Strategic Plan Progress Report


Villanova’s Strategic Plan is an ambitious effort to guide the University forward over the next decade. Rooted in our Augustinian Catholic values, and restless in our desire to ignite change, the plan builds on our strengths and invests in critical areas to enhance the Villanova experience for our entire community, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and law students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni.

Rooted. Restless. outlines an exciting future that is uniquely Villanovan. It was developed with input from more than 5,000 Villanovans who were actively engaged in a community-based and iterative process, resulting in a powerful consensus of present and future priorities.



Highlights of Villanova’s Current Priorities for Investment

Updated October 2022

  • Construction continues on Drosdick Hall's expansion to create interdisciplinary research facilities and state-of-the-art instruction spaces for the College of Engineering.
  • Further investment in Villanova’s tenure and tenure-track faculty, a result of a comprehensive faculty compensation study.
  • Continue adding new full-time faculty positions across the schools and colleges to help enhance research and scholarship.
  • Further strengthen Villanova’s research enterprise through infrastructure investments in our research computing facilities.
  • Create permanent funding for professional development programs in the College of Engineering and the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.
  • Bolster Villanova’s Office of University Advancement in preparation for a new comprehensive capital campaign in support of our Strategic Plan.



Highlights of Villanova’s Progress to Date

Updated October 2022

  • Created a University-wide Center for Graduate Research and Education to enhance the graduate student experience and provide greater centralized support for the needs of these students.
  • Established the St. Thomas of Villanova Center for the Common Good, a consolidated University-wide service office.
  • Received funding and ongoing resources for new Research Acceleration Fund to fast-track the University’s most promising research projects.
  • Acquired over $2 million in funding for new instrumentation to enhance research opportunities in chemical analysis, spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging.
  • Established a centralized Office of Online Programs to support Villanova's fully online and hybrid graduate programs.
  • Introduced dedicated career programming for alumni at different stages of their professional lives. 
  • Increased staffing for education, training and student retention in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA).
  • Adopted and continued to make significant progress toward the university-wide Sustainability Plan, guided by the principles of Catholic social teachings.