Reaching the World

Reaching the World

Capital campaign kicks off with emphasis on ensuring Colby experience is accessible to all qualified students

By Stephen Collins ‰74

Convinced of the intrinsic value of the Colby experience, determined to make the institution even better, and committed to expanding access to ever-stronger students regardless of their ability to pay, Colby will kick off Reaching the World: A Campaign for Colby this fall at events in Waterville, Boston, and New York City.

With fanfare.

The Board of Trustees, President William Adams, leaders among the faculty and administration, and a small cadre of loyal alumni and alumnae have been planning the capital campaign over the last several years and have reached the point where the campaign is ready to go public.

Major campaign kickoff events are scheduled at Colby on October 22, in Boston on January 20, and in New York on January 26. At those gala events, specific goals and milestones will be announced, along with progress made during the campaign's pre-kickoff "quiet phase.—

The campaign seeks philanthropic support to enhance Colby's academic programs; to make sure the most capable students, regardless of their economic background or financial situation, can attend; to provide support for faculty and teaching; and to provide necessary facilities to keep Mayflower Hill on the list of America's greatest college campuses.

The bottom line is making sure that Colby has in place the resources it needs to develop leaders who will have a positive impact on the world, Adams said.

In an informal conversation Adams articulated three main goals for the campaign: "Access, excellence, and competitiveness.—

At the top of the list is ensuring that Colby remains a school of opportunity—one that can help any student who meets the admissions standards meet the cost of attending. "We need to strengthen our resources for need-based financial aid,— Adams said. "We need to up Colby's commitment to equity and diversity.— Adams noted that the access and equity issue has become the subject of intense national discussion following release of a recent book, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, by William Bowen, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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