Knowing the fast-evolving nature of global communities and of the human work that sustains them, Concordia will offer a transformative education that shapes 21st-century learners ready to address complex challenges in their professional, public, and personal lives with agility, imagination, and moral insight. To realize this goal, Concordia will:

Enact an interdisciplinary and issue-based approach to teaching and learning that embraces integrative learning as a defining characteristic of a Concordia education.

  • Reorganize academic programs and the daily calendar to focus time, resources, and creativity for integrative learning and innovation.
  • Leverage the expertise of all faculty and staff so that students can integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences, reflecting on the value of these experiences and applying them to challenges in college and after.
  • Design a new common curriculum focused on collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to meeting contemporary challenges and addressing big problems.
  • Develop an alternative within the common curriculum that serves as an experimental space for new teaching and learning experiences that challenge traditions and encourage risk.
  • Link the discoveries of integrative learning to a practice of vocational discernment leading all students to clarify and embrace next steps in their personal and professional lives, during and beyond college.

Construct for all undergraduates a global Concordia education focused on engaging the compelling challenges that transcend cultural, ideological, and national borders.

  • Affirm the intellectual power and perspective of increased domestic and international diversity in those who learn, teach, and work at Concordia.
  • Shape the new common curriculum around challenging problems of regional significance and global scope.
  • Build intercultural and interfaith competencies and relationships for learning, dialogue, and shared service.
  • Seek accessible student opportunities for learning in diverse settings beyond the classroom, both in the United States and around the world.

Expand Concordia’s footprint in pre-college and post-baccalaureate education, under the leadership of the Continuing Studies Office (CSO) and across college departments and programs.

  • Establish policies and overarching priorities for credit and non-credit programming offered through the CSO, including evaluation criteria and revenue growth and management.
  • Engage Concordia graduates and others as learners continuing their education for career advancement and personal growth, and as professionals sharing their expertise and experience with students.

The Path Forward

These are the central goals supporting Concordia's strategic plan.