Academic Quality and Transformative Experiences



Class Vision

Initiative Two:
Elevate Gordon College’s profile through demonstrated academic quality and transformative experiences.

In the competitive landscape of global higher education, an institution’s commitment to excellence matters. Over the next five years, Gordon will work to enhance its national and international reputation, which is a reflection of the College’s top-flight education and graduates, as well as greater awareness of Gordon’s distinctives and the intellectual capital of our faculty. Already Gordon has been ranked among the Best 380 Colleges by Princeton Review and the top 100 best value liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The College will work to deepen its culture of institutional excellence by enhancing academic quality and improving the overall student experience by investing in residence life and campus activities.

There are a lot of institutions that have similar desires for their students, but they don’t necessarily make the same sort of commitments that Gordon has to these international experiences. —Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, Ph.D.

  • ACT/SAT scores for incoming students will remain in the highly selective range (according to the ACT Institutional Profile)
  • Increase the frequency of faculty presentations at key national and international conferences in their disciplines
  • Increase positive earned media to showcase Gordon faculty
  • Launch two additional living-learning communities on campus
  • Increase overall student satisfaction ratings
  • Residence Life and Athletics will introduce new traditions in 2015 and participation in those traditions will increase by 10 percent each continuing year
  • Gordon College will be consistently featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” list and in an improved position amongst major media ranking services
  • Increase the percentage of first-year students declaring Gordon as first choice per their FAFSA form

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