Unmatched Value

Strategic Objective #1

“Ensure that the Wells College educational experience offers unmatched value for career success, lifelong learning, and a brighter future for all.”


A strong academic program is informed by the mission and purpose of the College as well as its identity and stated learning Goals. Such an offering provides breadth and depth within its curriculum; has high standards of rigor for its students and faculty; and its individual programs synergistically support one another. A strong academic program attracts students, retains them and creates a sufficient revenue stream to support the College.

Therefore, the educational experience is relevant to trends in employment, and provides students with hands-on, career-focused experiences, such as internships, study-abroad programs and learning opportunities beyond students’ initial four-year experience.

Strategic Initiatives

1.1 Pursue partnerships/affiliations with Hobart and William Smith Colleges to host residential graduate education programs in business and other disciplines, including exploring other potential collaborative arrangements such as the Finger Lakes Institute
1.2 Pursue partnerships/affiliations with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Inns of Aurora to establish/host a hospitality management program, including residential undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as consider non-degree credential programs
1.3 Develop investment plan and funding requirements to implement workforce development and non-degree credential programs to advance lifelong learning and diversify financial portfolio via a workforce development division
1.4 Expand our successful Wells in Florence Program to a “Global Education Experience” division
1.5 Implement decision-making and governance processes for academic and non-academic programs, including a new program “road map” that would provide a long-term strategic process to evaluate and compare programs for connection to the College’s mission, vision and purpose
1.6 Continue developing and implementing new co-curricular program in art therapy
1.7 Develop and implement new co-curricular pre-vet/animal ecology program
1.8 Implement a “tiered” advising model aligned with effective faculty advisors, adding training, peer-to-peer advising and evaluating professional advisors

Impacted Outcomes

•  Enrollment (recruiting new students + retention of current students)
•  Value

Team Members

Lindsay Burwell
Siouxsie Easter
Patti Goebel
Laura McClusky
Niamh O’Leary
Ernie Olson

Kevin Ergil
Michael Lindberg
Tiffany Raymond ’10
Kelly Siegfried ’09

Aaron Connolly ’21
Mollie  Walts ’21

Marie Chapman Carroll ’75
Dorothea “Thea” Sawicki ’66