The campus community came together three times in September 2013 for Town Halls to clarify the following eight questions that were posed in the Opening Address. Click on the headings below to go to the topics compiled from the discussions. The clarification gained from these sessions helped group questions to guide focus groups later in the fall semester.
- Access and Enrollment Growth: What strategies will help us grow our enrollment and position ourselves to provide improved access to a Winthrop University education for both traditional and post-traditional undergraduate students?
- Increasing Retention: What additional initiatives would help us produce retention and graduation rates that rival those of other top-ranked public comprehensives in the South? What will get us to an 82% freshman-to sophomore retention rate in five years?
- Post-traditional and Veteran Student Friendliness: What methods of course delivery and scheduling should we adopt in order to increase our ability to attract and retain post-traditional and veteran students? How can we better accommodate the unique needs of these student populations?
- Affordability: How can we make a Winthrop University education more affordable?
- Strengthening Civic Engagement: How can we strengthen our student life and community engagement efforts, including increasing alumni involvement in community engagement?
- Study Abroad Availability: How do we create a broader menu of affordable study abroad options and provide financial support for them?
- Enhancing Graduate Programs: How do we leverage our success with graduate programs and determine what additional certificate and degree program offerings would serve our constituents well?