“A commitment to transformational student experiences is one of Tufts’ hallmarks as a university. At the undergraduate level, this means that we seek to provide not only a rigorous academic experience and active engagement with civic life, but also a residential and campus experience that supports students’ well-being, personal growth, leadership development, and sense of community.”
-President Anthony P. Monaco,
In a September 14, 2017, message to the community, President Monaco released the report of the Student Life Review Committee, which spent the spring semester of 2017 undertaking a comprehensive assessment of undergraduate student life at Tufts, with attention to the roles of residential strategy, student organizations, athletics, and clubs, as well as the Greek system. At the same time, the Dean of Student Affairs for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, Mary Pat McMahon, released an administrative response detailing the university’s plans to act on the Committee’s recommendations.
We encourage members of the Tufts community to visit the Student Affairs website to learn more about the implementation of the recommendations and to share feedback.
President Monaco first announced plans for the creation of the Student Life Review Committee in a message to the Tufts community on December 22, 2016 and subsequently announced the Committee’s full membership and charge in a message to the Tufts community on February 6, 2017.
The Committee was chaired by Susan Murphy, Ph.D., Vice President Emerita of Student and Academic Services at Cornell University. Two members of the Tufts University Board of Trustees, Deborah (Deb) Jospin J80, A14P and Daniel (Dan) Doherty III H03, served as vice chairs of the Committee. The Committee’s membership included faculty, students, staff, alumni and representatives of our host communities of Medford and Somerville. The full list of members is available here: Student Life Review Committee Members.
In his charge to the Committee, President Monaco asked the Committee to engage in a consultative process with opportunities for input from members of the Tufts community on and off campus. Over the course of the 2017 spring semester, the Committee met with students, faculty, and staff in numerous forums and small group discussions, and organized forums for input from alumni and parents in New York City, Medford, and online.
Prior to the release of the Committee’s full report in September 2017, President Monaco shared a summary of its recommendations with the Tufts community on June 1, 2017.