Strategy 2022

Redesigning Simmons to highlight and build on our signature strengths

Strategy 2022 positions Simmons as a beacon of leadership in the world of higher education, a resource to our nation and world, and a global expert in educating women for empowerment and leadership.

The strategic goals of Strategy 2022 capitalize on our strengths, preserve our Mission and create a redesigned, sustainable structure for the future of Simmons.

  • Highlight and build signature Simmons strengths in a sustainable structure
  • Improve 4- and 6-year undergraduate graduation rates and graduate student on-time completion rates
  • Foster a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community
  • Support the instructional core effectively and efficiently
  • Build a 21st-century Learning and Living Environment
  • Improve financial stability and flexibility; achieve a credit rating of "A"

  • Simmons College became Simmons University in September 2018.
  • Simmons launched its undergraduate core curriculum as PLAN -- Purpose, Leadership, ActioN.
  • The Masters in Public Health was the first new graduate program to launch in the University's suite of online Masters: the MS in Nursing, Family Practice; MSW; and MBA; MS in Behavior Analysis; and MS in Library and Information Science. These programs have national reach and more than doubled Simmons's professional masters enrollments since the launch in 2013 of the MSN.
  • A new undergraduate academic advising model is in place and supported by Starfish, software designed to support students, faculty and staff focused on student success.
  • Space in Lefavour Hall was renovated and opened as the Student Support Center, bringing together Academic Advising, Disability Services, the Writing Center, Tutorial Center and Career Education Center.
  • Simmons continues to advance its efforts regarding diversity and inclusion:
    • The Multicultural Center opened on January 31, 2018.
    • In September 2018, Simmons hired a Senior Vice President for Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity, Debra Perez, who reports to the President. Debra has created an office and a strategic plan.
    • We are incorporating inclusive excellence as a standard practice in recruitment and retention.
  • The University has maintained fiscal discipline, achieving operating surpluses, reducing and refinancing debt, and maintain appropriate cash balances.
  • In the "Making Education Work" comprehensive fundraising campaign, Simmons raised $120 million by the close of the campaign in 2015.
  • In 2018, President Drinan announced a 15-year extension with 2U, a private company that has partnered with Simmons since 2012 to provide technology and services that power online graduate degree programs. Simmons offers five online masters degrees in partnership with 2U, with students from all 50 states enrolled.