Radical Innovation

Radical Innovation

Barton College will be the regional leader for delivering leading-edge academic programs and using current and emerging technologies to advance student learning, promote student engagement, and prepare students to succeed and lead in 21st century careers. 

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will become the regional leader and build a national reputation for delivering leading-edge programs that leverage Barton’s signature competencies, augment its community partnerships, and prepare students for high demand 21st century careers.

Program Objectives

1.1 Use data-informed approach to review, affirm, and declare the direction of the curriculum, analyze shifts in the market for each program, and prioritize programs based on alignment
with mission, market needs, and performance.
1.2 Develop Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Analytics that build specialties and expertise
in such areas as healthcare analytics, sports performance analytics, business analytics, and
learning analytics.
1.3 Create Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in emerging health-related fields (Respiratory Therapy,
Family Nurse Practitioner, or Occupational Therapy) that build on the work of Barton’s
academic strength, the Barton Fit program, and the partnership with the Healthcare
Foundation of Wilson.
1.4 Develop new academic programs preparing students for emerging professions in
augmented reality, digital media, or cyber-security.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will attract the attention of results-oriented philanthropists and partners who advance the mission, reputation, and reach of the College through generous investments in signature programs and state-of-the-art engagement spaces that enhance student success and raise the profile of the institution.

Program Objectives


2.1 Create a comprehensive fundraising campaign to enhance
Barton Bold and Connected priorities.
2.2 Fund state-of-the-art academic, residential, athletic, social,
and cultural engagement spaces on campus that promote
active learning, foster campus engagement, and instill a sense
of pride and excitement in the College.
2.3 Develop funding to support the launch of leading-edge curriculum,
including analytics, augmented reality, and healthcare programs.
2.4 Grow alumni support to enhance campus programs and facilities.
2.5 Fund endowed chairs and professorships in alignment with
new program development.
2.6 Share the distinction and purpose of Centers of Excellence to
develop financial partners.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will be known for state-of-the-art academic, residential, athletic, cultural, and social spaces that promote active learning, foster campus engagement, and instill a sense of pride and excitement in
the College.

Program Objectives

3.1 Establish a state-of-the-art Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory to meet the advanced research needs of our growing health sciences student population.
3.2 Create a new Digital Commons in the Hackney Library, where students use the latest technologies to learn and connect, such as Ideum touch panel tables.
3.3 Develop an integrated housing model with new and existing facilities to capitalize on Barton’s commitment to the residential living and learning experience.
3.4 Build a Virtual Reality Lab that augments students’ academic coursework by giving them the opportunity
to practice hands-on technical skills, visualize and explore up close the systems of the body, galaxies of the universe, and/or engage with learners and leaders from around the world.
3.5 Establish a state-of-the-art Wellness Center that builds on the work of Allied Health and Barton Fit
programs that promote holistic wellbeing, health, and success.
3.6 Upgrade existing classroom labs and studios to be effective learning locations.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will receive national recognition for its use of current and emerging technologies to advance student learning, promote student engagement, and prepare students to succeed and lead in 21st century careers.

Program Objectives

4.1 Expand the infrastructure, use of Greenlight broadband on campus,
and visibility.
4.2 Incorporate advanced academic and professional technologies in
all programs of study to enhance student learning and confidence to enter the global workforce.
4.3 Link Barton College technology and innovation programs with
Wilson’s innovation hub, transforming student learning while
creating greater synergy and opportunity through local and
regional relationships.
4.4 Develop an intentional campus-wide technological niche to accelerate
one or more academic programs to serve as a benchmark or model program for others to emulate.
4.5 Establish leading-edge courses and programs to utilize Barton’s
technology advantage, including animation, augmented reality,
game design, and 3D printing.

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