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The Process

The master planning process will include input from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students, faculty and staff through interviews, meetings and workshops. Neighboring communities will be engaged early on, and public open houses will be held at milestones in the process to report progress and gather feedback.

It will be important that the CALS Facilities Master Plan represent both the aspirations of the College and the University. The Plan must articulate CALS long-term vision, yet be consistent with and support the broader Cornell University policy and mission.

To achieve this, we must include a broad and diverse campus constituency to shape and inform the plan. Not only must each voice be heard, but their point of view must be understood and the values and objectives they bring to the discussion must be respected. At moments within our process, provocative ideas may emerge for review and discussion. The proponents of these ideas must have a venue within which these ideas are able to take shape. These ideas must be tested and evaluated from multiple points of view, but not censored.

We propose an inclusive process and committee structure that will allow this dialogue to occur yet provide each committee member with a platform that reflects their specific mandate and role within CALS and Cornell University. There are multiple “cross-appointments” within our committee structure, providing ample opportunity for input and critique. With this process and committee structure CALS and the University can be assured that their best interests have been identified and explored.