We believe that the best ideas for shaping the future of Whitman College will come from our community, and as a result Whitman's strategic planning process is being led by a committee of faculty, staff, students and trustees. In areas where we believe we would benefit from outside experience and expertise, we have engaged with the following partners.

Susan Resneck Pierce is working with Whitman as a consultant to the strategic planning committee. In this role, Dr. Pierce is facilitating listening sessions with Whitman stakeholders and advising the strategic planning committee as it develops the strategic planning process. Dr. Pierce, President of SRP Consulting and President Emerita of the University of Puget Sound, brings a wealth of experience to her work with Whitman. While serving as Puget Sound's President from 1992-2003, the University entered the ranks of the national liberal arts colleges. The endowment grew from $68 million to $213 million; the college completed $85 million of new construction and major renovations; SAT scores increased from 1067 to 1253; applications for 650 freshmen places grew to 4400 annually. Today Susan advises colleges and universities across the country on such matters as effective board and presidential performance, governance, board development and strategic planning.

SimpsonScarborough, a higher education research firm, is researching perceptions of Whitman among a variety of audiences including prospective students and parents, admitted students, high school guidance counselors and recent alumni. SimpsonScarborough brings significant experience in higher education to their work with Whitman. They have worked with nearly 200 colleges and universities, including many of Whitman's liberal arts college peers. Their strategic communications research will provide valuable insights as the committee evaluates future opportunities for Whitman that both build on our existing areas of distinction, and work to strengthen the college for the future.