Pillar 2: Our Unique Christian Identity

Priority:  1=Highest,  2=High, 3=Medium, 4 = Low, 5= V. Low

Goal 2.1 Establish and highlight the way our Brethren roots create a unique campus environment informed by our Christian heritage.

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OBJECTIVE 2.1.1 Increase awareness of Brethren/Christian identity across the institution.

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2.2.1.A

Increase number of visual spotlights highlighting Brethren heritage and values.

 

In Process

TBD

The Pillar 2 team is working with Brethren Church staff to curate the content for a Brethren values feature on the Eagle Walk; historical markers throughout campus and a permanent display in the Office of Christian ministry.

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2.2.1.B

Raise attendance at annual Heritage Lecture series.

Completed

Dr. Peter Slade;  Dr. Wayne McCown

The Heritage Lecture series attendance has been 2016=75; 2017=20; 2018=75; 2019=75. Participants have diversified the past two years to include strong representation from staff, students, faculty and community members. The program is set to continue and grow in the future.

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OBJECTIVE 2.1.2 Clarify our Brethren/Christian identity for prospective students and employees.

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2.1.2.A

Increase number of students and employees engaging Brethren ethos training.

In Process

TBD

Brethren ethos training has been incorporated into employee orientation and new student orientation programming. The Pillar 2 team is working with Brethren Church staff to create a summary informational card that can be used by all campus constituencies.

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2.1.2.B

Create and implement a bi-annual chapel series on Brethren values.

Completed

TBD

Brethren values have been featured at chapel events in 2016 and 2017. The current faculty/staff/student gathering incorporates Brethren beliefs and practices.

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OBJECTIVE 2.1.3 Strengthen relationship between University, Seminary and the Brethren Church.

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2.1.3.A

Identify liaison personnel and train for institutional and denominational connections.

In Process

Mallorie Ndlovu Dladla; Steven Cole; Dr. Wayne McCown

No update

Goal 2.2 Improve existing and create new methods of character development activities aligned with Christian principles.

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OBJECTIVE 2.2.1 Enhance students' ability to identify life calling.

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2.2.1.A

Conduct feasibility study for a life calling center that identifies and clarifies the available resources and personnel for life calling.

Complete

Karen Hagans, Rick Ewing, Mallorie Ndlovu Dladla

A proposal for a Life Calling Center has been completed and is available for an option of donor giving.

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2.2.1.B

Identify, clarify and communicate available resources and personnel for life calling.

In Process

Karen Hagans, Lenroy Jones, Khush Pittenger, Mallorie Ndlovu Dladla

A comprehensive list of Life Calling development opportunities is currently (SP19) being formed.

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OBJECTIVE 2.2.2 Increase opportunities for character development integration in both curricular and co-curricular parts of the institution.

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2.2.2.A

Raise student exposure to character development in institutional curriculum and pedagogy.

 

In Process

Peter Slade; Greg McBrayer

Consideration is being given to co-curricular 'tracks' that could be rewarded by being included on the transcript and/or with graduation cords.

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2.2.2.B

Increase student awareness of character development opportunities.

 

In Process

Nicole Dyer; Jen Waschok

Engage software will be implemented in Fall 2019 and will help track student engagement, as well as communicate personal development activities. GivePulse software will be implemented in Fall 2019 and will help track student volunteer engagement. The office of Community Service and our community partners will be able to utilize this software to track student volunteer hours and impact.

Goal 2.3 Revive, create and celebrate campus traditions.

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OBJECTIVE 2.3.1 Strengthen community life on campus.

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2.3.1.A

Increase number/quality of campus wide community events.

In Process

Nicole Dyer;

Student Affairs has ongoing, semesterly collaborative programming meetings to bolster current programs and create new programs, with community engagement in mind.

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2.3.1.B

Create and track opportunities for interdepartmental collaboration.

Complete

Nicole Dyer

Engage software will be implemented in Fall 2019 and will help track student engagement. Student affairs will be able to make data-informed decisions about collaboration opportunities.

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OBJECTIVE 2.3.2 Revitalize campus spirit.

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2.3.2.A

Increase awareness of campus history and traditions.

In Process

Jen Washock, Nicole Dyer, Mallorie Ndlovu Dladla

 The President's Welcome during Orientation Weekend will include a pep rally with Athletics, a brief welcome from Ashland Mayor and AU Alum Matt Miller, and an opportunity for students to learn about AU heritage, the Alma Mater, our fight song and how to immerse themselves in our rich community beyond the campus. The AU Bucket List program will also be introduced during this time.

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2.3.2.B

Generate more platforms for students, staff, and alumni to share what they love about AU and ATS.

Complete

Ologie Team, Nicole Dyer, Jeff Alix

Ashland University is currently featuring "1,000 Stories of Ashland" through the Development Office and the cross-sectional Ologie team. The Homecoming planning team is also considering a video testimony station at key AU events.

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2.3.2.C

Create succinct literature and marketing on AU/ATS history and traditions.

Complete

Erynn Franks

Marketing regularly features social media focused on AU/ATS history and traditions.

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2.3.2.D

Promote support of athletic events and programs.

Complete

Joe Maggelet

In Spring 2019, OCM co-hosted the first Faith Day in conjunction with Athletics - basketball. This program will be ongoing with additional teams to be included. The Athletics Chaplain regularly promotes upcoming athletic events.

Goal 2.4 Become a recognized national model university that seeks greater understanding of issues related to faith and society.

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OBJECTIVE 2.4.1 Increase campus awareness on the engagement of faith with societal issues.

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2.4.1.A

Establish a Faith and Society advisory committee to plan and implement faith and society programming.

 

 In Process

 TBD

 Though there is not an official advisory committee, a faith and society lecture series has been offered. The Religion Department and Office of Christian Ministry have offered additional programming on the topic of faith and society.

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2.4.1.B

Increase professional development opportunities for students and employees in connection with issues on faith and society.

 

In Process

 TBD

Scholarships for Jubilee conference for students; Attendance at Q Conference for OCM staff. Q Union planned for Fall 2019.

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OBJECTIVE 2.4.2 Emerge as a leader among peer institutions regarding faith and society.

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2.4.2.A

Host a Faith and Society symposium and invite peer institutions to share scholarship.

 

Not Yet Started

 TBD

No update

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2.4.2.B

Identify (if available) a benchmark evaluation with peer institutions on campus engagement with issues of faith and society.

Not Yet Started

 TBD

No update