Section 1: Our Vision

Since its founding in 1825, Centenary College has been committed to the preservation of academic rigor, high standards of personal conduct, and an integrated development of the mind, body, and spirit of its students. Consistent with its affiliation with the United Methodist Church and recognition of the importance of supporting the development of spiritual values in its students, the College will continue to encourage a life-long dedication not only to learning but also to serving others.

As we move into the 21st century, the institution will continue to enhance its reputation as one of the premier student-centered liberal arts colleges in the nation — one that leaves a positive and permanent mark on the life of every graduate and focuses on the development of cultured, well-rounded individuals who will become responsible citizens, skillful professionals, and capable leaders.

The student body will be significantly diverse, comprised of a wide variety of persons from different cultures, geographical areas, and age groups. Under the guidance and mentorship of gifted faculty and staff, students will excel in high-quality programs in the liberal arts and professional studies, and they will develop on a campus characterized by rich opportunities for interaction with outstanding scholars, artists, and leaders. Increasing numbers of students will enroll in graduate and professional programs after completion of their undergraduate studies and develop as leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Building on current strengths, the College will increase its standing in national publications as one of the nation's finest small colleges, elevate its position within the ranks of the top 200 math/science programs in the U.S., and enhance its status as a regional center for the performing and visual arts. The primary focus of programs will be on undergraduate education in the liberal arts, but the college will continue to offer a limited number of graduate programs that reflect the special needs of the region's population and the economy. All programs will be taught by faculty who are not only recruited for their strong academic credentials but also for their demonstrated skills as teachers, their commitment to scholarship, and their recognition of the centrality of the involvement of students — hands-on — in their own learning.

In addition to the importance of the College as a place that nurtures and sustains high-quality teaching and learning, together with the development of character, Centenary College is an enjoyable place to be. As such, the College will continue to develop activities that are educational and those that are simply fun. Already known for the beauty of its setting, the institution will also continue to develop and enhance the physical plant and campus grounds, both in support of the high quality of life to which it is committed and as a visual statement — one that reflects the excellence of what takes place every day at Centenary College.

To realize this vision, Centenary will focus its efforts over the next three to five years in four areas: academic quality; student life; technology; and financial development of the College. To enhance this excellence, the institution has developed the following goals and objectives:

Last updated 4 August 2000

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