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We believe that Trinity College’s administration and faculty are failing in their core mission. When President “Jimmy” Jones took over Trinity College in 2004, the school was among the top 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges, and 9th among the nation’s most selective Liberal Arts Colleges according to US News and World Report. In 2012, Trinity College has fallen again and now ranks 38th according to US News and 89th according to Forbes, behind schools such as: Harvey Mudd College, Wabash College and Kalamazoo College.
We believe that Trinity’s recently announced Social Policy is an attempt by President Jones to distract from this long record of failure. The 26 members of the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to the new Social Policy but our petition of over 3,600 students and alumni (and growing every day) asks that they hold an open, transparent and democratic process in order to ensure the school’s and the students’ best interests are met. We believe the Board of Trustees has been misled into adopting Jones’s proposals because they have been supplied with what appears to be biased and in some cases false information. In addition, we believe the Board of Trustees’ Charter Committee has been neither open, honest, transparent nor democratic.
Alumni for a Better Trinity believes that Trinity College is experiencing a serious, steady decline in reputation and can only return to a position as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges if it successfully:
- Provides a safe and secure environment for the pursuit of academic excellence
- Preserves and builds upon the qualities and traditions that have been associated with Trinity’s success in the past
- Embraces necessary change through truly inclusive and considerate dialogue with all stakeholders, especially the alumni and students
- Equally respects the rights of all individuals and groups
- Engages the national alumni to seek the best and brightest solutions, particularly in areas relating to recruiting top students, creating more active career mentoring, aggressively increasing the endowment and developing meaningful social options for all students
- Operates in a completely open, honest, transparent and democratic manner
While the current Trinity administration and Board of Trustees believe that they are trying to operate according to these principles, we represent a large group of Alumni and students who strongly assert that the College’s best efforts have been flawed and, in some cases, biased against the very groups that have contributed in many ways to the Trinity we love and hold dear.
Our mission is to organize all Trinity College stakeholders to call for the full compliance of the administration and Trustees in support of these principles.