Task Force on the Future
In July 2010, Marlboro trustees adopted the following recommendations from the Task Force on the Future, a group of 17 Marlboro constituents that spent six months exploring the future challenges that face the college. The task force included: Ellen McCulloch-Lovell president; trustees Bart Goodwin, Karen Davis, Tom Durkin and Stephan Morse; faculty members William Edelglass, Felicity Ratte, Kate Ratcliff and Todd Smith; students Andrew Tanabe and Ellie Roark; staff members Lisa Christensen, Tobias Gelston and Bryant Morgan; and Alumni Council Vice-President Holly Manley '82 and Mark Anderson '97 (who also serves as an alumnus trustee).
Task Force on the Future recommendations:
- Marlboro College must expand its enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs, according to a strategy, with planned targets.
- The college must develop a marketing plan that differentiates Marlboro from other colleges and graduate schools based on strengths and values.
- The college and its graduate school should strengthen their collaboration to benefit both, planning and implementing specific measures related to courses and administration.
- We should utilize higher education consortia and partnerships to expand and diversify our offerings and achieve savings.
- The college should create more community-based and experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty, including student internships.
- Marlboro should use technology to expand teaching and to improve links to students when they are not on campus.
- Capital planning and improvements -- including energy conservation, alternative energy sources and carrying out our environmental mission -- must be made to enhance recruitment, retention and stewardship.
- The college should develop auxiliary programs, based on its strengths, to enhance its reputation, attract more students, and increase revenues.
- The college should continue to increase career services for undergraduate, graduate students and alumni, building an internship program and employer relationships.
- We must more clearly define self-governance at Marlboro College. We must teach democracy and encourage community members to take responsibility for their academic experiences, health and community life.
- Marlboro College faculty should lead in curricular planning to provide a vision of the curriculum of 2020 and what faculty positions and expertise will be needed.
Planning Process 2012 - 2014
The college initiated a new strategic planning process in 2012, convening a task force of trustees, staff, faculty and students to consult with the community and present a proposal for a new strategic plan for the college by the end of the Fall 2013 semester.