IDEA Initiative Update

The IDEA initiative continues its work within and beyond the Scripps community to expand support for Black students, elevate the community’s consciousness about race and racism, and measure and communicate the progress of our efforts to address inequalities experienced by students, faculty, and staff of color.

August 4, 2021


New Data Science Minor

A new data science minor was instituted as part of the Innovative Learning Initiative. New courses include two Mellon Interdisciplinary Humanities Initiative (MIHI) clinics.




IDEA Initiative Offers Educational Opportunities

The IDEA Initiative is offering educational opportunities to faculty and staff through USC’s Liberal Arts College Race and Equity Leadership Alliance.

January 1, 2021


Presidential Scholarship January 2021 Update

Met and exceeded initial campaign goal for Scripps’ Presidential Scholarship Initiative with more than $10.5 million in supporting gifts and commitments. Now able to provide approximately 10 percent of the Scripps student body loan-free financial aid packages.




Computer Science Initiative Update

Scripps partnered with Silicon Valley technology leaders and other liberal arts colleges to help students build fluency in computer and data science as part of the Computer Science Initiative.

August 4, 2019


Mellon Interdisciplinary Humanities Initiative Launched

The Mellon Interdisciplinary Humanities Initiative (MIHI) was launched, a new academic program comprising humanities “clinics” or “community courses” taught by Scripps faculty designed to transform undergraduate teaching and learning in the humanities through community engagement

August 1, 2019


President Introduces First Ten Initiatives

President Tiedens presented the first ten initiatives during an all-staff breakfast and later at an all-faculty meeting to share the Strategic Plan Committee’s progress and to build awareness of the new initiatives among Scripps community members.

January 25, 2019


Strategic Plan Shared with Scripps Community

President Lara Tiedens shared the Scripps Centennial Plan with the Scripps community.

January 17, 2019


Board Approves Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the full strategic plan.

October 6, 2018


Strategic Planning Update Meetings Held for Campus Community

President Lara Tiedens led two community sessions on April 13 and 16, where she brought everyone up-to-speed on the planning development to date and introduced faculty co-chairs of the four theme teams. Each professor provided highlights on their team’s planning process to date, which included reviewing the data provided by the Scripps community last fall, team discussions on where there are gaps or opportunities, and how their team is translating the data into initiatives and prioritizing those initiatives.

April 26, 2018


Strategic Planning Team Advances Four Themes and Announces Co-chairs

The Strategic Planning Team reviewed input from the Scripps community, including feedback from the strategic planning workshops and results of the online survey, and is advancing four strategic themes.

November 14, 2017


Strategic Planning Session for Students

Students were invited to join a strategic planning session to share their vision for the College this month. The date for the session was to be determined.

October 17, 2017


Survey Results Shared with Credo

Results from the strategic plan survey were shared with the planning firm Credo. More than 100 responses were gathered from the Scripps community, providing additional ideas and perspectives from those who were not able to attend the planning workshops. This data will supplement the valuable feedback collected from the August and September worshops.

October 9, 2017


Survey to Scripps Community

A strategic plan survey was distributed to the Scripps College community – students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and parents – to capture a wide range of ideas, observations, and perspectives, a crucial step in the envisioning of Scripps’ future

September 25, 2017


Strategic Planning Workshops

Strategic planning of workshops were held for the Scripps campus community on August 22 and September 22, led by the higher education planning firm Credo.

September 22, 2017