In February 2016, the Board of Trustees approved a new strategic direction—Affordability through Distinction and Growth – which includes growing the student body by about 400 students over eight years. As part of this exciting new direction, the College wants to ensure that all of its students have access to the support they need to successfully navigate their time at Lafayette and beyond.
In April 2016, President Byerly created the Student Support Task Force with this in mind. The Task Force (see membership list at the end of this summary) sought input from students, faculty, and staff as it studied Lafayette’s programs geared to help specific segments of the student body, such as students from underrepresented groups and international and first-generation students. Task Force members examined how the College might extend pre-matriculation programs to more students and connect more deliberately with orientation programming. Task Force members also sought ways to strengthen the system of academic advising and enhance the Connected Communities program.
Having solicited input broadly, including through workshops, focus groups, and meetings with stakeholders, the Task Force sent to President Byerly a number of recommendations for improving how Lafayette extends support to all portions of its student body. This is a summary of some key recommendations that we will continue to explore.
In addition, John McKnight, Dean of Intercultural Development, and Taaha Mohamedali, Senior Admissions Director, served on the Task Force before their departures from Lafayette.