February 14, 2013
Vision Conference 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
- A clear mission and fidelity to it.
- Continuation of Catholic and Dominican Tradition.
- Holistic education
- Use of financial resources to promote mission.
- View Albertus as one academic institution
- Ensure appropriate leadership for the College.
- Not just a professor but a mentor
- The importance of transferable skills from the classroom to the workplace
- Expand amount of staff members in areas of the College (ex, student services, internships, business office)
- Enhancing communications and collaboration between departments within the College
- Strengthen Albertus Pride
- Increase level of security and make their presence known
- Accountability for all students in the areas of education and College conduct
- Initial application process was difficulty and inconsistencies were confusing
- Adults want the easiest process to enroll and matriculate (not the easiest academics)
- Adult students often are learning a new way to learn and need support to do so
- Professors are great, availability via email and office hours is helpful
- We need to remember to invite adult students to be a part of the community — sports events, speakers.
Faculty 10+ Years
- Faculty fear that the practical eclipses the library arts
- Faculty strained: Many hats, program support; need more
- New program support; soup to nuts
- "Academically adrift" students
- Counseling support on campus
Faculty <10 years
- Students have told us we are very dedicated, invested, and exceptional at what we do.
- Student demographics are changing
- Faculty wear many / too many hats — this diverts from teaching and scholarship — we don't have time to invest energy in new programs.
- Hiring needs to keep up with the establishment of new programs and goals. We should hire new faculty as new programs are introduced.
- Faculty give personalized attention to students — we should focus on marketing faculty expertise and small classes
- Faculty desire / need more pedagogical workshops / professional development
- Small classes are attractive to students — we should market this
- Faculty face enormous challenges to meet students' needs without compromising academic integrity
- Reputation of the institution
- Strengthen the bond: connect all campus members; connect alumni and current students to create memories
- Create / strengthen traditions offered at all campuses
- Effective outreach to alumni
- Offer networking events frequently
- Interested in hiring or having interns from all programs, not just business students
- Well rounded students: leadership; participation; accountability
- Students are articulate, good listeners, critical thinkers
- 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).
- Work and be accountable both individually and on teams
- Placement is a priority
- Diffuse misconceptions: Gated community; being Catholic
- Outreach: More student presence in the community; broader and deeper relationships within high schools
- Financial challenges
- Change is uncertain — positive growth opportunity
- Great opportunity in strategic plan
- Site visits to other colleges and universities
- Master plan with purpose.