A critical element of the college's planning
process is a thorough understanding of the current position of the college -- its
position relative to its peers, its particular academic and other strengths, and
areas where it stands to build on the momentum of recent initiatives and investments.
To this end, the Committee on Mission and Priorities spent much of the 2005-06 academic
year looking comprehensively at the college. During the spring, faculty, staff, students
and alumnae engaged in a series of discussions about the future of the college. The
documents below provide a summary of the committee's observations from the year's
work, including the list of strategic directions that will serve as the basis for
the next phase of planning commencing in the fall.
The planning process continued during fall 2006
with a series of well-attended round table discussions on each of the strategic directions.
In October, the Committee on Mission and Priorities received more than 100 proposed
ideas from the campus community related to the eight strategic directions. Those
ideas are available in the summary document below.
Smith's planning process has developed through
a series of discussions with the campus over the past 14 months. As such, readers
are encouraged to read through the set of documents for background on the eight strategic
directions under which the proposed initiatives are organized.
Process & Timeline
the Planning Process
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