The Context for Planning

 We are at an important moment in the College's 175 years of history when all of us who care about its fu­ture have the opportunity and share the responsibility to set its course for the next decade. We begin from a position of strength. Our mission, values, and accomplishments provide a strong foundation for our strategic planning process.

The Gettysburg College mission statement:
Gettysburg College, a national, residential, undergraduate college committed to a liberal arts education, prepares students to be active leaders and participants in a changing world. This statement is grounded in the core values of the institution:

Our core values include:

  • The worth and dignity of all people and the limitless value of their intellectual potential;
  • The power of a liberal arts education to help students develop critical thinking skills, broad vision, effective communications, a sense of the inter-relatedness of all knowledge, sensitivity to the human condition, and a global perspective, all necessary to enable students to realize their full potential for responsible citizenship;
  • The enrichment of the traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum with the most promising intellectual developments of the age;
  • The free and open marketplace of ideas and the exploration of the ethical and spiritual dimensions of those ideas, both indispensable to helping students learn to determine which have lasting value;
  • The value of a lifelong commitment to service, and the role of the College in both providing an examples of public service for students and fostering a commitment to service among our young people; and
  • A belief that a residential college is the most effective means of promoting the personal interaction between student and professor, and student and student which develops the community that is the heart of a liberal arts education.