AUGUSTA – The University of Maine at Augusta hopes to unveil more aggressive student recruitment efforts, introduce student housing and continue growing its online-only course offerings.

Those are some of the goals outlined in a recently completed strategic plan for the 5,000-student commuter college.

The plan is supposed to set the tone for decision making over the next five years. While it outlines no specific policy initiatives, UMA is asking University of Maine System trustees to sign off on it when they meet Monday in Augusta.

“It’s not the action plan,” UMA President Allyson Hughes Handley said. “We need to get the endorsement of the board on the basic goals.”

Trustees will meet all day Monday on UMA’s campus.

The goals in UMA’s strategic plan largely move the college in the direction it’s taken in recent years.

The plan, for example, calls on UMA to continue awarding more bachelor’s degrees than associate degrees. It also calls on professors and students to conduct scholarly research and to seek grant opportunities to support it.

In addition, the plan places a priority on expanding a nascent campus fundraising operation by launching a capital campaign that would end in 2015, UMA’s 50th anniversary.

For students, UMA wants to boost retention and graduation rates by revamping its student advising system and introducing an online tool that helps students plan their courses over four years.

UMA also wants to simplify the transfer process for community college students enrolling at UMA.

The strategic plan’s completion coincides with a number of ongoing changes at UMA, some of which will come before the trustees for approval Monday.

UMA last summer reorganized its academic structure on an interim basis, merging its three colleges into two — the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the College of Professional Studies — and eliminating a dean’s position in the process.

On Monday, UMA is looking for approval from trustees to make that reorganization permanent. The College of Arts and Sciences houses many of the traditional academic fields — English, art and biology, for example. The College of Professional Studies is home to more career-oriented fields, such as nursing, dental hygiene and veterinary technology.

“It doesn’t mean we won’t be tweaking with some departments,” Handley said.

But having a permanent structure in place should help UMA as it searches for a new provost in the coming months.

Longtime Provost Josh Nadel will step down from that post to work with UMA’s art department and to work on simplifying the transfer process between Maine’s community colleges and universities.

“We won’t get really good candidates if there’s an interim structure,” Handley said.