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What have been the major accomplishments of Smith over the past five years? What were the critical factors in their success? Which ones are best positioned for building upon in the future? What have been the college's failures or disappointments?

What are the current strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities of Smith? Why? What are we most proud of at Smith? What obstacles impede our development? What are one or two issues that we should talk about at Smith, but we do not?

What changes in education, the economy, and society provide the college opportunities and threats? Is Smith better positioned to respond to some of these than others? Why?

What skills, capacities, and qualities should Smith develop in students to prepare them for careers and life?

How does Smith distinguish itself within higher education? Within the group of national liberal arts colleges?

How can we increase, prioritize, and manage our resources so they most effectively support our mission and aspirations?

What else do the president and trustees need to know to lead Smith in the future?

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