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Admission Policy Study Group Update

Admission Policy Study Group Update

February 19, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In November, we announced the formation of an Admission Policy Study Group to give thoughtful consideration to whether Smith should change its admission policy to reflect society’s evolving understanding of gender. The study group's recommendation, and the board of trustees’ ultimate decision on this matter, will be taken in the context of Smith's unwavering identity and mission as a women's college.

The study group’s work is well underway. We are grateful for the input we have received so far from more than 1,000 members of the Smith community. The range of opinions and voices expressed by students, faculty, staff and alumnae underscores the importance of our task and inspires us as we consider a policy that is right for Smith and that supports our mission of providing exceptional students with a world-class education.

We are committed to a review process that is both deliberative and inclusive. Therefore, in the coming weeks the study group will schedule a number of conversations for individuals and groups on campus to share their thoughts and will also provide additional opportunities for members of the Smith community to discuss the issue.

In the meantime, we invite you to share your perspective via this web form, if you have not already done so. Additionally, you will find suggested topical readings as well as information about the study group on the Admission Policy Study Group website.

Sincerely,

Kathleen McCartney
President

Elizabeth Eveillard ’69
Chair, Board of Trustees