Lourdes presents strategic plan for continued growthWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
Lourdes College’s seven-year strategic plan includes adding athletic programs, a possible residence facility and seeking university status.
“With our recent growth, we continue to expand our courses and graduate programs,” said college president Robert Helmer on Sept. 30 during a college address. “There will come a day when Lourdes will celebrate becoming a university in the next several years.”
Lourdes’ student population has grown to 2,200, nearly doubling in the past four years. Most of that growth has come from an increase in full-time students, ages 18 to 22.
The college expects that growth to continue, reaching a goal of 3,000 students within the seven-year plan. It plans to double its growth in graduate-level programs during that time.
Helmer said the growth in younger, full-time students has increased interest in athletic programs. Lourdes would probably begin with women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams as soon as fall 2010.
Lourdes has also experienced a growth in students from beyond the local region, including a student from California. Without any dorms on campus, those students must live in apartments near the college.