The concept of the university as an “ivory tower” is at odds with TCU's tradition and practice. This is a university where learning occurs both within the campus boundaries and beyond, in the greater community. In fact, TCU's mission of educating individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community reflects this orientation. TCU and the greater community need each other and do not exist in isolation. The university seeks and values its connections with many community groups, including those related to business and industry, health and medicine, faith and religion, the arts, media, athletics, legislation, education, and social services. The purpose of the Community Connections strategy is to increase our understanding of the nature of current and needed community connections, to enhance our awareness of the advantages of such links, and to explore the processes by which we may strengthen and grow our connections over time.
1. How does TCU define community relations ? What are examples of current TCU-community relationships? What new links should be forged?
2. What are the advantages for TCU and for the community of a strong community relations program?
3. How can TCU prioritize current relationships that should be strengthened and new relationships that need to be established?
4. How should TCU enhance and promote current and future community relationships?
Town Hall Meeting
Below are thoughts from faculty, staff and students who attended the March 11 Town Hall Meeting, Community Connections: Building Relationships On and Off Campus . If you would like to add to these comments or offer new thoughts, please do so by clicking on the discussion forum link located on the lower left hand side of the VIA home page.
Connections to communities:TCU, Fort Worth Region and Texas committee
Watson, College of Health & Human Sciences