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Graduate Responses to 21st C. Initiative Forum

 21st Century Initiative: Graduate Student Responses


Strengths and Opportunities:

Devotion to academic and professional development

Diversity initiatives

Support research and have notoriety for some of our research departments

Reward initiative towards academic and research development

Support for international students on a central level (SIGS and Int’l Center)

Community connection

Building peer mentoring

Good outreach to local businesses

Building a larger community with Cardinal Towne, etc.—extending the campus

Health and Wellness programs

Business partnerships (esp. downtown) –creates opportunities for students

Internship and Externship opportunities

Some departments are very good at keeping students informed about funding

            opportunities and getting them funded—overall, we provide many funding opportunities

Strong endowments

Sports

Students

Public awareness

Some unique facilities

Professors’ and students’ abilities to do interdisciplinary research

Faculty research and their ability to have time to do their work

Work with alumni, career development

Partnerships with industry

Affordable cost-of-living

Access to grants

Law, medicine and dental’s ability to work with the community

Strong professors and labs

Strong support for international students

Scholarship programs

Endowments

Grants-management

Alumni-relations

Geographical location, middle of US, big city with low cost of living

ACC conference

Support interdisciplinary through shared spaces and to support more collaborative projects

Good fellowships

Internationally acclaimed programs

Good research

Approachable faculty

Opportunities to work for community and UofL

Expansion of the zone of influence—beyond the region

Development of residence halls and research labs

Can increase technology

Advertise faculty credentials more- update info on websites

 

Weaknesses and Threats:

Low visibility of the university, except for sports

Actual diversity on campus—in terms of number of students and especially faculty (versus

            support for diversity in theory)

ADA compliance/accessibility

Lack of multiple departmental relationships to do research- red tape (slows down

            dissertation process)

More relationships between different departments

Forming agreements and systems (university-wide) about how students who want to cross

            disciplinary boundaries can do this

Lack of shared space to interact with other graduate students, other departments

Campus too spread out- health clinic too far from campus

Divide between HSC and Belknap

Students don’t have any knowledge or information about the other campus (the one they’re

 not on)

Some departments don’t have orientations

IT department

Inequity across departments and buildings

Prioritization of certain building and improvement projects

Having to wait until there is mold in the building before they do anything to improve it

Parking

Hidden charges- deceptive, without notification- inconsistent- lack of transparency

Charges being offloaded onto students that used to be responsibility of institution-

university gets to advertise low tuition but students get slammed with unexpected charged when they arrive

Alumni (or engagement office?) pushing for funding certain projects over others

Sustainability

Reliance on Part-time and adjunct labor, as well as graduate student labor, without

            adequate recognition of their role as labor

Students taking on costs that used to be responsibility of the institution

Training on how to respond to safety threats

Crime

Food market is expensive- a monopoly

Unsafe buildings

Unsafe to walk between campuses

Parking

reputation as a commuter school

lack of advertisement for facilities and events to community and other universities

low research connections with surrounding community

lack of architectural connections with building projects

no communication between programs happening on diff. campuses- duplicate

lack of global web presence- out of date

large class sized

use of old lectures, materials—professional development of older professors

lack of accountability and oversight

unbalanced funding across depts.- should be based on need as well as recognition

national funding cuts

educational exportation

increase academic output, modernizing teaching methods

lack of awareness of research opportunities

lack of accommodation of non-traditional students

lack of recognition of what graduate students do –especially their misrepresentation as

“students” (read undergrads) without acknowledgement of teaching and research responsibilities—students in many departments are the lead teacher of courses, but are not recognized in conversations about faculty interests and concerns

lack of recognition of existing interdisciplinary opportunities

lack of support for travel expenditures

dwindling governmental support

lesser known school

cost-benefit ratio of a graduate degree

competition with UK

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