Much has changed since the Strategic Directions for Gettysburg were articulated in 2007. We have had transition in the leadership of the College in key positions including the president, the provost, and the vice president for development, alumni and parent relations. The economy has shifted seismically and in ways we certainly would not have predicted in 2007. Demographic projections related to the diversity of high school students and their geographic distributions have become a reality. The emergence of online learning opportunities and for-profit education, together with a high unemployment rate and significant increases in student financial need, have created a context that requires us to explain the value of a liberal arts residential education and justify its cost. [excerpt]
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President's Office, "Strategic Directions for Gettysburg College Update, February 2011" (2011). Reports from the President’s Office. 5.