Human Services Graduate Students Interviews

June 20, 2012
Master of Science in Human Services Graduate Students
Interview Design
Stephen Joy and Andrea Kovacs
10 Participants

"Truths"
 —  Statement was made by almost all people
"Trends" — Statement made by many people
"Unique Ideas" — Statement made by only one or two people but with remarkable insight 

1. Why Albertus?

Truths:

  • Small setting/campus/small classes
  • Reputation, recommended by friends
  • Close proximity to home/jobs
  • 8 week mods/program
  • Personal attention
  • Blended courses/ New Dimensions
  • Nice professors, courses well-liked and interesting, convenient

Trends:

  • [Albertus is structured to serve] Adult students
  • Parking is good
  • Obtained associates and undergraduate degrees from Albertus
  • [Faculty and SEGP] staff encourages you
  • Good for single parents
  • More opportunities for one-on-one [attention]

Unique Ideas:

  • Religious aspect
  • GI Bill pays more for Albertus
  • College’s history
  • More scholarships [for graduate students]


2. How can we bring greater attention to, and awareness of, what we do here at Albertus?

Trends:

  • [Need] more instructors who reflect student ethnicity to increase community outreach
  • [Form] Alliances with corporations, hospitals, and long-term care facilities to build community relations and access graduate  internships
  • More advertising for graduate programs and undergraduate [adult] programs NOT ONLY New Dimensions


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

Truths:

  • Alumni involvement
  • [share with students and community] alumni successes
  • Add more relevant programs
  • Community outreach

Trends:

  • Keeping small college focus
  • Maintain quality of education
  • Need more licensed courses and degrees

Unique Ideas:

  • Engage business looking for graduates in relevant programs
  • Professors [offer classes] at off-site business or agencies
  • More humanitarian outreach [by the College] – more community involvement by College


4. If you were going to give several million dollars to the College, for what would you give it – and why?

Truths:

  • Develop more programs
  • Expand bookstore
  • Scholarship opportunities for students for classes and books

Trends:

  • Childcare for evening [students]
  • Expand office hours for relevant departments (financial aid, registrar, business office, professors)
  • More professors of color

Unique Ideas:

  • Handicap restrooms for men
  • “Whatever they want” [trust the College to distribute appropriately]
  • Certifications as part of Human Services program

5. What could Albertus do better?  What is holding the College back from achieving this goal?

Truths:

  • [increase] diversity of curriculum/staff
  • Extended hours for staff and professors [e.g. financial aid, business office, registrar]
  • Cafeteria catering to [evening] students
  • Day care

Trends:

  • Better advertising [specifically for MS Human Services]
  • Integration with community

Unique Ideas:

  • Higher standards for admittance and maintenance of students in program [maintain students of good standing]


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