As part of our Homecoming festivities, Clarke University is proud to unveil its new strategic plan. The goals and objectives outlined therein will guide the university in pursuit of its mission into 2026.
Over the last seven months, a committee of 23 faculty, staff, and administrators gathered input from the greater Clarke community to craft a plan focused on value, opportunity, and growth. Many of the discussions were led by Chief Strategy Officer Mariann Kurtz Weber.
“This plan is a living document, calling us to live our mission and core values to the fullest as we innovate in our academic and co-curricular programs,” Kurtz Weber said. “Simultaneously, our students have more demands on their time than ever and are acutely attuned to their wellness needs, including mental health and the desire for respect and inclusion for all identities and affiliations. This plan charts a path to empower our students to be successful and keep our institution vital and efficient.”
The plan is organized around four goals: Live our Mission and Values, Empower Student Success, Sustain Institutional Vitality, and Cultivate a Lasting Legacy. Each goal has several objectives and actions tied to it. Several are already underway, such as new academic advising and peer mentoring services. The university is already seeing a return on its investment, having welcomed the largest incoming class in school history in 2023.
“The energy with which the Clarke community has embraced this plan is truly invigorating,” said Interim President Fletch Lamkin. “Today’s world favors the bold and with the plan being brought to life by our students, faculty, and staff, we are taking a stand for high-quality, values-based education.”