President Knight delivers Clark Colleges Annual State of the College
Transformation all around us is the theme of this year’s speech
Clark College President Robert K. Knight delivered the annual State of the College address in the Gaiser Student Center January 21. In his speech he stated, “I hope to leave you with a sense of the transformation that is happening all around us.”
Knight framed his talk around the 2015-2020 strategic plan of the college and a focus at the college on student success through guided pathways. Guided pathways are strategies Clark College is implementing to allow students to more easily see how they can move through college from enrollment through graduation and transfer to a four-year college or start their career in a professional or technical field. Knight explained the vision of guided pathways as every student has a clear road map to help them navigate each point in their journey at Clark.
Knight’s speech also discussed the four core themes of the college’s strategic plan: Academic Excellence, Social Equity, Economic Vitality, and Environmental Integrity. In discussing those four core themes, he pointed to the process for finalizing the college’s Social Equity Plan and the Academic Master Plan.
Highlights of what the college has planned in the year ahead included the opening of the new STEM building, a revamped culinary program, and the launching of a visioning process for Clark College at Boschma Farms. The planned Boschma Farms campus in the Ridgefield was announced at last year’s State of the College address.