As an institution devoted to sustainability, Unity College understands the importance of place. The framework of sustainability science allows the College to improve its support infrastructure on campus in ways that align with Unity’s mission. Unity College will evolve as a living-learning community and a working laboratory for building and living more sustainable lives.
By creating an environment that embodies sustainable values and community connections, through the development of a systemic policy-driven human, technological, physical, and financial infrastructure, the College will contribute to student success, leading to greater financial stability, robust enrollment, and becoming a beacon for the ideal workplace.
It is important to note that much of Unity College’s physical plant is substantially depreciated, and in many cases outdated. However, since 2011, the College has been committed to a minimum spending of $700,000 a year from the operating budget to upgrade and modernize standards. Investment was also committed to technology in order to reach the minimum expectation of our students, faculty, and staff including infrastructure to support distance and graduate programming as well as on-campus education and research. The next evolution is to exceed the minimum requirements needed to maximize the use of technology in the pursuit of sustainability. Data integration and manipulation are critical elements that are lacking to ensure real-time data for making decisions.
Historically, the human infrastructure has been under-resourced, and while major investments have been made to fill critical academic and revenue-generating human infrastructure since 2011, this strategic goal intends to review our human resource in totality to ensure adequate skill, knowledge, and commitment to the mission. Lastly, our financial infrastructure has been manual, paper-based, and cumbersome to analyze readily.
Goal 3 intends to build the comprehensive infrastructure that develops and sustains our faculty, administration, and staff in order to manifest Unity College values. This includes building a diverse community and determining the optimal size, composition and compensation of its faculty, administration, and staff to best position Unity College to meet the educational needs of its students and enable them to achieve their professional goals through the following objectives.
Objective 1: Develop human infrastructure that fully supports all facets of College operations.
Objective 2: Develop technological infrastructure that fully supports all facets of College operations.
Objective 3: Develop physical infrastructure that fully supports all facets of College operations.
Objective 4:Develop a robust financial and budgeting infrastructure that fully supports all facets of the College operations.