National Board of Overseers Envisioning

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 National Board of Overseers, Thursday, 1/19/2017, 4:00 p.m.
Conference Call (SPSC member present: Keefe)

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 In early January, an electronic survey was distributed to the 32 member of the National Board of Overseers – an engagement council consisting of alumni and parents who have very strong relationships with the College. The survey response rate was 56% (18 individuals) and 20 members participated in a conference call on 1/19 that allowed for further discussion of the questions. The need for improved residence halls was the most popular topic discussed on the call.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Please note that this survey was updated from the Business Advisory Council survey that was distributed in early December, which included the initial four questions.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Survey responses are in order of frequency mentioned:

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  2. If Providence College were to be best known for one think within the next 10-20 years, what should it be?
    • High quality academic liberal arts Catholic education
    • Preparing students for changing world (meeting evolving needs of our world)
    • Strong education rooted in Catholic principles and values
    • Integrated liberal arts with business, STEM
    • Educating/mentoring future leaders
    • Top level Division 1 sports
  3. What should be the most important measure/metric for the College’s success?
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    2. Success of graduates – professional and personal – recruited by top employers and graduate schools
    3. Graduates become true leaders; progress in careers
    4. Highly qualified faculty
    5. High yield (number of accepted students choosing to attend); high retention and graduation rates
    6. Alumni involvement and giving/strong endowment
    7. Academic rank
  4. If Providence College had $100M new dollars to spend, how should it be spent?
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    2. Scholarship/financial aid
    3. Endowment
    4. Professors’ salaries/attract high quality professors
    5. Infrastructure – dorms, classrooms, basketball facility
    6. Programmatic needs (i.e. technology, required course to prepare for business world and skills needed to adapt to changing world)
    7. Building network of hiring employers
    8. International fellowship program for graduates
  5. What do highly selective, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts colleges do that PC does not but should?
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    2. Offer more merit scholarship and financial aid/stronger endowment
    3. Better brand recognition and marketing
    4. Very strong, established alumni networks to mentor, employ and guide graduates
    5. Create national recognition/cultivate broader geographic base for student body
    6. Create strong alumni base to create long term connections and to give back to PC and who understand value of the PC family
    7. Build network of hiring employers
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Source: http://library.providence.edu/fhertr/index.php/national-board-of-overseers-envisioning/