Institutional Strategy & Research

At Taylor University, we are committed to strengthening our educational practices through continuous learning and research while creating relationships that spur academic, relational, and spiritual growth. We pursue this in order to achieve quality, excellence, and accountability within our institution.

Through our strategic plan and institutional research efforts, we craft a quality educational experience for our students who are continually looking to reach excellence. None of this would be possible without accountability among our faculty and staff as they influence our student body to achieve. Our students form accountability with their own peers to not only succeed in the classroom, but also to nourish their relationships with each other and with Jesus Christ.

Taylor’s commitment to quality, excellence, and accountability is foundational through our institutional programs, research, and centers put in place to uphold these values. 

Strategic plan:

Our strategic plan is used to sustain and strengthen our goal for quality improvement of our academic and student affairs programs. The improvement we strive for is continually assessed by the University Planning Council to make sure our mission and goals are accomplished. The Planning Council receives reports, reviews the institutional performance and long-range planning system to advise the University Cabinet on key needs and priorities to fulfill its mission and purposes.

For more information, contact the Office of the President.

Institutional research:

The Institutional Research Office supports decision making by assisting in data collection, interpretation of institutional data and creation of strategic reports across the university. The Institutional Research Analyst is responsible for collecting, maintaining, analyzing, projecting and reporting institutional data for our strategic planning and assessment process. They respond to surveys, requests from the department of education such as IPEDS, completing guidebooks like U.S. News & World Report, and preparing a collection of University Facts. This provides support for university-wide planning activities through data enriched decision-making for recommending policy, processes, and program changes bases on reports and data.

For more information, contact the Institutional Research Analyst: Steve Dayton.

Campus Centers:

  • Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

    The primary goal of the Center is to create and sustain academic community where faith and learning are effectively integrated within the context of our mission and Christian Liberal Arts education. The Center also focuses on the application and dynamics of teaching effectiveness and classroom technology, leadership development, and the support of scholarship in relation to teaching and learning.

    In order to intentionally develop these focuses, faculty continually participate in seminars and workshops focused on effective teaching and learning, are offered grant support for summer research projects on topics of teaching and learning, and take part in planning and discussing data collected from teaching assessment projects.

    For more information, contact the director: Dr. Faye Chechowich.

  • Spencer Centre for Global Engagement

    Although established in 2006, the vision of the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement has been alive for centuries. This vision is to educate and prepare students for the sharing of God’s love and truth through the integration of faith, lifelong learning, and global service in a rapidly changing world.

    The Centre provides leadership for global outreach, coordinates regional centers we partner with, and encourages cross-cultural opportunities through Taylor World Outreach, which sponsors as many as 400 students, faculty, and staff per year in outreach opportunities all over the world. The Centre helps the University to impact the world as a premier, globally engaged Christian Institution of higher learning.

    For more information, contact the director: Dr. Charlie Brainer.

  • Center for Scripture Engagement

    The goal of the Center is to equip people to engage the Scriptures in ways that will drive evangelism, personal discipleship, worldview formation, and church planting. We hope to continually carry out research, learning, training and clearinghouse programs to help others fulfill the Great Commandment to grow in scripture engagement.

    With this effort, the Center can provide churches and other organizations with key resources to facilitate a growing recognition of the value of engaging in scripture. Ultimately, we hope others will see Scripture engagement as the cutting edge of evangelism, the catalyst for transformational discipleship, and that the vision and power it can provide are urgently needed.

    For more information, contact the director: Dr. Phil Collins.

  • Center for Missions Computing

    The Taylor Center for Missions Computing was established so a durable community of scientists and engineers could build, deploy, and support powerful computational tools. These tools minimally encumber and maximally empower Christians worldwide to fulfill the Great Commission.

    Through continued discovery and research, we speak to this mission by ensuring computing expertise, technology resources, software project management, team leadership, software engineering services, and consulting are available to our mission partners so they can continually proclaim the gospel around the world.

    For more information, contact the director: Dr. Tom Nurkkala.

  • Center for Ethics

    When universities first began, they were a place of academic and moral preparation. However, some universities have lost their full commitment to moral preparation. The Center for Ethics at Taylor University was created to engage students in thinking about their moral values, and how those values impact their lives and the social structures around them.

    The Center for Ethics' vision includes active engagement with all parts of the university and communities outside our institution in an effort to create interaction with our students and faculty as they continue to think through moral values and how they apply to the issues of our day. The Center wants to be fully engaged throughout our University to help students develop Christian moral character during their time here.

    For more information, contact the director: Dr. Stephen Phillips.

  • Center for Faith, Film and Media

    Through the screening of “Grace Unplugged” as its inaugural event, the Center for Faith, Film, and Media is designed to encourage the campus to engage with film in intelligent and faith-informed ways. The Center’s goals include film artistry promotion among media communication majors and thoughtful connection of faith and culture among students of all majors.

    For more information, contact the directors: Professor Kathy Bruner and Professor John Bruner.