Implementation and Next Steps

This strategic plan is designed to give Swarthmore a broad vision, guiding principles, and recommendations for our future together. It is meant to be an organic document that can adjust both to additional community input and new challenges or opportunities as they arise. During the coming weeks and months, on-campus, and alumni communities will be encouraged to respond to this plan by attending community forums, posting suggestions or responses on this website, or by directly contacting any of the members of the Strategic Planning Council.

After we discuss the plan, what are the next steps? How do we translate these ideas into action?

1. The Board will evaluate the plan during winter 2011–2012. If the plan is approved, we will develop a detailed plan for implementation. If we encounter questions or issues that warrant additional research or conversation, we will take the time to address them.

2. Charge existing committees and groups such as the Council on Educational Policy, Staff Advisory Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the Alumni Council, and others to study relevant recommendations. We will also organize new committees, task forces, and study groups to study other, specific recommendations in depth. The plan includes many recommendations for new or existing groups to study proposed initiatives or review the effectiveness of existing programs. Many of these should be formed expeditiously, as their work will inform the development of longer-term plans.

3. Develop an overall prioritization and implementation plan. A coordinated effort to prioritize, integrate, and implement the recommendations will begin. This effort should include not only detailed plans for specific initiatives, but some broad College studies as well. A campus facilities master plan should provide an evaluation of existing facilities and the need and shape of new facilities. A financial plan should quantify the costs of specific initiatives and integrate them into several comprehensive scenarios for the future. A diversity plan should be developed to further advance the College’s enduring mission to create a wholly diverse, engaged, inclusive community. A capital campaign should be designed to excite donors, encouraging them to engage with us to achieve our vision for the future and to commemorate the College’s sesquicentennial.