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Engage Our Diverse, Vibrant Campus Community


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Galesburg, IL 61401


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One of Knox College's greatest assets is our sense of community, rooted in our historic commitment to egalitarianism, access, and outreach across campus and into the Galesburg community. Today, the idea of community at the heart of residential liberal arts colleges has expanded from the local to the global and deepened to reflect inclusivity across multiple dimensions of human experience. This broad sense of community is a core element of academic excellence in higher education. Over the next five years, the College will strengthen its culture of inclusivity through programs that foster engagement and participation across the many constituencies that make up the Knox community.

Strategic Priorities

Ensure that all Knox students, regardless of their backgrounds or the pathways that brought them to Knox, are afforded the transformational experiences that promote success at Knox and after graduation.

Our Progress

  • The Center for Intercultural Life hosted a campus-wide Day of Dialogue on October 17.
  • The College has transitioned to in-house student health services in fall 2018, providing an opportunity for more student-centered health promotion education.
  • Thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor, programming and schematic development for the recently acquired Second Baptist Church has begun. The church will house both Spiritual LIfe and Intercultural Life.
  • Knox awarded $2,000  Power of Experience Grants to all fall 2017 incoming students. The grants will support an experiential learning opportunity, including research and creative work, internships, off-campus study, and community service, during their junior or senior year.
  • Two additional cultural centers—Harambee House and Q & A House—were recently designated to complement the College's existing cultural centers.

Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Adopt the best practices in educational and human resources initiatives to leverage the potential of our diverse campus.

Our Progress

  • Information Technology Services and Academic Affairs have partnered to deploy Interfolio Faculty Search, a purpose-built tool designed to streamline the business processes involved in the search and hiring of new faculty.
  • A new cloud-based human resources information system, BambooHR, was implemented in spring 2018.
  • Audio Visual Services will be realigned under Information Technology Services over summer 2018.
  • Human Resources introduced a more comprehensive employee handbook in January 2018.
  • A newly designed internal campus portal, My.Knox.Edu, was launched in March 2017, along with a new weekly e-newsletter for faculty and staff.

Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Significantly increase the number of alumni, parents, and community members engaging with Knox and volunteering on behalf of the College.

Our Progress

  • Over the five years of the Knox 2018 Strategic Plan alumni engagement with existing programming—alumni club leaders, reunion volunteers, award committee selection roles, class agents—has remained constant. Expansion of alumni engagement and volunteers has primarily come through new initiatives, including Professional in Residence, mentoring and networking, immersive programs, travel trips, and a virtual book club. The Knox Fund Steering Committee was dissolved due to lack of involvement and instead focus was placed on advocates and a new K Club Advisory Council to reach out to classmates/athletes during giving and engagement opportunities, including crowdfunding and giving days. Alumni engagement over the strategic plan timeframe more than doubled from 2,430 to 4,993.
  • A second "Recommend a Future Knoxie" campaign launched in fall 2017, resulting in 153 recommendations for the fall 2018 entering class, 75 applications, 66 admits, and 21 new students.
  • The Knox College Book Club launched in July 2018 and brought more than 270 alumni together virtually to introduce themselves and participate in book discussions.
  • Six A.B.L.E. alumni engaged with current students in celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary, including a panel featuring three founders in the fall and a second panel in the spring featuring alumni from the 1980s and 1990s.
  • A new Knox Magzine website,, launched in fall 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magazine.
  • Six  alumni travel programs have been completed to date, most recently, a trip touring Coastal Iberia.
  • The Black Alumni Network hosted a summer send-off picnic in Chicago for incoming students and will host special events for returning alumni at Homecoming 2017.

Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Build a Galesburg Partnership, a robust, mutually beneficial relationship between Knox and its home community. Work with Galesburg businesses, non-profits, and community initiatives to strengthen community ties, grow opportunities for student engagement, and inculcate a lasting commitment to service.

Our Progress

  • Knox partnered with the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce and local arts organizations to host One State Together in the Arts Conference, the bi-annual statewide conference for artists and arts executives and administrators.
  • The seventh cohort of the KnoxCorps was deployed in fall 2018.
  • The Orton Family Foundation Heart & Soul Initiative presented the value statement developed by its participants, including many Knox faculty, staff, and students, to the Galesburg City Council in January 2018.
  • Knox has developed a four-year civic action plan to further its efforts to reach out to the Galesburg community and grow a mutually beneficial partnership.

Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

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Printed on Wednesday, October 27, 2021