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Issue No. 6—Winter 2013
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Students Craft Their Vision for the Second Century

As part of the Rice Centennial Celebration in October, the Student Association established a committee tasked with creating a Student Vision for the Second Century (SV2C), modeled on President David Leebron’s own Vision for the Second Century. The committee conducted surveys and focus groups that garnered feedback from nearly 1,500 students. Using this feedback, the SV2C committee created a 10-point vision that touches all aspects of student life at Rice. These 10 points affirm that as a student body, we aspire to:

  • Cultivate academic excellence
  • Strengthen the Rice identity
  • Preserve Rice University’s financial accessibility
  • Empower students to become dynamic scholars
  • Advance the Residential College System
  • Expand student life resources
  • Promote wellness and balance
  • Foster collaborative relationships
  • Engage communities beyond the hedges
  • Build innovative leaders

The committee presented this vision at a Town Hall meeting during the centennial week of events in fall 2012. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni attended. In January, the committee published a full report, which explains each point in detail. Recommended action items to strengthen Rice call for renovating the Rice Memorial Center, developing the national reputation of Rice and creating a holistic curriculum that places an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities.

When crafting these 10points, the SV2C committee kept coming back to the Rice Mission Statement, which states that Rice hopes to reach its goals of “pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world” by “cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.” The goal of the SV2C is to provide tangible suggestions to support Rice in continued pursuit of this mission as the university moves into its next century.

To read the full report and watch the Centennial Town Hall, please visit http://sa.rice.edu/sv2c.