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Although Earlham is well regarded for “friendliness,” admitted students rate the College below its peers with respect to social life and the level of “fun” on campus. The College offers a range of extracurricular activities, but many of these appeal narrowly to highly focused interests, and overall the level of engagement and critical mass appears low. For a residential college like Earlham, the quality of life outside the classroom can be as or even more important a driver of enrollment and retention as the quality of life in the classroom. The strategies detailed in Pillar #4 of the Earlham Strategic Plan are intended to enhance the quality of life on campus – largely by doing fewer things better and with greater participation and sense of community.

Core strategies for Pillar #4 are as follows:

  1. Hold fewer, higher-impact and higher-participation campus activities and events – with an eye to activities/events that might evolve into campus traditions
  2. Increase intentional integration of athletics with the wider community
  3. Increase attractive opportunities for co-curricular engagement (the “fun” factor)
  4. Refocus the residential experience, facilities, and programming as a strategic value
  5. Promote an “all hands” mentality on campus, with clear roles and shared responsibility for recruiting, retention, internships, etc.