Goucher College is dedicated to a liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking.


Become the model for accessible transformational education that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning to deliver graduates who can solve complex problems together with people who are not like themselves.


The college's principal objectives are to help each student master significant areas of knowledge and skills while developing an appreciation for individual and cultural diversity, a sense of social responsibility and a system of personal and professional ethics.

Goucher believes these goals are best achieved in an environment that responds to students both as individuals and as members of multiple groups. Accordingly, education at Goucher is based on an expanding sense of community--a community where discourse is valued and practiced, where students attend small classes and interact closely with faculty and one another, and where students can participate in and lead extracurricular programs.

In undertaking this mission, Goucher recognizes the centrality of four curricular and extracurricular themes:

  1. Scholarship and academic excellence in traditional disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics and the Arts.
  2. An interdisciplinary approach to important areas that cross or transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines, including world peace, the environment, and the nature of knowledge.
  3. An international outlook extending liberal arts education beyond Western cultures to encompass the perspectives and achievements of other members of the world community.
  4. Commitment to experiential learning on and off campus as well as abroad, requiring students to apply and extend what has been learned in the classroom.

College Strategy Cascade

Aspiration: Who do we want to be?

Earn the reputation as the best place for academically ambitious students to achieve their potential and lead successful and fulfilling lives.

Where will we play/focus?

We will focus on how our 21st century liberal education can help students solve complex problems, collaborate with diverse groups, live engaged lives, be resilient to failure, think for themselves, and be agents of change.

What capabilities must be in place?

We need to model the values we seek in our students so that we become a culture that is engaged, transparent, data-informed, innovative, and collaborative with leadership committed to building a community that can adapt to change.

What assessment systems are required?

We need data systems and a culture that help us assess and improve student success and levels of engagement among the faculty, staff, and students.

5-Year Measurable Objectives

  1. Recruit 500 new intellectually curious undergraduate students every fall, increase annual graduate and professional student enrollment by 3% in each program, and continue to improve campus diversity.
  2. Focus on the student experience to stabilize first-to-second year retention rate above 82%, a 6Y undergraduate graduation rate above 70%, and a 4% annual increase in award of graduate and professional degrees and certificates.
  3. Reduce expenses to be able to keep tuition from rising above inflation rates.
  4. Raise $100M in campaign while sustaining the annual GGF.
  5. Increase and diversify revenue sources, reduce dependence on undergraduate tuition revenue, and achieve 3.5% annual revenue growth through new market-driven graduate and professional online programs.
  6. Revamp our strategic processes, informed by data, to become more nimble, accountable and transparent.