Does the plan mean PC will no longer be a liberal arts college?
No, our new strategic plan will build on PC’s legacy and further our mission as a liberal arts college. The renovation of our landmark liberal arts building, Neville Hall, and our upgrades this summer to Richardson Science Hall demonstrate our continued commitment to advancing the study of humanities, arts, and sciences at PC
We believe that the execution of The Promise of PC will significantly enhance our current programs. Healthcare is the fastest growing sector in the U.S. economy and continues to be a primary public policy focus. PC’s decision to educate more of our future healthcare professionals puts us at the center of a growing industry. We are confident that that healthcare professionals must possess the classic attributes of a liberal arts education: critical thinking, capacity to analyze, communications skills, and a broad understanding of the connectivity of ideas.
What happens to our mission?
The new strategic plan does not change PC’s mission. It will better position us academically, athletically, and financially so we can deliver on our mission and vision for many years to come.
How will the plan differentiate PC in the marketplace?
At a time when people question the value of higher education, we believe it is extremely important to implement a strategic plan that is student-centered and rooted in our mission. The combination of a strong, traditional liberal arts curriculum with new academic programs focused on market opportunities will appeal to more students. We have designed our Quality Enhancement Plan, an important part of our accreditation process, to better prepare our students for life beyond PC.
Why is PC confident the new programs will be successes?
To better prepare our students for life beyond PC, we did a significant amount of research to aid us in deciding which programs best fit our students’ needs and job market demands. Each of these new programs are in high demand and address social, economic, and business trends in the region and nation. We are dedicated to providing students with a rigorous curriculum that will help them achieve their best potential and that is responsive to a dynamic, 21st-century job market.
What will PC look like in five years if the plan is successful?
In five years, we look forward to having a larger, more diverse student body that is being challenged yet enlightened by our new academic programs, and we are eager to take advantage of the new athletic and co-curricular programs designed to strengthen students’ mental, physical, and spiritual capacities.
What has been the faculty’s role in developing “The Promise of PC” and shaping the curriculum for the new programs?
A number of faculty, along with students, alumni and staff helped shape the new strategic plan, including the curriculum offerings. The new programs in Computational Biology and Data Analytics were developed by the faculty, not the administration. The numerous people involved throughout the planning process and development of new programs focused their research and ideas on students.
Beyond faculty, who was involved in the strategic planning process?
Creation of the strategic plan involved numerous members of the PC family, including senior leaders in each major division, trustees, alumni, key volunteers, and staff and faculty representing a broad cross section of our programs.