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Our Future

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Submit your feedback on the future of the College of Education via the form below.

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The College of Education at Belmont University is in the process of discerning and defining our future goals, aspirations, and priorities, and we would appreciate your input!

Our faculty and staff have undertaken a process to develop a preliminary new mission and vision statement aligned with the University’s Strategic Trajectory. We are also refining our most critical strategic priorities and key action steps for the coming years. Your feedback will be instrumental in making sure our efforts are true to the values, passions, and strengths of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

Please take a few minutes to read the draft language below, or to watch the video presentation. Then let us know your thoughts in the feedback form. We know your time is valuable, and we truly appreciate your engagement with us in this important process! 

Gratefully,
Dr. Jim McIntyre
Dean, College of Education

 

 

Watch the Video Presentation



College of Education Draft Mission, Vision and Strategic Priorities

Proposed Mission:

The mission of the College of Education is to teach brilliantly, innovate boldly, advocate passionately, and serve faithfully, and to grow teachers and leaders who embody these ideals.

Proposed Vision:

To be the leading Christ-centered educator preparation program in the world, elevating excellence in our profession, and radically championing life abundant for all students, families, and communities.

Proposed Strategic Priorities:

  1. Educate Outstanding Teachers & Leaders (Whole Person Formation)
    • Ensure excellence in teaching and scholarship
    • Offer meaningful field experiences, service activities, and scholarship opportunities
    • Foster strong pedagogy, deep content knowledge, and effective student supports
    • Advance diversity, equity, and culturally sustaining practice
    • Nurture whole person formation, including purpose, character, and spirit
    • Expand leadership and teacher leadership development programming
    • Focus on quality, continuous improvement, and alignment to mission
    • Model the behaviors, virtues, habits, and dispositions we wish our students to learn

  2. Innovate to Transform Education (Data-Informed Social Innovation)
    • Forge deeper mutually beneficial partnerships with schools, districts, community organizations, and University colleagues
    • Connect educators and share practices across sectors (public, charter, private, home)
    • Leverage data and technology to improve COE and PreK-12 educational outcomes
    • Challenge traditional structures in education by imagining and piloting innovative models
    • Explore high-impact non-degree programming for educators*
    • Assess the feasibility of a Belmont University laboratory school or pre-school

      *For example: Data Analytics, School Finance, Adult Learning Theory, Education Policy, DEI, Character-focused Leadership, etc.

  3. Advocate for Children, Families, and Communities (Integrative Approach to Flourishing)
    • Utilize our collective voice and collaborate with allies to catalyze positive change
    • Lead on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, access, and opportunity
    • Demand higher expectations, standards, and outcomes for all students, educators, school systems, and our profession
    • Create greater opportunities for students with disabilities and English Learners (including on our campus)
    • Promote integrated non-academic services in schools (health, mental health, etc.)
    • Teach COE faculty and students how to effectively engage in the public policy process
    • Assist students, families and communities to build their own capacity for advocacy

  4. Collaborate to Enhance Access, Opportunity, Support, and Success (Inclusive Excellence)
    • Embrace immersive school partnership models as our future in graduate education
    • Co-construct partnerships with high-need schools and their educators to expand access and opportunity (including in rural settings)
    • Seek to embed COE courses in schools for greater cooperation and richer learning
    • Support districts’ Grow Your Own initiatives and other educator preparation efforts
    • Facilitate stronger pathways for students between Prek-12 and higher education
    • Enhance service opportunities for Belmont students that meaningfully impact children
    • Work with colleagues across Belmont on high-impact efforts to reweave the social fabric

  5. Communicate our Stories to Inspire and Engage (Amplify Storytelling)
    • Share our mission and our stories through a variety of channels and media
    • Define and refine the key themes and messages we want our communication to convey
    • Amplify our reach by encouraging our students, alumni, and partners to tell their Belmont University stories
    • Deliberately develop our capacity to inspire and engage through compelling communication
    • Highlight stories and images of faith, service, and human flourishing.