The Kenyon College Board of Trustees faced the future during its April 24-26 meeting in Gambier, discussing a strategic plan and a master plan and taking fresh looks at admissions policies and internal operations.
Steps taken now anticipate a successful bicentennial celebration in 2024, President Sean Decatur told the board in a report on the progress of Kenyon 2020. The strategic plan intends to “articulate clear, strategic priorities that shape our operations and decision-making” for a period of about five years. The plan will establish the groundwork for the next comprehensive campaign, fine tune campus operations, and develop a model for tuition, financial aid strategies, and optimum enrollment.
The front-end, information-collection phase of Kenyon 2020 is well under way, with input in public sessions from about 600 people representing alumni, faculty, friends of the College, parents, and staff. Research will continue through the fall of 2014, with a document in hand by early 2015. The “enduring and essential values” have been made clear, Decatur said, and they start with a rigorous liberal arts education. Sense of community, sense of place, the importance of education beyond the classroom, and diversity also form the bedrock values that determine the direction of the strategic plan.
The long-term sustainability of the College is paramount, and the blueprint for the future will include development of a strong, first-year student experience that concludes with a launch to post-Kenyon success.
“Kenyon is in an enviable position among liberal arts colleges, and our goal is to anticipate, prepare for and secure the future of the College,” said Barry Schwartz ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The analysis and planning we are doing now will benefit our next generations of students.”
In other board action of note: