Creating New Possibilities
As we prepare students for the future, we ask ourselves what challenges await them in this fast changing world of the 21st century. These challenges include: growing income inequality, aging population, escalating healthcare costs, increasing global competition and climate change. Helping our students rise to these challenges requires us to make changes, building on our existing strengths while affirming our enduring values; in other words, to create a better future for our students and our academic community. Our strengths are many: a strong sense of community, a strong record in sustainability efforts, a unique sense of place, and the innovative use of information technology for learning and teaching. Furthermore, we believe in the importance of educating our students to become socially responsible citizens in our increasingly diverse, multicultural society.
To this end, I would like to invite you to participate in "Renewing the Academic Plan." This project will be guided by big and bold questions in response to our fast changing world. And to make this project real and meaningful, your engagement is truly critical. Accordingly, I envision a two-phase process facilitated by the Renewing the Academic Plan Committee:
- The first phase is to convene a series of conversations about New Possibilities in Fall 2013.
- The second phase in Spring 2014 is to develop concrete action plans to realize New Possibilities that will have emerged in the first phase.
The outcome of this two-phase process will be the 2014-2019 Academic Plan which will guide our efforts in the years ahead. Encouraged by what David Bohm once said, "Everything starts with you and me," I eagerly look forward to your participation as we create our future together.