PTF Interview Design

May 22, 2012
Planning Task Force
Interview Design
36 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 College
    • Sense of community (family-like for all)
    • Supportive
  • Direct interaction with students
  • Collegiality

Trends:

  • The opportunity to positively change student's lives
  • Freedom to be creative and implement ideas
  • My skills, priorities and interests are aligned with the needs of the College

Unique Ideas:

  • Dominican tradition

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

Truths:

  • Target Marketing
    • Branding
    • Focusing on external community
    • Focus on all 3 schools
  • Utilization of Student/Faculty administration stories

Trends:

  • Community Service
    • Internships
    • Volunteer Service
    • Bring community to campus
  • Increased internal marketing/communication
  • Stronger presence in high schools

Unique Ideas:

  • Two stories per week from Albertus Magnus College to various media outlets

3. What aspects of school culture hinder us from moving forward?

Truths:

  • Lack of communication among departments, offices, and students

Trends:

  • Aversion to risk, change and innovation
  • Challenge with students' academic preparedness and seriousness.
  • A need to connect more effectively with those students

Unique Ideas:

  • Accountability -- perceived questions about accountability and goal setting
  • Faculty spread too thin


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

Truths:

  • Need to deliver more practical and academic experiences beyond the classroom
    • Internships
    • Experiential learning
    • Study abroad

Trends:

  • Need to solicit internal and external feedback on skills from students, employers, and alumni
  • Should expand career services
  • Need to improve our efforts to prepare students for career skills
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Reading and writing
    • Cultural awareness


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

Truths:

  • Flexibility, nimbleness, and Innovation to stay competitive

Trends:

  • Intimate personal attention but also think bigger
  • Stay ahead of the curve regarding technology
    • Pedagogical
    • Global perspective
  • Keep human/liberal arts


Unique Ideas:

  • Connect to Latin community
  • Feeder relationships with high schools
  • Bilingual and cultural competency
  • Cooperative internships (relationships with employers)


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