This strategic plan is the result of a year-long effort to articulate the aspirations of the School of Arts and Sciences. The planning process was a highly consultative one, involving extensive discussion among SAS faculty, students, staff, alumni, and overseers, as well as with colleagues from other Penn schools and the University administration. Because of the plan╩╝s emphasis on the central academic role of Arts and Sciences within Penn, we are eager to share our goals with the entire campus community and look forward to either continuing or launching the many cross-University academic partnerships described therein. We are excited about using this plan as a blueprint for achieving our highest priorities in the years ahead.

Steven J. Fluharty Dean, School of Arts and Sciences