Common Searches

Invest in responsive and relevant programming across alternative modalities. Design creative programs that meet workforce needs in the region and prepare a wide variety of students for the workplace and enhance social and economic mobility.

Goal 1

Develop flexible course delivery models and instructional modes that, coupled with multiple entry points into the educational programs, will meet the needs of UMSL’s diverse student populations.


  • Increase online student credit hours by 20% from 16,000 to 19,200.
  • Increase the number of 8-week courses offered from 6% to 12%

Goal 2

Align academic programs and units with regional workforce needs in areas with high demand and middle to high earning potential.


  • Develop and launch 5 new academic degree programs based on market growth potential and workforce needs.
  • Add at least 15 new certificates/micro-credentials based on market growth potential and workforce needs.

Goal 3

Build upon the university’s expertise in offering high-impact practices for learners and promote direct connections between these learning experiences and the development of essential workforce skills.


  • Increase six-year graduation rate of first-time college students from 57% to 65%; transfer students from 71% to 80%; pell-grant students from 65% to 72%.
  • Establish experiential learning benchmarks for all academic programs set target goals for a 10% increase.

Goal 4

Enhance cultural competency across disciplines to create an inclusive learning environment and prepare students for the future global workforce.


  • Increase faculty-led study abroad programs by 25%.
  • Increase internship opportunities (locally through partnerships with region-specific chambers of commerce and individual businesses).
  • Develop and/or enhance student-focused learning experiences, focused on self-awareness, identity development, and understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
  • Rebrand the existing Living Learning Communities (LLCs) model to a meta-major cohort model with the goal of 50% of students opting in.