Elon University’s Strategic Planning Committee presented the final draft of the 2030 strategic plan at College Coffee on Tuesday, Feb. 11. “Boldly Elon” will dictate the university’s actions and initiatives over the next decade. 

According to Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Jeff Stein, the plan’s creation was a community-wide effort over the course of 18 months. More than 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees influenced the plan’s four themes: rise, learn, thrive and connect. 

“Boldly Elon” includes plans to develop new STEM programs, support student health and well-being, increase merit and need-based scholarships and strengthen ties with Guilford and Alamance counties. The university also intends to invest in redeveloped student housing, recruit “exceptional” faculty and staff and foster an inclusive community.  

“We launch Elon Boldly with an eye on today and tomorrow,” Stein said. “Current Elon students, you have been the beneficiaries of many strategic plans at this university, and starting this spring, you will be able to help us implement this strategic plan. Students in 2030, we hope that you will be proud alumni who will be supportive and proud of the progress we’ve made over these next 10 years.”

“Boldly Elon” follows the 2020 strategic plan, “The Elon Commitment.” After a decade of capital projects, curriculum changes and enrollment growth, the former plan finished at 96.9% complete.  

President Connie Book credited Elon’s national rankings to teamwork, vision and careful planning. 

“What I admire about Elon is that we get to decide our future,” Book said. “We decide who we want to be and we set the course for the horizon, and we get to work, making it happen.”