Strategic Plan

Thinking Forward – Embracing New Dimensions

“That’s why Franklin College is embracing new dimensions, adapting to meet the times and to keep liberal arts and sciences education significant because we know our graduates solve problems. We are preparing to roll out what is perhaps the most comprehensive strategic plan in our history. We are evolving to serve our students and to meet the needs of our economy.” – Thomas J. Minar, President of Franklin College

We are happy to announce that on November 1, 2016, President Minar presented a plan to the college community, concluding a comprehensive, multi-year strategic planning process. At the request of its new 16th president, Franklin College’s Board of Trustees launched an ambitious strategic planning process in November 2015. The office of the president will collaborate with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends to implement plan initiatives.


Strategic Plan Document (PDF)

Strategic Plan Progress Report – August, 2018 (PDF)

Strategic Plan Initiatives

Goal 1: Deliver a nationally recognized, innovative curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences through immersive, engaged learning.

1. A. Develop and deliver a model of teaching and learning which, through the curriculum and co-curriculum, aligns with a truly distinctive Franklin College approach to the liberal arts and sciences.
1. B. Provide professional development for both faculty and staff to maximize their effectiveness and enable the delivery of our distinctive approach.
1. C. Elevate a Franklin College brand inclusive of a model of teaching and learning that achieves differentiation in a competitive higher education market.
1. D. Verify our brand by determining and enrolling Franklin College’s optimal student mix. Attract and enroll a higher proportion of students who seek, and are prepared for, an immersive, engaged experience in the liberal arts and sciences.

Goal 2: Prepare a diverse Franklin College community to contribute actively to a dynamic and global society.

2. A. Increase and celebrate diversity among students, faculty, staff, trustees and other volunteers. Definitions include but are not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, citizenship, physical ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith and family tradition of college attendance.
2. B. Provide a robust, inclusive learning environment for students of all backgrounds.
2. C. Build and improve services and resources to support underrepresented students, faculty and staff so they persist and succeed on our campus. Teach community members to think and act inclusively.
2. D. Develop and integrate into the curriculum additional mechanisms to encourage or require study-away.

Goal 3: Develop leaders through a culture of service and through civic and professional engagement.

3. A. Deliver curricular and co-curricular opportunities that demonstrably develop and encourage students’ propensity to lead and value others in work and life.
3. B. Foster and steward community partnerships to create service and civic engagement opportunities for all students, during all four years at Franklin College.
3. C. Build alumni and trustee engagement as donor/volunteers in support of the college’s mission.

Goal 4: Ensure the connection and relevance of the college to our local, regional, national and global communities.

4. A. Strengthen the college’s reputation and reach in Indianapolis and in regional, national and global communities.
4. B. Highlight student, faculty, staff and alumni excellence to build a more compelling brand presence by reinforcing the value of the college’s traditional strengths and leveraging a distinctive academic program.
4. C. Increase opportunities for students, faculty and staff to do mutually-beneficial work with partners in the business, scientific, arts and civic communities.
4. D. Strengthen the college community’s culture of philanthropy, celebrating private support and inviting passionate philanthropic commitment to the college.

Goal 5: Enhance institutional capacity for innovation and sustainability.

5. A. Realize specific, sequenced physical plant improvements and additions.
5. B. Commit to improved science facilities.
5. C. Sustain athletic excellence through stewardship of programs and facilities.
5. D. Maximize efforts toward a sustainable environment, including sustainable energy.

Goal 6: Assure institutional financial stability and stewardship.

6. A. Optimize enrollment size and profile to match our vision and goals, while maintaining the accessibility of the college to its students.
6. B. Build new sources of financial support by enhancing marketing, admissions and advancement capabilities through strategic investment and management.
6. C. Build the endowment and maintain financial strength through wise management and new gifts.
6. D. Build relevant, profitable, small-niche graduate programs aligned with the college’s liberal arts and sciences commitment.