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?