Education Program Advisory Committee Interviews

October 23, 2012 Education Program Advisory Committee Interview Sean P. O'Connell and President McNamara 15 Participants

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?

  • 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.

3. What will make Albertus Relevant to the needs of the broader New Haven region ten years from now?

  • 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.”