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Strategic Plan

“Colleges have an enormous effect on how their students will make life choices. In essence, we are bringing together two basic questions that students face: ‘How shall I live my life?’ and ‘How will I make a living?’ We want students to view these as interconnected, not as separate from one another.” - David Dawson, President of Earlham College

Earlham College’s Board of Trustees approved a bold strategic plan that interconnects the College’s strengths as a leading national liberal arts college with a more deliberate focus on career development.

The plan — aimed to encourage lifetime success — seeks to offer students balanced preparation to life after college by greatly enhancing its outstanding liberal arts education while purposefully addressing needs borne of a changing world. The plan was developed with extensive consultation with students, faculty and staff. It is congruent with and true to Earlham's mission.

The plan builds on the four defining characteristics of the Earlham educational experience to prepare students for vocations and careers they define for themselves as successful:

  • Intellectually challenging
  • Globally engaged
  • Socially responsible
  • Future directed

A small group of professors and administrators, led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Mahler and Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Jonathan Stroud, is implementing the plan by Fall 2014.

Additionally, the College is investing $60 million in new and upgraded facilities. These projects include:

  • Renovated and new facilities for the sciences
  • New visual and performing arts center
  • Upgrades to Darrell Beane Stadium (baseball)
  • Renovation of Tyler Hall as an admissions welcome center

Key academic initiatives

First-year seminars will combine a traditional liberal arts focus on critical thinking, reading, writing and discussion with an exploration of what it means to have a successful and meaningful life.

Sophomore year, students will work with professors on scholarly projects with the intention of discovering new knowledge, and not just learning what’s already in the textbooks.

Juniors and seniors will complete two “immersive experiences” — by spending a semester studying off-campus, engaging in significant community service, participating in high-level research or completing an internship.

All four years, our students get top-notch advising to help them get the most out of their college experience and prepare for life after graduation.

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