of global and international competencies and experiences, deepening our community engagement, and intensifying our research and scholarship. Programmatically, we aim to enhance access to and responsiveness of our existing, quality certification, endorsement, master's and doctoral offerings. This includes increasing our online and hybrid courses through a systematic framework that endorses and integrates Ignation pedagogy. To extend student engagement with the world, faculty are developing and strengthening opportunities for greater community-based learning and global education through deepened and expanded partnerships, attention to intercultural competencies, and auxiliary learning experiences, locally and abroad. Faculty are developing new courses to increase access for a growing group of prospective students whose needs go beyond graduate-only options, as well as for alumni who desire additional graduate credentials and advanced degrees. This work builds on and expands resources to ensure high quality community-engaged teaching, research and service opportunities for students and faculty. It hinges on continued collaboration with the Center for Service and Community Engagement, the Seattle University Youth Initiative, Middle College High School and the multitude of our community partners. Strengthening and increasing our research and scholarly activities affords faculty and students the opportunity to engage in critical, reflective inquiry, providing the basis of teaching excellence, knowledge generation and advancing solutions to enduring problems of practice.
As I begin my second year at Seattle University, I am invigorated by the aspirations defined through our strategic planning process. We look forward to finalizing our goals this year and continuing to make real progress toward fulfilling a mission for a changing world.
-Dean Deanna Iceman Sands