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Strategic Plan

Aleena Farooq and Danielle Nelson

Presidential Introduction

This is a special time for Albion College. Confidence continues to build on campus and in our community, even as colleges and towns like ours face imposing challenges. Our collective confidence comes from an emerging consensus on the path ahead. It comes from a renewed belief that a residential liberal arts college that has clear focus, creative energy, and innovative partnerships can accomplish anything.

We often say that Albion is a microcosm of America, and that Albion's challenges are America's challenges. We know that we are not immune to the social, economic and environmental realities that we face, both as a college and as a community. Indeed, it is these challenges that make our mission all the more timely and important.

The Four Pillars of the Strategic Plan

Albion College will be an exemplary private, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college. To achieve this goal, Albion College will create a culture of innovation and collaboration that will:

Focus on the Intentional Integration of Knowledge

Albion College will support the intentional integration of knowledge that is the heart of a liberal arts education. We will provide and enhance curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programming that creates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to grow and develop collaboratively as informed scholars and ethical people. We will promote teaching, research, scholarship, and creative and professional activity that forge a holistic understanding of our community, our vocation, and our world and develop practical skills for democratic citizenship.

Build an Open, Diverse, and Inclusive College Community

Albion College will become a stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive community. We will enroll outstanding students and hire excellent faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds, and we will help all members of the College community gain the intercultural competencies essential for ethical action. We will provide programmatic and financial resources to ensure the success of all members of the College community and maintain high levels of personal attention to help students thrive.

Forge Sustainable Local Partnerships and Global Collaborations

Albion College will build and strengthen partnerships with its host community and around the world that help solve urgent local and global social issues. We will address the pressing economic, educational, and environmental needs in our community through curricular and co-curricular programs that encourage our students to apply the problem-solving skills at the core of the liberal arts and through experiences, research, and service that build the intercultural capacity of students, faculty, and staff. Albion will be nationally recognized for creative, sustainable partnerships that mutually improve the quality of life for both citizens and students.

Exercise Effective Stewardship of All Resources

Albion College will effectively steward its resources through budgeting, planning, and fundraising to provide an exemplary liberal arts education. We will leverage our current resources to their fullest capacity and identify those areas in which responsible growth can position us to be a model for excellence. The College will support excellence among students, faculty, and staff through continuously refining the financial plan, updating the facilities' master plan, and implementing a comprehensive capital campaign.

Consistent with our liberal arts tradition, we believe it is preferable to apply general principles and creative thinking rather than to memorize and blindly follow a preordained set of rules or plans. With all of this in mind, we have built a plan that identifies shared values and general tools while encouraging creative thinking with respect to specific actions. Wherever possible we have honored existing governance structures and stayed within established decision making processes as we considered implementation. And, above all, we have encouraged audacity in expectation of outcomes.

Presidential Statement

The Lux Fiat emblem. This is a special time for Albion College. Confidence continues to build on campus and in our community, even as colleges and towns like ours face imposing challenges. Our collective confidence comes from an emerging consensus on the path ahead. It comes from a renewed belief that a residential liberal arts college that has clear focus, creative energy, and innovative partnerships can accomplish anything.

Letter from the Chair

One of the hallmarks of an excellent liberal arts education is the ability to quickly adapt and thrive. Throughout the past two centuries, Albion College has molded students to succeed despite a dizzying acceleration of change. How is this possible? There are many reasons, but a key factor has been the diligence that generations of college leaders and trustees have shown in planning confidently for the future, never forgetting our core values and personal approach to higher education.

This strategic plan boldly proclaims our place as an exemplary liberal arts college. Growth, change, adaptation, acceptance of new ideas and new discoveries all bring a richness and depth to our students on campus and to our alumni over a lifetime. Albion College is not a time capsule. Rather, It's a remarkably adaptable institution and place that imparts an excellent education that will give its graduates the skills to make a successful life.

We believe that the whole community is enriched by student and resident collaboration. The college seeks to be an active member of the community and do our part to help it grow stronger, always with the college as part of the greater community, serving its needs and acting as a solid citizen. Albion College and the City of Albion are being nationally recognized for a 21st century partnership, This plan aligns the entire architecture of the College and takes us relentlessly forward to deliver an outstanding education and build an outstanding community.

Albion College is a unique force in our community, state, region, country and world. A liberal arts education requires an artful blend of adaptability and tradition, but this is something we have long experience in doing very well. The new strategic plan honors that spirit, reflects where our world is headed, and moves us forward boldly and without apology.

On behalf of the Albion College Board of Trustees, we celebrate another milestone in our history with the adoption of this strategic plan. With its implementation, we will confidently continue the journey we began in 1835.

J. Donald Sheets II, '82J. Donald Sheets II, '82
Chairman, Board of Trustees

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