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V.         Next Steps

 

After nearly two years of data-collection, community outreach, collective deliberating, the Task Force will conclude its work upon submission of this report to the President.  The above recommendations are intended to reflect the priorities of the Tufts Community and to provide the administration with an agenda as the University enters the next Capital Campaign. 

 

            The Task Force's recommendations are not the only demand on existing or future resources of the University however; a world-class University such as Tufts has many goals and aspirations, all of which require resources of time, money, space, and personnel.  The Capital Campaign will surely open many new horizons for Tufts, and yet finite resources call for strategic decision-making.  The Task Force has therefore attempted to design initiatives which serve multiple goals simultaneously— which work together as an integrated whole or can stand alone if necessary. 

 

            It should be noted that our recommendations are based on the snapshot of Tufts that we have developed over the past two years.  But Tufts, of course, will evolve and change over time.  Because each of the issues discussed in the report will require resources which take time to gather, the committee understands that the implementation process might, for some of our proposals, take several years.  As a result, we have deliberately aimed to create a dynamic document whose relevance will outlast the shifting of specific circumstances over time.  A recommendation put forward today to address a particular problem may not be the best solution as Tufts changes and moves forward.  We encourage Tufts to be flexible in its approach to improving undergraduate education and, as time moves on, to give greater weight to the broad themes and enduring principles the Task Force has identified than to the specific details of particular proposals.  In this way, we hope the Task Force's work will continue to be relevant over the next decade. 

 

 

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