Elmhurst College inspires its students to form themselves intellectually and personally and to prepare for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Working together with passion and commitment, we foster learning, broaden knowledge and enrich culture through pedagogical innovation, scholarship and creative expression.
Vision for the Future
In 2021, Elmhurst College will celebrate its sesquicentennial. As we anticipate this significant marker of our service over generations, the Elmhurst College community will work together to become a greater force for good—for our students, our society and the world. We will organize our work around the needs and aspirations of three primary constituencies: traditional undergraduate students, non-traditional students and the larger society we are called to serve.
For traditional students, we will advance the quality and impact of the Elmhurst Experience, our contemporary framing of liberal learning that embraces both professional preparation and personal self-formation. We will seek new ways to prepare young people for useful, satisfying and meaningful work, and to empower them to become self-directed, academically grounded, intellectually engaged and socially responsible citizens who understand and respect the diversity of the world’s cultures and peoples.
For non-traditional students, we will enlarge our commitment to respond creatively and imaginatively to both the enduring and the changing needs of students and employers. We will explore new pedagogies and selectively embrace emerging technologies. We will sustain our unyielding commitment to academic quality while creating new ways to meet the academic, professional and practical needs of today’s highly variegated students. In the process, we will enhance our capacity to prepare all of our students to become truly educated individuals, ready to engage a complicated and competitive world with new knowledge and expertise.
For the larger society, we will work to advance learning, enrich culture and serve the greater good in the Chicago area and beyond. We will continue to be heralded as a site of civic engagement, as we develop new collaborative relationships with institutional partners in academia, government, business, health care, the arts, primary and secondary education and the voluntary sector. We will provide the Elmhurst Experience to more people—with a corresponding impact on the world. Finally, we will provide the larger society with an example of a fine liberal arts college that found ways to take a kind of education once reserved for an elite—high quality, highly personal, values based—and make it accessible to aspiring individuals at many points in their lives.
Elmhurst College Core Values
The values of Elmhurst College provide the foundation for all our academic, student and community programs and activities.
We value intellectual freedom, curiosity, and engagement; critical and creative inquiry; rigorous debate; and intellectual integrity in all endeavors. We are committed to the meaningful integration of liberal learning and professional preparation and to learning as a life-long pursuit.
We are committed to cultural diversity, mutual respect among all persons, compassion for others, honest and open communication, and fairness and integrity in all that we do.
Mindful of humanity’s interdependence and the dignity of every individual, we are committed to social justice on local, national, and global levels. We will act on our social responsibilities and call others to do the same.
We are committed stewards of the human, fiscal, and physical resources entrusted to us. We are accountable to one another for the quality of our community, the strength of our finances, and the utility and beauty of our campus as a place of intellectual engagement and personal growth. We pursue innovations which respect the environment and foster sustainability in the management of our resources.
Faith, Meaning and Values
We value the development of the human spirit in its many forms and the exploration of life’s ultimate questions through dialogue and service. We value religious freedom and its expressions on campus. Grounded in our own commitments and traditions as well as those of the United Church of Christ, we cherish values that create lives of intellectual excellence, strong community, social responsibility, and committed stewardship.