Columbia College Chicago

For nearly 125 years, Columbia College Chicago has educated and prepared students to be the next generation of leaders in arts and media.

Achieving Our Greatness: A Strategic Plan for Columbia College Chicago, 2015-2020 builds on that foundation and provides a robust road map with a clear time frame to strengthen Columbia in six areas of focus: Student Success; 21st Century Curriculum; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Community Engagement; Optimizing Enrollment; Aligning Resources with Goals. These six pillars are the foundation for a sustainable and successful future for the College to the benefit of our students and the broader Columbia community, as well as beyond our campus.

The plan recognizes Columbia’s distinctive value among institutions of higher learning and raises the bar of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

The plan was approved by the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees May 12, 2015 after a robust process led by a 21-member Strategic Planning Steering Committee chaired by Provost Stan Wearden. The committee included trustees, faculty, staff and students and was supported and informed by an engagement program with feedback from members of the Columbia community.

Following Board of Trustees approval, each department, school, and center on campus is drafting and will execute an implementation plan that aligns with the overall Strategic Action Plan. These implementation plans will help us realize our strategic goals and objectives at every level of the College. Updates on the implementation of the plan will be posted as they are available.

Achieving Our Greatness: A Strategic Plan for Columbia College Chicago, 2015-2020
as approved by the Board of Trustees on May 12, 2015