2021 Strategic Plan

The Elmhurst College Community proudly anticipates our 2021 sesquicentennial by introducing the Elmhurst College 2021 Strategic Plan.

This comprehensive plan will set the agenda for the next three to five years as we build upon and celebrate 150 years as providers of high quality education for a diverse student body.

Mindful of our past and what we do best, the education of our students grounds Elmhurst’s mission. We believe that a strong liberal arts foundation, enhanced by professional preparation, will best educate our students as citizens and leaders. The vision statement reflects the best of Elmhurst College, an institution with a long history of embracing change and responding to the needs of students, community and society so that our alumni are prepared to lead.

Elmhurst’s values continue to provide a foundation for understanding how we work toward achieving our mission. These values serve as a reminder of our collective responsibility to a common good, social justice, and our commitment to diversity and inclusivity. We recognize that organizations and individuals have both the right and responsibility to achieve at the highest levels, and we believe that achievement can only be understood in terms of the highest ideals and service to others, and that these values reflect and support the United Church of Christ and its mission.

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The pillars provide a strategic direction for Elmhurst College as we move toward and through our sesquicentennial year in 2021.

The competitive and ever-changing landscape of higher education makes it essential that, in addition to identifying strategic priorities, we maintain a flexible approach that allows us to take advantage of opportunities that arise during the execution of the plan.

Steering Committee

Led by the EC 2021 Steering Committee, the strategic plan process began in summer 2017 as faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, students, alumni and community members came together to address our needs and wants, to debate options, and to prioritize next steps. The entire process was designed to be collaborative and inclusive, providing many opportunities and platforms for our constituents to contribute. This steering committee represents each of the College constituencies from faculty, Board of Trustees, Student Government Association, alumni, staff and administration.

Meet the Steering Committee

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