Strategic Plan

Advancing Kalamazoo College: A Strategic Vision for 2023

Economics Professor Patrik Hultberg Teaches Students Strategic Plan

The open Kalamazoo Curriculum offers students the flexibility to take academically challenging courses across the liberal arts and sciences.

“Advancing Kalamazoo College: A Strategic Vision for 2023” creates a framework of thoughtful and intentional priorities to guide the College through the next five years.

The strength of the strategic plan is based on both the quantity and quality of the input received. During the writing of the plan, several feedback sessions confirmed K’s model for a liberal arts education works, and it makes Kalamazoo College distinctive. In addition, constituents consistently identified K’s strengths as academic rigor, preparation for graduate/professional school, quality of the faculty, study abroad and experiential education.

Advancing K contains five-year strategies, developed from the College’s mission and an articulated vision of the future. The strategic plan also contains an implementation road map for the first year with specific action items including the responsible departments/persons, sources of funding and measurable outcomes. A new set of action items will be added to the strategic plan at the start of each academic year.

Study Abroad in Germany Strategic Plan

Most K students study abroad during their junior year immersing themselves in the local culture and language and delving deeply into the international experience.

In March 2018, the Board of Trustees approved the strategic plan.

Listening to College stakeholders was the first step in the yearlong strategic planning process that incorporated input from students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, family, friends, the Alumni Association Executive Board, and the Board of Trustees.

Information constituents provided in the spring of 2017 during 12 information gathering sessions in addition to electronic surveys sent to students, staff and alumni, family and friends formed the basis of the strategic plan. Participants were encouraged to view the College through a broad lens in their responses and discussions. In addition to providing initial input, constituents reviewed and offered feedback about the strategic map and narrative portions of the plan.

The strategic planning process, facilitated by Tim Fallon, was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Plan for Kalamazoo College’s Future, the College’s previous strategic plan, has guided K for the past 10 years.

Career Summit Strategic Plan

In 2017, the inaugural Career Summit brought executives and venture capitalists to campus for two days of practical career advice, networking and inspirational talks.