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Envisioning Guilford College 2027

Strategic Plan

Update on Progress

The development of the new strategic plan is in its final phase and the latest draft of the plan is available for review. This fall, in the early phase of implementation, community members are invited to participate in a query process led by Friends Center and focused on Quaker testimonies and our Core Values as well as questions about our "Why," what it means to be a liberal arts institution, transformation, innovation and what it means to be an anchor institution.

Image shows the cover of the Strategic Plan Update document, updated September 2023

Guilford College's five-year strategic plan, covering the years 2023 through 2027, will guide us in aligning our resources to support the achievement of our institutional mission to: 

"To provide a transformative, practical, and excellent liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers in an inclusive, diverse environment, guided by Quaker testimonies of community, equality, integrity, peace and simplicity and emphasizing the creative problem solving skills, experience, enthusiasm, and international perspectives necessary to promote positive change in the world."

Led by President Kyle Farmbry, the planning process is community-driven and reflective of the College's Core Values and mission. Input to the process to date has been received from hundreds of faculty and staff members, students, alumni, parents and friends through surveys and small-group discussions, and now it is requested for the draft plan’s priorities, vision and goals. 

The following priorities have been identified to organize our strategic-planning effort:

  1. Academic Engagement and Student Success: Enhance access, learning and completion for Guilford College students.
  2. Communication: Improve systems for internal and external communication using a variety of mediums.
  3. Community Building: Foster a positive working and learning environment for our campus.
  4. Financial Stability: Support long-term sustainability through sound financial processes and practices.
  5. Partnerships: Cultivate partnerships to support attainment of our mission.


To ask questions or share comments about the strategic plan, please email

Image reads: 100 plus, Number of contextual documents shared related to past planning efforts, research, and reports

Image reads: 40, Number of input sessions, including with President Kyle Farmbry and alumni, parents, and community members, as well as integrated input sessions and team meetings

Image reads: 685, Total number of session participants

Image reads: 65, Number of survey responses from the College community