Swarthmore College engaged in a comprehensive, highly consultative strategic planning exercise in 2010 and 2011. That process resulted in a series of Strategic Directions [pdf] which will help inform the College’s future. Strategic Directions articulates a number of academic, admissions and access, community-building, and alumni engagement initiatives to be implemented in the coming years. As we begin to plan for these initiatives, it is important to assess our physical campus and the ways in which these new priorities can best be supported through our physical structures and campus layout.
Our campus master planning process will look carefully at our existing facilities, land use, and layout; will engage all members of our community in public sessions and on the web; and will ultimately produce a series of recommendations in service to the College’s Strategic Directions initiatives. This work will result in recommendations for how the College can optimally utilize existing buildings, as well as provide recommendations for the judicious construction of new facilities to meet campus needs. Our campus master planning process will be guided by our enduring commitment to green space and the use of environmentally conscious construction standards.
The planning process for Swarthmore’s Campus Master Plan will last approximately 12 to 18 months. The process will move through several phases of collecting information, identifying areas of critical need, establishing common goals, and crafting and testing solutions for long-term improvements. The goal of each stage is to achieve community input and consensus before moving forward onto the next. Ultimately, this initiative will result in a detailed final plan, which will reflect the community’s shared vision for the future of the Swarthmore campus, include phasing recommendations for the proposed work.