October 23, 2012
Education Program Advisory Committee
Sean P. O'Connell and President McNamara
1. How can we bring greater attention to, and awareness of, what we do here at Albertus?
- Use student profiles to highlight programs.
- Work on placing feature stories in newspapers.
- Devote more advertising to the Traditional Undergraduate Program.
- Highlight the beauty of the campus.
- Use social media to promote the College.
- In advertising, develop a distinctive image of Albertus as a place that is unique in the personalized attention it provides to students.
- Reach out to high school counselors, etc.
- Use press releases to announce important achievements, such as receiving the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.
- Meet regularly with local education reporters to build relationships.
- Reach out to Channel 3 to highlight the College as one of CT’s “cool schools.”
- Capitalize on sports teams and their accomplishments.
- Give out gifts such as AMC T-shirts to increase name recognition.
2. How can we proactively meet the needs of students and potential employers in a global economy?
3. What will make Albertus Relevant to the needs of the broader New Haven region ten years from now?
- Capitalize on the personal. Come up with a slogan such as, “Personalize your pathway to a career.” Include as part of this personalization mentorship. Have each student connect with an on-campus and an off-campus mentor.
- Capitalize on faculty expertise – faculty are great at guiding students through a skill development pathway.
- There is a need in secondary education for intervention specialists in specific disciplines.
- Choose five key words to develop a theme running throughout the website.
- Show the link between the liberal arts and the practical dimension of education – we are preparing students for careers that do not currently exist.
- We should be focusing on foreign language training for a global economy. We could consider developing relationships with other institutions to increase offerings in foreign language.
- Focus on cultivating critical thinking skills.
- We should offer personal but high-level instruction.
- We have to be willing to look at what programs are going to be current and to make choices. (Elementary education is not a high-need program at present.)
- The selling point of Albertus Magnus College is the personalized touch. The fact that students have the same professor more than once should be highlighted as an advantage.
- We should focus on developing community partners to enrich educational opportunities.
- We should develop classroom/community project partnerships.
- Provide professional development for K-12 teachers.
- Continue and ramp up Japanese lesson study partnerships.
- Gain more input from the community.
- Capitalize on the education liberal arts provide.
- Build more connections with, and highlight/build contributions to, the New Haven community.
- Find ways of bringing students to campus.
- Develop partnerships with high schools for articulating credit. High school teachers could be certified to teach college courses on their campuses, and Albertus could give the credit.
- Have summer programs for high school students.
- Develop summer bridge programs for high school students.
4. How do we ensure a healthy student population at Albertus Magnus College in the face of economic and demographic challenges, including reductions in federal and state funding for higher education?
- Form articulation agreements with community colleges.
- Heighten lobbying efforts and collaboration with CCIC to promote state funding.
- Consider developing five-year masters programs, and let students who enroll as first year students get a “free masters.”