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Westminster College Approves
New Strategic Plan

Institution Aims to Increase National Reputation for Focus on Learning, Distinctive Educational Programs, Accountability Standards, and Commitment to Effectiveness

Salt Lake City-Jan. 30, 2004-Westminster College today announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a new 10-year strategic plan.

The launch of the new plan, which represents the culmination of a year-long process involving students, faculty, alumni administrators, and trustees, was observed at a ceremony where hundreds of members of the Westminster community signed a large vision statement to mark this historic event.

"The approval of this strategic plan is further proof of Westminster's commitment to creating the most powerful learning environment possible for our students," said Westminster College President Michael Bassis. "We will integrate our learning goals into the curriculum and make them a part of the very structure--the DNA--of this college. And, we will produce graduates of Westminster College who have the skills they need to succeed."

The new strategic plan was developed by looking both internally and externally. It builds on the college's strengths as well as implements best practices from leading institutions throughout the country to address the changing needs of students, higher education, and the workplace. The plan calls for distinctive education programs, accountability standards, and a commitment to continuous improvement, effectiveness, and value. One of its main objectives is to further boost the college's national reputation.

Carol Geary Schneider, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, remarked, "Westminster College's new strategic plan charts an exciting and ambitious course to create a dynamic learning-centered environment where students will be well-prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. As Westminster implements the plan, it will surely become a model for the nation's other leading small colleges."

The entire strategic plan can be read at:

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit