School of Arts and Sciences Chairs/Program Directors Response to Big Questions, Faculty Survey

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 (February 28th, 2017, Slavin Soft Lounge, about 20; presented by Dr. Edward E. Andrews and Dr. Comfort Ateh)

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 1.  If Providence College were to be best known for one thing only within the next 10-20 years, what should it be?

  • 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0
  • The BEST liberal arts college in the area, focusing on undergraduate education
  • Move away from scholarship as a main priority and emphasize teaching
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    • this generated good discussion about bars for tenure, junior faculty publishing like crazy, cultural changes on campus, are teaching and scholarship mutually exclusive, etc.
  • Concern about the growth of the business school
  • Fidelity to its purpose, mission
  • More student/faculty engagement
  • Think about us as a liberal arts place or a research institution?
  • Cultural shift or not? Either way, we need resources to support our mission

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 2.  What should the College be doing in the next 10-20 years that it isn’t doing today?

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  • Rethinking financial aid structure, meeting full need, and reassessing scholarships for athletes
  • Fewer people in business school – rethink our marketing.  Are we overselling the business school?
  • Diversifying faculty
  • Moving away from a sports culture…make academics main priority
  • Rely less on contingent faculty

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 3.  If you had $100M+ new dollars to spend, how would you spend it?

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  • Increase TT faculty lines
  • Close need gap for students – target students via admissions for ALL disciplines, but also this is a problem because we are increasingly moving to a full pay culture…HUGE wealth gap on campus
  • But if everyone is doing the same thing in terms of financial aid, how do we fit in?
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    • It’s a problem because we’re losing them to other schools
    • Admissions policies created a long debate about gap on campus, as well as how we “gap’ students in terms of financial aid
  • More interdisciplinary offerings
  • Clean up east campus
  • Charity – how do we help our neighborhood around PC?

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 4.  What should be the most important measure or indicator of the College’s success? Why?

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  • Student satisfaction and academic engagement
  • Graduate programs? Fellowships? Jobs?
  • Must measure multiple times (1 year out, 5 years out, 10 years out, etc.)
  • Communicate more clearly with parents
  • We need to market/publish results of our students, perhaps business does not have great results in terms of job placement
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