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VI.       Conclusion 

 

The Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience has found that Tufts, already a world-class university, is poised to advance to a higher level of institutional excellence and recognition.  We believe that the recommendations set forth in this document will help us realize that ambition.  They will do so by building upon our enduring commitment to the ideal of the teacher-scholar while moving us forward to meet the new challenges presented by a new millennium.  Our findings and recommendations, the product of nearly two years of discussion and debate within the community, reflect the particular history and distinctive strengths of Tufts University.  We most honor that past, however, by not being fearful of change in the future.  With all the virtues that Tufts possesses, with all the success it has had in providing a superb undergraduate education, much that is vital remains to be done.  We have reason to be proud but not complacent, reason to note how far we have come, but not to ignore how much further we can go.  “Good enough” must not be good enough for Tufts — not when we’re talking about our classrooms or dorms, the intensity of intellectual discourse and commitment, the quality of undergraduate social opportunities, or the enthusiasm of our students for their experience at Tufts.

 

The future of Tufts, as we see it, glows with the heat and the light of intellectual sparks ignited across our campuses, catching the eye of all who care about the training of the world’s best minds.  We call upon the Tufts community— upon our students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and alumni together— to help us to achieve that future and to push for the realization of the vision articulated in this report: a vision that proposes, at its very core, the strengthening of that community.  For Tufts to become what we know it can be will demand more work, more time, and also, inevitably, more resources.  More even than material resources, though, it will call for our confidence and imagination.  Halfway through its second century, Tufts continues toward fulfilling the promise of its distinctive greatness.  Despite the costs and labor entailed in securing that greatness for the future, we on the Task Force affirm our certainty that the end will make such efforts worthwhile.

 

 

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