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Summary of Our 2015 Strategic Plan

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.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.