Stakeholder Perspectives on Top Themes

February 14, 2013
Vision Conference Participants
61 Participants

During the second part of the Vision Conference, the internal and external stakeholders gathered into their respective groups and addressed the following question:

"What, from your unique perspective, would you like to share with the others at the Vision Conference about the future of Albertus Magnus College? 
What is important for us to know; to consider; to remember; to think about; as we plan the future of this College?"

Following discussion within each stakeholder group, representatives shared the group's Top Themes from their perspective.  


Board and Sponsors
  1. A clear mission and fidelity to it. 
  2. Continuation of Catholic and Dominican Tradition. 
  3. Holistic education 
  4. Use of financial resources to promote mission. 
  5. View Albertus as one academic institution 
  6. Ensure appropriate leadership for the College. 

Students (Traditional)
  1. Not just a professor but a mentor
  2. The importance of transferable skills from the classroom to the workplace
  3. Expand amount of staff members in areas of the College (ex, student services, internships, business office)
  4. Enhancing communications and collaboration between departments within the College
  5. Strengthen Albertus Pride
  6. Increase level of security and make their presence known
  7. Accountability for all students in the areas of education and College conduct

Students (Adult)
  1. Initial application process was difficulty and inconsistencies were confusing
  2. Adults want the easiest process to enroll and matriculate (not the easiest academics)
  3. Adult students often are learning a new way to learn and need support to do so
  4. Professors are great, availability via email and office hours is helpful
  5. We need to remember to invite adult students to be a part of the community — sports events, speakers. 

Faculty 10+ Years
  1. Faculty fear that the practical eclipses the library arts
  2. Faculty strained: Many hats, program support; need more
  3. New program support; soup to nuts
  4. "Academically adrift" students
  5. Counseling support on campus

Faculty <10 years
  1. Students have told us we are very dedicated, invested, and exceptional at what we do. 
  2. Student demographics are changing
  3. Faculty wear many / too many hats — this diverts from teaching and scholarship — we don't have time to invest energy in new programs. 
  4. Hiring needs to keep up with the establishment of new programs and goals. We should hire new faculty as new programs are introduced. 
  5. Faculty give personalized attention to students — we should focus on marketing faculty expertise and small classes 
  6. Faculty desire / need more pedagogical workshops / professional development
  7. Small classes are attractive to students — we should market this
  8. Faculty face enormous challenges to meet students' needs without compromising academic integrity

Alumni
  1. Reputation of the institution 
  2. Strengthen the bond: connect all campus members; connect alumni and current students to create memories
  3. Create / strengthen traditions offered at all campuses
  4. Effective outreach to alumni
  5. Offer networking events frequently 

Business Community
  1. Interested in hiring or having interns from all programs, not just business students
  2. Well rounded students: leadership; participation; accountability
  3. Students are articulate, good listeners, critical thinkers
  4. Partners in academic community: business leaders need to be more present on campus; businesses are often interested in donating more than money, they are interested in donating time (e.g., guest speakers at classes). 
  5. Work and be accountable both individually and on teams
  6. Placement is a priority

Community 
  1. Diffuse misconceptions: Gated community; being Catholic
  2. Outreach: More student presence in the community; broader and deeper relationships within high schools
  3. Financial challenges

Staff
  1. Change is uncertain — positive growth opportunity
  2. Great opportunity in strategic plan
  3. Site visits to other colleges and universities
  4. Master plan with purpose. 

Administrative Council 
  1. Funding
  2. Advocacy
  3. Implementation