The redesign process included an extensive review of market and enrollment data, consensus-building around the signature strengths of Simmons and their connection to the market, development of recommendations for future academic structures, and a comprehensive financial review of those structures.
We held community review and feedback sessions that included faculty, staff, administration, undergraduate and graduate alums, and current students at two key stages in Spring 2016. During Summer 2016, we determined the costs of three potential academic structures.
- October 2016: Two academic structures will be presented to the community in early October, then those options and their related costs will be shared with the Board of Trustee for review in late October.
- November 2016: A Blue Ribbon Panel of experts from diverse fields will provide insight and input on the final recommended structure.
- Winter and Spring 2017: Detailed planning work for implementation will happen during Winter 2017 and Spring 2017.
- Summer 2017: We expect to begin implementing the new academic structure in Summer 2017 to position Simmons College for distinctiveness, competitive strength and sustainability.