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Tilghman charges groups with planning for future

Princeton NJ -- President Tilghman has created a planning process to implement the recommendations of the Wythes Committee adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2000.

She has charged four task forces with laying the groundwork for the addition of 500 students to the undergraduate student body and the creation of a sixth residential college. The four areas are: facilities planning; administrative staffing and services; academic planning; and budget planning. Broad outlines for the plan were drawn up during a day-long retreat of the President's Cabinet earlier this fall.

"Our goal is to allow the University to derive full benefit from a larger student body while providing all students with a Princeton experience that equals or exceeds today's," Tilghman said. "That challenge requires that we plan for the increase with great care."

A coordinating committee, chaired by Vice President and Secretary Thomas Wright, will oversee the work of the four task forces. Other members will be: Provost Amy Gutmann; Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson; Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel; Treasurer Christopher McCrudden; and Vice President for Finance and Administration Richard Spies.

"Our success will require close coordination of efforts and attention to current and future needs," Tilghman said.

She noted that the task forces will consult with faculty, staff, students and alumni to get ideas and comments. Reports will be provided regularly to the trustees, to the President's Cabinet and to the Council of the Princeton University Community.

The four task forces, their goals and their members are:

Facilities Planning. The facilities planning group will focus on the construction of a new residential college south of Dillon Gymnasium. "This is the first time in the history of the University that we will build a residential college from scratch, rather than assembling one with existing dormitories," Tilghman said. "It will be a particularly exciting project since the sixth college will offer the choice of a four-year residential experience to approximately 100 students. Furthermore, the college will house a small number of graduate students, thus fulfilling Woodrow Wilson's vision of better integrating undergraduate and graduate students in residential settings." The task force also will develop plans for the conversion of two of the existing residential colleges into four-year colleges.

Members: Dickerson; Jon Hlafter, director of physical planning; Malkiel; Kathleen Mulligan, vice president for facilities; Spies; and Wright (chair). Staff support will be provided by Allen Sinisgalli, vice provost for research and physical planning.

Administrative Staffing and Services. This task force will recommend how to meet the increase in demands on non-faculty staffing likely to occur as a result of the Wythes Committee proposals. Tilghman said that many of these services are already strained. "The answer will not be simply to look at the size of the staff; we also need to look at training and possible reorganization," she said.

Members: Dickerson and Spies (co-chairs); Joan Doig, vice president for human resources; Robert Durkee, vice president for public affairs; Betty Leydon, vice president for information technology and chief information officer; and Karin Trainer, University librarian. Staff support will be provided by Joann Mitchell, vice provost for administration.

Academic Planning. The charge to this task force is: to evaluate and develop plans for the staffing, curriculum and instructional infrastructure necessary to achieve the University's educational objectives in expanding the undergraduate student body; and to make recommendations concerning admission policy so that the additional places best support the broad educational mission of the University. Tilghman said that the task force should look at ways to improve the quality of academic instruction as well as to preserve the hallmarks of a Princeton education, such as close faculty-student interaction. "We know that our students do not distribute themselves evenly across academic departments, so the task force must give particular attention to departments that now teach the largest number of undergraduates," she said. "And it must also take into account opportunities that are sure to emerge to strengthen our research and teaching programs."

Members: Gutmann (chair); Joseph Taylor, dean of the faculty; Malkiel; John Wilson, dean of the Graduate School; William Happer, chair of the University Research Board; James Wei, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Katherine Rohrer, vice provost for academic programs. Rohrer also will provide staff support.

Budget Planning. This group will evaluate and develop cost estimates for the operating and capital budgets, assessing how recent events may have changed the economic climate and influenced any prior assumptions about costs. It will serve as a resource to the other committees to help them weigh competing priorities and to consider the optimal timing of change.

Members: McCrudden (chair); Gutmann; and Van Williams, vice president for development. Staff support will be provided by Steven Gill, budget director in the treasurer's office and associate provost for finance.


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