Pioneer Driven: Carroll University's New Vision For Distinction

President's Message

Cindy Gnadinger
Dr. Cindy Gnadinger

As we approach our 175th birthday, it’s remarkable to think about our humble beginnings in relation to where we are today.
The last decade has been exciting — as we moved from a college to a university, grew enrollment and expanded our physical campus. We now offer state-of-the art instruction for nearly 100 programs of study. We’re certainly proud of all that has been accomplished. But the rapidly changing environment of higher education demands that we continue to move forward — or be left behind.
In 2017, the university embarked upon a strategic planning process that engaged students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and community members. Holding more than 50 focus groups, these individuals helped craft a new strategic plan, Pioneer Driven, that will move Carroll University forward into the year 2025. The new plan builds upon our past success and positions Carroll for continued growth and innovation. Carroll enjoys a reputation for excellence in providing our region with business leaders, healthcare providers and educators. Our commitment to preparing students for continued work and service is obvious in the new strategic plan.
Building on Carroll’s deep foundation in the liberal arts, it calls us to strengthen our distinctive programs and expand in-demand professional programs. It envisions facilities needed for tomorrow’s learners and student athletes. Our plan identifies additional resources needed to attract top faculty. And it pursues more scholarships to ensure our students are defined by their potential, not their economic.
Comprehensive and action-oriented, the plan, along with a transformative mindset, will capitalize on opportunities, partnerships and experiences that strengthen and more definitively establish our role as a higher education leader in our region.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you.
First, Foremost, Forward.
Dr. Cindy Gnadinger

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