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Outreach to Students

These groups have been involved to date with the strategic planning initiative. They have responded to questions related to the UTC Vision and potential branding messages. In addition, they provided feedback on student success and community partnerships that is being used in developing the strategic objectives for UTC.

Interview Notes


Women’s Council

Student Success:

  • Safe campus; loved, accepted
  • Classes that apply to real life
  • Advisements set up for freshmen
  • Undecided majors w/o advisors
  • Learn through involvement
  • An app would be great
  • Class availability/ students leave UTC because of lack of classes by sophomore year
  • How do they determine classes; data gaps?
  • Need to share when courses will be offered
  • 1st year experience will mentor freshmen
  • Search issues with web site

Community:

  • Student leadership office to get students engaged in community
  • Things other than Greeks
  • Student service learning opportunities
  • Size does matter

Pan-Hellenic

Student:

  • Driven to do well; make a difference
  • Seek help from advisors, faculty
  • Student mentors
  • Open more sections
  • Business better organized; advisors
  • Career and support services
  • Better info on graduating on time
  • Summer classes

Community:

  • Opportunity to work in other schools; internships
  • Community kitchen, hospitals
  • Lack of social info
  • Better publicity for larger events on campus
  • Banners in the UC best means to communicate
  • Sell Chattanooga as well as UTC
  • Hard to expand with limited parking, housing, faculty

Inter Fraternity Council

Students:

  • Service; contribute to society
  • Knowledge to serve
  • Develop student leaders
  • Commitment to students
  • Student to student mentors
  • Professor as mentors
  • Center for advisement, student success/retention
  • Need logistics program
  • Website – OK
  • Would not go to school in the middle of nowhere
  • Networking
  • Career and employment services/ interns
  • More student connection w/athletics

Community:

  • Name events outside
  • Pep rallies downtown
  • Free swag
  • Better communication

Residence Hall Association

Students:

  • Retention
  • Advising
  • Mentors
  • Freshman advisors are the best
  • Better class focus
  • Better teachers/ academics
  • Joining organizations
  • Hard to find information
  • Weekends – nobody socializes
  • Programs need to extend into weekends
  • Jobs/ some depts. Host job fairs
  • Career counseling; easier access
  • Web – search issues

Community:

  • Programs, service in community
  • Job fairs on campus
  • Some depts. More active
  • Lot of students come from non-Metro areas
  • List of what available downtown
  • Make it feel like home
  • More interaction/ students doing outreach
  • Days of service/ requires different training, available time

Student Engagement Group

Students:

  • Opportunities – organizations for jobs, internships
  • Career and employment office
  • Involvement – internally, academics, extracurricular
  • SGA emphasis on organizations
  • Advisement – orientation
  • Gateway school
  • Stick around, get involved
  • Never heard UTC; not at college days
  • Don’t show our resources
  • Web better; hard to navigate
  • Don’t market in our own backyard
  • More human connection in high school recruits
  • Residence programming
  • Educational opportunities – undergraduate research
  • Organization opportunities
  • Tutors
  • Experiences so not bored on weekends
  • Chattanooga is selling point
  • Freedom to experiment academically
  • Size is important

Community:

  • Office for outreach
  • Facilitate
  • Tell our story
  • Front door
  • Be responsive
  • Publicize activities
  • Focus – too much trying to be everything for everybody
  • Weekly digest of what is happening
  • Communication – equals outreach

Student Government Association

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Students:

  • On campus mentorships w/faculty, staff and freshmen
  • Inspiration to learn, what want to do with life
  • Wide range of class experiences
  • Aspirations
  • Engaging student organizations
  • Orientation
  • More unity between academics and external
  • More class sections
  • Web – hard to find info, better but style difficulties/ lacks general student involvement
  • Telling stories
  • Externally important for Chattanooga but don’t do it well
  • What to do in Chattanooga
  • Where to use student discount – bridge gap with city
  • More academic support and progression
  • Professors encourage students to take classes seriously

Community:

  • Lack of community feel
  • Lack of UTC communication
  • Hosting individuals on campus
  • Points to centralize where to find information of what is going on
  • Incentives for people to come
  • Stronger relationships with media
  • Promote us as eligible voters
  • Share calendars to broader audiences
  • Present students as bright, ready to work, good assets
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Create avenues to communicate with external audiences
  • Need one-stop place for everyone; now run for some departments
  • Comprehensive career planning
  • Housing – support groups, living and learning (pluses) build stronger partnerships with business

A group session for UTC’s Student Government Association was held on Tuesday, September 9th. The objective of the meeting was to collect ideas for activities supporting the four goals proposed by the Steering Committee.  The notes below detail the group’s discussion:

Goal 1: Transform lives through exceptional and meaningful learning experiences.

  • Create a new innovation center to encourage entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Increase class accessibility.
  • Establish enhanced advising for freshmen, longer sessions with advisors that cover move information than just classes to be taken.
  • Inform students of research opportunities.
  • Ensure that transfer students can get the classes they need. 
  • Encourage experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Identify advising FAQs that can be provided to freshmen and transfers. New students may not know what to ask.
  • Review orientation schedule to make sure there is enough time to do what is needed.
  • Establish academic partnerships with institutions and businesses across Chattanooga.
  • Finish the new library and provide longer hours of operation.
  • Teach more technology classes (coding, word processing) in the library.
  • Develop FAQs for internships/study abroad opportunities and post them on the UTC website.
  • Create programs for transitional students (ex: incoming freshmen or rising seniors). Programs could teach students everything they need to know for the next step in their academic journey.
  • Hold forums with experienced students and local businesses to talk about what to do, how to do it, what employers are looking for, etc.
  • Require more than just a semester-based relationship between students and their colleges.
  • Ensure that students are aware of the resources available to prepare them for life after college.
  • Have alumni come to campus to speak about why they chose to set roots in Chattanooga after graduation.

Goal 2: Inspire, nurture and empower scholarship, creativity, discovery, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives.

  • Coordinate research opportunities.  Match students to real-world problems.
  • Make research opportunities available to freshmen; inventory opportunities that are available.
  • Create summer research programs for students.
  • Make sure research opportunities are updated.
  • Distribute better advertising of student research opportunities.
  • Connect the classroom with the community; issues that students work on in the classroom need to be the issues that are happening in the community. 
  • Encourage community-based applied research.
  • Develop programs between academic affairs and student development.
  • Build more facilities for students to utilize for multipurpose activities like a dark room for students who are not art majors, rooms that could hold cooking classes (not for credit, but extracurricular), etc.  This would allow for more student interaction.
  • Create experiential learning opportunities where students can solve real world problems.
  • Enhance research opportunities.
  • Get students involved earlier, create more opportunities for freshmen.
  • Prioritize Chattanooga issues in the classroom.

Goal 3: Ensure financial stewardship through strategic alignment and investments.

  • Incentivize and encourage alumni to be a part of the UTC community.
  • Determine a plan to deal with the Tennessee Promise.
  • Involve alumni in the day-to-day operations of the university, football games, etc.
  • Create strong relationships with alumni.
  • Provide different types of scholarships (not only academic), based on individual/personal strengths and interests.
  • Publicize scholarship deadlines, make sure advisors remind students about these.

Goal 4: Impact a diverse society through a global vision and engagement.

  • Integrate UTC students with the Chattanooga community; help students become familiar with the city.
  • Create experiential learning opportunities within Chattanooga.
  • Advertise speakers, vary speakers’ topics.
  • Show students how they can impact the community
  • Get students involved in the community- it will help students think nationally, globally.
  • Encourage service within the community- hold a week of service for participating students a week before the main student population moves in. 
  • Engage the city in UTC’s orientation program.
  • Bring more speakers from the community to campus- for all majors.
  • Include as part of orientation a section where freshmen are made aware of all of the businesses that support UTC.

 

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