Academic Strength

Goal: $75 million


Inquisitive minds, a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and relationship-based learning have always defined Whitman’s educational program. To continue our tradition of excellence in this rapidly changing world, we must advance the Whitman curriculum to better prepare our students for their futures.

Today, emerging fields such as bioethics and environmental humanities demand our increased attention. Faculty and students are engaged in cross-disciplinary collaboration examining topics such as the economy, the environment, global issues, ethics, and politics. Students require experiential learning opportunities such as community-based learning, student-faculty research, internships, field studies, and study abroad to enrich their understanding and ready them for graduate school and careers. All of these changes require us to invest in new faculty positions and new and expanded programs that enhance student learning.

With increased resources, Whitman will educate and inspire the next generation of graduates to become creative catalysts of change, responsible citizens, and the leaders of tomorrow.


Strengthen its faculty

By adding a dozen new faculty members, Whitman can ensure expertise in emerging and interdisciplinary areas and continue to provide students with the high level of collaborative engagement and personal attention for which the College is known.

Provide experiential learning opportunities

By increasing the quantity, quality, and range of experience-based classroom, field-study, research, and internship opportunities available at the College, Whitman can prepare every student for today’s complex world.

Globalize its curriculum

By infusing global themes into the curriculum, developing programs that enhance global awareness, and expanding opportunities for off-campus study, Whitman will create an environment in which every student possesses cross-cultural understanding.