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Ensure a Knox Education for Generations to Come


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The tradition of a liberal arts education in a residential setting is resilient: and so is Knox, persisting and evolving through extraordinary economic and social changes. Since our founding in 1837, we have continued to offer a life-changing education in a small, personalized setting. The students who graduate from Knox enter society equipped with the ideas and skills needed to lead in a changing, globalized world and to make sound choices for a more socially equitable and ecologically sustainable future. As we look toward 2018, and further beyond to 2037 and Knox’s bicentennial, this is the time to ensure that generations to come can benefit from a Knox education.

Strategic Priorities

Recruit, nurture, and sustain faculty and staff who are leaders in their fields.

Our Progress

  • A $2 million endowed chair for the new Peace and Justice Studies minor is currently being established, allowing for the College to hire a faculty member to both teach and oversee the new interdisciplinary program.
  • Garikai Campbell was  appointed provost and dean of the College in February 2018. Campbell most recently served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse College and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at Swathmore College.
  • Daniella J. Irle was  appointed director of athletics in January 2018. She most recently served as deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator at the University of North Dakota, a position she held since 2013.
  • Knox welcomed a new director of spiritual life in May 2017. 

Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Create a contemporary, sustainable, and accessible Knox campus featuring the design, technology, and infrastructure required for a 21st-century education. Plan intentionally and strategically to renovate existing facilities, add revenue-enhancing new facilities, and ensure that facilities are suitable for year-round programming and revenue.

Our Progress

  • Summer 2018 saw a number of capital projects completed on campus, including the renovations of Prats Field and Post Hall Lobby and Patio, as well as the addition of a secure art gallery and new restrooms to the Ford Center for Fine Arts.
  • An energy audit was completed over summer 2018, and the results are currently under review.
  • The Whitcomb Art Center was officially certified as LEED Gold in spring 2018, becoming the second campus building, along with Alumni Hall, to be LEED Gold certified.
  • Design development for the phased renovation of the Umbeck Mathematics-Science Center was completed during summer 2017; total fundraising for Phase 1 of the renovation stands at $6 million.
  • The new golf performance center in support of Prairie Fire men's and women's golfers was dedicated at Homecoming 2017.

Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Achieve financial equilibrium by securing the short-term and long-term funding needed to fulfill our educational mission.

Our Progress

  • Above & Beyond: The Initiatives for Knox Phase II officially ended on June 30 with $97.2 million raised, or 114% of the $85.3 million goal. During Phases I and II, $110 million has been raised since July 1, 2012 for operating, capital and endowment. Phase III will align with the Knox 2022 strategic plan and will be announced later this year.   

  • Admission rebuilt the framework for the College's scholarship program to fully leverage  today's college selection process. The new program, known as the KnoX-Factor, recognizes academic achievements in the classroom, as well as the talents and personal qualities of each applicant.

  • Prospective students now have 3 ways to apply for admission to Knox: the Coalition Application, the Common Applications, and the Knox College Application.
  • The number of anticipated student-athletes in the entering class of fall 2018 is 125, an increase over last year's total of 103.
  • A YouVisit virtual tour of campus launched in June 2016.

Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Ensure the long-term ability for campus operations and infrastructure to adapt to a changing environment and the associated resource availability concerns.

Our Progress

  • The early stages of planning for the 5-year network upgrade cycle have begun with equipment evaluation and selection occurring in fall 2018 and early winter 2019.
  • Dining services became a national leader in the switch from plastic to paper straws, garnering national attention for this sustainability effort.
  • Phase 2 of the implementation of a new phone system began in summer 2018 and will continue through 2019.
  • A $1.5 million renovation of the Hard Knox Cafe was completed in summer 2017.
  • Solar panels were installed on the roof of Wilson House during summer 2017, thanks to funding providing by Student Senate.
  • A risk management committee has been formed and has completed an exercise to identify the primary risks facing Knox.

Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

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Printed on Wednesday, October 27, 2021