St. Bonaventure University is launching a Community Perceptions Study to gain insights and opinions from regional community members about the University and its outreach efforts including admissions, athletics, community service, cultural and educational programming, and events and conferences.
As indicated on the university’s website, St. Bonaventure University is committed to its belief in an inclusive community that values diversity as strength, fostering and celebrating practices that nurture living and learning in an atmosphere of caring, respect, and mutual accountability.
The Community Perceptions Study will serve as a “report card” on that mission and guide the university moving forward.
“We know the regional community values St. Bonaventure as a significant asset but, as we launch a new strategic planning phase, we also want to be sure we are planning our future in concert with the goals, aspirations, and expectations of our regional community citizens,” says university president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
The study will be headed by the School of Business marketing department chair Paul G. Barretta, Ph.D., who has extensive experience in market research and perceptions studies.
“We are starting this study process with focus groups that we will host throughout the Twin Tiers region,” explains Barretta.
“We like to start with focus groups because they give us robust data and information that can inform not only the University’s planning process, but also future research steps.”
Barretta says the focus groups will include cross-sections of community members, and will be hosted not only on the SBU campus for Olean and Allegany residents, but also in Allegany County (Cuba), other Cattaraugus County locations (Ellicottville), Chautauqua County (Jamestown), and McKean County, Pa, (Bradford).
The focus group discussions will address the University’s academic programs, community service outreach, admissions outreach, athletics programs, arts and cultural programs, and general perceptions and experiences.
“We want to know what people think of our efforts and programs, and what they would hope for the future,” added Barretta.
Regional citizens interested in participating in a Community Perceptions Study focus group are invited to submit their contact information at www.sbu.edu/communitystudy. Educators and school leaders are asked to complete this version of the focus group registration form.
While the University may not be able to include all who express an interest in a focus group, the goal is to be as inclusive as possible. All citizens who express an interest will either be included in a focus group or invited to participate in a follow up email survey. Refreshments and $20 Amazon gift cards will be provided to all focus group participants as a gesture of gratitude.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #3 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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