Goal I

NDU will continue to foster a teaching and learning environment based on a liberal arts foundation and driven by a holistic learning experience that enhances students’ professional and communication competences. 

 

Objective 1:

Promote teaching effectiveness by providing all faculty members with the proper training programs based on innovative teaching methodologies and techniques grounded in research and best practice, and by the recognition of teaching excellence.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion Start Date End Date
1.1.1 Assess the development needs of faculty members. Chairpersons October 2015 October 2017
1.1.2 Design and implement a faculty academic development policy. Deans October 2015 March 2016
1.1.3 Organize two workshops per year with international experts on new and innovative teaching and learning methodologies. Deans October 2015 Ongoing
1.1.4 Develop a limited number of model classrooms designed to pioneer innovative teaching technologies. AVPIT and Faculty Deans October 2016 June 2018
1.1.5 Allocate in the yearly budget of Faculties an amount allotted for the support of internal proposals from FT faculty members meant to implement the use of new and innovative teaching methodologies and measure their impacts. Deans September 2016 Ongoing
1.1.6 Develop appropriate procedures and forms for the submission, review and award of funds to eligible proposals mentioned in point above. Chairpersons October 2015 January 2016
1.1.7 Create a yearly Teaching Excellence award at the faculty level. Deans October 2016 Ongoing
1.1.8 Implement and enforce the merit policy of the university.  Deans October 2015 Ongoing

Objective 2:

Foster the adoption of innovative teaching methodologies in the classroom, monitored by a continuous assessment of SLOs and amend teaching and learning practices accordingly.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.2.1 Provide faculty members with a toolkit to conduct a systematic and thoughtful course assessment based on student learning outcomes. Chairpersons October 2016 Ongoing
1.2.2 Propose curriculum amendments supported by results of the assessment of SLOs. Chairpersons October 2016 Ongoing

Objective 3:

Reexamine the GER curriculum by articulating learning outcomes and skills to be integrated into the program learning outcomes of the various majors and/or programs.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.3.1 Define the GER course learning outcomes as derived from the mission of the university and the principles of a liberal arts education. Chair GEEC March 2016 October 2017
1.3.2 Design the GER curriculum requirements needed to meet course learning outcomes. Chair GEEC October 2015 October 2016

Objective 4:

Enhance students’ English proficiency across all degree programs.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.4.1 Recruit faculty members with teaching experience and a terminal degree in TEFL/TESOL and/or English language and literature. FH Dean and DET Chair September
2016
Ongoing
1.4.2 Open a Writing Center in Shouf Campus (SC) FH Dean and DET Chair September
2016
September
2017
1.4.3 Encourage students’ use of the Writing Center services through conducting two awareness campaigns each year. DET October 2015 Ongoing
1.4.4 Revise every three years the content and styles of pedagogy of English communication courses and align them with the best practices and models of English language teaching. DET October 2015 Ongoing
1.4.5 Twenty percent of all courses in each degree program should include an English writing component comprising English communication skills. COD September
2017
September
2018
1.4.6 Create a yearly English writing competition award for all NDU students. Chairperson of DET October 2016 Ongoing

Objective 5:

Incorporate service learning within the educational requirements of every graduating student.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.5.1 Incorporate service learning in two courses offered by each Faculty. Deans October 2017 October 2018
1.5.2 Offer two training sessions per year for faculty members on service learning as pedagogy of engagement. DPEPE October 2016 Ongoing
1.5.3 Establish partnerships with public and private sector institutions (e.g. NGOs, schools) to provide students’ learning from service. Deans + AVPRGS October 2016 Ongoing
1.5.4 Launch a yearly awareness campaign on the value of civic engagement through service learning. Deans November 2016 Ongoing

Objective 6:

Introduce Open Educational Resources (OER) for teaching and research.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.6.1 Task OER committee with identifying a strategy on OER use in hybrid learning courses within the next 5 years. OER Committee September
2015
September 2016
1.6.2 Launch a yearly awareness campaign about the use of OER in teaching and learning. OER Committee October 2016 Ongoing
1.6.3 Provide each semester 3 training sessions for faculty members and students to understand OER and use it effectively in teaching and research. OER Committee October 2016 Ongoing
1.6.4 Conduct periodic assessment of curriculum and outcomes of courses that are using OER. Deans October 2017 Ongoing

Objective 7:

Further develop the collaborative relationship between the Libraries and the different departments to meet the diversity of needs of our learning community.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.7.1 Task the University Library Committee to recommend an action plan to further develop relations between the Faculties and the University Libraries. Director of Libraries + Chairpersons  March 2016 October 2016

Objective 8:

Recruit faculty members, preferably with American experience, at the different levels and ranks to achieve a ratio of 2 to 1 of FT to PT.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
1.8.1 Review the salary scale and fringe benefits to ensure competitiveness at the local and regional levels. Deans, VPF, VPAA September 2015 September 2016
1.8.2 Finalize all elements of the fringe benefits related to retirement including but not limited to the pension plan and the HIP for retired faculty. VPAA & VPF September 2015 September 2016
1.8.3 Finalize and implement all elements related to rolling contracts. VPAA September 2015 September 2016
1.8.4 Devise a plan that identifies the number of faculty members needed per Faculty to reach the target ratio. COD October 2015 February 2016
1.8.5 Through the operating budget, identify in the Fall of each year, hiring priorities for the following academic year and advertise accordingly. Deans + VPAA September 2015 Ongoing
1.8.6 Prepare and adopt a Faculty recruitment manual. VPAA + Deans December 2015 December 2016
1.8.7 Conduct orientation for new faculty members. Deans + Chairpersons October 2016 October 2017
1.8.8 Revise the Faculty Handbook to cover more comprehensively faculty’s   (full-time and part-time) responsibilities, rights and privileges. Deans September
2016
September
2017
1.8.9 Modify the tenure and sabbatical policies for clearer eligibility requirements. Deans September
2016
September  2017
1.8.10 Revisit the teaching load policy to include release time for research. AVPRGS April 2016 October 2016
Goal II
NDU will develop its position as the national and regional Catholic university of choice.

Objective 1:

Develop policies, procedures, and practices that identify NDU and emphasize it as a university with regional campuses.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.1.1 Complete the draft of rules and procedures governing the relationships among the three campuses and submit to the University Council for approval.

President

 

Special University Policies Committee

September 2015 September 2017
2.1.2 Clarify and reinforce all channels of communication to highlight that the three campuses are interdependent.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

VPF: Fr. Bechara Khoury

 

VPA: Fr. Pierre Najem

 

VPPAC: Mr. Suheil Matar

 

Campus Directors

September 2015 Ongoing
2.1.3 Initiate a unified annual course offering for the three campuses. Deans September 2015 Ongoing
2.1.4 Encourage and facilitate cross registration and all aspects of mobility.

Registrar: Mrs. Lea Eid

 

Deans

September 2015 Ongoing
2.1.5 Annually assess the effectiveness of these rules and procedures.

OIRA

 

Deans

September 2016 Ongoing

Objective 2:

Establish a Faculty of Medicine.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion
(office/person/ committee chair)
Start Date End Date
2.2.1 Conduct a needs analysis to identify the market niche.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

OIRA

September 2015 September 2016
2.2.2 Develop a feasibility study and seek the approval of the University Council and BOT.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

VPF: Fr. Bechara Khoury

 

VPA: Fr. Pierre Najem

September 2016 September 2017
2.2.3 Appoint an Ad-hoc Committee to oversee the preparation phase for the foundation of a Faculty of Medicine. President September 2017 September 2020
2.2.4 Recruit professional consultants to guide in the preparation phase. President September 2015 September 2019
2.2.5 Establish a medical curriculum and set admission criteria.

President’s Ad-Hoc
Committee

 

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

September 2018 September 2019
2.2.6 Engage in an application process. VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr September 2019 September 2020
2.2.7 Appoint A search committee to hire a Founding Dean and launch the Faculty.

President

 

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

January 2020 September 2020

Objective 3:

Select programs for stronger admission requirements.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.3.1 Identify the criteria to select programs. COD September 2015 December 2015
2.3.2 Submit to the Office of VPAA the list of programs that contribute to selective admission. Deans February 2016
2.3.3 Review the admission requirements for these programs. Deans February 2016 May 2016
2.3.4 Recommend the final list of programs subject to the criteria. Deans September 2016
2.3.5 Attract students that fulfill the new admission requirements. Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle September 2016 September 2017
2.3.6 Annually assess the effectiveness of these actions. Deans September 2017 Ongoing

Objective 4:

Develop enrollment strategies to increase the number of students in low- enrollment majors with a strong potential for development.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.4.1 Set the criteria to identify programs with low enrollment but have the potential to attract more students.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

COD

September 2015 December 2015
2.4.2 Run regular career orientation workshops (1 per semester).

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

Deans

September 2015

September 2020
2.4.3 Revisit the vision and objectives of the present Job Fair to increase career placement rate. VPPA: Mr. Suheil Matar September 2015 February 2016
2.4.4 Revisit the vision and objectives of the Open Door to increase enrollment rate in those majors.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

Deans

September 2015 February 2016
2.4.5 Utilize the new website to expand recruitment in low-enrollment majors. OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud
September 2015 Ongoing
2.4.6 Partner with the private sector to seek scholarship funding or employment opportunities for fresh graduates.

Office of Development

 

Placement Office

September 2015 September 2016
2.4.7 Revisit admission policy/requirements to accommodate potential applicants.

Concerned Dean(s)

UAC

September 2015 September 2016
2.4.8 Set a plan to effectively promote low-enrollment majors via social media and telecommunication channels.

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

 

DCS: Dr. Fawzi Baroud

 

September 2015 September 2016
2.4.9 Introduce low-enrollment majors to new undergraduate students and undeclared freshman students.

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

Concerned Dean(s)

Spring 2016 Spring 2018
2.4.10 Compile data from feeder schools to better orient low-enrollment majors.

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

OIRA

Spring 2016 Ongoing
2.4.11 Target special school student groups and hold special orientation sessions. Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle Spring 2016 Ongoing
2.4.12 Annually assess the effectiveness of these actions.

Deans

 

OIRA

September 2016 Ongoing

Objective 5:

Create competitions and activities targeting secondary school students.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.5.1 Organize multidisciplinary annual competitions for secondary school students. 

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

SAO: Dr. Ziad Fahed

September 2015 Ongoing
2.5.2 Award winners tuition reductions. VPF: Fr. Bechara Khoury
September 2015 Ongoing
2.5.3 Organize summer activities in collaboration with the Faculties, Admissions Office and DCE.

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

Deans

 

DCE: Dr. Roger Hajjar

Summer 2016 Ongoing
2.5.4 Produce promotional campaigns to target top students, school principals, parents, and alumni to encourage interest in NDU.

OCS : Mr. Sam Lahoud

 

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

September 2015 Ongoing
2.5.5 Invite secondary school students from all segments of Lebanese society.

VPPAC: Mr. Suheil Matar

 

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

September 2015 Ongoing
2.5.6 Conduct a study to identify new feeder schools.

OIRA

 

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

September 2015 September 2016
2.5.7 Offer SAT, GMAT and EET training and/or orientation sessions through the DCE.

DCE: Dr. Roger Hajjar

 

Deans

September 2015 Ongoing
2.5.8 Annually assess the effectiveness of these actions. OIRA September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 6:

Promote select undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction in the region.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.6.1 Identify intersections between regional needs and innovative NDU programs.

OIRA

 

Deans

September 2015 Ongoing
2.6.2 Scan regional stakeholders in business and industry for feedback. OIRA September 2015 September 2016
2.6.3 Devise regional promotional strategies once mutual interests are identified.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

OIR: Dr. Pierre Gedeon

September 2016 September 2017
2.6.4 Expand social media platform to reach alumni and potential students in the region. VPPAC: Mr. Suheil Matar
September 2015 September 2016
2.6.5 Publicize Faculty and students’ achievements and creative activities as well as research, publications and presentations. AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar
February  2016 September 2017
2.6.6 Showcase alumni’s achievements through documentaries, successful billboard, and media campaigns. OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud
February  2016 Ongoing
2.6.7 Engage alumni’s regional chapters in promoting NDU programs. VPPAC: Mr. Suheil Matar
September 2015 Ongoing
2.6.8 Negotiate MOUs with select regional institutions and establish a system of institutionalization of these MOUS as well as the means to follow up once they are put in place.

Deans

 

OIR: Dr. Pierre Gedeon

September 2015 Ongoing
2.6.9 Annually assess and review existing programs to respond to regional needs. Deans September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 7:

Pursue the institutional accreditation process with NEASC.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.7.1 Update the institutional self-study of 2014.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

Steering Committee

January 2015 June 2015
2.7.2 Assemble and complete interim report (Biennial Review Report of Candidate Status).

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

Steering Committee

February 2015 May 2015
2.7.3 Draft, edit and submit interim report.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

Writing team

April 2015 June 2015
2.7.4 Set the final version of the Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

SPRIC

April 2015 July 2015
2.7.5 Prepare for the NEASC Biennial visit. VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr November 2015
November 2016

Objective 8:

Pursue professional accreditation for Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Architecture.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.8.1 Conclude ABET accreditation for Engineering and update the self-study for re-accreditation.

Dean

 

ABET Pre-accreditation committee

October 2015 Summer 2016
2.8.2 Pursue AACSB accreditation for the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Dean

 

Pre-accreditation committee

Summer 2015 Summer 2019
2.8.3 Pursue ABET accreditation for Computer Science.

Dean

 

Pre-accreditation committee

September 2015 September 2020
2.8.4 Prepare for NAAB accreditation for Architecture.

Dean

 

Pre-accreditation committee

September 2016 September 2017

Objective 9:

Pursue regional and international MOUs.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.9.1 Activate current regional and international agreements and explore new opportunities.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

Deans

September 2015 Ongoing
2.9.2 Assign a liaison officer within each Faculty to plan and follow up. Deans September 2015 Ongoing
2.9.3 Conduct scholarly activities such as seminars, conferences etc. in collaboration with regional and international universities.

Deans

 

AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar

September 2015 Ongoing
2.9.4 Develop and sustain student exchange agreements especially with Arab universities and governments.

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

IRO: Dr. Pierre Gedeon

September 2015 Ongoing
2.9.5 Promote and facilitate ‘mobility’ programs such as ERASMUS.

Deans

 

IRO: Dr. Pierre Gedeon

 

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

September 2015 September 2020
2.9.6 Activate the NDU Washington DC Office to serve as a liaison for faculty and student exchange President September 2015 September 2020
2.9.7 Annually assess the effectiveness of these actions. VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr
September 2016 Ongoing

Objective 10:

Expand on-campus housing services to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable living and study environment to local and international students, and provide accommodation for visiting professors (refer to Goal V Objective 6 for details).

Objective 11:

Develop students’ services in the spirit of the Catholic identity and Maronite heritage of the University.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.11.1 Ensure a sustainable balance between academic excellence and cost, in harmony with NDUs’ identity and mission as a non-profit, Catholic institution of higher education. VPF: Fr. Bechara Khoury
September 2015 Ongoing
2.11.2 Orient student clubs and societies towards the values of faith, civic and community engagement, diversity and leadership.

AVPAS: Mr. Simon Abou Jaoudeh

 

SAO: Dr. Ziad Fahed

Spring 2015 Ongoing
2.11.3 Redesign the Master Plan to update and renovate athletic facilities in Zouk Campus, and develop new ones at NLC and SC.

VPA: Fr. Pierre Najem

 

SAO: Dr. Ziad Fahed

Summer 2015 Summer 2018
2.11.4  Annually assess, review, and update services, when appropriate.     VPA: Fr. Pierre Najem
September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 12:

Develop an effective internal and external communication system for prospective learners, faculty, staff members, partners, and the wider community with emphasis on a dynamic and appealing online and social media presence.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.12.1 Launch the digital media project which includes revamping the NDU website, mobile application, and officially launching social media and intranet to provide clear and informative two-way communication. OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud
September 2015 September 2016
2.12.2 Target local and international audiences with a focus on campus life, academic facilities, scholarships and financial aid packages.

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

 

DCS: Dr. Fawzi Baroud

September 2015 Ongoing
2.12.3 Promote areas with highest potential for attracting local and international students.

Admissions: Ms. Viviane Nakhle

 

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

Deans

September 2015 Ongoing
2.12.4 Highlight career guidance services and events.

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

 

Placement Office

September 2015 Ongoing
2.12.5 Highlight the institutional and the program accreditation progress, efforts, and activities.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

September 2015 Ongoing
2.12.6 Make use of social media to publicize campus events and success stories. OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud
February 2016 Ongoing
2.12.7 Encourage the use of NDU email as a dominant formal tool of communication.

DCS: Dr. Fawzi Baroud

 

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

September 2015 Ongoing
2.12.8 Publicize key ways the University is contributing to the community’s progress. OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud
September 2016 Ongoing
2.12.9 Periodically survey the NDU community to assess communication channels.

OIRA

 

OCS: Mr. Sam Lahoud

September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 13:

Pilot online courses.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.13.1 Encourage research in distance learning.

AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar

 

University Librarian: Ms. Leslie Alter-Hage

September 2015 Ongoing
2.13.2 Develop and integrate the distance learning approach.

Deans

 

DCS: Dr. Fawzi Baroud

September 2016 September 2017
2.13.3 Conduct faculty workshops geared toward threaded discussion features on online courses. CARE: Dr. Bassel Akar
September 2016 September 2020
2.13.4 Pilot projects for online learning through online tutorials and webinars.

CARE: Dr. Bassel Akar

 

DCS: Dr. Fawzi Baroud

September 2016 September 2020
2.13.5 Collaborate with the NDU library and IT office in the learning process.

Deans

 

University Librarian: Ms. Leslie Alter-Hage

September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 14:

Revise contractual conditions of faculty members to retain committed individuals and competitively attract highly qualified candidates.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.14.1 Review and implement a salary scale and benefits packages of all faculty members (full-time faculty and part-time) to ensure equity and competitiveness.

VPAA

 

VPF

September 2015 September 2016
2.14.2 Set clear criteria for the reappointment policy to include multiple year contracts. VPAA September 2015 September 2016
2.14.3 Revise the current pension plans and policies for full-time faculty members.

VPAA

 

VPF

September 2015 February 2016
2.14.4 Propose a retirement package to retirees.

VPAA

 

VPF

February 2015 September 2016
2.14.5 Adjust salaries of outgoing administrators (chairs, deans, directors) to acknowledge services rendered

VPAA

 

VPF

 

VPA

September 2015 September 2016

Objective 15:

Develop and/or enhance competitive programs to attract international visiting professors and invited lecturers.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.15.1 Study the feasibility of a minor in sustainability, or an institute/center on sustainability. COD September 2016 September 2017
2.15.2 Further develop and promote Water Energy and Environment Research Center (WEERC) as a regional and international unit which contributes to environmental sustainability initiatives Director of WEERC September 2015 September 2016
2.15.3 Draft a comprehensive package outlining, in addition to rules and regulations, living conditions, allowances etc. for visiting scholars, professors or lecturers.

VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr

 

AVPAS: Mr. Simon Abou Jaoude

February 2016 September 2016
2.15.4 Use online/onsite platforms to attract visiting professors, lecturers or scholars on sustainability and related topics. VPAA: Dr. Elie Badr
September 2016 Ongoing
2.15.5 Cultivate existing MOUs to attract scholars in the field. Deans
September 2015 Ongoing
2.15.6 Develop proposals and target funding agencies and associations who are committed to research related to sustainability. Deans
September 2015 September 2016
2.15.7 Partner with prominent universities (preferably American) that have distinguished records in sustainability or related topics. Deans
September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 16:

Endow and activate the two research chairs already created in the Faculty of Humanities (refer to Goal III Objective 3 for details).

Objective 17:

Develop an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and support structure targeted to creative students, fresh graduates and young alumni.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
2.17.1 Foster the development of the Entrepreneurship initiatives.

Dean of FBAE: Dr. Elie Menassa

 

AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar

September 2015 September 2017
2.17.2 Develop a full proposal including timeline, budget, selection criteria and required resources.

Dean of FBAE: Dr. Elie Menassa

 

AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar

September 2015 September 2016
2.17.3 Formulate the structure that allows NDU students and alumni the opportunity to expose their full potential.

Dean of FBAE: Dr. Elie Menassa

 

AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar

September 2015 September 2016
2.17.4 Explore the possibility of experiential learning opportunities and initiatives within various majors and disciplines.

Dean of FBAE: Dr. Elie Menassa


AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar
September 2015 September 2020
2.17.5 Investigate the possibility of establishing an incubator to support business graduates. Dean of FBAE AVPRGS: Dr. Ghazi Asmar
September 2017 September 2018
2.17.6 Seek support/grants from local and international agencies, associations or firms.

Dean of FBAE: Dr. Elie Menassa

 

DIR: Dr. Pierre Gedeon

September 2015 Ongoing
Goal III
NDU will develop and integrate research as an essential part of the learning experience of its students at all levels.

Objective 1:

Enhance the graduate programs.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
3.1.1 Devise a general framework for the identification of criteria for eligibility to teach at the graduate level AVPRGS Oct. 2015 Aug. 2016
3.1.2 Carry the aforementioned framework and define within it the Faculty specific criteria Dean, Chair Oct. 2016 Aug. 2019
3.1.3 Devise, at the level of the COD, a phased plan to allow only eligible faculty members to teach graduate courses VPAA
Oct. 2015 Jan. 2020
3.1.4 Identify graduate enrolment targets and hiring needs based on recommendation by the university graduate committee of each Faculty regarding the maximum number of theses that may be supervised simultaneously by a faculty member Dean, Dept. Chair Oct. 2015 Aug. 2019
3.1.5 Form an ad-hoc committee of faculty members with appropriate experience to draft university-wide thesis guidelines UGC-Chair Oct. 2015 Aug. 2016
3.1.6 Develop Faculty- and discipline- specific requirements within those guidelines Dean, Dept. Chair Oct. 2015 Jan. 2017
3.1.7 Post approved guidelines on internet and intranet Dean Oct. 2015 Aug. 2019
3.1.8 Organize the first Student Research Day (SRD) and consecrate it as an annual event where students from all Faculties present and discuss their research outcome and topics AVPRGS Oct. 2015 Aug. 2016
3.1.9 Conceive a plan whereby 30% of all Master’s theses will be published AVPRGS Oct. 2015 Aug. 2017

Objective 2:

Develop an environment supportive of good quality research.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
3.2.1 Create the Office of Research Grants and Contracts (ORGC) under the AVPRGS tasked with, among other things, identifying research funding opportunities, fellowships, etc, and providing support for Faculty members and Research Centers in pursuing funds; AVPRGS Oct 2015 Aug 2016
3.2.2 Hire a qualified director and personnel for the Office of Research Grants and Contracts; AVPRGS Oct 2015 May 2017
3.2.3 Organize regular orientation sessions to disseminate and help faculty members target research funding programs;

ORGC

 

Director

Oct 2016 Aug 2020
3.2.4 Draft and/or amend policies to allocate internal university research money towards seed money, summer research development leaves, conference participation support, matching funds, and an internal research fund, where appropriate. URC-Chair Oct 2015 Aug 2016
3.2.5 Create an annual excellence in research award and grant the award AVPRGS
Sept 2016 Sept 2020
3.2.6 Identify acceptable venues for publication; AVPRGS Oct
Aug
3.2.7 Propose a mechanism to check and verify those venues at the level of the institution; AVPRGS
Oct 2015 Aug 2016

Objective 3:

Develop new fields of distinction and excellence in its curricula and research, giving priority to interdisciplinary fields.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
3.3.1 Identify areas of distinction already present at NDU and update the list on yearly basis (e.g. degrees that distinguish NDU from its competitors, areas of research emphasis, etc.);

Chairpersons

 

Deans

 

AVPRGS

 

CARE(RC)

 

COD

Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.2 Reassess programs and courses’ syllabi and requirements according to the market needs; DCC
Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.3 Design the process for the submission and selection of proposals for new areas of distinction where NDU has strategic interests and institutional strength (e.g. new degree, new research center, etc.);

VPAA (degrees)

 

AVPRGS (research centers)

Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.4 Rank the proposals that will be targeted for allocation on a yearly basis and design a special support program for those areas of distinction;

VPAA

 

AVPRGS

July 2016 Aug. 2016
3.3.5 Become proactive in detecting and developing new and important fields that are emerging in Lebanon and the region (environmental economics, oil extraction, peace science, etc.); Deans Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.6 Promote intellectuality rewarding cross-department and cross-faculty interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. poverty, environment, sustainability, ethics, social responsibility, etc.); VPAA-COD Oct. 2015 Oct. 2017
3.3.7 Encourage Faculties to recruit faculty members academically qualified within their field with interdisciplinary profiles; Deans Oct. 2015 Oct. 2020
3.3.8 Develop procedures and policies to encourage and support the preparation of interdisciplinary research-proposal for external grants and funds; URC-Chair Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.9 Recommend qualified full-time faculty members of the rank of professor or emeritus professor as Chair holders of the two research chairs already created in the Faculty of Humanities; Dean FH
Oct. 2015 June 2016
3.3.10 Develop an endowment fund to support each Chair; DPD Oct. 2016 June 2019
3.3.11 Host visiting scholars in the areas of specialty; Chair holders Oct. 2016 June 2019
3.3.12 Engage and publish students and faculty’s research; Deans Oct. 2016 June 2019
3.3.13 Offer a number of research assistantships to graduate students; Deans Oct. 2015 June 2019
3.3.14 Partner with associations, institutions, organizations, and research centers to develop joint research or hold conferences, seminars, or forums. AVPRGS and Deans
Oct. 2016 June 2019

Objective 4:

Integrate undergraduates into research projects.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
3.4.1 Encourage students with undergraduate scholarships to join in research projects; Deans October 2015 October 2020
3.4.2 Modify research support policies to foster research groups involving students and research with significant impact on the community; particularly modify allocation of resources accordingly; AVPRGS
October 2015 August 2017
3.4.3 Organize at the start of every Fall an undergraduate research orientation day to familiarize interested students at all levels with opportunities to get involved in research projects for faculty members. VPAA-COD October 2015 October 2020
Goal IV
NDU will establish planning as a natural trait of the new shared governance of the institution.

Objective 1:

Develop offices that have a direct impact on planning to successfully fulfill all requirements of cyclic planning, implementation, feedback, and review, at all levels.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.1.1 Create in the organizational chart of the university, the Office of Planning, with an appropriate job description for its director VPAA December 2015 February 2016
4.1.2 Establish in the operating budget of the President’s Office a staff salary line for the Director of Planning President’s Office April 2016 May 2016
4.1.3 Advertise for the Position of Director of Planning President’s Office April 2016 May 2016
4.1.4 Equip an office for the Director of Planning Director of Physical Plant September 2016 December 2016
4.1.5 Prepare the organizational chart of the Office of Planning Director of Planning January 2017 October 2017
4.1.6 Review and approve the organizational chart of the Office of Planning VPA
October 2017 December 2017
4.1.7 Establish in the operating budget of the Office of Planning the appropriate number of staff salaries and benefits Director of Planning
December 2017 October 2018
4.1.8 Establish guidelines for the review of personnel and other needs of units involved in planning Director of Planning (in coordination with heads of units) January 2017 June 2017
4.1.9 Review the organizational charts and personnel needs of all VP Offices and reporting units, based on the requirements for continuous planning, assessment, feedback, and implementation VPs June 2017 October 2017
4.1.10 Train existing staff members to achieve the requirements identified by the VPs VPA November 2017 November 2019
4.1.11 Identify all needs to support the newly created Budget Office, specifically in regard to applying GAAP

VPF

 

Budget Officer

December 2015 April 2016
4.1.12 Review and update the organizational chart of OIRA to take into account the requirements of continuous assessment of KPIs and other indicators of planning;

Director of OIRA

 

VPAA

January 2016 May 2016

Objective 2:

Base all actions and decisions around the multiyear strategic plan and its derivatives.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.2.1 Orient the work of committees to conform with the strategic plan Director of planning Sept 2017 August 2020
4.2.2 Include in yearly budgets of all units initiatives related to the unit strategic plan Heads of units Sept. 2015 Continuous
4.2.3 Coordinate with the president and COD about the progress and implementations of decisions and actions, and provide feedback about them to the concerned bodies. SP-GCC Dec 2017 Continuous
4.2.4 Map decisions reported in minutes of meetings of committees and councils to items in plans, when appropriate Director of planning/ COD January 2016 Continuous

Objective 3:

Expand the functionality of OIRA to use academic and non academic data to support planning and decision making.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.3.1 Provide OIRA with direct access to all academic and non-academic data of the university VPAA delegated to AVPAS and AVPIT
January 2016 Continuous
4.3.2 Identify OIRA’s personnel and IT resource needs to fully develop its analytical capabilities for proper decision making support Director of OIRA January 2016 March 2016
4.3.3 Establish in the operating budgets of OIRA appropriate lines to account for the needs identified in the review, in terms of personnel and other resources needed to provide timely and accurate information Director of OIRA March 2016 September 2016
4.3.4 The OIRA will set up a service to respond to ad-hoc requests depending on the data available Director of OIRA June 2016 October 2016
4.3.5 Set up within OIRA a service to ensure the production of analytical reports on assessment supporting Institutional Effectiveness
Director of OIRA
January 2017 June 2017

Objective 4:

Create procedures within the shared government and provide timely information to appropriate units to institutionalize planning implementation, evaluation and review.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.4.1 Provide monthly statements on budget to appropriate heads of units, and implement an automatic alert system to notify heads of units when they reach 25%, 50%, and 75% of any given budget item

VPF

 

Budget Officer

December 2015 Continuous
4.4.2 Provide heads of units with read-only access to their accounts on their budget implementation

VPF

 

Budget Office

January 2016 Continuous
4.4.3 Adopt/devise a project management monitoring system to follow up on planning implementation Director of Planning January 2017 March 2017
4.4.4 Establish in the operating budget of the Office of Planning the appropriate lines to implement the adopted project management monitoring system Director of Planning March 2017 April 2017
4.4.5 Report periodically to heads of units on planning implementation progress and define the appropriate reporting period depending on the nature of the project Director of Planning September 2017 Continuous
4.4.6 Identify within units staff members who will be tasked with record keeping on elements of relevance to planning such as budget, project management records, inventory and requests Heads of Units January 2016 June 2016
4.4.7 Provide heads of units and administrative assistants with basic training on project management concepts and software tools VPs April 2017 April 2019
4.4.8 Issue every 6 months a report including all identified KPI in Strategic Plans at the university and unit levels, and a comparison to their expected achievement at the time of reporting Director of OIRA January 2016 Continuous
4.4.9 Review annual reports on the implementation of the University Strategic Plan and recommend modifications to it SPRIC September 2015 Continuous
4.4.10 Review and approve annually proposed modifications to the Strategic Plan, and/or a new Strategic Plan, as appropriate BOT June 2016 Continuous
4.4.11 Devise a set of guidelines to set a planning implementation system at the Faculty level COD in coordination with Director of Planning February 2017 June 2017
4.4.12 Adapt those guidelines to all other unit taking into account their own specific needs and size Heads of Units Other than Deans
June 2017 October 2017
4.4.13 Review annually the implementation of Faculty and Department strategic plans and recommend modifications when needed Deans and Chairs January 2016 Continuous

Objective 5:

Develop the shared governance principles and framework embodied in the Bylaws as a fundamental element of the culture of the institution.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.5.1 Develop and update all shared governance procedures required for the proper implementation of the legislative and executive framework of the new university bylaws; Assistant to the President for Policies and Procedures
January 2016 June 2017
4.5.2 Engage full-time faculty members in the academic decision making and management of the University with a focus on the faculty welfare system UFPC and faculty representatives to the UC
January 2016 Continuous
4.5.3 Establish a committee to revise Student Union bylaws with members including students and faculty across the Faculties. Ensure student representation in various university committees; Dean of SAO January 2016 December 2016
4.5.4 Expand the Staff representation framework mentioned in the university bylaws VPA January 2016 December 2016
4.5.5 Organize workshops and orientation sessions to better enable staff and faculty elected representatives to contribute to the governance of the institution President
Sept. 2015 December 2017
4.5.6 Create an online forum for faculty members to ask questions, provide feedback, express opinions, and discuss issues Office of Communication Strategies
January 2016 December 2016

Objective 6:

Review the Faculty Bylaws taking into consideration the shared governance framework and specificity of the Faculty.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
4.6.1 Produce a new draft for Faculty by laws based on a review of the old documents Assistant to the President for Policies and Procedures
Sep 2015 December 2015
4.6.2 Form Faculty bylaws committee in each Faculty to review the proposal and provide suggested modifications/amendments VPAA with COD December 2015 March 2016
4.6.3 Compile recommendations and Finalize the draft of the Faculty Bylaws COD April 2016 September 2016
4.6.4 Submit the draft for discussion and approval UC October 2016 June 2017
Goal V
NDU will develop its financial resources and physical infrastructure to ensure excellent and affordable higher education.

Objective 1:

Launch the first major fund-raising campaign (Target: 20 M USD).

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.1.1

Establish a Development Office and recruit qualified personnel

 

Furnished office by 31 December 2015

 

Establishment by 31 December 2015

 

Recruitment of personnel by 31

March 2016

Fr. Pierre Najem (Vice-President for Administration)
1 September 2015 31 March 2016
5.1.2 Finalize the fundraising related procedures (BOT approval) Board of Trustees
31 January 2016
5.1.3 List potential donors Development Office 1 April 2016 31 May 2016
5.1.4

Prepare and communicate a prospectus to potential donors (large amounts)

 

- Rename 1 Faculty per 3 years following benefactors’ names

 

- Rename existing centers, 1 center per 3 years following benefactors’ names

 

- Look for sponsors for Academic Chairs positions, 1 sponsor per three years

 

- Include the Physical Master Plan in the prospectus (metrics are provided elsewhere)

Planning, Development, Fundraising and Public Relations Committee of the BOT

 

Development Office

 

Office of the President

 

Deans

1 June 2016 Ongoing

Objective 2:

Multiply other sources of funds.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.2.1 Seek professional sponsorships for the different University events Miss Jocelyne Issa (Sponsorship Coordinator)
1 September 2015 Ongoing
5.2.2 Review items pertaining to consulting jobs in the bylaws Dr. Chahine Gais (Assistant to the President for Policies & Procedures)
1 November 2015 31 March 2016
5.2.3 Generate 2 percent more of revenue per year through consulting

Dr. Roger Hajjar (Director, Division of Continuing Education)

 

Faculties (Deans)

 

NDU Centers

1 March 2016 Ongoing
5.2.4 Generate 2 percent more revenue over 5 years through executive certificates

Dr. Roger Hajjar (Director, Division of Continuing Education)

 

Faculties (Deans)

1 March 2016 Ongoing
5.2.5 Open NDU Memorabilia Shop Fr. Pierre Najem (Vice-President for Administration)
1 January 2016 1 April 2016
5.2.6 Generate 0.5 percent revenue through renting-out premises for different events

Fr. Pierre Najem (Vice-President for Administration)

 

Development Office

1 January 2016 Ongoing
5.2.7

Benches sponsorship

 

- 83 benches across the University @ US$5,000 per unit

Planning, Development, Fundraising and Public Relations Committee of the BOT

 

Development Office

1 January 2016 1 September 2017
5.2.8

Bestow NDU Knighthood

 

- 1000 Knights for US$ 1,000 per unit

 

As per the Planning, Development, Fundraising and Public Relations Committee of the Board of Trustees meeting minutes dated 19 May 2014

Planning, Development, Fundraising and Public Relations Committee of the BOT

 

Office of the President

1 January 2016 1 September 2020

Objective 3:

Establish an Endowment Fund.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.3.1 Prepare policies and guidelines to establish an endowment fund

Dr. Chahine Ghais (Assistant to the President for Policies & Procedures)

 

Dr. Assaad Eid (Assistant to the President for Planning & Development

1 December 2015 31 March 2016
5.3.2 Form the Fund Management Advisory Committee Office of the President 31 March 2016 31 May 2016
5.3.3 Ensure sustainable financing of around USD 750,000 yearly for the endowment fund on a yearly basis Fr. Bechara Khoury
(Vice-President for Finance)
1 September 2016 Ongoing

Objective 4:

Engage NDU alumni in University life, in particular, the fund raising efforts.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.4.1 Update the alumni database

Ms. Joyce Chidiac-Ghossain (Coordinator, Alumni Affairs Office)

 

Dr. Fawzi Baroud (Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology)

1 September 2015 Ongoing
5.4.2

Organize a University Dinner for alumni (local)

 

- 1 dinner on a yearly basis

Ms. Joyce Chidiac-Ghossain (Coordinator, Alumni Affairs Office)
May 2016 Ongoing
5.4.3

Organize a University Regional Dinner for alumni

 

- 1 dinner every year in a regional business hub - November

Ms. Joyce Chidiac-Ghossain (Coordinator, Alumni Affairs Office)

 

Development Office

November 2016 Ongoing
5.4.4 Encourage alumni donations, including pledges, through direct contact and website

Ms. Joyce Chidiac-Ghossain (Coordinator, Alumni Affairs Office)

 

Fr. Bechara Khoury
(Vice-President for Finance)

 

Development Office

1 September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 5:

Improve enrolment figures by 2 percent per annum over the next 5 years.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.5.1 Increase enrolment figures by 2 percent annually by recruiting more students from schools that provide NDU with a low number of applications and target new schools not currently part of our pool of schools Mrs. Viviane Nakhle
(Director, Admissions Office)
1 September 2015 Ongoing
5.5.2 Develop initiatives to attract NDU undergraduate students to graduate programs

Dr. Ghazi Asmar
(Assistant Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies)

 

Admissions Office

1 September 2015 30 June 2016
5.5.3 Target new unchartered markets, in particular, Africa, Australia, and Latin America Mrs. Viviane Nakhle
(Director, Admissions Office)
1 January 2016 Ongoing
5.5.4 Target professional organizations to improve enrollment at the Master level and in lifelong learning Dr. Roger Hajjar (Director, Division of Continuing Education)
1 January 2016 Ongoing
5.5.5 Reinforce the positive quality/price ratio in all communications

Mr. Suheil Matar (Vice-President for Public Affairs & Communications)

 

Admissions Office

1 September 2015 Ongoing
5.5.6 Increase funds targeted at supporting needy students by 2 percent per year

Fr. Bechara Khoury
(Vice-President for Finance)

 

Dr. Ziad Fahed
(Dean, Student Affairs Office)

1 September 2015 1 September 2020
5.5.7 Provide more financial support to NDU athletes

Fr. Bechara Khoury
(Vice-President for Finance)

 

Dr. Ziad Fahed
(Dean, Student Affairs Office)

1 September 2015 Ongoing

Objective 6:

Improve physical and technological infrastructure.

Item Detailed Description of Action Steps Champion (office/person/ committee chair) Start Date End Date
5.6.1 Implement fire safety measures identified in the APAVE report Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)
1 September 2015 1 September 2016
5.6.2 Recruit 10 more qualified technicians for the maintenance office over the next 5 years (6 employees over the first 2 years) Fr. Pierre Najem
(Vice-President for Administration)
1 September 2015 1 September 2020
5.6.3 Plan and structure the operations of the maintenance office

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

1 September 2015 1 September 2016
5.6.4 Equip NDU campuses with ramps and elevators to facilitate the mobility of physically challenged individuals

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

 

Mr. Sami Zoghbi
(University Engineer)

1 September 2015 1 September 2017
5.6.5 Review parking space, office and restroom, in compliance with accepted norms of physically challenged individuals Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)
1 September 2015 1 September 2017
5.6.6 Install CCTV cameras in all remaining critical areas of NDU campuses

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

 

Mr. Sami Zoghbi
(University Engineer)
1 September 2015 1 September 2016
5.6.7 Draft a comprehensive plan to assess the need for office space by full-time and part-time faculty members over the next 5 years.

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

 

Dean

1 September 2015 1 September 2016
5.6.8 Draft a clear timeline to implement the recommendations of the RUCAS Tempus project concerning NDU sustainability strategic plan (Green University) Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)
1 February 2016 1 September 2017
5.6.9 Conduct surveys to assess the level of satisfaction with NDU physical facilities

Director of OIRA

 

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

1 June 2016 10 June 2016 then yearly
5.6.10 Review the Master Plan to include new dorms in Zouk Campus

Fr. Bechara Khoury
(Vice-President for Finance)

 

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

1 February 2016 1 September 2017
5.6.11 Launch a competition for the design of The New Dorms Expansion Project at the Department of Architecture emphasizing sustainable living, study, and recreational environments.

Dr. Jean-Pierre El-Asmar
(Dean FAAD)

 

Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)

1 March 2016 30 June 2016
5.6.12 Review current transportation services offered at NCL and SC

Fr. Hanna Tayar (Director of Shouf Campus)

 

Fr. Samir Ghsoub (Director of North Campus)

1 March 2016 30 June 2016
5.6.13 Enhance student and faculty transportation services through examining the potential of establishing a commuter lounge or hall (car pooling) on Zouk Campus Mr. Sayed Ghossain
(Director of Campus Services)
1 March 2016 30 June 2016
5.6.14 Improve access to Wi-Fi and mobile phones in blind spots Dr. Fawzi Baroud (Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology)
1 September 2015 1 September 2016
5.6.15 Recruit 15 more qualified personnel for the DCS over the next 5 years Dr. Fawzi Baroud (Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology)
1 September 2016 1 September 2020
5.6.16 Maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation of the current IT systems DCS 1 September 2015 31 December 2015
5.6.17 Assess the feasibility of introducing a fully integrated enterprise resource planning system Dr. Fawzi Baroud (Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology)
1 January 2016 1 September 2017
5.6.18 Identify a list of needed software/hardware for the different Faculties and get proper licensing

DCS

 

Deans

1 September 2015 Ongoing
5.6.19 Consolidate and strengthen IT security policies Dr. Fawzi Baroud (Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology)
1 January 2016 1 September 2017
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