Pivotal Partnerships

Pivotal Partnerships

Barton College will cultivate impactful win-win partnerships with corporate and non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to raise its national profile, deliver exceptional student experiences, and attain long-term financial viability.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will develop impactful win-win partnerships with alumni, educational institutions, corporate and non-profit organizations, and government agencies to deliver powerful student learning experiences and measurable College/Partner outcomes.

Program Objectives

Priority Objectives:
1.1 Reimagine the structure of the curriculum, academic calendar, and course schedule to provide all types of students with increased opportunities and requirements for experiential learning, while staying focused on timely degree completion. (credentialing, accelerated completion, co-ops, final semester off-campus, may-mester/j-term).
1.2 Create successful student and community hands-on work initiatives (credentialing and internships) that rely on both the employer and the student having a clear sense of purpose, and that result in
a set of activities that develop vocational awareness.
1.3 Develop collaborations with colleges and universities, both domestically and abroad, to encourage collaborative experiences for students and faculty to study, teach, and conduct research.
1.4 Plan and execute joint conferences and programs (virtual or in-person) to broaden student and institutional perspective.
a. Partner with institutions/corporations to sponsor a high-profile event / speaker series. b. Host a TED-X event on campus to showcase Barton faculty, staff, and students, and connect with community agencies.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will create “Centers of Excellence and Expertise” that will position the College and Wilson as regional and national leaders for scholarship, service, and career development in high growth and demand professions targeted to the needs of the 21st century workforce.

Program Objectives


2.1 Establish a Center for Vocation and Rural Ministry to serve students
in religious vocational fields and to strengthen local pastors and churches. Partner with the Lilly Endowment, Inc., to support and enhance Center offerings. Engage local communities and churches to expand student engagement, and church development.
2.2 Establish a health-related Center of Excellence in partnership with
local and regional health supporting agencies that
would attract health care professionals and researchers, and engage
Barton students.
2.3 Establish a Center for Domestic and International Security Studies
that capitalizes on the expertise of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Sciences (CCJS) faculty and the City of Wilson / Wilson County law
enforcement agencies to attract new students to Barton and
provide a credential/certification on Homeland Security as a
professional development opportunity for regional agencies.
2.4 Strengthen existing centers, and identify future centers and potential
ROI and workforce development opportunities.
2.5 Cultivate corporate partners who fund named programs uniquely
aligned with their business mission and Barton’s curriculum. These initiatives may include program/course development.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will develop impactful win-win partnerships with educational institutions, corporate and non-profit organizations, and government agencies to increase institutional revenues, bolster the local economy, and grow the College’s and City’s regional profile.

Program Objectives

3.1 Gain grants and external funds that support various high impact student learning and campus/community initiatives.3.2 Develop an essential relationship with Wilson County through education, healthcare, recreation, entrepreneurship, and the arts.
• Clarify and maximize Friends of the College organizations to support student learning and
• Play a key role in the development and execution of curriculum for the Wilson County YMCA middle school program.
• Promote student learning and entrepreneurship through Wilson’s innovation hub – Gig East Exchange programming.
• Join local and regional healthcare providers (Wilson Medical Center, Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, and/or Area L AHEC) to transform community health through curricular and co-curricular campus commitments.

3.3 Be the destination of choice for summer camps and conferences, raising revenues to enhance the student living/learning experience, while also engaging prospective students and residents from around the region to learn and connect in state-of-the-art academic, residential, athletic, cultural, and social spaces.

3.4 Develop partnership with third-party investor with awareness of Wilson and Barton to create expanded campus housing.

Envisioning the Future:
Barton College will attract and retain high quality talent needed to develop and maintain its distinctive identity, pivotal partnerships, and radical innovations through investments that support employee success, engagement, and wellbeing.

Program Objectives

4.1 Develop and implement employee support mechanisms that help
drive the mission and exemplify our core values.
• Establish a Core Values review/assessment/integration process.
• Review compensation structure, status, and
advancement plan.
• Develop a new performance management plan/process
to support professional development.
• Provide renewed onboarding program and employee
peer mentorship program.
• Develop high quality training and development program to
help strengthen campus culture, onboarding, and support
continual improvement.
4.2 Develop and emphasize Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative to
strengthen support, programming, and cultural awareness across
the campus community.
• Define campus structure with prioritized strategies and metric,
centralized tracking of D&I initiatives, and internally/externally focused communication vehicles.
• Revise key policies to strengthen campus offerings.
• Develop targeted recruitment strategies and training to help cultivate and promote an inclusive culture that maximizes the talent, skills, and diversity within the Barton Community.

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