Stakeholder Responses

Question 1:

What are the top external conditions that most strongly affect Monmouth today?

  1. Demographic changes in society – fewer students graduating from high school, more students who are first-generation college students, students who come from families with not much experience in higher education.
  2. Student concerns about loans and cost of college.
  3. Students and parents concerned about return on investment for career preparation and perceived value of a liberal arts education.
  4. College’s location – rural, quaint, small community.
  5. Staying current with challenges and opportunities related to technology
  6. Some students experience tension between education and family – especially first-generation college students.
  7. Competition from other academic institutions in the area.
  8. General uncertainty in society that’s been generated by the pandemic.
  9. Pressure on students to already have secured a high-paying job that they will enter upon graduation.

Question 2:

What are Monmouth’s greatest strengths in being able to respond to society and external conditions? Our most significant limitations? (Please give us a top 10 for each, force ranked.)

Strengths

  1. Dedicated faculty and staff – completely committed to student success
  2. Availability of scholarships and financial aid, strong assistance from College’s Student Financial Planning staff to manage financial commitment.
  3. Located in a cute, quaint small town that is safe
  4. Strong endowment
  5. Very high quality of education at a small institution that’s friendly
  6. Strong athletics program and great coaches
  7. School spirit and sense of belonging
  8. School makes it possible for students to graduate in four years
  9. Layout and beauty of the campus
  10. Students graduate as well-rounded people who are ready for work

Limitations

  1. Perception that the sticker price is what student’s ultimately pay. Lack of knowledge about College-funded scholarships.
  2. Financial struggles brought on by the pandemic and lower revenue.
  3. Student retention, which has become a measure of return on investment.
  4. Technology as it encompasses instruction, student support and overall infrastructure.
  5. Size of the student body.
  6. Diversity challenges in the faculty and student body.
  7. Lack of course scheduling standards.
  8. Identity within the world of higher education.
  9. Does the College appeal to first-generation college students?
  10. Adaptability of the College overall and strategic plan.