Our Roadmap



Roadmap Our Strategic Plan


In the fall of 2022, the College of Professional Studies embarked on a first-ever Strategic Planning Process - Our Roadmap. This process engaged faculty, staff, students, and various community members in multiple ways, from surveying individuals to small and large group conversations.

  • In the fall of 2023, the college's purpose, vision, mission, value pillars, and goals were adopted and implemented. Gathering input and suggestions from our various stakeholders and applying that feedback to the finalized language was vital in shaping each critical area's language and meaning.
  • Throughout the fall 2023 semester, the CPS Dean's Office will work hand in hand with program directors and operational leads to establish and finalize activities specific to their respective areas, which will, in turn, move the needle forward and contribute to the college reaching each established goal area.



A Message from the Dean


Dear Members of the College of Professional Studies Community,

I am delighted to share with you our college’s Strategic Planning Road Map, which represents a significant milestone in the evolution of our institution. As we embark on this exciting journey, I want to express my gratitude for the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, which has made this endeavor possible.

Our New Purpose

In today's rapidly changing world, the role of higher education is more crucial than ever. Our new purpose is to catalyze progress through higher education. This overarching call to action reflects our commitment to making a positive impact on society, empowering individuals, and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Our Mission

At CPS, we have set a bold mission for ourselves: to be the interdisciplinary college of choice for lifelong learners and employment decision makers. This mission emphasizes our dedication to providing education that transcends traditional boundaries, enabling students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their careers and contribute to the betterment of society.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide an agile, responsive, and innovative educational experience for a diverse community of learners. We aim to be at the forefront of educational innovation, ensuring that our programs remain relevant and effective in meeting the evolving needs of our students and the job market. We believe that an agile approach will empower lifelong upskilling and reskilling, enabling individuals to adapt to the changing demands of the modern workforce.

Contributing to Social, Economic, and Political Progress

Our vision goes beyond individual success; it extends to the broader impact we can make on society. We are committed to contributing to social, economic, and political progress by producing graduates who are not only highly skilled but also ethical and socially responsible citizens. By equipping our students with the knowledge, values, and critical thinking skills they need, we aspire to be a catalyst for positive change in our communities and beyond.

I encourage all members of the CPS community to join hands and work together to make this vision a reality. Together, we will create a brighter future for our students and the world they will help shape. I look forward to the incredible journey ahead, and I am confident that, together, we will achieve great heights in our pursuit of catalyzing progress through higher education.


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Dean Liesl Riddle, Ph.D.
The College of Professional Studies

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