Our students will receive an excellent liberal arts education that
both challenges them intellectually and prepares them to become good
men and good citizens. They will learn to forge connections between
the world of ideas and that of experience and will graduate
well-prepared to succeed in the field of their choice.
We adhere to
teaching approaches fundamental to an atmosphere of sound learning in
the liberal arts. Therefore, our classes will be small,
permitting vital interplay between student and professor. We will
employ appropriate technology to further the dialogue essential to
accomplish its mission of educating "good men and good citizens in an
atmosphere of sound learning," the College will continue to support
a rigorous and extensive core curriculum that fosters students'
mental and moral growth by ensuring that students acquire an
integrated education in the social sciences, humanities, and in the
biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. In all of their
classes, students will be required to read and think critically,
analytically, creatively, and independently and to use
appropriate technology effectively. Students will also pursue
deeper studies, attaining a major in at least one field.
excellent education includes a diversity of experiences and
perspectives throughout and beyond the curriculum. Broadening our
community will allow our students the opportunity to learn, to live,
and to interact with diverse groups both within and without the
Therefore, whenever possible, we will hire quality
faculty and staff to increase minority representation from 2002-03
levels (faculty, 2.8%; exempt staff, 1%).
By 2003, minority and international student enrollment
will reach 7.5%; by 2004, it will reach 8%; by 2005, it will reach
8.5%; by 2006, it will reach 9%; and by 2007, it will reach 9.5%.
By 2010, a greater percentage of students will enroll
from outside the Commonwealth of Virginia (36% of students were from
out-of-state in the fall of 2002).
2008, the College will have an endowment of at least $2 million to
underwrite the expenses for students to engage in internships related
to their studies, and another endowment of at least $2 million to
underwrite study abroad and other educational experiences beyond the
campus that widen their perspectives.
College will maintain a student-faculty ratio of no greater than 11 to
foundation of an excellent education is an excellent faculty, and
these faculty members should be appropriately compensated. Therefore,
the College will maintain faculty salaries at all ranks at the 80th
percentile of AAUP IIB institutions. The College will also maintain
and augment whenever possible its program of support for professional
travel, summer research, and other faculty development options
including start-up expenses for new appointments.
By 2005, the Provost and Dean of the Faculty will
forward a recommendation about whether to offer release time or other
compensation for department and program chairs.
College will encourage and support faculty initiatives to employ
appropriate technology in the educational process. Toward this end,
the College, at the minimum, will maintain its allocation of $300,000
annually to support retirement and replacement of hardware and
software, and to underwrite training in pedagogical uses of
excellent education requires sufficient numbers of well-qualified
students to support a deep program in the liberal arts. Enrollment
will grow to 1,150 by the year 2010 and the entering classes will have
composite SAT scores of at least 1150.
five year graduation rate will equal 72 percent by 2008, 75 percent by
2013, and improve to 80 percent by 2025.
Graduates will attest that our education prepared them well for their
pursuits post-graduation. Graduate schools and employers of our
graduates also will attest that our graduates are well-prepared.