Franklin Forward

Bold Innovation for a Dynamic Future

Franklin Forward


Franklin Forward: Bold Innovation for a Dynamic Future

Franklin Forward is an ambitious, comprehensive five-year plan reflecting a unifying vision and detailing strategies for Franklin College to achieve growth of the student body, growth of resources, and growth of the institutional endowment. 




Mission & Vision


Mission Statement

Franklin College empowers students through an experiential education, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, promoting impactful careers and meaningful lives.





Vision Statement

Franklin College envisions a vibrant, inclusive learning community fueled by transformative experiences and innovative partnerships.





Pillars & Throughlines

Franklin College’s strategic plan is grounded in four pillars and strengthened by four throughlines.

Franklin Forward started with a charge to inspire investment in the institution. Focusing on the strategies and activities that will spur increased investment and encourage growth — in number of students, in resources, and in endowment — is key to institutions like Franklin College. Also critical is the realization that this work cannot be achieved by those on campus alone.

The abundance of feedback gathered throughout the plan clearly points to four common themes that shape this plan as pillars, all supporting investment, recruitment, and retention: 

  • The value proposition matters.
  • What we say matters.
  • How we care matters.
  • Who we invite to join us matters.

Franklin College’s next strategic plan highlights four additional areas of emphasis that either serve as points of distinction or merit additional attention. These “throughlines” intersect each plan pillar and provide additional connectivity among the plan’s greatest priorities. They are:

  • Experiential Learning.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access.
  • Digital Fluency.
  • Athletics and co-curricular activities.


Pillar 1: Advance a curriculum and experiences that launch lives

At Franklin College, we blend liberal arts thinking with career-ready skills.

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Pillar 2: Define and amplify the Franklin College story

When we know who we are, we can help students find their way here.

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Pillar 3: Strengthen community through a culture of care

Culture is contagious, and students will feel the community from their first tour.

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Pillar 4: Grow possibilities through powerful partnerships

When we partner with successful people and organizations, we're recognized as the place to be.

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