Alamance BuildingThe Elon Commitment

Detailed progress report on The Elon Commitment

Percent of plan goals completed:
60 percent progress

=completed, =in progress, =strategy in development

Theme #1: An unprecedented university commitment to diversity and global engagement

Create campus diversity plan Each unit of campus has adopted diversity plans.  Those plans can be found, along with a comprehensive overview of achievements under theme one, by clicking here.
Double need-based financial aidin progress Allocating $8 million a year for 10 years to strengthen our endowment to increase need-based financial aid.  Donors established 148 endowed scholarships during the Ever Elon Campaign.
 completed Increased the number of students receiving Watson and Odyssey Scholarships from 18 to 25.
Re-conceive scholarship programscompleted

The scholarship programs were re-conceived and introduced in two phases. The three elements of the new scholarship programs include: increases to the amount of the Presidential Scholarship award, the launch of a new scholarship program called Elon Engagement scholarship, and mobilizing remaining funds for need-based aid to address socio-economic need. More than 170 Elon Engagement Scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2019.

 completed Created the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) program to provide employment and institutional work-study funds to students of diverse backgrounds and increased the minimum wage to $9.00/hr.
Provide 100 percent study abroad accesscompleted

Raised 58 scholarships to financially support students who desired to study abroad, but faced financial challenges. Elon ranks #1 among universities for percentage of students who study abroad. Data compiled by Open Doors, a study supported by the U.S. Department of State.

 in progress Launched Study USA to recognize the impact of our domestic programs on student development and career success. Created year round opportunities in NYC and Los Angeles. Expanded domestic winter term opportunities.
 completed Expanded study abroad opportunities for student athletes. Of the 17 athletic teams at Elon, nine have traveled around the world to compete and gain international cultural experience.  
Triple international student enrollment and create a campus community that better reflects the world’s diversity

In 2014-2015, Elon enrolled 107 students on non-immigrant visas from 44 countries, moving towards our goal of 171 by fall 2020. In 2014-2015 added new admissions staff to focus on Latin American recruitment.

 completed Created International Career Advising Fellow position to service international students and students interested in careers abroad.
Establish Presidential Advisory Council on Diversitycompleted The work of the Presidential Advisory Council has been revamped as the Inclusive Community Council.  More information about the council’s comprehensive work can be found here.  
Be a national leader in preparing students to succeed in a multicultural worldcompleted

Faculty and staff worked together on a plan to internationalize the campus. To read the details of this multifaceted plan click here.


Enhanced the Winter Term diversity theme to create innovative course registration process for students to engage in multiple diversity related events. More than 70% of first year students attended Anti-Defamation League's A Campus of Difference workshop.

 in progress

Develop and implement Intercultural Competence Certificate for faculty, staff and students.

 in progress

Establish a foothold in China with the creation of the Elon in Shanghai program with the goal of enrolling 15 students in 2015-2016.

  Poverty and Social Justice studies minor approved in 2013.
  Created Center for Access and Success at Elon, which houses the It takes a Village project, the Elon Academy, Collegiate Start and the Watson/Odyssey program.
  Created Gender and LGBTQIA Center in 2013. Adopted university-wide strategic plan for LGBTQIA inclusion. Increased our Campus Price Index to 4.5 our of 5 stars.
Build a multi-faith center and promote interfaith dialogue

Established Center for the Study of Religion and Culture to be housed in Numen Lumen Center and hired new Director.

 in progress

Develop and implement a five-year strategic plan for the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society to foster and promote the interdisciplinary  study of religion and to provide research and educational resources on the role of religion in society to the campus.


Completed construction of Numen Lumen Pavilion during Ever Elon campaign to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding.

 in progress

Develop and implement a Numen Lumen Strategic Plan to guide the university’s multi-faith initiative.


Jewish Life Advisory Council established and meeting each semester. Jewish studies minor approved in 2012. Hillel Center dedicated and endowment established. Annual fund raising for Jewish life has tripled since 2010.  


With funding from the Teagle Foundation, Elon partnered with the Interfaith Youth Core and Wofford College to develop new approaches to assess student learning/development through a pluralism and worldview engagement rubric, which can be found on the IFYC website.


Students launched new “Better Together” interfaith organization on campus and create Living Learning Community.

  Created three Associate chaplain positions for Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Life.
  Seek designation as a Vanguard Campus by Interfaith Youth Core.
Develop the Elon Academy as a national model completed

Achieved 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduates of the Elon Academy.


Fully endowing the Elon Academy program.


Increasing involvement of Elon University students in the Academy through internships, mentoring, and academic coaching.


Establishing the Elon Academy Ambassadors Program to provide college access information and inspiration to elementary and middle school students.


Established a discretionary reserve fund to ensure Elon Academy scholar success.

  Develop and implement a comprehensive assessment plan for the Elon Academy.

Achieved goal of 100 percent of Academy scholars enrolling in honors and AP classes at their local high schools and being engaged in community service.


Established an Elon Academy Alumni Board and continuing to build the alumni network. Launching a college peer-to-peer mentoring program where our academy alumni on their respective college campuses will mentor the first-year college students who enroll on that campus.


Establish an Elon Academy Advisory Council.


Received a grant from the Burroughs Welcome Foundation to fund a partnership between EA, Environmental Studies, Campus Kitchen, Community Garden and Urban Roots. The focus is on sustainable gardening and nutrition for Elon Academy students and their families.

Theme #2: Supporting a world-class faculty and staff 

Accentuate and support Elon’s teacher-scholar model completed

Revised and updated faculty and staff search processes in support of enhanced diversity and international recruitment. Seventeen percent (17%) of our faculty are from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Strengthened Elon’s recruiting processes with a revised Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statement, diversity understanding for search committees and additional funding for advertising to reach diverse audiences.


Increased summer undergraduate research funding to support more faculty-student pairs and to better support and recognize this significant work of the teacher-scholar. National Survey of Student Engagement affirms Elon seniors surpass the top 10 percent in self-reporting "enriching educational experiences."


New Faculty Orientation revised to focus more explicitly on balanced goal-setting and evidence-based reflection in support of teacher-scholar development.


Launched PURM: Perspectives in Undergraduate Research mentoring as a leading national voice in the significant teacher-scholar work of mentoring undergraduate research (


Developed and produced the third President’s Report featuring and more effectively publishing the scholarly productivity and successes of faculty and staff. Click here for more information.


Elon recognized as a leading producer of Fulbright scholars.


Assessed Elon’s current systems for mentoring and professional development for faculty and begun offering new mentoring programs reflective of best practices to enhance teacher-scholar development.


Reaffirming and clarifying commitment to the broad scholarly activity valued within the Elon teacher-scholar model through revisions of departmental peer-reviewed scholarship documents and coordinated annual evaluation workshops.


Reviewing and receiving recommendations related to faculty reassigned-time, promotion and tenure, service, and the role of department chairs in support of the teacher-scholar ideal.

 completed Amended The Elon Teacher-Scholar statement to highlight and recognize the value of student research mentoring within the teacher-scholar model.
Fulfill the objectives of the Presidential Task Force on Scholarship
The Presidential Task Force on Scholarship created nine overall goals with a series of objectives associated with each. A detailed status report as of December 2011 on these nine goals is available here. One will find that the university has made considerable progress through a concerted and strategic plan to create new funds dedicated to support faculty scholarship and release time to complete that work, new grant funds being raised, new hires to support faculty research and grant seeking efforts and to increase public awareness of faculty scholarly accomplishments.
Establish new professional and leadership development programs completed Established Office of Leadership and Professional Development. Hired director and created a cross campus advisory council. Developed series of programming at all levels of employee development. created new funding support. Click here for more information.

Provided diversity and inclusion training for all faculty and staff.

  Launched a robust orientation program for all staff at Elon called Joining Elon.

Research and launch a staff development program dedicated to strategic planning skillsets for emerging leadership on campus.


Expanded and increased coordination of department chair development, and increased funding supports for chair compensation and professional development.

 in progress

Create mentoring program available to all new employees with the goal of establishing multi-level mentoring programs in later years open to all employees.

 completed Provided new funding to meet individual professional goals.
Accelerate progress on faculty/staff salaries completed

Completed three-phase salary enhancement plan for all faculty and staff on June 1, 2015.

  Created an opportunity fund to better enable Elon to recruit outstanding teacher-scholars who contribute to diversity.

Theme #3: Attaining the highest levels of achievement across our academic programs

Create the nation’s finest General Education program completed

New general education domain and goals adopted in 2010-2011.


Faculty approved changes to first-year experience in spring 2012


Adopted QEP on writing across the university. New director hired and committee working on plan to support excellence in this area.

  Experiential education oversight committee proposes second requirement in experiential learning and it is approved unanimously by faculty in May 2013.
Launch a Center for Engaged Learning  Hosted second international seminar on engaged learning in summer 2011 ( Requested budget for 2012-13, and submitted proposals for grant support. 
Graduate students with prestigious academic fellowships, including a Rhodes Scholar 

Tripled the number of students receiving Fulbright fellowships from three to six in one year.

  New associate director for academic fellowships hired in fall 2012.
Advance key programs of national stature (top-100 law school, top-50 undergraduate business school, and others)  Elon Law School achieved full ABA accreditation in the shortest window possible. Now seeks AALS accreditation. Click here for the announcement.

Bloomberg Businessweek ranking secured. Love School of Business ranked 43rd in 2012. Click here for the announcement.


Part-time MBA program ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011; up from #6 in 2009. Click here for the announcement.


Created strategic plan to bring the Elon Poll to national recognition.

  Hired new director and assistant director of the Elon Poll and launched aggressive polling schedule around the 2012 presidential election, and launched aggressive polling schedule around current issues in politics and government.  Click here for more information. 

Theme #4: Launching strategic and innovative pathways in undergraduate and graduate education 

Create innovative 4 + 1, 4 + 2 combination degree programs completed M.A. in interactive media launched as 4+1.
 completed Innovative one year Master of Science in Management offered by the Love School of Business with two tracks: Corporate Communications and Data Analytics. First class enrolled in 2015-2016.
  Several new graduate programs in consideration: full-time MBA, MAT in Education and Ph.D. in Communications.
  Formal JD/MBA program development in discussion by graduate council.
Establish a School of Health Sciences and a physician assistant studies program 

Charter class graduate in 2015 and achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. Learn more here.


Expansion of Doctor of Physical Therapy program completed. Enrolled class of 59 in January 2012.

  School of Health Sciences program approved. New Gerald L. Francis Center opened in January 2012 to support expanded Doctor of Physical Therapy program and new Masters in Physician Assistant Studies program.
Launch an Elon service experience as part of gap-year program  Gap semester program approved and fourth cohort of 15 students enrolled fall 2015. Track their journey here.  

Theme #5: Stewarding Elon’s commitment to remain a best-value university

Successfully complete the Ever Elon Campaign  Campaign completed on Dec. 31, 2011. Raised $107.3 million in gifts and pledges.
Create a Stewardship Council Stewardship Council created with representation of key areas on campus. Council includes academic deans and the provost.
Implement a strong, creative financial model  Monitoring tuition and class size carefully. The University is committed to slow tuition growth and is working to creatively enterprise the system through innovative graduate programs and aggressive fundraising. The annual audit report details these successes.
At least triple the Elon University endowment  Since June 30, 2009, endowment has increased from $81.769 million to $210 million as of December 31, 2014. The Elon Commitment goal is $270 million by 2020. Sixty-four percent of endowment is designated for scholarships.

Theme #6: Developing innovative alumni programs to advance and support the Elon graduate

Identify and support the next generation of alumni leadership Young Alumni Council established.

Created affinity groups for Black alumni, LGBTQ alumni and Latino alumni.


New Vibrant Alumni Network strategic plan developed with phased goals around philanthropy and service. Read more here.

  Expanded alumni chapters and clubs from 13 to 21. 
Create a premier Career Center 

On campus recruiting by employers doubled in 2011-2012 school year.


Graduating class of 2011 employment outpaced the national average.


New Executive Director of Corporate and Employer Relations hired and is working to develop a strategy for engaging recruiters to seek Elon graduates.


$2 million fund-raised to support Student Professional Development Center.

  New 5,000-square-foot Student Professional Development Center opened in January 2012.
Build a strong transitions program to careers and graduate school in progress

Four-year student professional development plans are being developed for each department on campus.


New Bridges program pilots in summer 2012 to help graduates relocating to New York City and Los Angeles.


Funds raised to roll-out a “know-how” series for graduating seniors. Will cover topics such as personal finance, taxes, negotiating a contract and what graduates need to know about real estate.

  Outcome data on all academic programs featuring where students are employed and where students attend graduate school added to departmental websites and new transition strategies courses added to schedule.
Launch new alumni service, travel and engagement programs 

Hosted first alumni National Networking Day in 15 cities in January 2012.

 in progress

Working to infuse Elon values of service and philanthropy in our alumni programs. Launching a national Alumni Volunteer Summit in 2012.

  Tripled opportunities for international alumni travel.
Foster a culture of philanthropy and double the alumni giving participation 

Ignite, the young alumni giving program, finding good success toward goal of 24% giving participation. In 2011 participation doubles (628 to 1394), doubling their total gift from $34,000 to $69,000.

  Alumni raised almost $500,000 in 2011.

Theme #7: Establishing a national tournament tradition of athletics success along with the highest academic standards for Phoenix athletics 

Consistently win conference championships in both men’s and women’s sports 

Southern Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances for two teams in 2010: Softball and Volleyball. Southern Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances for two teams in 2011: Baseball and Men’s Soccer.

Fully fund scholarships in all sports  Began Elon Commitment with 177 of 197 possible scholarships funded. By March 2012, we are funding 188 scholarships and will add 3 more in 2013, making 191 of 197 possible.
Set conference standards in academics and gender equity  Enhancements made to the student advising process. Twelve of 16 teams earning above a 3.0.
  All Elon sports achieved Academic Performance Rating (APR) above 970, exceeding NCAA requirements of 925.
  Elon University’s Board of Trustees approves the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport with competition beginning in 2013-14.
Construct new Athletic Advising Center and certify the academic advisors

Entire staff of athletic academic advisors received national certification in 2011-2012.

  Construction of new athletic advising center completed in August 2011. Facility includes study rooms, small group areas and a computer lab, as well as staff offices and meeting space.

Theme #8: Significantly enhancing Elon’s campus with premier new academic and residential facilities and a commitment to protecting our environment 

Expanded academic facilities for science, communications 

Gerald L. Francis Center for School of Health Sciences opened in January 2012.


Plan approved for renovation of DPT space in McMichael Center for undergraduate sciences. Work scheduled to be completed in August 2012.

  Fund-raising efforts begin for new Communications building.
Transformation of the residential campus including 1,600 additional beds 

Residential campus committee formed and plan adopted to enhance residential life at Elon through the integration of living and learning.


Plans for Global Village being designed with plans to integrate the first year course, The Global Experience, into the area.


Senior housing construction underway. Housing area named “The Station at Mill Point.”  Transition plan for housing construction developed.


New Colonnades residential quadrangle completed and faculty-in-residence spaces implemented.

  New Global Dining Hall under construction with opening scheduled for fall 2012.
5,000-seat convocation center   
1,500-seat auditorium   
Multi-faith center  Site dedication held Oct. 21, 2011. Fundraising completed and construction began January 2012.
Admissions center 

Admissions area upgraded in the Moseley Center adjacent to the Student Professional Development Center.


New dedicated parking in Moseley for the more than 10,000 annual visitors to campus each year.

  Construction of new admissions center being discussed.
Career center  New Student Professional Development Center opened in Moseley in January 2012.
Vibrant downtown Elon Consultant report completed. Three-story retail building completed. New restaurants and Barnes and Noble opened.
  Enhancements and opportunities to other downtown facilities being discussed.
Implementation of the Sustainability Master Plan

Climate Action Plan developed toward goal of carbon neutrality by 2037. Energy consumption per square foot per degree day is down 33% since 2004-2005.


Completed geothermal system in summer 2011 to provide primary heating and cooling for five residential buildings.


Solar thermal systems for heating water installed on a dining hall and four residential buildings.


Board of Trustees established Elon University Forest as a dedicated land preserve and natural area. Click here for more information.


Elon received a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for sustainability efforts.

  Alumni Field House awarded LEED Gold certification. 
  New Loy Center houses received LEED for Homes Platinum certification.