Carroll College, Helena Montana
Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Grounded in Tradition, Creating a Vision for the Future

Not for school, but for life.

More than 100 years of vision, values, enduring commitment, and achievement have combined to create today’s Carroll. As a Diocesan, Catholic institution of growing regional and national renown, we attract increasing numbers of distinguished undergraduate applicants, draw faculty trained at the world’s leading colleges and universities, and are poised to diversify our educational offerings.

Today’s Carroll has accomplished a great deal through an enduring commitment to the fundamental values upon which it was founded. This remarkable legacy of achievement serves to inspire greater goals and to set new expectations for the role that the college can play in today’s world. These new objectives include enduring commitments such as mission, values, and college imperatives along with the overarching vision statements that now set the tone for Carroll’s next period of advancement and achievement.

We will pursue and attain this overarching vision through a group of initiatives that address Carroll’s responsibility to develop programs guided by the enduring principles that have shaped Catholic Diocesan education for centuries, but still responsive to the ever-shifting needs of its students and the communities of which they are a part. As such, we will consider shifting demographics, changing technologies, increasing globalization, and the heightened student expectations that compel us to continually reexamine the value and the promise of the educational experience we provide. These circumstances pose great challenges, but also position us to enhance this experience and excel in new ways.

Like the college itself, this plan is not static. It is a living, breathing endeavor that can and will be modified in response to the progress of its initiatives as well as the changing educational and financial climate.

Planning Process

Carroll College began a new planning process in the summer of 2012. Two community planning forums were held on June 25th and July 11th. These informed the creation of draft strategic enduring commitments with the emerging themes of positioning Carroll in the broader world community, Carroll's enrollment, bolstering Carroll's infrastructure, and ensuring financial stability.

These enduring commitments were further discussed at a leadership retreat with cabinet members, department heads and department chairs on August 20th and a similar retreat on the 21st with all faculty members. The discussions and feedback from these meetings informed the developing vision and strategic imperatives.

In October of 2012, the Board of Trustees approved our roadmap for strategic planning. They confirmed the draft enduring commitments and vision statements as well as the related objectives and timelines. Throughout 2012-2013, Cabinet members and dozens of faculty and staff revised and refined the draft statements. The final draft plan, Vision 2018 was presented to the community on April 30, 2013. The updated and final plan was presented to the Board of Trustees for their adoption on May 10, 2013.