The Futures Initiative

A Framework for the Coming Decades

In 2010–11, under the leadership of President Carol T. Christ and Board of Trustees Chair Cornelia Mendenhall Small ’66, some 60 trustees, faculty, staff and students undertook a strategic thinking project known as the Futures Initiative. The endeavor drew its participants from the senior leadership of the campus, those groups and committees charged most directly with advancing the mission, priorities and long-term strength of the college. The goal was to learn about the new realities facing higher education and to develop a framework to guide the college in facing risks and developing opportunities in the coming decades.

Summary Document

Looking to 2030 and beyond, this summary describes anticipated trends in higher education, articulates the principles that will guide the colleges actions, specifies the planning direction and identifies next steps.

The Futures Initiative Summary, 2010-11 (PDF)