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Advance Knox's Distinct Approach to Liberal Learning


Office of the President

Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Building upon Knox’s mission to "to understand and improve ourselves, our society, and our world" and "to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals," the College will bolster its traditional strengths while embracing new areas of study and innovative learning experiences that are critical for student success in the 21st century.  Students will learn through interdisciplinary and integrative experiences inside and outside the classroom and develop skills and competencies through active hands-on learning.

Strategic Priorities

Build on existing programs in experiential and immersion learning to create expanded opportunities, to learn by doing across the curriculum, to acquire tangible skills for lifelong learning, and to prepare to enter and contribute to the 21st-century society and workforce.


  • The Task Force on the Knox Educational Experience is now moving into its second year of work and is refining its preliminary recommendations on the architecture for the Knox educational experience.
  • The first 25 Mellon Experiential Learning Fellowships were awarded for first-generation and income-eligible students. These students spent the summer engaged in internships, community service, or research/creative work, all funded by the new program.
  • Four new minors were approved in during the 2015-16 academic year: Astronomy, Design, Health Studies, and Statistics. 
  • Engagement of alumni with Knox students continues under a new theme of KNect: Knox Networking program, which includes KNEXT STEP (life-after-Knox), Professional in Residence Program, and KAMP (Knox Alumni Mentoring Program).
  • A newly revised outcomes section of the Knox website was launched in fall 2015, focusing on the success Knox graduates find after Knox. 
  • A new immersive term, StartUp Term, was introduced during spring term 2015.
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.

Establish ourselves as a national leader in providing curricular and co-curricular programs, including teaching, research, and creative work, that leverage the educational potential of our culturally rich and diverse campus community.


  • Student Development launched a first-year residential curriculum, which works to create connections to the campus community and to enhance communications and engagement with the Knox community. 
  • The Bastian Family Career Center created a new curriculum that intentionally guides students through a career development process. 
  • Three students received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships for 2016-17.
  • The SPARK (Summer Preparation and Readiness for Knox) summer bridge program returned for its second year, serving 42 incoming students.
  • The new Prairie Fire fox mascot was revealed at Pumphandle 2016. 
  • A new Justice Corps program just finished its second year, placing three students in volunteer placements at the Knox County Courthouse.
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.

Extend the boundaries of a Knox education beyond the traditional classroom, academic year, and current curriculum.


  • Faculty are exploring the potential of summer courses, including both general education courses and courses with special experiential learning components.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been broadly deployed in the computer labs.
  • The Cultural Events Committee is focused on a thematic series, The Tipping Point: Re-considering Otherness. 
  • Initial campus feedback on the advantages and disadvantages of our current trimester academic calendar has been collected. 
  • KnoxAnyWare, a cloud computing system, was deployed in September 2014 and has been broadly adopted over the last year. 
  • Read the entire Goal 1 Progress Report.
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Printed on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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