|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
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
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