Oberlin’s Board of Trustees began an ambitious strategic planning process in the fall of 2014. That process had three main goals:
The process was conducted by a Steering Committee that was co-chaired by President Marvin Krislov and board member Diane C. Yu. Its members included faculty, staff members, students, Oberlin trustees, and alumni. As that group began its work, it revisited Oberlin’s mission statement and core values and reviewed Oberlin’s last strategic plan, approved in 2005.
The new plan took shape over the spring, summer, and fall of 2015. Its core conclusions are presented in the form of three powerful “Directions for the Future”:
Each of these directions has specific recommendations associated with it. A list of all of the recommendations is included in the Appendix. Collectively, these recommendations map out a strategy that is far-ranging and comprehensive—a path that carries forward the best of Oberlin’s past and present, and points us toward the Oberlin of the future.
The Oberlin College Strategic Plan 2016-2021 was approved by the General Faculty on February 24, 2016 and by the Board of Trustees on March 4, 2016.