H-SC 20/20: An Update

April 10, 2013
Dr. Dale Jones, V-P Strategy, Administration and Board Affairs

HSC 20-20 logoHampden-Sydney has developed a strategic plan guided by the vision statement "to become a model liberal arts college recognized for excellence in educating men for the 21st Century."


The eight-year Strategic Plan: H-SC 20/20 was adopted by the Board of Trustees in November 2011 and provides direction for the College from 2012 to the anniversary of its 245th year.  H-SC 20/20 is the latest in a series of long-range plans, usually five-years in length.  H-SC 20/20 is not just longer in duration but far more ambitious in its scope.

It is based on five general goals:

 Goal 1: To graduate capable, confident men who are committed to serve with honor and character - Good Men, Good Citizens.

 Goal 2: To achieve an environment for the education of men that is recognized for excellence in learning, teaching, living, and working.

 Goal 3: To build and retain a more diverse, civil, and engaged College community.

 Goal 4: To market the College to select national and international audiences for awareness, student recruiting, and fundraising.

 Goal 5: To assure the financial sustainability of the College.

To achieve these goals, the plan has been divided into three phases:

  • Phase I from 2012 to 2014 is a short-term period of implementation with 15-no cost action items.
  • Phase II stretches from 2014 to 2017 as a middle interval for 34 action items.
  • Phase III from 2017 to 2020 has nine of the most challenging action items.

Progress is underway on the Phase I goals.  For example, Goal 2, B.3 is "Implement our vision of a liberal arts education for men" by giving "more attention to the total experience of students' freshman and sophomore years, including programs of orientation, advising, student life, and academic support."  Research on retention suggests early and consistent engagement and availability of support resources are key factors in an institution's ability to retain students.  The College has established several new programs aimed at retention including:

  • A new orientation program assists new students' transition to college life, including programs that extend to Fall Break focusing on adjustment, time management, decision making, and other critical issues related to beginning college.  The approach will be expanded to programs throughout freshman and sophomore years.  
  • C-Day when the College to comes together for a series of events providing intellectual enrichment and co-curricular engagement.  The name "C-Day" comes from three facets that serve as its foundation: Convocation, Community, and Class Identity

Goal #1, 1.6 is "Sponsor events and programs about career and professional development, including discussions on calling, vocational options, and community service...," and 1.7 is  "Create an Office of Vocational Reflection for students to discern their calling, passion, and purpose in life."  The College:

  • Established the Office of Career Education and Vocational Reflection.
  • Held the first Professional Development Institute (PDI) for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Expanded and held the second annual Sophomore Vocational Reflection Project.

Hampden-Sydney College is at an exciting time in its history.  H-SC 20/20 reinvigorates existing programs and injects fresh ideas, innovations, and initiatives.