Baylor University

Baylor University

Pro Futuris

A Strategic Vision for Baylor University


Five-Year Goals
Transformational Education

Baylor strives to prepare students to make a difference in our world as citizens and leaders who have the faith and integrity to do what is right in the face of competing pressures and to have a passion to apply their knowledge to ends that transcend mere self-interest.

Pro Futuris calls Baylor to be a place where academic excellence and life-changing experiences ignite leadership potential that increases our students' desire for wisdom, understanding of calling, and preparation for service in a diverse and interconnected global society. Over the course of the Five-Year Goals, we will:

Preserve and enhance the undergraduate learning environment:

  • Sustain the undergraduate student body around 13,300
  • maintain the academic quality of incoming freshman students (as measured by standardized admissions test scores) at approximately a 27 ACT or above a 1220 SAT
  • provide a student/faculty ratio of 14:1
  • sustain the percentage of classes of less than 20 students to at least 50%
  • decrease the percentage of classes greater than 50 students to 8%
  • increase overall retention to 90% or greater
  • increase first-year retention to 89% or greater
  • achieve a four-year graduation rate of 59%
  • achieve a six-year graduation rate of 77%
  • expand Career and Professional Development to achieve a placement rate of 90%

Enhance the University's capacity to develop students as worldwide leaders and servants:

  • institute a university-wide plan to enhance students' ability and commitment to serve as ethical leaders informed by biblical perspectives, intercultural understanding, and compassionate service to others
  • send 700 students on BU sponsored mission trips annually
  • deliver cultural competency education to 1,000 students, faculty, and staff annually
  • develop and implement a plan to enhance outreach efforts to and recruitment of members of diverse groups that are underrepresented among faculty, staff and students

Continue to improve the functionality and aesthetic quality of the campus:

  • build and successfully operate McLane Stadium
  • build and open the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation
  • build the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium
  • build the Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Sports Center
  • build the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center
  • build the Elliston Chapel
  • finish out BRIC for growth in engineering, industry partners and academic affiliations
  • renovate older residence halls (N. Russell 2015, Penland 2016, Martin 2017, Collins 2018 and then others)
  • renovate Penland and Memorial Dining Halls

Potential projects seeking donors or other sources of funding:

  • construct McLane Alumni Events Center and Hall of Fame at McLane Stadium
  • repurpose Hankamer/Cashion
  • develop new or expanded nursing facility
  • develop visitors center and spirit store
  • expand the Law School
  • develop phase one of arts district
  • renovate Tidwell Bible Building
  • renovate the Ferrell Center

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