The College recently held several focus groups to gather feedback and suggestions from students about Strategy 2015. During 10, 90-minute sessions held in February and March, undergraduate and graduate students were asked how Simmons can achieve the objective of creating a student-centered culture.
Special Assistant to the President Erin O’Connor led the sessions, asking students a series of questions about the culture at Simmons, including how they have experienced the institution, what distinguishes it from other schools or programs, and what its challenges are. Findings will be shared with the larger community.
Offering the preeminent student-centered culture is a major initiative of Strategy 2015, and has been the focus of O’Connor’s research since last fall. Specifically, O’Connor is working to identify best practices in student-centered cultures at other colleges and universities and investigating the success of, and applicability for, each practice at Simmons.
“Student-centeredness has become a buzzword in higher education. Every school wants to capture it, and most schools believe they practice it,” President Drinan wrote in an invitation to students. “At Simmons, we want to provide and live a student-centered culture with the same dedication we feel for our mission of providing transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose.”