Full-Time Faculty Questions, Using Carousel Design

August 28, 2012
Full-Time Faculty
Carousel Design with Questions
Sean O’Connell and Steven Gstalder
24 Participants

1. What aspects of our college culture hinder us from moving forward?

Top Responses

  • More community spirit; communication across campus (intellectual)
  • Need to avoid acting from fear, fear of speaking one's mind / lack of tenure -- job security and institutional security  
  • Acknowledge class/race differences between faculty and students
  • Affirm liberal arts

2. How can we proactively meet the needs of students and potential employers in a global economy?

Top Responses

  • We need applied international programs in developing and developed countries (coop and internships), and we need to recruit international students.
  • Improve basic student skill sets -- i.e., provide students with ways to improve skill set.
  • We need to do a needs assessment of our students and institution to determine what we should offer. Find a need and meet it.
  • Foster student tolerance of each other.


3. What will make Albertus relevant ten years from now?

Top Responses

  • Need to reinterpret what it is to be a liberal arts college given the technological changes in humanity -- we need to foster the relevance of liberal arts.
  • Creating a visual and performing arts center that will contribute to Albertus Magnus College and the community.
  • Continue to update -- not replace -- our mission of Search For Truth In All Its Dimensions and Practical in Its Application.


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?

Top Responses

  • Don't compromise core values -- search for truth in all its dimensions, and is practical in its application.
  • Don't compromise quality.
  • Market who we are --> market our strengths, market our identity.
  • Develop cooperative programs where employers pay for tuition costs of students in exchange for internship work.


All Responses (Raw Data. Note: Each Asterisk (*) represents a checkmark showing agreement by others in the group)

1. What aspects of our college culture hinder us from moving forward?

  • Communications between departments and divisions must be improved ***
  • Improve community spirit -- day students feel isolated from College activities -- No united core of students to produce a vibrant College spirit. *********
  • Fear. No tenure. Job insecurity. Stifles open communication. *********
  • Old fashioned feel of some buildings. How do we get with it without losing our core. *
  • An over reliance on techniques and technologies that transform a classroom into an atomistic aggregate of individuals.
  • Low levels of intellectual discourse & engagement among both faculty and students on campus. ****
  • We don't examine our own class and race privilege so that we can better understand the ways of our students who are less privileged and need different pedagogies. *****
  • No one knows what Dominican means. How can we better explain to post-modern students? **
  • Attempt to draw our students beyond provincialism.

2. How can we proactively meet the needs of students and potential employers in a global economy?

  • Improve basic skill sets such as writing, reading, and confident innovative thinking. ****
  • Increase tolerance
  • Decrease social prejudices.
  • Increase self-awareness including interaction / perceptions of others. ****
  • Provide travel study courses and international discussions in classes. ******
  • Attract more international students.
  • Directly ask employers locally and beyond what they want from potential interns, part time employees, and volunteers. ***
  • Expose our students to internships and learning outside of New Haven and even abroad -- and not just the develop countries, e.g., Mexico, etc. ***
  • I'm not sure these are the same thing: It looks like the global economy needs technocrats and peasants. Which do we want to produce? ***
  • Limited literacy of our students remains core challenge. *****
  • International travel. Liaisons with other (international) institutions offering courses and summer programs. Student exchange -- companies and educational institutions. *****
  • MBA or Graduate Level. Provide an international business concentration at the MBA level. Offer all grad students, MBA in particular, the option to make a 10-14 day trip to another country or region for the study of business operations.
  • Encourage all students to become at least bilingual. *
  • Strengthen internships by moving toward coop opportunities. *
  • To conduct research concerning what is needed to develop new majors according the needs and evaluate any similar existing programs in other colleges. ***
  • Undergraduate: Provide an organized program for study abroad, an office with staff that would promote and organize student study abroad options and funding assistance. Create potential coop relationships with businesses in other countries. **
  • Regarding students, emphasize academic rigor and promote learning for its own sake. **

3. What will make Albertus relevant ten years from now?

  • Offer programs, courses, and/or services that keep apace with community and public needs. ******
  • To lead / be part of a massive community organizing effort to eliminate poverty in New Haven thru critical pedagogy.
  • Continue to develop among other lay members of an understanding of the Dominican tradition -- to ground the combination of continuity and innovation.
  • Continue to update -- not replace -- our mission of pursuit of truth and practical in application. ******
  • Encourage students to have more one-to-one time with faculty, so that they will feel connected into the future. *
  • Define ourselves to stay relevant to emerging generations -- stay ahead of the curve.
  • Create a new performing and visual arts center that will contribute to the Albertus community and to the Connecticut cultural scene as a whole. ******
  • To develop programs that will serve the needs of the community (how do learn what the needs will be in 10 years)
  • Need to be current (up to date) in trends for education, technology, and business, national and internationally.
  • Our graduates will be in the workplace, representing the College. Recruiters/employers will know the reputation of Albertus grads: are they disciplined, enthusiastic, capable of program-solving? Are we known as a place that turns out literate, hard-working, critical-thinking employees?
  • The reinterpretation of  Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere in light of a technological re-imagination of what it means to be human. Think of it was a way to respond to D.F. Wallace's Infinite Jest -- instant gratification all the time.
  • Albertus will be relevant in 10 years from now if the College community understands its mission in relation to the world today; communicates this to new members of the community, continues to reflect on this relation of mission to the world and continues to adjust this relationship as the world changes.
  • Sports teams?
  • Integrate major challenges in society into curriculum: poverty; health care; education.



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?

  • Two critical areas: Maintain and grow academic excellence. Get the word out -- marketing is important. ***********
  • Do not compromise values in search for students. Stay focused on core mission and remain true in our commitment to students.
  • Have economic / cultural advisors available for students and their families. *****
  • The College should and can have an international student body, particularly from the rapidly developing nations. *
  • Find ways to keep tuition costs down for students by examining ways to raise endowments, which can be used to increase grants / scholarships to students. ******
  • Construct alliances with businesses who might be willing to provide monies to students for tuition in exchange for internships, the ways MA programs in Education (like UNH) do today. **************
  • Build new visual and performing arts -- contribute to AMC culture to community arts and provide positive PR.
  • Tightening our budget -- making Albertus even more affordable. **
  • Expand programs in high demand fields such as MS in Health Administration, online programs. ***
  • Tailor programs to be more efficient, more effective.
  • Increase support / activities for commuters.
  • Re-examine course schedules to allow for blocking out time for those with jobs / internships.  ****
  • Work-related course credit. ****


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