The Future of Scripps

As announced by President Nancy Y. Bekavac last summer, the College is engaging in a massive strategic planning effort—the third such effort in the past 15 years. Steering committees and working groups are meeting regularly to work on major issues that will affect the College in the years ahead. Strategic planning leaders welcome input from all concerned alumnae, parents, and friends of the College on key issues under discussion. Ideas, comments, and questions may be addressed to president@scrippscollege.edu.

Key issues being discussed include:

  • Academic Excellence: Teaching and Scholarship. Academic excellence is the overarching priority for Scripps. From a strategic perspective, there are a wide variety of opinions as to what constitutes academic excellence; e.g., what are the expectations for faculty in terms of teaching and scholarship? What measures are appropriate for student learning and other issues?
  • Demographics and Diversity. Scripps has increased diversity within the student body, faculty, staff, and trustees.Yet as we look further into the changing demographics in California and beyond, significant challenges remain. Given the changing demographics of U.S. K-12 education, how will future first-year classes be comprised? What are the implications for our curriculum?
  • Independence and Consortium. The outside world identifies Scripps closely with The Claremont Colleges, and indeed we benefit in many ways from participating in the consortium.The give-and-take of these relationships affects not only our “balance of trade” in terms of cross-registration of students among the colleges, but also almost every aspect of our college. In light of competing demands for real estate, how do we plan future development of the core campus? What do we view as priorities for consortium land planning?
  • Leadership: Women’s Education and Image. As Scripps’ recent achievements become more widely recognized, we are increasingly being seen as a leading women’s college. Looking five and more years into the future, in what aspects of liberal arts education will Scripps be setting the new standards to which other colleges aspire?
  • Mission: Education, Core, and Size. Residential liberal arts colleges fulfill a specific traditional and contemporary niche in higher education, in which Scripps is distinguished by its curriculum, campus, and community, among other characteristics. In 1926, Scripps was among few institutions educating women for professional careers as well as personal growth. What will Scripps educate women for in the future?