UHSP Launches Eutectics Forward Plan
Published on 16 July 2021
As University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis continues to work toward its vision of becoming a transformational leader in health education and research, the institution has unveiled its new “Eutectics Forward” plan designed to expand the impact of the University’s mission, add to its academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings, increase student enrollment and improve overall student satisfaction.
“This plan is the culmination of months of work by president’s staff members at the University and our Academic Programs Task Force to examine how we can attract a new population of students we haven’t yet served,” said David D. Allen, RPh, Ph.D., president of the University. “As we continue to evolve into our new University brand, our Eutectics Forward plan will allow us to creatively explore additional paths to expand and diversify our academic program mix, increase the ways we generate revenue to continue to fund our students’ individual paths to discovery, and continuously improve the experience our students have at the University.”
The Eutectics Forward plan will be focused on the implementation of three principal areas of investment designed to stimulate enrollment growth: new academic programs, innovative student experience initiatives and new avenues for extracurricular and athletics participation.
With new academic programs serving as a critical foundation for the plan, the University recently announced the addition of eight new undergraduate majors focused on student outcomes and improving student satisfaction.
The new programs were chosen based on their fit with the University’s mission and brand, potential career prospects and job growth opportunities for students, the University’s ability to be competitive in the current student market and prospective student pool diversification.
New majors that will be available for fall 2022, pending approval from the University’s regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, include:
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Data Science
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology
- Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Management
- Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
- Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
- Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology
As part of the Eutectics Forward plan, the University is also focused on improving the student experience. New initiatives will include increasing academic success support, expanding career services options and adding new cocurricular activities and out of classroom experiences.
“Our goal in expanding student experience initiatives is to increase satisfaction and retention among our current students, while also providing the University with additional recruitment resources to attract a larger population of diverse prospective students and applicants,” Allen explained.
In addition to its efforts to improve student experience, the University will also build a foundation of aggressive recruiting and student support for extracurricular and intercollegiate athletics participation through its existing sports teams, and create new teams and programs as part of the Eutectics Forward plan.
“Over the years, UHSP’s student-athletes have continued to lift the academic caliber of our institution, and we’ve seen very high retention rates among our first-year student-athletes,” Allen noted. “With these factors in mind, we will be partnering new and existing athletic teams with our new academic programs in an effort to bolster enrollment and provide student-athletes with new ways to grow and learn with us.”
New athletic teams that will begin recruiting students for fall 2022 include:
- Men’s and Women’s Bowling
- Competitive Cheer
- Competitive Dance
- Men’s and Women’s Golf
- Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse
- Men’s Rugby
- Men’s and Women’s Wrestling
“The launch of our Eutectics Forward plan represents a major step forward in our efforts to become the institution of choice for students, faculty and staff across a range of health care practices and fields,” Allen said. “As we work to implement the combined initiatives outlined in the plan, our goal is to provide our current and future students with the best experiences possible and the tools they need to become leaders and innovators who can impact health care locally, nationally and globally for many years to come.”