Impact

The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here,
but it can never forget what they did here.

President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

With this humble sentence, President Lincoln made clear that the actions of others mattered far more than his rhetoric. Of course, we do indeed remember what he said here in Gettysburg; but we also remember his focus on action as we prepare our students for the future. Building upon a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, we will prepare our students for lives of impact by enhancing opportunities for experiential learning that will advance their personal and intellectual development, their sense of social responsibility, and their ability to take effective action in service of the greater good.

Goal #1: Expand current opportunities for all students to apply their academic experience through high-impact educational practices such as faculty-mentored research, creative activity, and leadership development experiences.

Implementation strategies

  • Increase support for students to engage in faculty-mentored research and creative activity, beginning in their first year on campus.
  • Increase the number of students who travel to professional conferences and performances with faculty mentors.
  • Continue to provide support for student leadership development experiences through the Garthwait Leadership Center.

Goal #2: Provide all students with outstanding mentoring, advising, and support from our faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and peers.

  • Provide every Gettysburg student access to committed and skillful advisors and mentors, including academic advisors (first-year and major-related advisors), administrative advisors, a career coach, and peer mentors.
  • Support and recognize those faculty members who provide outstanding advising and mentoring to students both within and outside the classroom.
  • Support and recognize those staff members who provide outstanding advising and mentoring to our students.
  • Create volunteer opportunities for alumni and parents to advise and mentor our students.

>Goal #3: Capitalize on our identity as an excellent liberal arts college in close proximity to Washington, DC.

Implementation strategies

  • Implement the new strategic plan for the Eisenhower Institute, with particular focus on strengthening its connection to the academic program.
  • Enhance support for our distinctive public policy major.
  • Take advantage of other DC-based learning opportunities, including those related to the arts, social justice, history, and public policy.

Goal #4: Provide all students with opportunities to graduate from Gettysburg College with a well-rounded professional network and the foundational skills to launch successfully into graduate or professional school or their careers.

Implementation strategies

  • Increase the number of students pursuing post-graduate fellowships.
  • Continue to support a rich array of career development opportunities with the assistance of parent and alumni volunteers.
  • Enhance collaboration between the Center for Career Development and academic departments regarding the transition from college to career.
  • Develop an online career development course to be completed by students during the second semester of their first year or during the sophomore year.
  • Relocate the Center for Career Development to the College Union Building to provide a more central location and better linkage with related experiential activities.

Goal #5: Promote and support the STEM disciplines to meet the interests and needs of today’s students.

Implementation strategies

  • Increase the number of research-intensive science courses, particularly at the introductory level.
  • Increase and enhance science offerings for non-science majors.
  • Provide support and incentives to faculty to adopt active-learning pedagogy at all levels of the STEM curriculum.
  • Explore opportunities to make connections between STEM courses and courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
  • Support and showcase undergraduate research and teacher preparation in STEM fields.
  • Develop a comprehensive STEM recruitment and retention program, including a summer bridge program.
  • Develop a Quantitative Reasoning Center, analogous in staffing and mission to the Writing Center, co-locating these centers with the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning.

Goal #6: Help all students to develop the ability to thrive physically, socially, and emotionally in college and beyond through strong programs that promote health, safety, emotional and mental well-being, fitness and athletic participation.

Implementation strategies

  • Ensure that offerings in Health and Counseling Services meet student needs, support student retention and well-being, and anticipate national trends.
  • Ensure that offerings in Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation support student well-being and meet student needs, institutional priorities, and national trends.
  • Continue to work towards a robust menu of social alternatives that promote student satisfaction and well-being.