Earlham, like many small liberal arts colleges and higher education in general, has been wrestling with a highly disruptive landscape over the last decade fueled by demographic shifts, changes in the national and global economy, technological innovations, and questions about the nature, value and purpose of the undergraduate degree. A strategic planning process was launched in 2012 under the leadership of President David Dawson and generated a sustained period of intense self-study, analysis, community deliberation, and action culminating in the 2015 Earlham College Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in June of 2015.
The plan recognized that the landscape of higher education has changed in deep and profound ways and set forth an ambitious agenda to meet this new context and challenge in a more focused, coherent, and outward facing way than ever before. The 2015 plan builds on Earlham’s historic strengths including an approach to educating the whole student through exceptional teaching, deep, rich and imaginative intellectual exploration, and a burning desire to make the world a more just and peaceful place. Earlham remains steadfast in the conviction that the liberal arts, in all its wondrous diversity, provides the most effective, nimble, creative and useful educational preparation possible to meet the world’s great challenges and opportunities.