Theme 1

Active Learning Ecosystem

Maryville University will create a campus wide learning ecosystem with students at the center. This ecosystem will engage students, faculty, staff and community partners here and around the world in a continuous and sustainable process of active learning based on student outcomes.

Goal 1

Develop a student learning outcome model (rooted in data analytics) that tailors the learning experience (academic, co-curricular, athletic) to each student’s strengths.


  • Create a professional development program for full-time faculty, instructors, coaches and adjuncts that continually upgrades pedagogical skills within a student learning outcome model.
  • Create a Life Coaching Model and implement a comprehensive advising system for all traditional undergraduate students beginning with first year students in 2015.
  • Identify and develop competency based learning options for all applicable academic programs that allow students to complete degree programs at their own pace. Launch in 2015.
Goal 2

Develop and implement a campus wide pedagogy that is focused on student learning outcomes and empowers all student learning styles.


  • 20% of faculty (full-time and adjunct) participate each year in strategic programming designed to shift the focus from listening to learner centered doing.
  • Establish and maintain Maryville as a top 10% digitally connected campus in the United States.
  • Provide for multiple delivery systems, flexibility and mobility in all academic programs.
  • By Summer 2018, all Maryville students will have access to all course content in digital formats at greatly reduced costs.
Goal 3

Expand Practitioner-Partnerships with industry, organizations and associations that enhance student outcomes and success.


  • Create a virtual office of Innovation and Partnerships. This office will house innovation initiatives; design, develop and facilitate comprehensive partnerships and draw upon faculty and staff talent in working with community entities promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop at least five new professional – university partnerships that follow the Rawlings Sport Business Management model – including internships, practical research opportunities, professionals teaching and mentoring and annual corporate funding.
Goal 4

Implement a comprehensive space plan that facilitates student learning.


  • Complete IT infrastructure implementation by 2015 and maintain Maryville’s position as a top 10% digitally connected campus in the United States.
  • Create a facility/space transition task force to assess and identify all learning spaces and transition scheduling to reflect the utilization of those spaces.
  • Develop all programs with significant enrollments (i.e. flagship programs) in a variety of delivery modes – online, hybrid, simulation, experiential, and traditional – for all learning styles.
  • Design learning experiences through social media and virtual learning spaces, including virtual reality.
Goal 5

Streamline processes and procedures so students can obtain degrees based on a variety of learning styles and pace centered on outcomes.


  • Develop a centralized class schedule system that optimizes appropriate learning spaces throughout campus and meets student’s matriculation and degree planning needs.
  • Develop accelerated degree programs using lecture, online and other modes of delivery.
  • Transition the majority of adult undergraduate and graduate degree programs to hybrid and/or online options.
  • Create a data analytics office that houses all accumulated data which will inform and guide student degree planning, retention, life coaching, enrollment, fundraising and all institutional initiatives.