Respond to the Draft Plan

Challenges

Our way of providing a liberal arts education requires an incredible commitment and investment of time, energy, and resources. But the power of this model is undeniable-students become critical and creative thinkers and leaders who are trained to be ethical, collaborative, and innovative. Now this model is under assault by critics who question its value and challenge its ability to prepare students with the skills required in the current and future workplace. more

Principles

The principles guiding the planning process are drawn from the traditions of the College. Throughout our history, these principles have been expressed in different ways, demonstrating the values, traditions, and practices we hold in highest regard and guiding us as we look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Even as the plan envisions specific recommendations, it affirms and updates, for our times, the fundamental principles that make Swarthmore distinct. more

Recommendations

The carefully considered recommendations in this draft plan surfaced from extensive meetings, conversations, and feedback among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. They follow naturally from the articulation of our five core principles – in essence they are the manifestation of both our traditions and our aspirations. As such they reflect a remarkably consistent shared values – including academic excellence, social responsibility, a diverse and inclusive community, and access for students. They also underscore our rich tradition of innovation and imagination. more

Commitments

The College is committed to: financial sustainability, a supportive workplace, environmental sustainability, staying small while offering a challenging curriculum and a vibrant extracurricular program, creating a campus where buildings and infrastructure support the strength of the academic program and increase opportunities to enhance community, and a culture of assessment. more

Implementation and Next Steps

This draft 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 the Strategic Planning website, or by directly contacting any of the members of the Strategic Planning Council. more