November 5, 2012
President Dorsey Kendrick of Gateway Community College
Individual Interview with Questions
Irene Rios and Steven Gstalder
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- How can we proactively meet the needs of students and potential employers in a global economy?
- What will make Albertus relevant ten years from now?
- 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?
- What could Albertus do better?
Main themes from responses to the above questions which guided the discussion:
- Using advisory committees of business leaders focusing on various subjects
- Focus on student internships and faculty externships as ways to stay in contact with the business community.
- Recruit business leaders to be mentors to students.
- Private institutions are better situated to leverage donations.
- Continually look for the warning signs at the state and federal level in how the governments will be supporting education.
- It is clear that Albertus cares about our students. The College should not lose track of our values as a loving and caring environment as we go through strategic planning process.
- To stay relevant colleges need to pursue partnerships with other institutions.
- Program of portfolio assessment to give credit to students for life-work.
- Peer-mentoring is also very important to community college students.