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Carthage College Strategic Plan

Level 2: Goals and Strategies

Goal 1: We will create more fully integrated learning experiences intentionally focused on maximizing student success and wellness.

1. Student Success in the First Year

Strategy: Provide an exemplary first year student experience that successfully transitions students from their senior year of high school to their third semester of college.

2. Student Success After the First Year

Strategy: Create and implement programs and practices that result in higher persistence rates to graduation, rising student satisfaction, and demonstrable preparation for life after college.

3. Experiential Learning

Strategy: Enhance and institutionalize experiential learning at Carthage, including a commitment to global education, internships, leadership education, service-learning, and undergraduate research.

4. Integrated Student Learning

Strategy: Provide a holistic learning environment that integrates academics with student life, including wellness and athletic programs, extra- and co-curricular options, and the residential experience.


Goal 2: An outstanding faculty will guide our students in transformative and innovative learning experiences characterized by high expectations that lead to fully realized learning outcomes.

5. General Education

Strategy: Review and renew general education offerings to create a program that 1) includes a more specifically-designed first year academic experience, 2) is built around high impact practices such as service learning and learning communities, and 3) fosters a student academic journey of reflective becoming rather than required box-checking.

6. Current Academic Programs

Strategy: Review and revise existing majors to foster curricular and pedagogical innovation that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, encourages reflection, and integrates experiential learning.

7. New Academic Program Development

Strategy: Explore and develop new undergraduate, graduate, and summer programs that attract and serve new populations of students and that provide resources to sustain and develop the academic mission of the College.

8. Faculty Development

Strategy: Promote, develop and reward faculty excellence, with special emphasis on responding to the changing needs of the College, students, and professoriate.


Goal 3: We will nurture an enlightened and inclusive college community that inspires meaningful contributions towards a better world.

9. Community, Congregational, and External Relations

Strategy: Nurture mutually beneficial partnerships and programs with nonprofits, congregations, educational institutions, foundations, government entities, and the business community at the local, state, national, and international levels.

10. Spirituality

Strategy: Increase community engagement in spiritual expression, exploration, and education on campus.

11. Diversity and Inclusion

Strategy: Develop a campus culture that is welcoming and supportive of diversity and inclusion in their broadest definitions and free from all types of discrimination.


Goal 4: We will support the College’s educational mission through refining and strengthening our sound institutional operations and practices.

12. Enrollment Management

Strategy: Incrementally grow enrollment, enhance student quality, increase diversity, and maximize net tuition revenue in order to elevate the quality of the education we provide.

13. Fiscal Management

Strategy: Create strong balance sheets and annual budgets that grow and provide sufficient resources in unrestricted net assets that: 1) provide resources for campus growth in academic programs, human resources and organizational development; 2) allow sufficient resources for campus development and maintenance; 3) allow the College to maintain a goal of neutralizing the endowment draw with year-end operating cash transfers; and 4) allow for prudent debt management.

14. Facilities Management

Strategy: Maintain current facilities in excellent working order, prudently renew facilities as they age, and expand facilities as needed to accommodate new enrollment and strategic expansion.

15. Communications

Strategy: Elevate the overall awareness and perception of the College by executing high quality marketing communications strategies that define and communicate the distinctive attributes and benefits that contribute to the value of a Carthage College educational experience.

16. Institutional Advancement

Strategy: Develop the Institutional Advancement division and expand best practices in fund- and friend-raising to increase capacity to generate additional revenue.

17. Organizational Management

Strategy: Cultivate a supportive work environment that fosters professional growth and personal well-being of all employees.

18. Institutional Effectiveness

Strategy: Create an infrastructure in governance, practice, and technology that allows for continual review and assessment of college operations, mission fulfillment, and strategic goal and objective attainment.

19. Technology

Strategy: Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the college community by employing technology tools, resources, and methodologies that meet or exceed user needs and model best practices.


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