Over the next five years, Paine College shall build on its achievements and legacy to be regionally recognized as a premier liberal arts institution of higher education.


The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Appreciation of Heritage
  • Integrity
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Service


Strategic Goals


  • Recruit, develop and retain excellent faculty with a minimum of 70% holding the terminal degree.
  • Increase faculty scholarly productivity (i.e. Grants, refereed publications and presentations, and/or creative works) that further the techniques of understanding fields across each academic department.
  • Develop the area of sponsored programs and research to ensure that it facilitates faculty research and grantsmanship in all academic areas. 
  • Develop and implement a faculty evaluation systemthat documents teaching (as measured by student learning) and is facilitated by research and service that is germane to the mission and the vision of the College.
  • Continue to pursue the national or special accreditation of all academic programs where feasible.
  • Assess existing academic organizational structure and study feasibility and advantage of school structure.
  • Implement select graduate programs


  • Develop strategies for expanding the religious life program on campus
  • Schedule more innovative programs that are of student interest for their spiritual and social development
  • Increase student attendance at assembly to 75%
  • Increase to 10% the number of students who engage in experiential learning opportunities beyond the campus (i.e. internships, study abroad)
  • Recruit and retain a diverse body of 1100 students 
  • Increase the freshman to sophomore retention rate by at least 5%
  • Decrease the number of students who remain at the freshman level after the completion of the first year of academic study
  • Strengthen intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Develop and implement an entrance and exit inventory to measure student experiences


  • Develop a plan for strategic land acquisition (purchase property within 1-3 mile radius)
  • Develop and utilize a 25 year college master plan and use it as a guideline for prioritizing facility maintenance and development (Broken down into 5-year intervals)
  • Develop a plan and secure the resources to facilitate the following projects over the next five years:
    • Health Education and Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex
    • Renovate Mary Helm Hall Residence Halls
    • Upgrade Research labs
    • Renovate Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel/Odeum
  • Develop and fund a landscaping plan and a plan for better campus signage
  • Establish “green” policies throughout the campus


  • Develop and implement a process for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) TM
  • Increase faculty engagement in the use of technology for synchronous and asynchronous work and learning
  • Establish a professional development training, retraining and assessment program
  • Increase the capacity for online programs
  • Establish policies and practices that govern the management of technology
  • Increase staff use of technology to manage the business of their respective offices


  • Increase non-tuition funding by 60% via increases in the annual fund, endowment, grants and new revenue sources
  • Decrease the overall discount rate by 4% each year
  • Increase overall endowment via fundraising by at least 5% per year
  • Raise $14 million to complete the H.E.A.L. project
  • Expand collaborations with individuals, other institutions and organizations
  • Increase visibility and accessibility
  • Build databases of potential “friends”
  • Develop a marketing strategy to promote Paine College
  • Increase Alumni Giving