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Transforming SLU

Transforming SLU encompasses a variety of efforts designed to help us become a world-class  research  university  and  the  first  choice  among  students, patients, faculty, physicians, staff and other stakeholders as envisioned in the University’s strategic plan.

During the 2017-18 academic year, we will consider ways to achieve key strategic priorities, including:

  • Becoming a nationally-recognized model for patient-centered health care — one that integrates compassionate care, research and education
  • Enhancing science, math and engineering programs that position us for growth and expand our research contributions to the well-being of the world's people and environment
  • Elevating humanities and highlighting their centrality to our Catholic, Jesuit identity and commitment to educating the whole person
  • Developing the strongest and most innovative undergraduate programs among the world's Catholic, Jesuit universities, providing flexibility and agency to our students and enhancing their capacities to lead creative and productive lives of faith, purpose, and meaning
  • Strengthening our commitment to community engagement, applied research, and social justice
  • Growing professional programs in focused areas of strength and societal need
  • Increasing scholarship and sponsored research, particularly in innovative interdisciplinary contexts

In spirit and purpose, the initiatives that support Transforming SLU are focused on mission, academic excellence, distinctiveness and growth.

Campus Master Plan

We are engaged in our first comprehensive campus master planning process in more than a quarter century. Our campus master plan considers where SLU is today and how the University’s strategic priorities will impact facilities in the next 10-20 years.

Conversations for the Decade Ahead

During the 2017-18 academic year, we will host a new speakers series featuring national experts addressing critical topics, ranging from the challenges facing colleges and universities to the innovations taking place in higher education.

Core Curriculum

To make undergraduate education at SLU even more distinctive, we are working to adopt new University core student learning outcomes that will direct the development of a new, University-wide core curriculum. A newly established, faculty-led committee will be responsible for curriculum development and implementation.


Our strategy for growth involves initiatives with the potential to extend our educational mission to new or existing markets; generate new annual net revenues; and support building our brand reputation for academic excellence. Assistant to the President for Growth Justin Daffron, S.J., is coordinating this effort in partnership with University leadership.

Operational Excellence

The operational excellence program is an institution-wide initiative designed to make SLU — as an organization — more efficient and effective, as well as to identify opportunities for increased revenue and growth.