October 29, 2013
Last month we came together in a series of Town Halls to begin critical conversations around the issues of greatest importance to the future of Winthrop University.
Now is the time to gather in the smaller groups I mentioned to continue our conversations on a deeper level, giving necessary time and attention to those issues as we move forward in the visioning process. Based on your input from the Town Halls and from the visioning questions that we explored together, focus groups have been scheduled around three overarching themes.
Session 1: Monday, November 4; 10 am to noon; location Tuttle Dining Room
Discuss strategies that will help us grow our enrollment, improve our retention rates, and continue to maintain our quality and high impact practices, yet at the same time, make our degrees more affordable by renewing efforts to increase our public and private funding as well as exploring programmatic options in light of best practices.
Session 2: Wednesday, November 13; 4 pm to 6 pm; location Tuttle Dining Room
Discuss building the "anytime is the right time to learn" attitude at Winthrop by considering how our methods of course delivery, class scheduling, and our academic calendar could be used to better accommodate the variable needs of all students including our post-traditional, veteran, and graduate students.
Session 3: Monday, November 18; 1 pm to 4 pm; location TBA
Discuss strengthening our student life, study abroad, and community engagement efforts and empower our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to join in collective action. By finding ways to empower our community outreach locally, regionally, and globally, we can inspire our students to be responsive to global concerns and to prepare them for professional success in a global environment.
I hope you will join me in these smaller group discussions. If you would like to be included, please choose one or more of the sessions according to your interest and/or experience, and then send your name and desired session via email to Kimberly Faust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your willingness to devote your time, interest and expertise to the campus visioning process. I look forward to seeing you at the focus groups.