Our excellent academic and student life programs will be revitalized with new initiatives that create a more dynamic environment for learning and redefine liberal education for the new century.

Conclusion:
Cedar Crest at its Sesquincentennial

In this plan, we have laid out strategies for achieving our vision of Cedar Crest College over the next several years. The work of these past 17 months has enabled us to have a conversation about this vision; the dialogue has enriched our community, given us a strong sense of who we are, and inspired us in our common purpose. Our excellent academic and student life programs will be revitalized with new initiatives that create a more dynamic environment for learning and redefine liberal education for the new century.

As this plan is published, the state of affairs in higher education is laden with uncertainty but rich in possibilities for those with the foresight and courage to lead. Ours cannot be the College of the past, and we cannot continue on traditional paths; we must resolve to move forward amid today’s realities. We can no longer support all undertakings; over the course of the next year we will review our current offerings in the context of newly established strategic goals. Our challenges are enormous, but so are our opportunities. Foremost is our determination to confront the challenges and thrive in this difficult environment.

The Strategic Plan does not reflect all that we hope to do over the next decade. Nor does it represent an unalterable course of action. The Plan must be dynamic, and we too must be dynamic. We recognize that a vital element of our success will be our agility in critically evaluating new initiatives, reviewing progress, reordering priorities, rethinking goals, and revising strategies. Indeed, all of the College’s programs and activities must be able to withstand careful assessment and scrutiny against the backdrop of our ever shifting world. Nothing can be unchangeable.

In this Strategic Plan, bold and innovative ideas are juxtaposed with more traditional initiatives, but all are intended to ensure a position of success and vibrancy for Cedar Crest as a liberal arts college for women in the 21st century.


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