We believe that the best ideas for shaping the future of Whitman College come from our community. Whitman's strategic planning process continues to involve groups of faculty, staff, students and trustees.

As part of the process, we also engaged with the following partners in areas where we believe we would benefit from outside experience and expertise:

Susan Resneck Pierce worked with Whitman as a consultant to the strategic planning committee. In this role, Pierce facilitated listening sessions with stakeholders and advised the strategic planning committee as it developed the strategic planning process. Pierce is president of SRP Consulting and president emerita of the University of Puget Sound. 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, she 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, assisted Whitman with researching perceptions of the college among a variety of audiences, including prospective students and parents, admitted students, high school guidance counselors and alumni. SimpsonScarborough has worked with nearly 200 colleges and universities, including many of Whitman's liberal arts college peers. Their strategic communications research continues to provide valuable insights to the college, highlighting future opportunities for Whitman that build on our existing areas of distinction and work to strengthen the college for the future.