A focused, intentional strategic planning process to define the future of LETU included input from across all constituency groups and resulted in a strategic vision for 2015. Defining the programs and initiatives where God was already at work and seeking to join Him in that work, LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford led the university to develop a strategic plan resulting in the following five pillars, or commitments, that serve as strategic support for the university’s initiatives into the future.
I. We are committed to educate a new generation of leaders who effectively integrate their Christian faith and professional calling.
“We are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us...”
—2 Corinthians 5:20
Since its founding, God has enabled LeTourneau University to uniquely answer the Great Commission by equipping students to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ into a variety of workplaces and professional ministries. Today’s workplace is a mission field of particular importance. Councils of external professionals in a variety of fields will advise LETU’s academic schools on integrating faith and work within specific professions. Enhanced relationships with church organizations, schools and home-school organizations will broaden our impact. By establishing a new Center for Faith and Work, LETU creates opportunities for leadership development in faith integration in the workplace.
II. We are committed to meet the changing needs of students who seek a Christ-centered residential university education.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
The Longview campus of LeTourneau University provides a unique environment for intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth during early adulthood for residential students seeking a Christ-centered university. We recognize the need for continuous improvement in our curricular, co-curricular and administrative programs to be effective and sustainable and to impact the culture in a world of dramatic change. Expanded ethnic diversity, student success rates, endowed scholarships, capital improvements and discipleship programs for students will result from intentional programs that will also promote a stronger and more sustainable financial model for the Longview campus.
III. We are committed to achieve excellence as a Christ-centered university of exceptional professional programs.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men... it is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
LeTourneau University is unique in the world of Christian higher education for its historic focus on preparing undergraduates for professional careers, especially in the technical professions. LETU’s non-traditional academic programs have expanded educational opportunities of many thousands of business and education professionals, both in undergraduate and graduate studies. LEAP and GAPS initiatives have established LETU as a national leader in the delivery of Christ-centered higher education to adult, non-residential students. That leadership will grow with new academic programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels in each academic school, with focus on professional preparation in areas of strategic opportunity, such as healthcare. Online delivery, dual credit options and collaboration between residential and non-residential programs will expand.
IV. We are committed to be a university of global influence.
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
Future leaders in all professions will require a global perspective. A culture of hands-on learning and ingenuity in combination with high ability faculty, staff and students allows us to create unique service-learning experiences that address global problems and social injustices in a manner that brings glory to God. Excellent academic programs create an opportunity to recruit international students to study at LETU and return to workplaces around the world with a Christian worldview. Through the new Center for Global Service Learning, LETU is expanding student exchange relationships with Christian universities in each region of the world and promoting study abroad programs for students and international travel opportunities for faculty.
V. We are committed to develop the capabilities, structure, and resources to achieve our vision.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”
God’s provision continually blesses LETU as we seek Him first in all our endeavors to make an impact for Christ in every workplace in every nation. It all begins with a commitment to prayer, a heart of thanksgiving for His vision and confidence that He who began the good work at LETU will be faithful to complete it by providing for our needs.
The growth of funding for operations, endowments and capital needs is integral to the growth of the university. By defending our independence to operate as a Christ-centered university, we strengthen our ability to provide programs of excellence delivered by faculty known for Christian character and competence.
Revising LETU’s organizational structure enables us to be more effective in implementing the strategic vision as we empower leadership to continually learn and improve the university’s performance. Initiatives include a thorough review of faculty workloads to support teaching and research effectiveness, an enhanced capability to meet the pace of changing needs for advancing technology, a marketing initiative to build the LETU brand to attract students in both traditional and non-traditional programs and development of a successful strategy for specifically recruiting Texas residents.
This article was featured in the Fall 2011 NOW Magazine.
“Our vision is for LeTourneau University to take a leadership role in claiming every workplace in every nation for Jesus Christ. We seek to equip our graduates to go into their workplaces with professional competence, Christ-like character, and God’s vision guiding them to see their work as a holy calling with eternal significance. We want to see Christ through our graduates making an impact on eternity.”