Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Achieving Our Greatness: A Strategic Action Plan for Columbia College Chicago 2015-2020

We are a college for those who view the world through a creative lens. We promise our students that we will prepare them to author the culture of their times and that we will equip them with knowledge and skills to succeed in work and in life.

To fulfill our promise now and in the future requires continuous innovation. It requires a commitment to investing in our people, programs and infrastructure. And it requires an understanding that, like most institutions of higher learning, we face a multitude of challenges. Our plan is to meet those challenges, but also go further.

The history of Columbia is one of reinvention, innovation, and excellence. It’s what makes Columbia one of the most exciting educational institutions in the country. It’s also what makes the energy palpable anytime someone visits our campus. We embrace this history, and we bring it with us as we take the next great leap in our evolution.

The Launch

In 2015, we launched Achieving Our Greatness: A Strategic Action Plan for Columbia College Chicago. The five-year plan is designed to ensure we continue our commitment to student success; and to maintain our determination that graduates stay a step ahead in the world they enter. We are fostering a distinctive learning community that brings together creative and media arts, liberal arts and business, and that gives our students access to the best working minds in today’s creative industries.

Charted around six goals, Achieving Our Greatness guides us in reinventing the way we prepare our students in an ever-changing world. These six goals are designed to work together as a whole, just as every member of the Columbia community – faculty, staff, students, administration, and trustees – work together to achieve those goals.

In Spring 2021, the college embarked on a new strategic planning process. For more information, visit the Strategic Planning 2021: Building Our Brighter Future website

Following are summaries of the six goals and updates from the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan's implementation.