For more than 150 years, Valparaiso University has aspired to be a place where passion meets purpose. The goals we’ve outlined in our Strategic Plan ensure Valpo remains a place where women and men of promise receive an innovative, world-class education and graduate ready to advance humanity throughout the world.

The following sections highlight the accomplishments we’ve made since the Strategic Plan was first approved in 2010.

Exceptional and Accessible Education

Mobilize and uniquely blend the resources of our colleges and schools under a compelling, innovative, and distinctive educational model to enable students to lead and serve in a global society.


Launched new degree programs including bachelor’s degrees in Latin American and Latino Studies and Cinema and Digital Media Studies, a Master of Ministry Administration, a Master of Professional Studies in Law, a Master of Science in Health Management and Policy, and the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program.
Launched a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Leadership and master’s degrees in Health Administration and International Human Services and Counseling in the new College of Nursing and Health Professions.
Dedicated the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility and celebrated a $2.3 million cooperative agreement from the United States Department of Energy for solar energy research.
Hired a Director of Writing to oversee the University’s writing center and emphasize critical thinking and communication skills.
Constructed a new, three-story, 52,000-square-foot building College of Arts and Sciences building with added classroom space and consolidated faculty offices.
Piloted “Study Away,” a program enabling students to complete academic programs not offered on the Valparaiso University campus by studying a semester at one of the five New American Colleges and Universities.
Named to The Best College’s list of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study.
Been included on U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and Best Value lists, appeared on Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list, been named by the United States Department of State as a top producer of Fulbright scholars, and been honored by the NCAA and Horizon League for the graduation success rate among student athletes.
Opened a new satellite campus in Chicago’s Hyde Park, hosting master’s programs designed to fit the lifestyles of urban adult professionals, as well as the Valparaiso Immigration Project, a law clinic that provides students an opportunity to practice representing immigrants with claims grounded in human rights and domestic and international law.


A Larger, More Diverse Community

Significantly alter the size, composition, and shape of our learning communities, increasing the diversity and the number of backgrounds and perspectives.


Welcomed the largest incoming class in 36 years in 2013, as well as the highest number of enrolled students in 33 years.
Welcomed the most diverse student population in University history with 30 percent international and domestic minority students from 41 states and more than 50 countries.
Began construction on a new, suite-style residence hall to provide living space for 275 sophomore-level students.
Convened a think tank of on-campus leaders to coordinate diversity efforts, appointed a chief diversity officer, and deployed diversity facilitators to guide campus leaders through training sessions.
Ranked among the Institute of International Education’s Top 40 Master’s Institutions for undergraduate participation in study abroad with approximately 250-300 students studying abroad in a semester, summer or spring break program each year in 20 countries around the world.
Expanded summer camp offerings, including the Summer Global Leadership Institute, launched in summer 2013.
Remained committed to service members, veterans and their dependents, and achieved recognition in Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools rankings.
Celebrated the 45th anniversary of Study Abroad programs in Cambridge, England, and Reutlingen, Germany in addition to international sites in Hangzhou, China, and San Jose, Costa Rica.


A Deeper Sense of Commitment

Enhance student, faculty, and staff well-being as well as deepen alumni commitment to and pride in the University.


Enhanced faculty evaluations to include professional development in addition to teaching, scholarship, and service.
Implemented regular faculty workshops focusing upon course design and pedagogical innovation.
Celebrated the successes of award-winning faculty members including:

  • Professor Bob Palumbo, recognized as the State of Indiana Professor of the Year for 2013.
  • Professor Jeff Will, named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Illinois/Indiana section of the American Society of Engineering.
  • Professors Kevin Ostoyich and Yun Xia and six students from the College of Arts and Sciences, awarded a grant from the ASIANetwork for a one-year research project to study the history of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees.
  • Professors Lara Pudwell and Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo, awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a three-year mathematics research project with female, minority, and first generation college students.
Maintained a 90 percent or greater placement rate for more than 20 years.
Achieved 83 percent job satisfaction in polls of recent graduates in 2013.
Launched new websites for Alumni Relations as well as Annual Giving.
Celebrated the completion of the Duesenberg Welcome Center for prospective students, alumni and campus visitors.
Launched a national Presidential Alumni Association Tour with more than 20 stops across the country.
Gratefully acknowledged an increase in the number of alumni donors, thanks to the Spirit of Valpo campaign and intentional steps to connect with those alumni.


In Common Pursuit of Truth

Advance our vision as a Lutheran university constituted by people of many and various beliefs and backgrounds, where faith, ethical character, and a sense of vocation are nurtured.


Revitalized, diversified, and prioritized Chapel worship experiences
Moved Morning Prayer to 10 a.m. five days a week to preserve the Chapel break period for all of our students.
Expanded the number of opportunities available for students to worship on campus to 11 weekly worship and prayer services in the Chapel of the Resurrection
Inaugurated the Institute for Leadership and Service as an extension of Valpo’s campus ministries to assist each student in the vital work of exploring his or her life’s calling.
Expanded Spring Break service trips to seven destinations, allowing more than 100 students a year to spend their breaks serving in community.
One of only four Indiana Universities to appear on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in both 2012 and 2013
Achieved recognition as the No. 4 top master’s university in the nation for its contributions to the public good by the Washington Monthly magazine
Been honored by the National Panhellenic Conference, one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations for women, with its College Panhellenic Excellence Award.
Celebrated the success of Valpo fraternity and sorority members who committed more than 10,000 hours to community service and donated more than $36,000 to local and national nonprofits in 2012. Introduced elective courses in professional skills for students of all majors, including leadership, career development, presentation skills, and research strategies.


A Thriving University

Develop and implement a successful business model that consistently generates sufficient annual revenue to support a dynamic learning and social environment and provides opportunities for strategic investment and innovation in those programs that will have a vital impact on students and society.


Taken steps toward administrative efficiency, including the implementation of a new class schedule to optimize the use of existing facilities and the creation of the Auxiliary Services department to oversee student experience.
Received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the College of Engineering’s Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center.
Built the Arts & Sciences Building, Duesenberg Welcome Center and all subsequent campus facilities to LEED Silver certification specifications.


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