The TU 2020 Philosophy
Rooted in the philosophy that a liberal arts education is the base for all undergraduate
programs, the success of the eight priorities is threaded through and dependent upon
these underlying principles:
- Faculty teaching/scholarship/research/service and staff commitment and development
- Expanded interdisciplinary credit and noncredit experiences
- Undergraduate and graduate education
- Community outreach
- The contributions of Cook Library
The TU 2020 plan is the outcome of listening sessions with every Towson University
division and college. The eight priorities listed below are the common themes that
emerged from those discussions and represent the historical and emerging strengths
that will propel Towson University to excellence.
1. Academic Excellence and Student Success
Towson University’s top priority, Academic Excellence and Student Success, is dependent on the teaching and mentorship of faculty. We will continue to improve
graduation completion and retention rates, close the achievement gap, ensure a seamless
transfer process and prepare globally conscious students for an expanding workforce.
Commitment to this priority includes academic transformation and course redesign.
2. A Model in Higher Education through Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation,
STEM Workforce Development, and a National and International Reputation for the Arts
and Arts Education
Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation
Towson University’s historic reputation in teacher education continues to lead the
nation as an example of best practices in teacher preparation and school leadership.
Excellence and innovation in STEM, arts integration and special education will transform
the future of the pre-K through 12 academic model for the youth of Maryland and the
STEM Workforce Development
Towson University is a major contributor to Maryland’s STEM workforce. In addition
to teacher preparation, we will reinforce and expand our contributions to workforce
development in STEM disciplines such as cybersecurity and forensic chemistry.
A National and International Reputation for the Arts and Arts Education
Towson University alumni and their work garner national recognition in the arts with
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony nominations and awards. Towson is well known for its
cultivation of talented artists and communicators, and we will continue to expand
our national and international reputation in arts and communication.
3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Applied Research
Towson University’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship facilitates collaborations
and strategic partnerships with the community and the state. We will continue to support
our faculty, staff and student applied research endeavors and connect their work to
teacher transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship. We will continue to promote
economic and workforce development to keep the majority of Towson graduates working
4. Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities
Towson University will expand its emphasis on internships and experiential learning,
and significantly increase corporate, educational, government and health care partnerships
to help provide these opportunities.
5. A Model for Leadership Development
Towson University is rooted in our strong commitment to civic engagement, civility
and ethics. The university supports personal and professional growth by recognizing
and developing positive leadership philosophies and styles. Our primary goal is to
instill in our students the qualities essential for outstanding, lifelong leadership
in all aspects of their lives. We are also committed to increasing credit and noncredit
opportunities in leadership development for our faculty, staff and students.
6. A Model for Campus Diversity
Towson University will further strengthen its commitment to diversity and continue
to provide a safe, inclusive, welcoming and peaceful community respectful to all.
Towson will continue as a recognized national model for diversity and closing the
achievement gap. Our institutional strategies will expand and continue to provide
a forum for campus dialogue and action.
7. A Model of Outstanding Stewardship — People and Natural Resources (Student, Faculty,
Staff and Community Well-Being)
Towson University is a major educator of health professionals in our region. We are
dedicated to continue to empower our campus and our greater community to make choices
for lifelong well-being and effective stewardship of our natural resources.
8. Excellence in Athletics
Towson University is committed to a financially stable, gender-equitable and competitive
athletics program. The university will continue to support these goals by placing
academics first. We will support opportunities for all Towson students to participate
in a range of sports activities and leadership opportunities that support physical
well-being and personal excellence.