The DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan establishes Five Conditions for Quality Education. They are:
1. Academic, administrative and ancillary staff members are qualified
2. Academic and administrative staff need to be employed in one full time job at DWU to live comfortably with their families
3. Presence of adequate physical, electronic and administrative support
4. Appointment and promotion must be based on merit
5. Academic freedom - constructive criticism of the University and government is encouraged
Integral to these five conditions are seven strategic directions that serve as the framework for the Arts Faculty to develop our programs, activities and various strategies.
The seven objectives are outlined below:
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1: ENHANCING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Given our commitment to producing quality multidisciplinary Arts graduates who will be academically qualified, with life skills, competences and sound philosophy of life based on Christian values,the faculty aims to enhance the academic and nonacademic experiences of our students at DWU in alignment with the Learning and Teaching Plan, as outlined.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2: PROMOTING THE QUALITY OF DISTINCTIVE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The Arts Faculty is aware of, tries to and will continue to respond to the changing needs and demands of the public and private sectors. All faculty academic and nonacademic programs will aim to prepare quality graduates for the future through the diversity of disciplines on offer.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3: SUPPORTING HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
The faculty will support research activities as documented in the DWU Research Plan. The Faculty Research Committee will be responsible for promoting, monitoring and regulation of all undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research profiles that will enhance faculty teaching and learning and in our efforts to contribute to a new body of knowledge. All faculty program specification documents will be annually updated through research as we aspire to establish a culture of research and engage in partnership with both national and overseas researchers.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 4: TO CAPITALIZE ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTNERSHIPS
The Arts Faculty will explore and establish local, national and international partnerships to support or initiate research, learning and teaching, and community engagement opportunities and to provide expertise in consultancy.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 5: OPTIMIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR STAFF
The faculty will support any opportunities to enhance and optimize contributions of faculty staff through recruiting highly qualified and experienced staff, strategic staff development plans to increase qualification levels, and encourage research involvement and pedagogic improvements through in-house staff professional development workshops and training.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 6: MAXIMIZING ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
The Faculty of Arts operates within Divine Word University, a national institution on a continuing quest for excellence through effective, integrated systems and performance management. The faculty needs to contribute to optimizing the output of the University’s talent and capabilities through operating as a single organization with one financial plan, one marketing strategy and one set of funding priorities sharing resources, ICT technologies, staff allocation and admin support to promote collaboration and interaction between faculties, divisions and campuses across the whole University.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 7: MAKING THE MOST OF OUR ASSETS
Staff are the most important asset for any university. The extent to which they maximize the effectiveness of their time and their use of available physical resources determines the overall significance of the Faculty offering. Academic staff and students have to have access to well-equipped laboratories, library with up-to-date textbooks, databases, research monographs and journals. DWU endeavors the employment of modern information technologies and the use of state-of-the-art physical and operational technologies.