Chancellor Boschini's Fall Convocation address provides some observations that are important in framing the strategic questions related to the TCU undergraduate experience:
Commission (on the Future of TCU), which concluded its work in fall
2000, developed a bold blueprint for taking TCU to the next level of
academic distinction and reputation. This strategic planning study involved
some 500 community and campus leaders. Its 17 task forces examined University-wide
issues and addressed the needs of each school and college. Without
a doubt, the work of The Commission raised the aspirations and expectations
of the University community as never before. Now we must determine where
we are in implementing The Commission's recommendations. Until
we do so, we cannot plan TCU's future. It is important to remember,
however, that The Commission's recommendations were made in an environment
very different from today's a pre-September 11th world, where the
dot-com bubble had yet to burst and the future seemed limitless.
That reality has changed. Now we must assess how we can narrow
our focus and achieve the objectives that best match our character and
Clearly, the TCU undergraduate experience is at the center of that redefined future. But what is the TCU undergraduate experience? Various University publications refer to that experience in different venues including academic, community, co-curricular, and the global communities. The TCU mission statement -- To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community" clearly identifies aspects of the TCU undergraduate experience.
However, a definition of the TCU undergraduate experience does not exist. Furthermore, the experience must be discussed from various viewpoints in order to provide the basis from which the future of TCU can be planned and implemented. Therefore, the charge for this sub-committee is to define the TCU undergraduate experience.
What should be the hallmarks of the TCU undergraduate experience?
How does the TCU undergraduate experience address the needs of the whole student in the context of the TCU mission statement?
Town Hall Meeting
Below are thoughts from faculty, staff and students who attended the March 31 Town Hall Meeting, "The TCU Experience: What Makes Us Unique?" 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 Web site.
TCU Experience committee
Ralph Carter, AddRan
College of Humanities & Social Sciences