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Advance Knox's Distinct Approach to Liberal Learning


Office of the President

Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Building upon Knox’s mission to "to understand and improve ourselves, our society, and our world" and "to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals," the College will bolster its traditional strengths while embracing new areas of study and innovative learning experiences that are critical for student success in the 21st century.  Students will learn through interdisciplinary and integrative experiences inside and outside the classroom and develop skills and competencies through active hands-on learning.

Strategic Priorities

Build on existing programs in experiential and immersion learning to create expanded opportunities, to learn by doing across the curriculum, to acquire tangible skills for lifelong learning, and to prepare to enter and contribute to the 21st-century society and workforce.


  • The Bastian Family Career Center hired a donor-funded assistant director of employer relations, whose focus is increasing the number of quality employment and internship opportunities.
  • The Task Force on the Knox Educational Experience concluded its work in May 2017; the new educational experience will be implemented in fall 2018.
  • A new immersive term, Cuba Term, debuted in fall 2017.
  • A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree was approved by the faculty and the Board of Trustees in February 2017 to accompany the B.A. degree already offered by the College. The degree program now awaits approval from the Higher Learning Commission (the College's accreditor).
  • Five new minors were approved during the last two years: Arts Administration, Astronomy, Design, Health Studies, and Statistics. 
  • Engagement of alumni with Knox students continues under a new theme of KNect: Knox Networking Program, which includes KNEXT STEP (life-after-Knox), Professional in Residence Program, and KAMP (Knox Alumni Mentoring Program).
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.

Establish ourselves as a national leader in providing curricular and co-curricular programs, including teaching, research, and creative work, that leverage the educational potential of our culturally rich and diverse campus community.


  • All new students in the fall 2017 entering class were awarded a $2,000 Power of Experience Grant, which will support an experiential learning opportunity, including research and creative work, internships, off-campus study, and community service, during the junior or senior year.
  • An integrated First-Year Experience program launched in fall 2017, featuring an updated orientation program, co-curricular programming, and two pilot living learning communities. 
  • Four students were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2017-18.
  • Knox established a partnership with Merit, an online service that helps the College share student accomplishments with hometown newspapers, high schools, family, and friends.
  • Blaze, the new Prairie Fire fox mascot, was revealed in fall 2016, and recently received a silver award in the Visual Identity program from the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.

Extend the boundaries of a Knox education beyond the traditional classroom, academic year, and current curriculum.


  • The Stellyes Center for Global Studies recently added 42 international programs at universities or with third-party providers worldwide to the College's current list of pre-approved off-campus study programs.
  • Faculty are exploring the potential of summer courses, including both general education courses and courses with special experiential learning components.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been broadly deployed in the computer labs.
  • Initial campus feedback on the advantages and disadvantages of our current trimester academic calendar has been collected. 
  • KnoxAnyWare, a cloud computing system, was deployed in September 2014 and has been broadly adopted over the last year. 
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.
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Printed on Monday, December 11, 2017

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