Strategic Planning

Essential for success and institutional longevity

Strategic Planning

Providing Direction for St. Ambrose University

The University has begun the creation of a new Strategic Plan under the guidance of President Amy Novak.

As such, we are busy meeting with a variety of campus stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and regional business leaders. Please check back in January 2023 when we unveil our new Strategic Plan.

To request a copy of the previous Strategic Plan, email Tracy Schuster-Matlock, Assistant Vice President of Assessment and Institutional Research.

SAU At A Glance Mission and Vision

Framework and Initiatives

Strategic Themes

The Strategic Plan is organized around three strategic themes that evolved from both direct campus input and the University's strong vision for the future.

Leading the Community: The vision of St. Ambrose University is to become recognized as a leading Midwestern university rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Ambrosians are committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service. As St. Ambrose University embraces its strategic position and influence on both the Quad Cities community and greater Midwestern region, it is essential to lead and to serve our community towards a brighter future.

Leading Learning: St. Ambrose University has a rich heritage in service for social justice creating a strong foundation for teaching and learning. As such, St. Ambrose University must lead in areas of teaching and learning that exemplify justice and excellence while also strategically addressing the educational needs of our region.

Leading Presence: There are more than 125 years of St. Ambrose University history acknowledging its Great and Lasting Beginning. Strategically planning for the future includes not only sustaining the mission and values of St. Ambrose University, but also its physical presence as a part of the community in a way that can sustain quality teaching and learning, as well as opportunities for growth. 


Strategic Initiative #1: St. Ambrose University will improve the accessibility of an Ambrose education.

Strategic Initiative #2: St. Ambrose University will ensure high-quality mission and market driven programs that deliver effective educational experiences.

Strategic Initiative #3: St. Ambrose University will develop facilities and campus infrastructure to facilitate teaching, learning, growth, and success.

So, what's next?

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