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Synthesis 2013

Dartmouth Strategic Planning

Experimental Dartmouth


  • The Experimental Dartmouth working group submitted their final recommendations to the faculty and senior executive strategic planning advisory committees in June 2012.

Overall Approach

The faculty strategic planning advisory committee (F-SPAC) in coordination with the senior executive strategic planning advisory committee (SE-SPAC) have launched a working group focusing on the nature, subject matter, and reach of the classroom in the twenty-first century. Their goal is to discuss how to deliver an integrated education in the context of: Dartmouth’s historic commitment to liberal education; models that extend beyond an academic structure reliant on departments and disciplines, majors and minors; and the demand placed upon colleges and universities to produce graduates who are skilled in integrative thinking, the better to understand today’s complex world (and the even more complex world of the future) and to bring a practical and team-oriented approach to addressing this complex world’s challenges and problems.

This working group will seek broad input from within and outside Dartmouth. They will examine trends, needs, and opportunities that will be vital to ensuring Dartmouth’s leadership and engagement in an increasingly complex and integrated world. Individual schools and departments will be asked by their deans and directors to engage in discussions focusing on departmental, divisional, and school-specific strengths and approaches to complement the more general conversation.

Download the complete Working Group overview (PDF)


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What does an integrated education look like? Why might an integrated education be desirable or necessary at Dartmouth?


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What infrastructure will best demonstrate Dartmouth’s commitment to an integrated educational experience?