MICA's DNA

Strategic Plan 2022–2027

MICA’s 2022 strategic planning process resumes and updates the productive planning work from 2018 to 2020 that, if not disrupted by the ongoing pandemic beginning in early 2020, would have yielded a strategic plan for 2021-2026. The updated Plan will now cover 2022-2027. The final draft of the updated Plan is scheduled for review on October 21, 2022, by the Board of Trustees that has the ultimate approval authority. Once adopted, the Plan will serve as MICA’s roadmap for institutional development over the next five years, guiding the College through its bicentennial celebration in 2026. 

The Strategic Plan Framework, previously developed through a highly inclusive and participatory process, remains valid. MICA’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027 (“Plan”) will center on one Overarching Goal that emphasizes the College’s focus on transformative teaching and learning and on positioning our strategic priorities in service of our academic mission. Four Themes constitute the pillars of the Plan

Overall Goal:

To be a National and International Model of Integrative Education in Art and Design.

Working Definition: An integrative education brings  experiential learning, professional practice, community engagement, and real-world experiences into the classroom along with strategically integrated co-curricular activities. An integrative education prepares art school graduates for purposeful careers in art and design as well as a multitude of other sectors.


The strategic planning framework is built upon four themes, listed below. These themes will drive our strategic priorities for 2027.

1

Empower the Lives, Practices, and Futures of Artists, Designers, and Educators

through:


Anticipatory Curriculum

Anticipatory Curriculum

Program offerings that prepare students for social relevance, emerging careers, invention, and reinvention.

Flexible Delivery

Flexible Delivery

Educational approaches that expand access and meet contemporary student needs through distributed and online learning, as well as variable models of residency and credentialing.

Holistic Learning

Holistic Learning

A commitment to the whole student and to synthesizing multiple elements that support the learning experience.

 

2

Transform MICA through DEIG (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Globalization)

in ways that are:


Structural

Structural

Changes in core institutional conventions, policies, culture, and behavior that reflect and amplify the DEIG agenda.

Substantive

Substantive

Significant and transformative actions and initiatives that demonstrate DEIG impact in visible and measurable ways.

Sustainable

Sustainable

Long-term commitment with far-sighted planning and appropriate resource allocation.

3

Activate Creative Agency with Baltimore and the World

by being:


Strategically Engaged

Strategically Engaged

Thoughtful engagement with critical partners, communities, organizations, agencies, and networks for mutually reinforcing efforts and service to larger causes.

Radically Partnered

Radically Partnered

Bold collaborations that assert the value of art and design in multiple fields and establish MICA as a creative hub in Baltimore and on the world stage.

Equitably Enriched

Equitably Enriched

Equity and reciprocity in all partnered work with a focus on social justice and social cohesion.

 

Underpinning the three thematic pathways outlined above is theme #4, which focuses on the people that make up the MICA community, the systems that drive our work, and the culture that guides our actions.

 

4

Strengthen Institutional Capacity

including:


People

People

Investment in talent and teams for outcome that combine performance effectiveness, professional development, and wellness.

Systems

Systems

Organize and modernize core systems, business processes, and policies to support the work and aspirations of the MICA community.

Culture

Culture

Institutional and workplace culture that manifests MICA’s Core Values and DEIG commitment, as well as its Mission, Vision, and Tenets.