|of ideas developed during The "Great" Debate. After many sessions of discussion and revision, the group was near the end of its significant collective energy. Yet, we came to agreement on six key strategic goals. The five-goal advocates nodded, yes. The seven-goal champions yielded. We reached a conclusion at six, ironically, after we recalled the tale of the sixth toe. Yes, six goals felt right for us.
Who can argue with a well-timed symbol?
Our Community Desires Evolution
As we recently witnessed the election of officials in Washington and in our home states this fall, we understand that as untidy as democracy is sometimes, no one has ever produced a better system for gaining the input and compiling the will of a large group of diverse people who are interested in change.
And, for this plan it was a very large group indeed! To gain the input of our entire community we visited nine cities, spoke with more than 2,000 constituents, wrote ideas down on dozens of stick-up posters and hundreds of community written post-it notes, and compiled these ideas into our new Strategic Plan,
introduced on pages 6-11 of this issue.
We started this process knowing that our community wanted evolution.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone involved on a significant achievement-a year's worth of work-in developing the ideas and in drafting a Strategic Plan that will lead us forward for the next five years. I am pleased to report that the plan was approved by our Board of Trustees at its September 2012 meeting with unanimous support and enthusiasm.
Our new Mission provides a foundation built from our past successes, reassuring all our constituents that the primary mission is essentially unchanged- "to provide the world's best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment of individual attention and support."
New 'Vision' Offers A Bold Concept For Future
However, our new Vision is a bold concept of what we can accomplish as an institute and what we can inspire our students to learn, achieve, and become. The Vision is what we consider the window into the future of the institute. After all, being number one is not just a trophy to