Exploring for the Global Good: A One-Year Progress Report, January 2020
Since the approval of our strategic plan by the Board of Trustees in October 2018, we have been working steadily to enhance support for our students, faculty, staff, academic and support programs, infrastructure, and community engagement. Last fall we shared our progress with the Board, and I’m happy to share with you some of those highlights and measurements. Our community has already accomplished much by staying focused on common goals, and I’m confident that we will continue our progress.
—President Wim Wiewel
Goal 1: Strengthen, differentiate, and promote the kind of academic experience we offer students
Facts at a Glance
- Overseas study continues to be a hallmark of a Lewis & Clark education. Over 60% of our undergraduates study abroad.
- Approximately 9% of our undergraduates participate in an internship or practice course each year. We seek to increase that number to over 12%.
- Approximately 150 law students provided legal services throughout the metro area as part of our externship program.
- Almost 30% of our undergraduates participated in service-learning and community engagement projects last year. We seek to increase the number to over 40%.
- Building on the combined strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences and Law School, we established a 6-year BA/JD joint-degree pathway, are developing a 5-year BA/LLM degree in Environmental Law, and are increasing our investment in pre-law programming. Additional new programs, such as 4-1 BA/LLM in Environmental Law are in the works.
- We launched the CAS Health Studies Initiative, working toward a new interdisciplinary minor in Health Studies and a major in Public Health.
- We welcomed the first cohorts into the Law School’s new fully online LLM program in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law and into the Graduate School’s new Higher Education and Student Affairs EdD concentration.
- In order to enable undergraduate students to more easily take advantage of opportunities made available through our deep relationships with Portland, we are launching a “Portland Connection” course designation that catalogs and highlights experiential, experimental, or inquiry-based learning opportunities derived from our unique location in a major metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest.
- The Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership launched a new internship course, placing students in businesses and organizations throughout the metro area, and we are developing a new minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.
- We are redoubling our efforts to provide students with more opportunities to participate in research with our faculty. We saw significant increases in the number of students participating in the Rogers Science Summer Research program, in Sherman Fairchild Foundation-funded research opportunities for first generation students; in summer collaborative research grants in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; and in Law School faculty research assistant positions. We also increased philanthropic funding for student research opportunities by 10% in 2019.
- We launched a Sustainability Advisory Board to bring together campus and community leaders to collaborate on some of the key challenges of our time.
Goal 2: Attract, enroll and graduate students who will succeed at Lewis & Clark.
Facts at a Glance
- Retention of first- to second-year undergraduate students increased 4.4 percentage points in Fall 2019 to almost 86%. We seek to increase this to 90%.
- The percentage of first-year undergraduates who report having an “excellent” or “good” academic experience increased from 82% to 84%. We seek to increase this to 90%.
- Undergraduate alums six months after graduation report the following: 82% are employed, 12% are continuing their education, and 2% are engaged in volunteering.
- U.S. News & World Report Top Liberal Arts Colleges 2019 ranking: 72
- U.S. News & World Report Law Schools 2019 ranking: 104
- Lewis & Clark Law School continues to offer U.S. News and World Report’s no. 1 ranked Environmental Law program in the nation and maintains A or A- grades from PreLaw Advisor in environmental law, practical legal training, diversity, business law, and intellectual property law.
- The academic profile of entering undergraduate students remains strong. The average weighted GPA for the first-year entering class in Fall 2019 was 3.94, up from 3.87 the previous year.
- Our students continue to receive prestigious honors from around the world in 2019. Katie Kowal BA ’17 earned a Rhodes Scholarship, Talia Lichtenberg BA ’20 won a Goldwater Scholarship, two students earned Fulbright awards, and two members of our forensics team became national champions.
- The Graduate School acquired and is further developing the Art Therapy graduate program from Marylhurst University. The program is now fully accredited and serving 40 students.
- We launched the “4-5-6 Commitment,” building on and highlighting an incoming student’s ability to obtain an undergraduate degree in four years, as well as pathways to a master’s degree in teaching in five years or a JD in six years.
- We are focused on enhancing the athletic, career counseling, recreational, residential, social, and wellness programs offered to our students. A Student Life Master Plan is being developed with the assistance of national consultants Brailsford & Dunlavey.
- We revised our admission transfer policies to allow students to transfer college credits earned in high school, making us more competitive to high-achieving high school students, and entered into a partnership with Verto, an organization that facilitates gap years abroad and helps match such students to undergraduate institutions.
- We are strengthening our academic program offerings in order to meet prospective student and societal needs, as discussed under Goal 1.
Goal 3: Develop and maintain campus infrastructure and facilities appropriate for a selective, nationally competitive college.
Facts at a Glance
1,321 students lived on campus in Fall 2019, which is 67% of our undergraduates and a 93% occupancy rate. We seek to increase occupancy rates to 100% in Fall and 95% in Spring.
The Board of Trustees approved a Campus Facilities Master Plan in 2019 to guide the short- and long-term development of the campus. We are actively engaged in raising funds for all of these projects.
Our top priorities, in alphabetical order, include the following:
- The renovation and development of Corbett House as the heart of the Graduate School campus.
- The reconfiguration of the Huston Sports Complex to allow establishment of women’s lacrosse and men’s soccer teams.
- Renovation and expansion of the Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry to meet student and faculty needs in the STEM fields.
- Renovation of the Pamplin Sports Center to address critical deferred maintenance and to allow for enhanced fitness, recreation, and gathering spaces for our community.
- A major renovation and upgrade of the Templeton Student Center to create a true student union experience for our campus.
- Construction of new housing that will better attract new students and appeal to sophomores, juniors, and seniors so that they continue to live on campus.
Goal 4: Strengthen our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Facts at a Glance
- 27% of our student body are domestic students of color, which is a 2.7 percentage point increase over the 3-year average.
- Almost 19% of our faculty are persons of color, which is a 2.1 percentage point increase over the 3-year average.
- Almost 20% of our undergraduates are Pell Grant recipients.
- Nearly 200 members of our community completed a Best Practices in Hiring workshop, which is now required to serve on a search committee.
- We seek to recruit and retain a diverse community of students, with a focus on historically underrepresented groups. We have developed partnerships with over 100 community-based organizations to help in that effort.
- The undergraduate, graduate, and law schools all hired persons of color into tenure-line positions in 2018-19, following focused and deliberate recruiting and outreach.
- The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences approved a new undergraduate curriculum in 2019 in which first-year core courses are required to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching, course materials, and pedagogical approach.
- The Graduate School of Education and Counseling strengthened its deep social justice and community focus through establishment of the TransActive Gender Center, providing education and advocacy to gender-diverse youth and families.
Goal 5: Recognize and reward our faculty and staff.
Facts at a Glance
- The average salary increase for full-time, non-student employees in 2019 was approximately 3%.
- There are 9 endowed professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- There are 3 endowed chairs, 4 endowed professorships, and 5 endowed faculty scholars in the Law School.
- There is 1 endowed professor in the Graduate School.
- Nearly 500 employees participated in training in 2018-19 on topics such as management skills development, unconscious bias, and effective hiring.
We continue to recognize our faculty for their notable accomplishments:
- In December 2019, the college presented the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Awards to Louis Kuo, professor of chemistry; Rebecca Lingafelter, associate professor of theatre; and Dawn Odell, associate professor of art history. The Lokey Awards, endowed by Business Wire founder and noted philanthropist Lorry Lokey, strengthen Lewis & Clark’s commitment to support outstanding faculty.
- Last spring, the Pamplin Society of Fellows named Associate Professor of English Karen Gross the 2019 Teacher of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Law School Class of 2019 presented Professor Sandy Patrick with the Leo Levenson Excellence in Teaching Award.
- In December 2019, the college presented the David Savage Award to Katherine Fitzgibbon, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. The Savage Award honors faculty members whose vision and sustained service have advanced the general academic and intellectual welfare of our community of teacher-scholars.
We reiterated our commitment to providing competitive compensation to faculty and staff in 2019. Raise pools kept pace with inflation; a new collective bargaining agreement with staff ties future increases to the CPI, as requested by the members; and undergraduate faculty adopted a new compensation policy.
Goal 6: Complete a comprehensive campaign for capital projects, scholarships and other needs.
Recent Gifts at a Glance
- A charitable bequest of $3.7 million for fellowships and scholarships in the Law School’s public interest environmental law program.
- Gifts totaling $2,500,000 to the Davis UWC Scholars Program.
- A planned gift of $1,300,000 to scholarship funds in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- A gift of $1 million to endow scholarships and support programming at our John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
- A planned gift of $1,000,000 to a scholarship fund in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
- A planned gift of $1,000,000 to a scholarship fund in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- A planned gift of $950,000 in unrestricted funds to the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
- A planned gift of $700,000 to a scholarship fund in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
The Campaign for Lewis & Clark seeks to raise $155 million by 2024. We are on target to exceed this goal. As of December 31, 2019, the campaign has raised $65 million.