+ Statement of Intent – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

Coordinate Tradition

About HWS

Statement of Intent

Since the “Culture of Respect” report was published in 2015 recommending that the Colleges’ coordinate structure be contemporized to meet the needs of 21st century students, the Colleges have heard from many members of the HWS community who have expressed their views with passion and enthusiasm. Although the sentiments voiced have often differed, what connects all reflections is the sincere desire to ensure that students have an educational environment in which they can thrive.

On October 20, 2018, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees unanimously passed the following resolution:

“The Board of Trustees is committed to the coordinate heritage and mission of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. We recognize that historic structures, policies and procedures must meet the needs of all students and therefore ask the Student Experience Committee, working with Interim President McGuire and the greater campus community, to create specific recommendations that will adapt our coordinate construct to ensure that all students are welcomed and supported throughout their Hobart and William Smith education. We ask that these recommendations be prepared by the April 2019 Board Meeting.”

It is the belief of the Student Experience Committee that the best recommendations to evolve the coordinate construct will emerge directly from the members of the Hobart and William Smith community. By conducting an open inquiry, we intend to generate thoughtful recommendations that will achieve the goals set out by the Board of Trustees.

  • The Student Experience Committee will spend the next months listening closely to the broad array of voices that exist around this issue including those from faculty, staff, students, alumni, alumnae and parents. Through on-campus sessions, webinars and a constituent-wide survey, it is our intention to listen carefully and with respect and curiosity, without leaning toward any preconceived outcomes.
  • As we identify the broad continuum of perspectives, we will curate prevailing themes and innovative ideas that have the potential to evolve the coordinate construct. In this work, the Student Experience Committee will honor the spirit of the Colleges’ rich history while also focusing on how we can best serve current and future students, staff and faculty.
  • We will deliver a thoughtful and strategic document with actionable, incremental suggestions that will allow the Colleges to turn toward the future with confidence, better able to serve all members of our community.

Through an inclusive and broadminded process, it is the goal of the Student Experience Committee to listen closely to disparate views, and to be open to innovation and evolution.