Bold, Distinctive, and Compelling Ideas Drive the Planning Process

December 7, 2011

The Planning Committee wants to keep you informed about our progress and discussions. We hope that in the coming months you will astound us with the brilliance of your ideas about the future of Earlham. As a committee, however, we don’t want to surprise you with what we do. Thus you will receive regular updates from us. To facilitate that, we will post any information on this website, and we invite your responses!

The committee’s work to date has convinced us that the college cannot continue business as usual.  Our goal isn’t simply to balance the budget. Instead, we want to see a college with the resources it needs to flourish. President David Dawson detailed goals in his inaugural address that we all hope to embrace: a growing and diversifying applicant pool; admitting every year over three hundred students of equal or better quality than we admit today; retaining and helping equip every student who enrolls for a productive and rewarding career after Earlham; and a steady improvement in the college’s finances.

As we continue our work we will be posting some questions and information we think will productively frame the discussion.  We want you to tell us what else we need to consider, what other subjects need to be discussed, how we can have a discussion that will lay the foundations of a bold, compelling, and distinctive future for Earlham.

Tweaking, slight adjustments, just becoming a little louder in our message–those will not be enough. The moment is here when we need to be at our most imaginative and innovative.

-Earlham College Planning Committee


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