At its meeting in May 2006, the Middlebury College board of trustees unanimously approved a new strategic plan, titled "Knowledge without Boundaries," which seeks to establish the institution as one with a global focus while strengthening its core mission as an undergraduate liberal arts college through increased financial aid, a larger faculty, and enhanced residential life.
Work on the document, which includes 82 recommendations, began in October 2004. Throughout the process, planners sought the input of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and trustees. The final plan is the college's first new strategic plan since 1992.
Said Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz, "The plan combines the values and essence of what historically has made a Middlebury liberal arts education so meaningful and effective, with some special and unique attributes that align with major 21st century issues."
According to Liebowitz, the plan recognizes the timeliness of the college's unique resources that support international education, from its nine intensive language schools and seven schools abroad to its recent affiliation with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). "We envision innovative collaboration among these entities and others to provide Middlebury students with multiple ways to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization," he said.
"These resources, once integrated, will distinguish Middlebury from other liberal arts colleges, and set the stage for what could become a truly global institution. Our goal is to educate students who will be highly competitive in a larger international context," added Liebowitz.
For more on the plan, read the full press release. Click on the links below to read individual chapters or access the pdf versions here:
Strategic Plan May 11, 2006 (PDF, 816KB)
Strategic Plan Appendices (PDF, 450KB)