We met for the first time in late November 2000 to formulate the plan that would lead to the completion of our charge. In this first meeting we reached three conclusions:
The composition of Wake Forest University is, admittedly, somewhat different from that of Elon University. At Wake Forest, all undergraduates are initially admitted to Wake Forest College. All components of the undergraduate institution are within the college except for the school of business. Elon has three professional schools with a significant portion of the total enrollment of the institution. Nonetheless, both institutions require a liberal studies curriculum that enhances all students’ understanding of liberal arts and sciences, regardless of their major. Both also remain focused on high-quality teaching and a teacher-scholar model. Elon, like Wake Forest three decades ago, is determined to preserve the proud heritage of Elon College as a part of its move to university status.
Our next step was to discuss the issue with the faculty, staff, and students of the institution. Realizing that the task force on Elon’s sense of community would be doing exactly the same thing, we combined forces and created subcommittees that would organize a campus-wide forum, a faculty focus group, staff focus groups, and student focus groups. All constituencies had ample opportunity to participate in the forum and at least one of the focus groups. Student focus groups included the SGA, organization presidents, and CDCs. One of the staff focus groups was held early in the morning so that third-shift employees could attend. They were eager participants and quite pleased that Vickie Somers and Janet Cooper thought to include them. Finally, we established a dedicated email address to which people could send their thoughts on the work of both task forces.
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