Aspirational Universities and Planned Visits

Selecting our Aspirational Universities

In April 2022, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee circulated a message to the campus community with a proposed list of aspirational universities and an invitation to recommend additional institutions that we might study. The steering committee then revised the list of 10 aspirational institutions and intend to send a university delegation to select institutions.

Aspirant University List

  • Bradley University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Elon University
  • Emerson College
  • James Madison University
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Truman State University
  • College of Charleston
  • Miami University of Ohio

Planned Visits

A delegation of Georgia College campus members will be visiting select universities from our aspirational list in September and October. The intention is to study and document approaches, ideas, and strategies on themes that are strategic to University and its success.

Specific areas of emphasis include:

  • student success and retention strategies
  • transformative experiences for students
  • institutional branding and enrollment management
  • diversity and inclusion
  • community engagement
  • innovation in academic programming and pedagogy
  • graduate education and continuous learning
  • research in a liberal arts context

This is an ongoing learning process. Although the Georgia College delegates cannot conduct site visits for all universities, the steering committee intends to learn from many of them and adapt best practices to our own campus operations.  We will continue to learn from other universities throughout this process. 

There will be multiple opportunities for continued stakeholder participation. If you have ideas about additional universities from which we can learn, please email the strategic planning committee at:

College of Charleston

College of Charleston, visit dates  September 14 – September 15, 2022

Focus of visit:

  • Admissions process and success without the requirement of standardized tests 
  • Overall emphasis on teaching and an innovative liberal arts curriculum 
  • Data Science program, and in your School of World Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs 
  • Graduate education programs and certificate programs 
  • Center for Entrepreneurship 
  • Focus on mental and physical health 
  • Strong study abroad program 
  • Multicultural programs (SPECTRA, SCAMP, and others) 
  • Honors College and Leadership Center  
Elon University

Elon University, visit dates September 21 – September 22, 2022

Focus of visit:

  • Visionary strategic plan and the process of developing it 
  • The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center and study abroad programs 
  • The Student Professional Development Center and innovative internship emphasis 
  • Strong emphasis on innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching, undergraduate research and experiential learning (Center for Engaged Learning) 
  • Emphasis on lifelong learning for alumni 
  • Strong communications and branding 
  • Culture of inclusive excellence, DEI dashboards and campus liaisons 
Miami University (Ohio)

Miami University (Ohio), visit dates October 4 – 5, 2022

Focus of visit:

  • The impressive Miami Rise strategic plan and the process for developing and implementing it
  • The university’s outstanding graduation rate
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and undergraduate research
  • The Boldly Creative initiative
  • Graduate education programs
  • Emphasis on global learning, and the center in Luxembourg
  • Office of Inclusive Excellence, DEI certificate program, and “Moon Shot for Equity”
  • Emphasis on student support, including mental health support, and robust student organizations and Greek system
  • The Bridges program to enhance accessibility of students with diverse backgrounds
  • The Myaamia Center
  • Sustainability Initiatives (presidential commitment to climate leadership and sustainability; geothermal)
The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey, visit dates November 2 – 3, 2022

Focus of Visit:

  • The university’s strength in undergraduate research and creative projects
  • Success in rebranding and in the promotion of the university’s distinctive identity
  • Programs in community engaged learning and leadership development
  • Strengths in inclusive excellence
  • Overall emphasis on a liberal arts curriculum
  • The new minor in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Strong participation in One Year Out Survey on alumni employment
  • Excellent graduation rate
  • Outdoor National Fitness Campaign Fitness Court