Trinity Tomorrow

A Letter from President Danny J. Anderson

August 16, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

As we approach the mid-way mark in implementation of our ten-year strategic plan, Trinity Tomorrow, I am reminded of a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” With the 2018 Progress Report, it’s important not only to acknowledge what we have completed, but also to reflect on where we are headed.

Higher education is experiencing significant challenges - economically, culturally and demographically. Many of these were challenges we could not anticipate when Trinity Tomorrow was first conceived. Happily, the Trinity Tomorrow vision and the progress made to date put Trinity in an excellent position to not only survive, but thrive in this changing environment. Here you will find a visual snapshot of our success so far, as well as the areas that will draw our focus and attention in the coming year.

Highlights of initiatives that moved toward completion in 2017-18 include:

  • The University has begun incorporating new policies around hiring faculty through an interdisciplinary lens (Objective 2C). This will encourage both breadth and depth in research and teaching, as well as shows commitment to Trinity’s Pathways curriculum.
  • Our student-athletes are not only at the top of their game, but also at the top of their class (Objective 4B). Trinity Tigers collectively boast an average GPA above 3.0, with coaches encouraging players to place priority in academics.
  • Pedagogical innovations from The Collaborative offer faculty support for teaching and guiding experiential learning (Foundation B4). We continue to offer exciting and engaging ways for our faculty to be lifelong learners as teachers and mentors.
  • Speaking of lifelong learning: The Trinity Staff Engagement Committee (TSEC) hosted the University’s first-ever staff development day, encouraging leadership and creativity among Trinity’s staff members (Foundation D6).

As president, I am excited and committed to realizing the vision of Trinity Tomorrow. Since its inception, Trinity faculty and staff have invested tremendous energy in realizing the plan. I will do all I can to keep this momentum going and facilitate an environment where we work together to fulfill our mission of providing a transformational liberal arts and sciences experience.

Our shared vision is ambitious: Redefine liberal arts for the 21st century. I’m pleased to share this report, which should inspire us to double-down on our efforts, as we are making significant progress toward that inspiring goal.

Danny Anderson
Trinity University

Strategic Plan: Related Files

The Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan describes where we want Trinity University to be by 2023 and how we propose getting there. The plan builds on the many strengths of Trinity and addresses the limitations that make it difficult for the University to achieve its full potential. Our task is sharpening our institutional identity within the familiar framework of our mission, values, and aspirations.

View files related to Trinity Tomorrow, including the full strategic plan:

PDF icon Trinity Tomorrow - A Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Trinity University 2013-2023 (PDF)
PDF icon Memo Regarding the New Curriculum (PDF)
PDF icon Trinity Tomorrow Mission, Vision, and Values (PDF)