Long Range Planning

Pacific Lutheran University has identified three meta-priorities that infuse all of the work at the university: Lutheran Higher Education, Market Position, and Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS).

infographic of PLU as a University of the 1st Rank
201320142020 (GOAL)
Faculty Quality
Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, ServiceMetrics created
Incoming Student Quality (measured under SEMAC priority)
Program Quality
Major/Minor Programs
% of disciplines w/honor societies
% of departments that are doing rubric-based/differential assessment
% of courses are incorporating best practices (pedagogical innovation)
General Education Program
Survey/Trend data with WRIT 101 assessmentMetric created
Gen Ed capstone classClass started
Excellence in areas of distinction (Intl Educ, Student/Fac Collab, Vocation)
% of total students involved in one of these
% of UG graduating class that has done one/two/all of these
% of High Impact Practices as defined by AACU used by PLU
201320142020 (GOAL)
Career/Vocation Preparation
Alumni Success Survey results (satisfaction and preparation)
% of students participating in areas of distinction (Intl Education,Stu/Fac Collab, Vocation)
Employment rates of recent grads
Student Engagement
% of students in academic honor societies
% of participation in student elections
Campus Climate
1st Year Student Perception of Belonging Composite Score
Campus Pride Index
Student Satisfaction Index
Retention Rate of faculty/staff
Student Progress and Performance
6-year graduation Rate
# of prestigious post-graduate awards
Licensure exam passing rate (NCLEX, MSF, CPA)
Graduate school/Professional School placement
201320142020 (GOAL)
1st Rank Professional Development
% of faculty/staff who attend Professional Development annually
Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership Diversity
Proportion of faculty/staff diversity to student diversity (defined by census categories)
% diversity in leadership roles
Community Engagement
#/% of students enrolled in CEL courses during time at PLU
Faculty/Academic Programs
% of overall courses that include a CEL component
% of academic departments that include CEL/Internships in the curriculum
# of staff who volunteer with local community partners 30+hours/year
Community Partners
# of high quality community partners with PLU (defined by CCES/Career Connections)
Receive Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2020
201320142020 (GOAL)
First-year retention to year 281%81%90%
Transfer retention to year 270%76%80%
Total Enrollment
Total Number346232753800
Undergraduate Number312429593150
Graduate Number320316650
Student Diversity
% of students of color (or URM)23%Reflects regional ethnic diversity
#/% of military-affiliated students200350
Academic Profile of Incoming New Students
First-Year student average SAT10981095TBD
First-Year student average gpa3.663.66TBD
Transfer student average gpa3.263.32TBD
Graduation Rates (UG)
Transfer 2-year (for those staring w/60+ hours)
201320142020 (GOAL)
Effective Learning Environment
Campus ClimateMeasure created & tracked
Deferred Maintenance Amountunknown$168 millionLess than $168 million
Best Practice Level for maintenance spending$3 million$6 million
x % of buildings will be above 70% on NAV score50%50%70%
Quality Classroom space (grade of "B")70%Survey not done90% at "B" or above
Faculty/Staff Compensation
% of positions at or above median incomeTBD by Committee
Faculty at median income for 17-competitor setBe at Median
CUPA & Chronicle %Be at Median
Fiscal Health/Sustainability
Student Debt of our graduates % among 17-school peer group#1#1Not be #1 on the list w/Highest debt
% of Operating Revenue from Non-tuition sources10%10%25%
Endowment/1 year budget$79,585,706$84,365,076$86,000,000
Donor Base/Engagement
Alumni EngagementMeasure created & tracked
Total Gifts and Commitments$7,640,634$7,606,075
Overall Number of Donors8,0829,1329,500
Overall Donor Retention Ratenot tracked63%70%
Environmental Sustainability
STARS Rating based on rigorous reportingGoldN/ATBD by Sustainability Committee