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Galesburg, IL 61401


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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.

Our Progress

  • Two new majors,  business and environmental science, and a new minor,  peace and justice studies, were announced over the summer and fall of 2018.
  • Knox will now offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree  in nine fields of study (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and psychology) starting in fall 2018.
  • Six short-term immersive programs were introduced for academic year 2018-19:  Israel (history), Mexico (Spanish), China (art & Asian studies), and Maine (biology).
  • The new Knox educational experience officially enters its first year in fall 2018.
  • 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.

Our Progress

  • The First-Year Experience (FYE) is in its second full year of development, bringing with it additional living learning communities (expanding from two to five communities for a total of 80 student participants), a more seamless and intentional integration of summer bridge and orientation programs, and the designation of FYRE (First-year Residential Experience) courses.
  • 151 Prairie Fire student-athletes were selected as Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference Awardees for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Approximately 20 transfer students are the first students eligible to utilize the $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. The majority of students will be eligible for the grant beginning in fall 2019.
  • Two students were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2018-19.
  • 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.

Our Progress

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) was deployed in the Burkhardt Computer Lab and in George Davis Hall in early 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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 Friday, February 3, 2023