Gustavus Acts 2.0Strategic Plan

Since 2015, the Gustavus community has been looking forward, dreaming big, and thinking strategically. Our overall aim has always been clear—to preserve and advance the excellence of the educational experience we offer our students. We seek to provide Gustavus students with a liberal arts education that develops global citizens.

During the past five years we saw major successes, fueled by support from you—our alumni, family, and friends. We then prioritized our next targets, and put our community to work seeking innovative strategies to reach them. We look to the future with optimism and confidence, compelled by an ambitious goal that sparks our collective imagination and focuses our work.

Now, we lean into year five. It will be a historic year for Gustavus and for the world. This is the midpoint. This is how we act next.

Here is our vision:

Gustavus equips1 students to lead purposeful lives2 and to act on the great challenges3 of our time through an innovative liberal arts4 education of recognized excellence5.

  1. Every action at Gustavus moves students toward discover of self — their beliefs, values, and relation to the world. We build capacity through experience. Students graduate equipped for life and career.
  2. Our students discern their vocation, think deeply and critically, and ignite their passions through knowledge and discovery. Our students then live on purpose and with purpose. They care.
  3. Our students are doers. They are aware of and engage with real-world concerns. They seek to understand complex societal issues, and they act on them with hope for positive change.
  4. Students learn boldly, stretching their minds in the classroom and beyond. Through active collaboration with faculty, alumni, and business leaders, their liberal arts education comes alive.
  5. We set the bar high in everything we do. And the world will notice.