Loyola University Maryland

Strategic Plan 2008-2013

Indicators of Success

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As we carry out the initiatives set forth in this strategic plan, we will measure our progress toward achieving our goal of being the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation. To that end, we are in the process of developing a list of Key Indicators of Success (KIS). These indicators are not meant to be exhaustive of all of the activities and assessments that occur at Loyola that could be used to illustrate our position as the leading Catholic comprehensive university. Rather, they will be a focused set of items that are feasible from the standpoint of data collection and dissemination. In addition, they will be useful in distinguishing ourselves from the other comprehensive universities from the point of view of multiple constituencies, including parents, prospective students, employers, and internal audiences. Many of these metrics can be benchmarked against those of our peer institutions and all will allow us to track our achievement in each area. The current draft list of KIS, which is detailed below and will be finalized by December 2008, fall into six categories:


The leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation will be a desirable educational option for students as measured by:

    • number of undergraduate and graduate applications;
    • undergraduate and graduate acceptance rates (percentage of applications which are accepted by Loyola);
    • undergraduate and graduate yields (percentage of accepted applicants who enroll);
    • undergraduate and graduate summer melt (percentage of accepted applicants who initially indicate their intention to enroll and subsequently forfeit their deposit);
    • percentage of undergraduate students indicating Loyola is their first-choice school, as measured on national surveys


The leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation must have an outstanding faculty as measured by:

    • proportion of faculty holding terminal degrees;
    • proportion of faculty FTE (full time equivalent) that is full-time;
    • proportion of full-time faculty that is tenured or tenure-track;
    • quality of teaching as reported by students on national surveys such as the NSSE
    • grants, contracts, and fellowships data (number of applications, percentage of applications awarded, monetary amount of awards, diversity of departments receiving grants);
    • number of faculty publications;
    • student/alumni satisfaction with faculty as measured on national surveys

Student Experience

The leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation will deliver a top-quality educational experience for students as measured by:

    • undergraduate retention and graduation rates;
    • seniors indicating they would “definitely” choose Loyola again, as measured on national surveys;
    • undergraduate student satisfaction on 5-year out alumni survey data;
    • undergraduate National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) benchmark data;
    • undergraduate student engagement in service and understanding of the institution’s Jesuit mission as measured on the NSSE;
    • Ph.D.s earned by undergraduate alumni;
    • retention and time to completion in full-time graduate programs;
    • assistantship availability, stipend amount, and percentage of tuition and costs covered for students in full-time graduate programs;
    • graduate student licensure exam passage rates;
    • graduate student perceptions of gains in learning aims on Loyola’s Graduate Student Climate Survey


The educational experience at the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation is enhanced by the inclusion of diverse perspectives and an approach that views differences as learning opportunities as measured by:

    • ethnic and racial diversity of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and other employees;
    • geographic (national and international) diversity of undergraduate and graduate students;
    • socio-economic diversity of undergraduate students

Community Engagement

The leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation must be engaged with its local community and is enhanced by those activities as well as by global partnerships as measured by:

    • number and breadth of local partnerships;
    • number and breadth of global partnerships


The leading Catholic comprehensive university in the nation must be in a strong financial position as measured by:

    • endowment;
    • alumni giving rate;
    • number of major gifts given to the institution

As noted above, most of the KIS can be benchmarked to those of other leading Catholic comprehensive universities in the nation. These include Creighton University, Fairfield University, Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, Providence College, Saint Joseph’s University (PA), Santa Clara University, Villanova University, and Xavier University.