Strategic Plan Introduction
Higher education is a key to success, especially today when worldwide economic and cultural changes influence the nature of work and the skills required of the workforce. Blackburn College is at the forefront of the great traditions and values undergirding liberal arts education and must provide students with the intellectual and personal tools to prosper in a rapidly evolving, complex world. We need citizens who possess a breadth and depth of educational and developmental experiences, who can think critically and integrate the knowledge they acquire, who can communicate and develop relationships with diverse people, and who can see connections and articulate the ideas that lead to new possibilities. We also need citizens who have an orientation toward problem solving, relationship building, and ongoing learning and development.
Blackburn offers both an excellent liberal arts education and, through its student-managed Work Program, an opportunity for meaningful and substantive work responsibilities. Blackburn is distinctively positioned to provide a commodity of enduring value, giving students the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are characteristic of highly successful individuals and consistent with the demonstrated needs of employers in all sectors.
Blackburn must support and sustain extraordinary teaching; remain accessible and affordable; provide the very best possible integrated learning, work, and service experience for our students; and improve our use of technology as a seamlessly available set of tools to facilitate the work of all members of the college community. Blackburn must seek to foster a community in which members demonstrate service, respect and mutual responsibility as part of a sustainable community. To meet the demands of the coming years, we must be innovative in our academic and co-curricular offerings; we must extend our visibility across the nation and be open to changes in pedagogy.
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