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Organizing Structure


As we plan for the next chapter of Swarthmore’s history, we bring members of our community together to think, plan, and make specific recommendations to strengthen the College across three critical areas:

  1. The curriculum and our pedagogical practices 
  2. The student experience within and beyond the classroom 
  3. Preparation for leadership in a multiracial democracy and global society

Working with an Operations Committee, and in consultation with other key Committees at the College (such as the Committee on Faculty Procedures), senior staff, supervisors, and campus leaders, the strategic planning process is overseen by a Steering Committee and three Working Groups charged with examining these critical areas. The Working Groups are charged with looking at models of best practices from across higher education and beyond. In carrying out their work, they will consult with members of various constituent groups and engage with the broader community as they assess our current position and formulate recommendations to guide future institutional decision-making.

In addition to the critical focus areas, we are mindful of the broad, overarching institutional priorities that are foundational to all that we do and that must inform our thinking across all three Working Groups and throughout the strategic planning process, namely:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Sustainability  
  • Community Cohesion  

These cross-cutting areas have been carefully and intentionally integrated into the strategic planning organization, ensuring that each Committee is represented in the Working Groups and the Steering Committee.