Our Mission

Elmira College offers its students, in a supportive and collaborative environment, both liberal and professional education of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to become more responsible and productive in society.

Steeped in tradition, Elmira College is a private, residential, co-educational liberal arts college that emphasizes both general and professional education. The College blends academic rigor, distinctive programs, theory and practice beyond the classroom to graduate responsible global citizens and leaders prepared for a lifetime of careers and personal growth.

Academic programs are built upon strong general education in the liberal arts and sciences, with special attention given to the development of communication skills and the exploration of world cultures. Students also participate in field experiences or projects related to career goals, and the College provides a wide range of other off-campus learning options, including a community service requirement.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes:

I. Develop and employ skills in communicating.

II. Learn and apply strategies for critical thinking.

III. Develop and apply skills in quantitative reasoning.

IV. Develop and employ skills in Information Literacy and Information Technology.

V. Achieve intellectual breadth in the liberal arts and sciences through the College's general education programs.

VI. Engage in a variety of focused and sustained modes of inquiry and research.

VII. Develop effective communication and leadership skills by engaging in such activities as group participation in collaborative coursework, athletics, clubs and organizations, committees, honor societies, teams, classes, student media or student government.

VIII. Contribute to the life of the local and campus communities through community service, residential living and meaningful College ceremonies.

IX. Acquire practical experience through an internship or a career related project or activity.

Strategic Goals:

I. Achieve the continued renewal of the College through effective assessment, continuous planning, and implementation.

II. Be more competitive in attracting highly qualified students and improve overall retention.

III. Reach the next level of financial excellence through internal efficiency and improved external support of the College.

IV. Improve student and employee diversity.

V. Be more competitive in attracting, retaining, and developing highly qualified administrators and faculty.

VI. Promote and support superior student learning throughout the College.

Updated: February 11, 2011
The Mission, Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, and Strategic Goals are subject to regular review and revision.