Several times a semester, I meet with a student advisory group to listen what's on their minds and let them know what's on my mind. The lineup of about a dozen students changes each year, but it began as a way to gain student input on difficult decisions the college was wrestling with because of declining state budgets. I recall on student telling me that as a future alum, she wanted to look back at her college and be assured it was still among the best programs in the nation. It was invaluable to hear these kinds of insights and concerns. Since then, our topics have expanded. We've talked about a wide range of areas. They commented on our strategic plan draft. (One even volunteered to work with our strategic planning committee, which I gratefully accepted.) They brainstormed new ways to recruit high school students and to communicate with current students.
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
"From The Dean,"
STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences: Vol. 6
, Article 2.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/stories/vol6/iss1/2