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CONCLUSION OF THE RESIDENTIAL LIFE TASK FORCE

It is clear that some changes in our housing and dining system are required to meet the needs of current and future students. We note that change has been impeded by attachment to the traditional system and fear that making any adjustments will ruin what is most special about Smith. Survey and focus group results, however, reveal a significant need for some new options. We hope that our recommendations will be received not as attempts to change our system completely, but rather to balance what we have now with other choices.

The task force notes as well some structural impediments to change. This task force has provided the first opportunity in many years to engage in a college-wide discussion of housing and dining. We strongly urge that a vehicle for such discussion (perhaps as part of a standing committee such as CMP) be built into the governance of the college. With regular campus-wide exchange, we will continue to strengthen the connection between residence life and the educational mission of the college.

References

Guarasci, Richard and Cornwell, Grant H. Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education. Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Mission

Housing Options

Theme Based Living

Structure of
Residence Life
Staffing

Dining Options

Conclusion

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