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II.        Task Force Outreach

 

            After the Task Force was created by President Bacow in early fall 2001, the committee spent several months gathering data and conducting outreach meetings within the Tufts community.  As detailed in Appendix C of this report, we held nearly fifty meetings with various groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees to discuss various aspects of our charge.  In addition to our outreach meetings, we reviewed a number of surveys that the Office of Institutional Research regularly conducts along with other planning documents.  The Office of Institutional Research also helped us construct and administer a survey for full and part-time faculty that was invaluable to the Task Force. 

 

Over the summer, the committee analyzed and discussed the information it had collected in the preceding months.  Committee members identified areas in which the Task Force needed more input.  As a result, the Task Force conducted several more community outreach meetings in the fall of 2002, including four open student forums on a variety of issues of particular concern to students.  A fuller discussion of our outreach efforts is contained in a Status Report that we released in September 2002.   That report, along with additional outreach information is available on the Task Force web site, http://www.tufts.edu/president/ugtaskforce

 

            At the same time that the Task Force was engaged in the activities described above, the student members of the Task Force established a separate Student Advisory Committee comprised entirely of undergraduates.  This committee met a number of times to discuss various topics and met occasionally with members of the Task Force and has written a short report that is attached as Appendix A of this report.

 

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