President Alison Byerly’s “Strategic Direction for Lafayette College” was approved by the Faculty and adopted by the Board of Trustees in February 2016.
Realizing this vision will position Lafayette among the nation’s finest colleges by ensuring that the education we offer is:
Interest in a Lafayette education is at an all-time high. But as the cost of a high quality education rises faster than wages, it is becoming impossible for low-income students—and harder for middle-income ones—to afford Lafayette. As a result, every year we are forced to turn down more and more outstanding applicants who cannot pay the expenses.
The very best liberal arts colleges are able to admit the very best students, without considering their ability to pay. Doing so sustains and even improves the quality of the student body and diversifies it at the same time. Living and learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences is at the heart of a residential liberal arts education.
Increasing the size of the student body will allow us to both admit more of the talented applicants we are currently losing, as well as to grow the faculty, bringing exciting teachers and scholars in traditional fields and in emerging areas of study that transcend traditional disciplines.
This is the moment for Lafayette to stake our claim as one of the nation’s best.
We will secure Lafayette’s position among the nation’s finest colleges by:
We are building on Lafayette’s greatest strength—its people— to ensure the College’s success and prominence in the future.
—President Alison R. Byerly
We will expand and deepen our community, creating the resources and infrastructure necessary to attract the best scholars and students to our residential learning environment.