Our plan and process

Fort Lewis College is engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning and implementation process, creating a framework for continued innovation and growth that embodies our commitment to access, affordability, academic excellence, and equitable opportunities for our diverse student body. 

Adopted in Spring 2019, and refreshed in Summer 2022, the FLC Strategic Plan centers on four strategic areas of emphasis:

  • Students at the Center: this area focuses on inclusive strategies for student success and retention
  • Knowledge in Action: this area focuses on high impact experiential and interdisciplinary learning with an emphasis on undergraduate research
  • Community and Regional Partnerships: this area focuses on developing new academic programs and career pathways that serve our region
  • Systems to Facilitate Success: this area focuses on data-driven decision making and supporting faculty and staff  

Academic Affairs Roadmap: Strategic Plan Implementation

Academic Affairs has developed a dynamic roadmap for FLC Strategic Plan implementation. With the Plan offering clear goals, Academic Affairs has designed signature “FLC-unique” programs that will bring the Plan to life.

The map below organizes existing and envisioned Academic Affairs initiatives according to the Plan’s four areas of emphasis. It collects the inspirational work of our faculty and staff, departments and offices. Not only is the FLC Strategic Plan being realized, it is encouraging ongoing innovation, and this map will continue to evolve as new initiatives move ideas into action. The roadmap is just that—a plan that points the way and promises an exciting journey ahead.

Students at the Center
  1. Student support structures that enact innovative approaches to retention, ensuring the success of our diverse student population
    • Academic Hub
      • Academic Support: Peer Education Center, Success Coaching, Circle Back, Writing Studio
      • Academic inspiration: Undergraduate Research Center, EXCEL: Experiential and Community Engaged Learning Cetner, Career and Life Design Center, "Dev" (Professional Development) Space
    • Skyhawk Station
      • Integrated student services: Skyhawk Specialists, Skyhawk Advisors, Registrar, Financial Aid
    • Academic Care Team
      • Comprehensive student tracking, alert, outreach, referral (Slate CRM)
      • Integrated cross-campus case management
    • Student Cohort Programs
      • Success Scholars, First-Gen Conference, NSF INCLUDES Alliance Grant
  2. Lower-division academic arc focused on community-building First-Year and Sophomore Year experiences
    • First-Year Launch
    • Sophomore Soar
    • Summer Curriculum Innovation
      • FY Entry Summer Bridge and FY Compass Program
      • Maymester
      • Summer Refresh Fellows
      • Academic PEAK Experiences: Jump Start and Nursing
    • Honors Program
  3. Upper-division and Graduate program academic arc focused on strengthened majors and degree completion
    • “Major-Plus” curriculum planning (major plus certificate, honors, minor, etc)
      • Mapping and streamlining the major project
      • Certificate development project
    • School of Education Graduate Programs
    • Accelerated/Dual Enrollment Pathways
    • 5-year/Co-op Pathways
    • Circle Back Program
    • Summer Program Innovation
  4. Dynamic expression of FLC signature values to students via communication, events, technology, and infrastructure programs
    • "FLC Circle" graphic branding
    • Communication Strategy via Skyhawk Station
    • Student-centered Events
      • SQUAWK week, #FLCtogether week, FLC Finish week
      • Undergraduate Research Symposium
      • Success Scholar dinner, Internship dinner
      • SkyWords/Common Reading Experience
      • Arts April
    • Student-centered Technology
      • TechPack (tech bundles)
    • Student-centered Classrooms
      • Classroom Refresh: Active Learning Classrooms, Tech-enabled Classrooms
      • Berndt Hall remodel
      • Outdoor Learning Campus planning
Knowledge in Action
  1. Transformative pedagogy that generates new forms of knowledge via new forms of teaching and learning, meeting the challenges of educational disruption due to COVID
    • Center for Teaching and Learning
    • Skyflex (hyflex + hybrid) Pedagogy and Online programs
    • One-credit Courses
    • Math, Composition, SAI Innovation
  2. Curricular/co-curricular programming that emphasizes FLC-unique “powered by place” experiential learning
    • EXCEL: Experential and Community Engaged Learning Center
    • FLOW: Fort Lewis on the Water
    • Field Schools and Teaching Field Experiences
    • CSWS Internships
    • Outdoor Learning Campus planning, Indigenous Garden planning
  3. Curricular/co-curricular programming that empowers students to complete meaningful “knowledge in action” projects that feature undergraduate research, creativity, and faculty mentorship
    • Undergraduate Research Center and URSCA Symposium
    • Liberal Arts Core “Lenses” Courses
    • Hawk Tank
    • U-RISE Grant Program
    • Shows, Exhibitions, Concert
  4. Curricular/co-curricular programming that enacts indigenous ways of knowing and learning
    • Center of Southwest Studies Exhibits: "Throughlines." "As Seeds We Grow"
    • SILDI: Southwest Indigenous Language Development Institute
    • All Our Nations Language Revitalization Hub (Mellon Grant)
    • Indigenizing the Curriculum LIT projects (Mellon Grant)
    • SkyWords Writers Series
    • FLC Boarding School History
    • New “Research and Reconciliation” projects/courses (Mellon Grant)
Community and Regional Partnerships
  1. New academic programs and certificates that prepare students to address the needs and opportunities of our Southwestern Colorado region
    • Graduate and Undergraduate Degree Programs
      • New nursing program: CU Nursing Fort Lewis College Collaborative
      • TBD--sample ideas under analysis include allied health programs, MPA (natural/cultural/tribal resource management), agricultural, forestry, and renewable energy programs.
    • Certificates and Stackable Credentials
      • TBD—sample ideas under analysis include data management, DEI training, hospitality/culinary, TESOL, and wilderness therapy.
      • Liberal Arts Core and advanced or career-based Certificates
      • Career skill certificates for on-campus student employees
    • Old Fort Programs
      • Farmer-in-Training certificate
  2. Regional partnerships and educational networks that help FLC expand social and economic opportunity
    • Skyway Partners
      • CU@FLC Post-doc Fellows
      • San Juan College Connect
      • Graduate 3+2s: Social Work, Public History 
      • Centers that serve our region
        • Center for Innovation
        • Center of Southwest Studies
        • SILDI, All our Nations Language Hub
        • Four Corners Water Center, Environment & Climate Institute (for highschool students)
    • Regional Educational Networks
      • Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative (RISE grant) 
      • Rural Connectivity Centers (USDA grant)
      • School of Education K-12 Partnerships
    • Industry Networks
      • NASA Technology Transfer University, Los Alamos Engineering Interns
  3. Career-focused programming that offers FLC-unique career skill development and life design approaches
    • Career and Life Design Center (in Academic Hub)
    • Professional Development Space (“Dev Space” in Academic Hub)
    • On-campus Student Employee workshops and mentorships
    • Internship expansion
Systems that Work
  1. Support structures that encourage and reward faculty and staff development
    • New Salary Model
    • Faculty Teaching Development overseen by Center for Teaching and Learning
    • Tenure and Promotion Mentorship
    • Collaboration with HR Professional Development
  2. Academic policies/procedures and assessment/accreditation improvements that implement best practices for student success and support
    • New Program Review Templates (replacing Taskstream)
    • New Curriculog Approval Process
    • New Accreditation Quality Initiative: Student Success
      • Approved by HLC, summer 2022
    • Academic Policy Update
      • Analysis of Ws, Disqualification
    • Academic Integrity Update
      • Restorative Justice approach
  3. Comprehensive framework for data- and research-driven decision-making
    • Data Committee
    • Targeted Data Projects
      • Retention
      • Course Caps
      • DFWs
    • Student Case Management via Academic Care Team
      • Tracking/Alerts (Slate CRM)
    • Research Library (articles/books documenting best practices)
    • Data Dashboards (via IR)
    • Weekly Data Reports (via IR)