We have wrapped up Phase Three – Consolidating Ideas. Throughout Blocks 4 and 5, members of the steering committee narrowed the sets of possibilities advanced by the eight working groups into options to investigate further.
1. The Financial Model/Access
Exploring higher education’s financial model and its longer-term effects on the college.
Better understanding the potential impact of demographics or the “birth dearth,” a sharp decline in the number of college-age students beginning in 2026.
3. Digital Knowledge - online learning
Thinking about the role of digital learning in a residential college and in the context of the Block Plan.
4. Digital Knowledge - screen time
Exploring the effects of screen time and social media use on cognitive function and student learning and wellbeing.
Responding to what we heard last year about time and connection, this fall we also asked offices and divisions to identify efficiencies and to think about how to enhance collaboration with other offices. These discussions point to both small and larger ways to improve how we do things.
We now move into Phase Four – Vetting and Assessing Options.
The working proposals support the overarching theme of last year’s conversations: Connections.
They fall into two main categories:
1. Reinforce Liberal Learning
2. Value Our People
In this phase, we’re creating action groups to assess the feasibility of the working proposals. Can we do this? If we can, then we’ll consult broadly on details and process. How do we do this? Answering these questions leads to the next phase: deciding whether the college should enact the initiatives.
Thank you for contributing to this work.
Susan A. Ashley
Professor of History and Project 2024 Coordinator