Mission Statement

The mission of the Planning and Assessment Office is to develop and implement planning principles for the College, and to promote the use of information in planning and strategic decision making.  We gather data and provide reports for assessing institutional effectiveness and facilitating improvement across all College departments and programs.  In particular, we seek to promote and facilitate the development and assessment of student learning outcomes.  The office is also responsible for communicating information about the College to external agencies, organizations, and consortial groups.

How does Middlebury fulfill its educational mission? How do we know our students are successful in meeting their educational goals? How are students engaging with our curricular and extra-curricular resources? What is the workplace like for faculty and staff? How do Middleburys multiple graduate programs—the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the summer Language Schools, the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad, the Bread Loaf School of Englisheducate students?

By asking important and multifaceted questions like these, and by looking for evidence and information about ourselves and the Middlebury educational experience, we work with departments and constituencies across campusand indeed across the globeto actively shape the future of Middlebury. Ultimately, our job is to say with confidenceand show with evidencethat at Middlebury, we provide an education that is consonant with our mission.

Planning, Design, and Construction

The Planning, Design, and Construction (PDC) division manages the development of capital building projects in accordance with the Campus Master Plan and the College's Sustainable Design Guidelines. PDC serves as the primary point of contact on all capital projects, working with architects, engineers, contractors, and members of the community. The PDC team strives to provide clear and regular communications with constituents on and off campus throughout all phases of the process.

Members of the Team:


Mark Gleason, Project Manager
Thomas McGinn, Project Manager
Mary Stanley, Space Manager



The Planning, Design, and Construction Process

  • Development of an overall program - Planning for each facility begins with the development of a targeted user program and needs assessment. This program is typically developed by a committee appointed by senior administration, in conjunction with the PDC team.
  • Architect selection - The architects are normally appointed by the Board of Trustees' Buildings and Grounds Committee following a recommendation from the administration. For smaller projects (usually less than $5 million), the administration may make the appointment. The architect may or may not be involved with site selection of any project. In either case, the final site selection is made by the Buildings and Grounds Committee, following a recommendation from the administration.
  • Construction - The selection of a contractor or construction management firm is made by the PDC team. Construction and total project costs will be within budget limitations established by the Board of Trustees' Budget and Finance, and Buildings and Grounds committees. A member of the PDC team monitors each project to completion.

Sustainable Design GuidelinesSustainable Design Guidelines

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New on the Web: Explore what diversity means; find news, blogs, and videos

Two additions to the Middlebury Web site for 2009 are designed to help visitors better understand the importance of diversity at the College, and to provide easier access to news items, videos and other online content.

At the Web site for the Office for Institutional Planning & Diversity (OIPD), you’ll find a link to a new Flash project that offers visitors — in particular, prospective students, faculty and staff — as well as current members of the community a look at what diversity really means at Middlebury. With words, images, video, music, and slide shows, the new site tells the story of the College’s efforts “to make Middlebury a model of what a 21st century liberal arts institution truly should be—a welcoming learning community—and to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community.”

Also new for 2009 is an updated “News Headlines” page, accessible from the home page. The page includes not only the most recent headlines, but also links to event schedules, College-related videos, blogs by students, faculty and administrators, other online sources of news from on and off campus, and even the local weather.