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Initiative 7

Draw and commission servant-leaders who lead by example to influence the common good globally.

IN FOCUS:
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19% giving rate for Gordon alumni-athletes (compared to 12% of their non-athlete peers), a notable increase over the past three years

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90%+ retention rate among student-athletes

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2 Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships (Men’s Soccer 2015, 2018)

As part of the widespread campus improvements of 2018, the Brigham Athletic Complex received an upgraded track and tuft to adequately accommodate the practice and competition needs of varsity sports. To integrate the athletic experience with a global and multicultural mindset, teams are now on a regular schedule of mission trips to ensure that each player has an opportunity to participate in service. Since 2015, Gordon has also launched new varsity and club sports, including men’s and women’s rowing, men’s golf, dance, as well as newer club offerings in men’s soccer and women’s golf... Athletics has also received more than two dozen Commonwealth Coast Conference Sportsmanship Awards

To underscore Gordon’s efforts to equip alumni as leaders in their fields, the College has improved tracking of alumni enrolling in graduate and certificate licensure programs. And to encourage students in their pursuit of advanced degrees, the College launched Gordon-Plus, a new program that bridges Gordon’s undergraduate and graduate programs to maximize benefits to students.

In 2015, Gordon introduced the First-Year Fellows programs—one-year leadership development opportunities for first-year students focused on specific areas of interest, including social justice, missions and ministry, and entrepreneurship. Gordon also revamped the LEAD conference for campus student-leaders and hosted the Redeemed Mosaic conference to foster intercultural leadership skills.

Gordon Plus

Launching Equipped Alumni

To underscore Gordon’s efforts to equip alumni as leaders in their fields, the College has improved tracking of alumni enrolling in graduate and certificate licensure programs. And to encourage students in their pursuit of advanced degrees, the College launched Gordon Plus, a new program that bridges Gordon’s undergraduate and graduate programs to maximize benefits to students.

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Early Leadership Development

In 2015, Gordon introduced the First-Year Fellows programs—three one-year leadership development opportunities for first-year students focused on specific areas of interest, including social justice, missions and ministry, and entrepreneurship. Gordon also revamped the LEAD conference for campus student-leaders and hosted the Redeemed Mosaic conference to foster intercultural leadership skills.

THE STARTING POINT: INITIAL GOALS

  • Implement a plan to track the percentage of graduates enrolling in graduate and/or certificate licensure programs, with the goal for this percentage to increase in 5 years
  • Free students to serve by reducing average student debt by 5 percent and median student debt at graduation. Develop accountability measures for students who opt to take on a larger share of debt.
  • Improve 4-year graduation rate from 61 percent to 67 percent
  • Increase overall full-time employment amongst graduates one year out
  • Launch three entrepreneurial ventures involving current students, faculty and staff that positively reflect Gordon’s values
  • Expand leadership development programs.
  • Sponsor two major conferences with new partners in the next five years and expand leadership programs (e.g. Q Ideas) with the intent of being recognized as a major hub for the development of Christian leaders in the New England region.
  • Define a set of programs and experiences for all members of the campus community to learn and apply principles of Christian leadership
  • Create a faculty leadership-development program to build up the next generation of academic leaders for Gordon College or other Christian institutions
  • Athletics as a leadership training program
  • Upgrade athletic facilities to adequately accommodate varsity, club and Recreation-Intramurals opportunities for students
  • Move Gordon athletics teams to a regular schedule of international or domestic missions or service contribution to a community at least every four years, so that each athlete has the opportunity to integrate their athletics experience with a global and multi-cultural mindset.
  • Gordon College athletics will be ranked as one of the top two programs in our athletic conference
  • Increase retention of student athletes from 83 to 90 percent

STANDOUT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Investments in athletics and athlete participation in mission trips
  • Launch of Gordon-Plus, thereby expanding opportunities for existing and prospective students
  • Revamped LEAD conference
  • Improved 4-year graduation rate
  • Reduced student debt
  • Celebration of Faithful Leadership, which raised millions in scholarship support for students

DISAPPOINTMENTS

  • Gordon Athletics is not as highly ranked as we had hoped when we drafted the plan
  • The coronavirus pandemic has set back our full-time employment figures for graduates