Leaders Propose a New “Strategic Direction” for Historically Black Bennett College

Recently, Gladys A. Robinson, chair of the board of trustees, and Suzanne Elise Walsh, president of historically Black Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, announced a new strategic direction for the women’s college. They emphasized that “a strategic direction is not the same as a strategic plan. The strategic direction is the framework for the development of the strategic plan. The strategic plan requires engagement of all stakeholders to bring the strategic direction to life.”

This new framework is focused on five priorities to help Bennett to be a healthy and antifragile institution into the future. The five priorities include:

  • A Right-Sized Micro College Model
  • A Healthy, Whole Student Experience
  • Open to and for the Future
  • Data, Measurement, and Learning Consciousness and Conscience
  • The New Frontier of Social Justice, Civil Rights, and Technology

The two leaders stated that “Bennett stands at an inflection point. We must identify new and powerful ways of delivering on Bennett’s promise, which is the promise of a great education and an enduring commitment to the world around us. We must ensure that Bennett is agile and responsive to the everchanging marketplace and that this institution is well positioned for success. That is why we are developing a blueprint for transformational change. We continue to need the help of the entire Bennett community to strengthen this institution today, while at the same time create an exciting, inclusive future that provides high-quality education to our students, who are often those with enormous promise but limited opportunities or resources.”

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  1. The survival and future growth of all HBCUs depends on adaptation in today’s society and world. Bennett college is commended for its foresight and efforts.

    • Hey P.D. Jacobs,

      You definitely must graduated at the bottom of your third tier law school class by making such as feebleminded comment. Your misguided comment clearly shows your unabashed ignorance of HBCUs in what they have contributed historically and currently to this White racist country and especially so-called Black America. It appears that you somehow believe that HBCUs should be carbon copies of Historically White Colleges and Universities (HWCUs). Are you kidding me P.D. Jacobs? In my view, you’re the type of so-called educated (actually miseducated) neoliberal whose pose a direct threat to HBCUs on numerous levels with that type of skewed thinking.

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