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.
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 Monterey Institute of International Studies. "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)
One function of the Office of Planning and Assessment is to develop and implement planning principles for the College, and to promote the use of information in planning and strategic decision making. We work to facilitate and coordinate planning efforts within and across the College’s programs and evaluate our success in implementing those plans.
In 2011, a comprehensive self study of the institution was conducted for the College’s reaccreditation review. This report included descriptions and evaluations of all of the College’s programs, and included plans for enhancing and improving the education we provide. The process culminated in notification from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges of the College’s continued accreditation.
More recently, in 2012-13, the Office of Planning and Assessment initiated an annual planning process. As part of this process, offices across the program establish and submit annual goals. Details about this process are available through the links on the left.