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Message from the President, November 2006

I have been greatly encouraged and appreciative of the level of campus interest in the strategic planning process this fall, as evidenced by the participation in the roundtables and the submission of more than 100 proposals.

Carol ChristInformed by this fall's discussions and proposal submissions, the committees on mission and priorities (CMP) and on academic priorities (CAP) will continue to meet jointly through the semester to review and integrate emerging initiatives as well as to develop action steps for achieving progress in priority areas. Our intent is to develop a draft planning document for campus review by February 2007.

A number of galvanizing ideas are coalescing around three important themes: community engagement, global issues, and environmental issues. Complementary to these potential new centers of focus and integration, I see three areas in which we must reconsider and strengthen our efforts: the extent to which our open curriculum supports student learning, opportunities for student research, and identifying ways of fostering meaningful engagement with alumnae in support of our strategic directions. Finally, we have been presented with a provocative and interesting list of proposals related to strengthening the college's commitment to diversity from the Common Ground committees.

I encourage you to stay actively involved in the planning process as we enter the important phase of translating ideas and proposals into an integrated plan. Please read the submitted proposals, all of which are available on this Web site, and share you comments with me or CMP/CAP at planning@smith.edu.

Carol T. Christ

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