The garden--with its
associations of planting, taking root, germination, and growth--seems
the perfect metaphor for The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003. In 1996,
President Joanne V. Creighton planted the first seeds for what
would grow into a comprehensive blueprint for the College's future.
"We need to develop a set of goals and priorities that will guide
us over the next six years and a set of actions designed to implement
them," Creighton said at the time. "They will give shape and substance
to our collective aspiration for Mount Holyoke." Through the collaboration
of the entire Mount Holyoke community, a plan with just these
attributes was developed and adopted in 1997.
Six years later,
the Plan has had an impact on virtually every area of College
life. Offering a sense of the "blooming" of The Plan for Mount
Holyoke 2003 is what this special issue of Vista is all about.
Within its pages are "excellent examples"--of students exploring
fields from new interdisciplinary perspectives; of curricular
innovation; of diversity and internationalism; of stellar new
facilities--of the Plan's success and the myriad ways it has strengthened