Initiatives


Opportunities for Success

Staying true to the Temple mission of access to excellence and our hallmark diversity, the university will continue to welcome determined students who have the drive to succeed. At the same time, Temple is committed to improving the academic profile of the freshman and transfer classes, and to providing all students with an intellectual and physical environment that nurtures their talents and creativity as well as their cognitive, entrepreneurial, leadership and research skills. Excellence in teaching is a hallmark of the university and is evident in the outstanding scholarship and creative expression of our faculty. In response to changing societal needs, the university is also poised to offer more opportunities for non-traditional students.

  • Maintain class size (~4100-4200 1st yr students and ~3700 transfer students annually)
  • Recruit diverse students of high academic achievement or promise
  • Improve academic profile
  • Increase number of college-ready students from Philadelphia County
  • Recruit international students
  • Maintain community college transfer enrollments
  • Improve retention and graduation rates
  • Promote excellence in teaching
  • Enhance University Honors Program
  • Improve student support services
  • Define/develop strategies and programs for non-traditional students

Outcome Measures

(AY 08/09 - AY 12/13)

  • Maintain freshman class at ~4100-4200, transfer class at ~3700 annually
  • Increase SAT scores by 40 points
  • Increase class GPA and percentile ranking by ~10%
  • Increase financial aid from 12.5 to 14.5 % of annual tuition generated
  • Increase 6-year graduation rate from 59% (AY 07/08) to 70%
  • Reaffirmation of Temple University's Accreditation: Middle States 2009-2010

Global Commitment

Integral to our mission is the globalization of teaching, research and community outreach. Temple faculty will increasingly engage in research and teaching related to global issues. Temple graduates will be globally competent: able to comprehend the global dimension of their fields and sensitive to communication across cultures, many through competency in a foreign language. The ability to analyze contemporary political, economic and scientific events and comprehend their impact at local, national and global levels will enable graduates to compete successfully in the new marketplace.

  • Increase internationalization
  • Institute best teaching practices for accelerating the global competency of students
  • Expand education and study abroad opportunities
  • Enhance faculty opportunities for global engagement
  • Increase faculty opportunities for international experience
  • Advance collaborative educational and research opportunities between Main Campus and TUJ

Outcome Measures

(AY 08/09 - AY 12/13)

  • Number of courses that integrate globalization into the curriculum
  • Number and types of study abroad opportunities
  • Number of students participating in study abroad opportunities
  • Number of international students studying at Temple University

Metro-Engagement

Temple is dedicated and inextricably linked to the well-being and prosperity of Philadelphia and its surrounding region. The university will continue to provide a stewardship of place that respects, understands, builds upon and enhances the region's unique historic, physical, cultural and community assets.

  • Foster metro-collaborative partnerships in research, service and outreach
  • Foster metro-collaborative partnership in teaching and learning at both graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Create metro-engagement opportunities for students through the curriculum and other student activities
  • Continued strong commitment to student community engagement
  • Seek Carnegie Community Engagement classification (Curricular Engagement & Outreach and Partnerships)
  • Build a comprehensive database of faculty scholarship and activity related to metro-engagement
  • Promote sustainability on Temple University campuses and adjacent communities

Outcome Measures

(AY 08/09 - AY 12/13)

  • Increase new research and educational initiatives with community engagement component by 20%
  • Expand GenEd offerings that include a component of metro-engagement from 32% (AY 07/08) to 60%
  • Achieve Carnegie Community Engagement classification

Research Excellence

Temple will move aggressively to increase its sponsored research and promote a climate conducive to excellence in research, entrepreneurial activity and creative expression. We will leverage the unique breadth and scope of the expertise of our faculty to generate multidisciplinary research that will improve people's lives.

  • Strengthen graduate education including improving the teaching skills of graduate students
  • Recruit, invest in and support faculty research and creative expression
  • Expand the number of endowed and named professorships for outstanding faculty members
  • Enhance clinical and translational research on the Health Sciences Campus
  • Expand opportunities for undergraduate research and provide faculty mentors
  • Increase the ranking of Temple University from Carnegie Research Universities RU/H (High Research Activity) to Carnegie Research Universities RU/VH (Very High Research Activity)
  • Promote an entrepreneurial culture

Outcome Measures

(AY 08/09 - AY 12/13)

  • Increase sponsored research by 50%
  • Increase the number of clinical/translational trials conducted on the Health Sciences Campus
  • Establish 20 new named and endowed professorships
  • Increase interdisciplinary entrepreneurial enterprises
  • Achieve Carnegie Research Universities RU/VH (Very High Activity) classification

Destination Temple

Every day across the world, thousands of people come to a Temple campus. The university's multiple campuses reflect shared Temple values, yet possess their own unique identities. Every Temple University campus is a welcoming place, a destination for life. For students, Temple is life-changing. For faculty, it is a place to build a life's work. For staff, it is a place where every interaction makes a difference. For alumni, it is an intellectual and emotional home. For business, government and cultural representatives, it is a place for collaboration and growth. For visitors of all kinds, it is a place for discovery. Important opportunities exist for vesting Temple University more completely in the communities of which it is part.

  • Create a vibrant and diverse "campus within the city"
  • Cultivate an integrated arts, culture and entertainment community through curricular and co-curricular initiatives
  • Establish integrated marketing and communications for Destination Temple

Outcome Measures

(AY 08/09 - AY 12/13)

  • Expand arts performances on campus to new Tyler School, Baptist Temple (now the Temple Performing Arts Center)
  • Attract new businesses within and around the Temple community
  • Implement phase I of campus master plan to revitalize the physical presence of Temple University