Dear Members of the Alumni Community,
In the spring of 2014, Lehigh University began a process of taking a comprehensive look at the residential experience of our students, both on and off-campus. This group was created to evaluate and recommend improvements to student living and examine how the residential environment relates to education and social life at Lehigh.
The full review of preliminary recommendations, including an executive summary, can be read online here.
The Commission on Residential Environment, or CORE, was co-chaired by trustee Sarat Sethi ’92 and professor emeritus Edwin Kay. As the conclusion of this comprehensive process, the CORE group proposed six major recommendations for the university to consider.
These recommendations provide a great deal of material for thoughtful consideration. We will be hearing from students, faculty and staff in open forums that will be held on campus, and we would like feedback from alumni as part of this process.
We welcome your thoughts. Please share your comments on this blog post or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our intent is to gather input over the course of the summer and fall semester, and take those insights into consideration, along with financial implications and integration with the university’s long-range strategic goals. Our goal is to arrive at a final decision on the recommendation by the end of the 2016 Spring semester.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Sarat Sethi and Ed Kay for their extraordinary leadership of this review process, and extend our gratitude to the committee members on depth of their work and for their commitment to creating a better Lehigh. This review is emblematic of broader efforts across the university to continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our students while sustaining a vital, intellectually engaging and extraordinary living and learning community.
Patrick V. Farrell
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs