GCC begins strategic planning process and considers major initiatives | Local News

GROVE CITY – Grove City College has announced the start of a landmark strategic planning effort in 2021 that envisions the launch of major initiatives that will further distinguish the school as one of the nation’s elite liberal arts colleges .

As the college’s current five-year strategic plan “Building a Strong and Faithful Future” enters its final year, leaders at the private Christian liberal arts school are working to build on this solid foundation for the next five years.

“We have seen how valuable it is to have a mission-focused, initiative-driven strategic plan that guides our college,” President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said. “The college is fortunate to have a group of savvy and experienced leaders who are enthusiastic about taking on this challenge. At the same time, we appreciate the proverbial truth that as we make our plans, God determines our course.

Adopted in 2017, the “Building a Strong and Faithful Future” strategic plan was designed to position the college as “America’s top Christian liberal arts college” offering exceptional higher education while reinforcing the college’s commitment to timeless Christian truths and values.

At the heart of this plan are six main goals to increase academic excellence, improve the Christian environment on campus, improve enrollment, increase brand awareness, streamline fiscal management, and create financial resources. Considerable progress has been made towards achieving these goals. The plan also introduced revised vision and mission statements and, for the first time, codified key values: Loyalty, Excellence, Community, Stewardship and Independence.

The college will resolutely pursue its vision as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts college grounded in conservative values ​​and dedicated to developing leaders of the highest skill, purpose and principle prepared to serve the common good.

Work on the new plan comes at a critical time for college and American higher education, according to Craig Jones ’72, vice chairman of the college’s board of trustees who is leading the planning process for his alma mater. “We need to be bold and creative in looking to the future as we assess the current environment and the shifting sands, if you will, in higher education,” he said.

While Grove City College holds a unique place in higher education – it is one of the few schools that accepts no federal funding, including student grants and loans, and remains aligned with the Christian faith on which it was founded – it is not immune to the same pressures that face most American colleges and universities. Demographics and economics are pushing more and more schools to rely on federal support and engage in financial gimmicks to attract students from a shrinking pool.

So far, the college has defied many of these trends, with applications topping last year and the past 10-year average. Its commitment to affordability generates increased cost awareness for students and their families. Tuition is consistently under $30,000 and the college ranks among the best values ​​in higher education. This budget restriction is unique, as is the college’s approach to planning for the future.

“We don’t want to take a linear approach and just continue on the path we’re on. We don’t want to be constrained by whatever is going on right now, Jones said. “We’re going to talk about a vision of where we want to be in three, four or five years and that will be important in moving the college’s mission, vision and values ​​forward. An important part of the planning process will be determining “what is the gap between where we are and where we would like to be,” Jones said. “It starts with identifying strategic issues – what we want to do – and developing a strategic plan that outlines how we’re going to get there.”

Jones works closely with board chairman Edward D. Breen ’79, McNulty, and a strategic planning committee comprised of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff. Breen and Jones were elected to their positions last year, bringing broad perspectives and experience to chart the future of the college. Breen, Executive Chairman and CEO of DuPont de Nemours Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in corporate restructuring; Jones is the retired president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association and has decades of experience helping institutions adapt to sweeping change.

Also member of the strategic planning committee:

Lisa M. Antoszewski, Chair of the Department of Biology and Associate Professor of Biology

· Michael Buckman ’82, Vice President for Business and Finance

Elizabeth Bulette, Trustee, Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee

· Kenneth P. Carson, Director of the Department of Management and Marketing and Professor of Management

Peter Frank ’95, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics

· Susan Grimm, Director of Operations

Deborah Holt ’84, Board Treasurer

H. Collin Messer, Assistant Dean of the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters and Professor of English

· Douglas Muetzel ’80, director, chairman of the development committee

Dawn Owens ’90, Trustee, Chair of Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee

David Porter ’88, director, secretary of the board of directors

Jeffrey D. Prokovich ’89, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Richard Savage, Dean of the Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Professor of Engineering

· Mandy Sposato ’00, Director of Career Services

· Betty Tallerico, Assistant to the President

Donald C. Templin ’84, Trustee, Vice-Chair of the Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee

Louisa R. Loomis