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Elon Update: A 10-Year Plan for Growth

The Times News: "Elon University launched its next strategic plan this week, committing to achieving a hefty list of goals in the next 10 years. The plan, 'Boldly Elon,' focuses on engaged learning, diversity in student body and staff, and outreach. It builds on the Elon Commitment from 2010 to 2020, which according to the university was 96 percent completed. The university wants to attract more STEM students by creating a School of Engineering, and create an 'Innovation Quad' in the launch of a STEM center. The four-year engineering degree program launched two years ago and, according to University News Bureau Director Owen Covington, has become a 'popular path for incoming Elon students'."

"According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs within the umbrella of engineering are expected to grow 5 percent to 10 percent, which is above average. Elon also will add a nursing program in fall 2021. This is in direct response to a shortage of nurses in North Carolina. According to a recent report from Georgetown University, North Carolina is projected to have a deficit of nearly 13,000 nurses by 2025."

"Elon also is taking steps to partner with Alamance and Guilford county to support literacy, certification and teacher licensure programs, and college readiness programs. The school will renovate the McMichael Science Center, the Koury Center and the Moseley Center ... Recently, the university launched its LEADS campaign, its commitment to raising $250 million by 2022 ... Not all students have access to study abroad programs, so Covington said the university has “set the goal of 100 percent study abroad access.” Funding will come from the new LEADS campaign."

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