Vision & Strategic Plan
To be a global leader in undergraduate liberal arts higher education through promotion of an educational philosophy and community values that emphasize ecological sustainability. By design we aspire to be a small college that embraces its vibrant rural location as one of its most prized characteristics.
In the decades since Sterling joined the world of higher education, the College has grown and evolved with the aid of a strongly held vision for the future and with periodic strategic planning initiatives.
Today, Sterling has embarked upon a renewed strategic path to promote and sustain an exemplary approach to liberal education with a collaboratively developed plan through which the College will:
1. Affirm its mission and articulate its vision for the future;
2. Reinforce the relationship between mission and curriculum;
3. Strengthen long-term financial health;
4. Further the community's aspirations for ecological sustainability; and,
5. Improve the campus and facilities to serve the community of faculty and students.
Sterling College's president, Matthew Derr, and the Board of Trustees initiated the planning process with the understanding that the community was eager to embark upon such a process, a point made evident through the presidential search process in the spring of 2012. The Strategic Planning Committe is co-chaired by trustees Catherine Donnelly and Jonathan Larsen, and its membership includes: trustees, faculty, alumni, administrators, and students. In addition to this over-arching committee, various subcommitees, working teams, and individuals are consulting with many other members of the community throughout the process.