Perhaps our biggest project this year is Master Academic Planning, a major endeavor aimed at identifying the programs and services Marylhurst needs to offer in order to better serve our students today and the students we need to be serving over the next ten years (and beyond!) On the Academic Strategies Council (made up of faculty, students and staff), we have been working at being students of higher education across the country and students of Marylhurst in particular. We’re examining many trends in education and looking at the needs of Millennials.

Part One of this important work was asking faculty, staff and students to first identify key questions and then write succinct, well-researched white papers to try to answer those questions.

Our white papers have come in and we’re excited to share our ideas with the campus community in the coming weeks. We have received 23 separate white papers so far. Some of the topics include:

  • Becoming a premier degree completion university
  • Becoming a Hispanic-serving institution by 2025
  • Creating a comprehensive creative therapies program
  • Starting a bachelor’s in social work and a master’s in social work program
  • Serving veterans students better
  • Creating comprehensive and shorter pathways from undergraduate to graduate programs
  • Starting an MA in Liberal Studies
  • Starting a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing

We’ll be hosting an open community round table on February 5. Look for more details coming soon!

White papers are in (an update on the Master Academic Plan)

5 thoughts on “White papers are in (an update on the Master Academic Plan)

  • December 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    This is very exciting.,…

  • January 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

    This is very exciting. I have heard a lot about the changes at Marylhurst University and I believe the university is on the right track.

    Keep up with the good work.

  • January 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This is good to see.

  • January 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Is there any possibility of a MFT (Masters in Family Therapy), and if not, what factors would prohibit this?

    • January 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      I think this is a great suggestion. We can absolutely add it to the list of potential masters degrees that would build on our strengths in creative therapies and psychology.


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