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Vision Statement

During its self-study in 1997-1998, the College developed a vision statement to guide it through the next decade. The statement has four components and has been continually refined. Within this statement, the educational vision is first and foremost. The other three visions are critical components to make the primary vision a reality.

  1. To be the leading institution of its kind in the country by setting the standard for the education of artists, designers, and art educators. To be recognized for an educational program that fosters artistic expression, professional skills, intellectual capacity, and conceptual development, and to integrate these elements within the educational program, and for its alumni, who are the leaders in their professions. To be the leading institution in the country, our programs must be of such quality that other institutions will seek to emulate what we are doing. This statement does not differentiate among levels or delivery systems of education; therefore, the College's Continuing Studies offerings for young people and adults, professional development programs for artists, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs all fall under this vision.
  2. To be a major contributor to the thinking within the fields of art, design, and art education; to the education of artists, designers, and art educators; and to define the importance of the role of art, design, and art education in society. To be a major contributor to the thinking within the fields of art, design, and art education, and to the education of the artist, designer, and educator, the College must publish research and new thinking in these areas, be involved in panels and programs to disseminate the best thinking, put forth in those forums ideas that contribute significantly to the body of thought in their respective disciplines and to society as a whole, and have nationally and internationally active professional faculty.
  3. To be the leader in the community in fostering and providing programs related to contemporary visual arts, design, and art education. To be a leader in its region, the College must make significant contributions through its leadership in the visual arts, in particular, the contemporary visual arts. Taking a leadership role in these areas has an impact on our staff, facilities, and relationships with other arts organizations.
  4. To be an institution with the fiscal stability, facilities, and resources required to achieve the above goals. To have the capacity to do what is called from in the other three components of the vision statement. This especially requires the College to develop a financial base that provides ongoing resources and stability. This will demand an increase in the endowment to at least 150 percent of the operating budget. It also requires a plan capable of providing the quality spaces that the curriculum, students, and community activities demand.