Nov. 2, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 5

A Not-So-Distant Future

It's seven more years until Boston College celebrates its 150th anniversary, and 100 years at its Chestnut Hill location. So what will BC look like then? What new programs might the University and offer - and how might its old ones change?

On Nov. 9, Prof. James O'Toole (History) will present a potential preview of BC in 2013 as part of the University's Employee Development Program. O'Toole served as executive director of the recent strategic planning process, which culminated in the development of a blueprint for the University's academic, faith and student formation missions.

Highlighted by seven strategic directions, the broad-based plan - now undergoing final revisions - will serve as the means to guide BC's progress toward its twin milestones seven years hence.

O'Toole says there may be a tendency in the BC community to confuse the strategic plan with the University Master Plan, also in formation, which deals with the University's possible future use of its land and facilities.

"To a certain extent, the strategic planning process has been overtaken by other events, namely BC's addition of the Brighton Campus," says O'Toole. "This has led to a lot of speculation about what's going to be built and where, and how a particular space on campus might be used.

"Whatever decisions are made about space, though, we still have to have a plan for what's going to happen, academically and programmatically, in the space. Hopefully, this presentation will help to inspire further conversation about the strategic plan and what it will mean for BC."

O'Toole's talk will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. in the McElroy Conference Room. Registration is required for the event; for more information, see or call ext. 2-8532.

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