The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2011-2016: Outcomes of a Guilford Education is an exciting vision focused on our core business: the education of our students. Our ends are graduates who think critically, know globally, communicate effectively, create insightfully, choose diversity and engage responsibly. Our vision is institutional excellence. We have merged our excellent teaching, practical liberal arts education, and core values—areas of longstanding strength—with an intentional spotlight on the increasingly competitive global marketplace students confront after graduation. Our strategy exists on two levels: (1) strategic outcomes, the fundamental goals of the plan that are carefully assessed, and (2) strategic support, the “means” and programs needed to achieve the outcomes.
In addition to the general education and disciplinary centerpieces of a liberal arts education, these are the skills, knowledge, values and other attributes students need to succeed in the 21st century. Strategic outcomes for traditional, Adult Programs and Early College students fall into four broad areas:
- cognitive (think critically, know globally)
- skills (communicate effectively, create insightfully)
- values (engage responsibly, choose diversity)
- applications (ability to learn experientially, achieve personal and career goals)
Strategic support consists mainly of maintaining or expanding activities we already do and aligning efforts. Initiatives include:
- Principled Problem Solving
- Expanded service and community learning
- Guilford Connects and digital portfolios, with staff support
- Career and graduate school advising and preparation
- Faculty development opportunities
- Integrative learning, including an optional special term and grants for students’ self-designed projects and undergraduate research
- International focus and education, including more study away/abroad (semester-long and 2-3 week opportunities with scholarships) and international students (including financial aid)
- Information technology resources
- Communications education
- Sustainability and green initiatives
- Diversity plan initiatives and full completion of plan, including diversity of students, faculty and staff; academic and classroom experiences; workshops; and community initiatives
- Integrated communications and marketing plan, new Guilford website and intranet
Guilford will not stop preparing students to lead fulfilling lives guided by a meaningful philosophy. That would not be consistent with our liberal arts focus and core values. What we propose in SLRP II is the continued preparation of students by engaging them in creative and critical thinking by linking core values; academic and liberal arts excellence; and community and global involvement, experiences and engagement. We want our graduates to be well educated, employable and equipped for life’s pursuits.
Read the final report of The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2005-2010: Creative Leadership for the 21st Century.
Read the 2012 Progress Report.
The College’s diversity plan, Connecting Communities and Embracing Diversity: A Plan for Guilford College 2010-15, reflects the community’s desire for an institution characterized by substantive equality and other aspects of our vision of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.
The development process of the plan was a community-driven effort, with participation and input from all constituencies. Continued community involvement and participation will be key to ensure the visions of the plan become reality. The plan has specific goals, objectives, action steps, timelines and a budget. Progress will be tracked and monitored carefully with qualitative and quantitative measures.
Substantive equality focuses on the acceptance of many identities, desire for inclusive engagement, and assurance that entitlements, opportunities and access are fairly and justly distributed throughout an organization. It builds on cultural pluralism, defined as a condition of community in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious or cultural groups interact constructively. To achieve substantive equality, the Diversity Plan helps to determine how the College can increase the success of a diverse student body; monitor and assess its policies, practices, procedures and programs; and ensure that faculty, staff and other members of the College community are equipped with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to address systemic racism.
We all have differences of some degree, and we are all unique in our learning styles, mental and emotional processes, and physical abilities. We are all enriched by our differing ways of existing in the world. Guilford College is strengthened as a community when we appreciate neurodiversity and diversity among our staff, faculty, and students. By understanding, acknowledging, and supporting different ways of being, learning, processing information, perceiving the world, and relating to others, we are strengthened as an educational and social community.
The Accessibility Plan focuses on breaking down barriers and fostering a culture of acceptance and support for differences and to develop attitudes that promote equality, mindfulness, inclusion, respect, and diversity.
The Accessibility Subcommittee of the Diversity Action Committee and Guilford community have developed a comprehensive plan entitled, Empathy, Equality, Access: Report, Vision, and Recommendations for Disability Resources, the Learning Commons, and the Counseling Center/Mental Health Services.