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Contributions to Blueprint for Success

Progress to Date

Goal 1: Improve Educational Access and Student Success

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  • The number of baccalaureate graduates from Boise State has increased every year over the past decade, with a stunning overall increase of 55 percent from 2010-11 to 2020-21. Boise State has exceeded the targets put forth by the SBOE in August 2010 as part of the overall strategy of achieving the state’s 60 percent college attainment goal.
  • Graduate-level programs are an important aspect of serving Idaho and Idahoans, and Boise State continues to develop a variety of new programs. The number of graduates from those graduate-level degree and certificate programs has nearly doubled over the last decade.
  • The development of a Strategic Enrollment and Retention Plan (SERP) started in earnest in summer and fall of 2021. Six working groups will generate strategies to address the strategic goal of improved retention and graduation, with a specific focus on closing discrepancies in access.

Goal 2: Innovation for Institutional Impact

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  • Boise State has been named a top 50 university in the most recent U.S. News and World Report’s most innovative schools ranking.
  • In fall 2020, Boise State launched the Community Impact Program (CIP). We engaged in dialogue with three communities — McCall, Mountain Home and Payette — to learn their educational needs. In response to those needs and in collaboration with local community and economic leaders, we are delivering a hybrid-format program that continues to grow in scope and impact.
  • The “Bronco Gap Year” program was developed in fall 2020 to give students a low-cost opportunity to make academic progress and benefit from the guidance of a faculty mentor, even if present circumstances prevent them from being enrolled full time.

Goal 3: Advance Research and Creative Activity

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  • Boise State has fostered a steady increase in research proposal submissions and in the number of globally competitive research awards.  Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 to the campus research community in the recent past, total research and development expenditures grew by $3.5 million, an almost 9 percent increase in FY20.

Goal 4: Foster Thriving Community

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  • Boise State actively works to align with the cares, interests, and activities of our local and state community. This commitment to service has been, and continues to be, a defining feature of the university.  Boise State was one of only 76 universities in the nation initially selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged Institution.
  • The Institute for Advancing American Values encourages conversation between multiple viewpoints to spur engagement, understanding, and human connection. Institute activities include: public events to encourage dialogue about central issues facing Idaho and the nation, research and projects that approach complex and contested issues through the prism of American values and evidenced-based research, and education programming supporting the development of new courses across the disciplines that chart how the values of freedom and opportunity have shaped the triumphs and challenges of American life and history.
  • Boise State has had a longstanding commitment to develop academic programs at every level that can be completed fully online.  Today, Boise State offers more than 60 degrees and certificates and 800 plus unique courses in a fully-online format at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Goal 5: Trailblaze Programs and Partnerships

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  • Bronco Corps connects College of Business and Economics students with local small businesses and nonprofits to help them navigate the pandemic. There are more than 55 companies on this list, and some organizations that have received help include Boise Bicycle Project, American Red Cross, Girls on the Run – Treasure Valley, and Idaho Medical Academy. The students are paid interns funded by donations to the program.
  • Boise State’s Institute for Inclusive & Transformative Scholarship (IFITS) has partnered with the Micron Foundation to launch and run the Micron Academy for Inclusive Leadership. During the academic year, fellows in the cohort participate in leadership and personal development programming via a 1-credit course (IFITS 497). As part of the program, each Micron Academy fellow is paired with a Micron mentor.
  • The Blue Sky Institute serves as a hub and neutral convener for those seeking DEI knowledge, expertise, resources, and connection. Blue Sky is connected to more than 25 Idaho based corporate, civic and nonprofit organizations from a variety of sectors — notable partners include Boise Cascade, KeyBank, Micron, Simplot, St. Alphonsus, the City of Boise and more.