Launch a reinvigoration of the Occidental liberal arts and sciences educational experience that builds upon traditional strengths, incorporates changes in teaching, learning and research practices, and embraces new areas of emphasis critical for student success in the 21st century.
1. Curricular and Scholarly Transformations
Foster innovation in the core and disciplinary curricula that engages students in integrated intellectual inquiry including new and emerging areas of study.
1.1 Encourage innovation and experimentation in teaching, mentored research, and learning.
1.2 Enhance the ratio of tenure-track faculty to students which exemplifies the college's recognition of the unique bond between students and faculty, a cornerstone of the liberal arts experience.
1.3 Enhance opportunities for all students to engage in high-impact activities including research, international study, internships, special curricular offerings, learning communities and community engagement.
1.4 Institute a broader focus on scholarly activities that provides students with opportunities to work closely with faculty on primary research and creative expression in all fields of study with a variety of technologies and resources.
1.5 Strengthen support for faculty and student scholarly work including greater provision for undergraduate and sponsored research.
1.6 Develop a comprehensive program that moves students from career discernment through purposeful experiential opportunities that prepare them for life after graduation.
1.7 Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support, academic materials, software and databases.
1.8 Develop and implement a comprehensive set of institutional and programmatic learning outcomes and assessment measures.
2. Los Angeles
Expand the depth and breadth of opportunities for students to engage in experiential and academic activities that are directly connected with the environment, cultural, economic, political, scientific and social institutions, issues and programs in Los Angeles.
2.1 Make experiential learning in and about Los Angeles a distinguishing characteristic of the educational program.
2.2 Create a top-tier internship program that takes full advantage of the opportunities in the Los Angeles area.
2.3 Build deep collaborative partnerships with major political, social, economic, educational, scientific and cultural institutions in Los Angeles, following the model of existing relationships with Caltech, the Huntington, the Autry, Art Center College of Design and partnerships already fostered by OxyARTS.
2.4 Develop a set of transportation options and flexible academic program scheduling to enable students with access across Los Angeles and the time necessary to engage in off-campus activities.
2.5 Coordinate existing and new community engagement programs to enable strategic planning and resource allocation, efficient support, greater impact and visibility, enriched links with the curriculum and a single source of information for students and partners.
2.6 Enhance curricular and co-curricular innovation for the analysis of issues and phenomena essential to urban life.
2.7 Expand the incorporation of accomplished activists, journalists, politicians, business leaders, and scientists and noteworthy musicians, novelists, choreographers, filmmakers, actors, painters, and poets into campus life.
2.8 Capitalize on the unique environmental features of the Southern California basin to enhance the curriculum, programs and activities of the College.
3. Global culture
Foster a cosmopolitan campus culture in which students, faculty and staff are actively engaged with and at ease in many different countries and cultures through academic programs, community engagement, admissions, research and service.
3.1 Create a center for Global Affairs that will house programs in Politics, Foreign Languages and Diplomacy and World Affairs.
3.2 Develop additional programs, engagement activities and technological capacity across disciplines that connect students and faculty to globalization and transnational issues and ideas.
3.3 Foster innovative curricular and programmatic offerings on Mexico, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
3.4 Increase admission of international students, especially from Mexico, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
3.5 Expand opportunities for international experiences for students and faculty (eg. the residential United Nations program, study abroad, international exchanges, and faculty-led academic and research programs and faculty development programs).
3.6 Develop additional programming to bring international scholars to campus to enrich the curriculum and campus life.
3.7 Create multiple opportunities for students to engage with the many nationalities, languages, ethnicities and cultures active across Los Angeles.
4. Inclusive excellence
Advance a commitment of inclusive excellence that will continue to attract and develop accomplished students, faculty and staff who evidence diversity in thought, socio-economic status, gender, race, ethnicity and nationality.
4.1 Integrate the commitment to inclusive excellence into the curriculum, educational programming, and student life in such a way that students, faculty, and administration may respond creatively to a changing world while maintaining Occidental's core values.
4.2 Foster a community in which all its members bear a special responsibility to challenge personal and institutional forms of discrimination and exclusion.
4.3 Enlarge our community's capacity for mutual respect across social differences, in categories including but not limited to race and ethnicity, national and economic background, age and ability, sexual and gender orientation, spiritual and religious affiliation and political inclination.
4.4 Promote a climate of open discourse, civil engagement, tolerance, and respect in a community that is committed to the intellectual stimulation that occurs when diversity is present on a campus.
4.5 Increase funds for scholarships to ensure that talented students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to attend and thrive at Occidental.
4.6 Enhance access to high impact activities such as research, study abroad and internships for all students through increased financial resources.
5. Connected community
Engage alumni, parents, neighbors and friends through stronger connections to the campus, expand participation and support.
5.1 Build and sustain a robust community of alumni and parent volunteers.
5.2 Take advantage of the new alumni center to increase programming and activities that involve alumni, neighbors, students and faculty including bringing alumni to campus to serve as speakers and student mentors.
5.3 Develop enhanced communication and community-building systems that connect alumni and parents to each other as well as to the College.
5.4 Engage alumni and parents in developing mentorships and internships for students in particular regions.
5.5 Provide support and networking opportunities for Occidental graduates in fields with active alumni, such as entertainment, finance, journalism, health professions, law, business, the arts, science, government and public service, technology and non-profits.
5.6 Engage with parents beginning with their student's matriculation for support and long-term connections with the college community.
5.7 Increase professional development and opportunities for staff.
6. Living and learning
Advance the learning and living environment of the College with efforts that address the development of students and the enhancement, renovation and renewal efforts necessary to protect and enrich the physical campus.
6.1 Foster ways to integrate academics and co-curricular activities involving faculty and staff with the residential life of students.
6.2 Sustain a residential experience that fosters students' personal growth and behavior consistent with their social, emotional and cognitive development.
6.3 Develop comprehensive plans to outfit and maintain learning spaces with appropriate furnishings and technology and create compelling outdoor spaces including patios, gardens, and outdoor classrooms.
6.4 Develop a comprehensive facilities and space plan to renovate existing science buildings to enable students and faculty to keep pace with innovations in science education and research.
6.5 Develop space plans for all academic buildings that include collaborative spaces, ample technology and appropriate teaching and research spaces.
6.6 Develop a plan for the improvement of athletic facilities to increase competitiveness for prospective students.
6.7 Implement a campus environmental stewardship and sustainability plan that addresses how to engage the campus community in environmentally sound practices, increases permeable surfaces and the use of native and other water-conserving plants, enhances the entrance to the campus, and extends a commitment to the use of solar power and other innovative technologies.
6.8 Develop a strategic approach to the relationship of the College with the neighborhood and community.