President Alison Byerly responded to questions from alumni and parents in a conversation streamed live on the web Monday evening from the new television studio at the Williams Arts Campus. Lisa Kassel ’79, president of the Alumni Association, and Gary Laubach, longtime Lafayette Sports Network commentator, were the hosts.
The main focus was the College’s vision for enhancing affordability and distinctiveness by increasing the size of the student body and faculty, a strategy for ensuring future strength and success. The conversation ranged over a variety of related topics, including need-blind admissions, financial aid, academic quality, faculty accessibility, diversity and inclusiveness, how the campus will grow physically to accommodate a larger student body and faculty, and how the Live Connected, Lead Change campaign is supporting the initiative.
One of Lafayette’s most distinctive features – strong programs in both the liberal arts and engineering – was showcased this fall in major events celebrating the opening of the Williams Arts Campus and marking the 150th anniversary of engineering at the College, Byerly noted. She also spoke about the upcoming review of the athletics program, reaffirming Lafayette’s commitment to the league and to athletic scholarships.