Trustees set next steps in
residential college expansion
The following is a statement by Roland Betts ’68 B.A.,
senior fellow of the Yale Corporation.
The Study Group to Consider New Residential Colleges met with the Yale Corporation
on Friday morning,
Feb. 22, 2008, to discuss its extensive report. There was a stimulating discussion
surrounding the recommendations by the Study Group to ensure that the culture
of Yale College would not be compromised. Specifically, we discussed how the
quality of both classroom education and extracurricular life would be maintained
if the enrollment of Yale College were to be increased. I was most appreciative — as
were all of the fellows — of the Study Group’s very thoughtful analysis
and for offering so many valuable recommendations. The committee has served the
At the conclusion of the session with the Study Group, the Corporation met with
the officers and Yale College Dean Peter Salovey for further discussion. The
following day, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at the formal meeting of the Corporation,
the fellows directed the officers to embark upon two additional studies which
will inform the discussion relating to the residential colleges
1. The Provost, with the assistance of the Vice President for Finance and Administration,
will prepare an initial capital budget covering both the construction of the
colleges and associated facilities in support of expansion of Yale College, and
a pro forma operating budget detailing the increases in operating costs (new
faculty positions, support staff, facilities maintenance, etc.); and
2. The Vice President for Development will prepare a fundraising plan relating
to the solicitation of the gifts in support of the project and related new expenses.
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