Monday Moments with President Bergman: January 27, 2020

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College employees each week.
Posted on January 27th, 2020 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

In the last two Monday Moments, I have enjoyed looking back over the past decade. With the benefit of hindsight, we can fully appreciate how much has changed at Gustavus and in the world around us.

Today, we stand on a solid foundation from which we look to the future. We are in the process of updating our strategic plan and will publish Gustavus Acts 2.0 within the next two months. We have launched the Show the World campaign, which will fuel our plans and build our dreams as we move boldly forward. The successful completion of the Nobel Hall project is within sight, and we are looking ahead to a major upgrade for Lund Center. Our new general education curriculum is on the launching pad and we are in the process of seeking accreditation for our first master’s program. Our vision statement continues to drive our work as we seek to build students’ readiness to tackle the great challenges of our time.
A solid foundation and positive momentum help us to view what is on the next horizon. As we look ahead from 2020 to 2030, what can we anticipate in the landscape of higher education? What will the world look like 10 years from now? Intentionally imagining our future will enable us to plan and dream about the ways we can best serve our students over the next decade. The students in the Class of 2030 are currently sixth graders. Suddenly, that does not seem so far away!
Let’s imagine some examples of where we might be in the spring of 2030:
  • With the fast-paced acceleration of artificial intelligence, the proliferation of big data, and growing need for thoughtful analysis, liberal arts graduates continue to be equipped to take on the changing economy and job market.
  • Leadership opportunities are everywhere as the baby boomers have mostly┬áretired and millenials and younger generations tackle the inevitable uncertainties in our communities and on the world stage.
  • Demographics of our campus are continuing to evolve, with growing diversity, an ethos of multicultural equity, and inclusive practices that create a culture of belonging in the Gustavus community.
  • Environmental sustainability is an embedded priority within our planning, decision-making, and actions.
  • We are busy recruiting the Class of 2034–promoting new majors, cross-disciplinary and experiential learning, and increased opportunities for donor-funded research, study away, and internship experiences.
  • The College’s reputation and market position are strong, and we are held up as a shining example of an exceptional liberal arts college that truly prepares students for lives of leadership and service in society.
When you look to the future, what do you see? Think about our campus, our people, and our programs. Imagine how much we will grow and what new heights we can reach when we work together as a strong and vibrant community. From our strong foundation today, I am confident that we are ready to tackle the next decade with a can-do attitude, forward-thinking initiatives, and that special Gustie spirit that has always been our secret to success.
Until next week, keep up the good work, Gusties!
With respect,

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