Ensuring Trinity’s Financial Sustainability

We are asking for your participation in achieving one of the pillars of Trinity College’s strategic plan, which is the long-term financial sustainability of the college. This is work that many at Trinity have long been engaged in, and now we’re poised to focus our attention on those things that will position the college to thrive now and long into the future.

At the forum on Thursday, March 8, you heard about the changing landscape for higher education and the need for us to plan continuously and thoughtfully, and together decide what we should no longer do, or perhaps do less of, so that we may realize the future we want for Trinity. We can’t shape a bright future without grappling with some of our current challenges, and, at the same time, we must strive for continuous improvement, not a one-time fix. If you were unable to attend the forum you may download a pdf of the slide show by clicking the link below.

The Future of Enrollment and Student Demographics in Today’s Higher Education Landscape

Do you have a question or a specific idea or suggestion for achieving long-term financial sustainability? Please share it here.

7 thoughts on “Ensuring Trinity’s Financial Sustainability

  1. I think that if Trinity College were to provide its graduating undergraduate students with admission gateways to graduate programs at other universities, Trinity would have an attractive niche. Take the example of our students who have majored in Pubic Policy and Law. If Trinity College were to have negotiations with Yale Law School to admit our students on a merit-based system, this would eventually draw in more students to Trinity College who may have been on the edge about applying to Trinity College because of the lack of graduate programs.

  2. Please refer to Trinity’s Mission statement in regards to the following:
    Please answer for me the degree of value that is placed on students developing ‘life skills,’ as from my perspective, this is integral to students learning how to engage with each other as they navigate a dynamic world with confidence. This is what the current staff at the Health Center do every day. Our model of care is the gold standard of what health care ought to be. Is maintaining that gold standard a priority? Do the students and their families have a say if this is a priority?

    • Hi, Kara. Thanks for your questions and comments. Yes, I think it’s clear that Trinity places a high value on cultivating in students a host of skills and perspectives necessary for them to thrive in a rapidly changing and complex global society. The introduction to Summit, our new strategic plan, articulates Trinity’s responsibility and opportunity to do this important work. http://summit.trincoll.edu/#summit-an-introduction

  3. I was very glad to be able to attend the Common Hour meeting (the staff meeting was going to be separate) because I think the presentations given to the full community and to staff are different. I also was glad to hear the concerns of all constituencies as well as the answers to those concerns. What occurs to me is the challenge (and balance) of becoming more financially sustainable while retaining our goals as a liberal arts college producing citizens, thinkers, and problem solvers, and determining not to become merely preparation for employment or for the production of high earnings.

  4. I think Trinity should provide financial aid/funding for summer abroad programs. If there is no funding, these programs are no longer intellectual opportunities-rather a money-making scheme for Trinity. Imagine this, a student on FA, who has NO means wants to go to a summer program. They are told, however, that there is NO funding. They will discourage them to apply. Therefore, MOST of the students who will likely go to these programs are NOT on FA. It is simply classist! Stop putting FA students on your brochure, if you are unable to make OPPORTUNITIES accessible!

  5. Financially stable private colleges create and sustain an appealing image/message to their target audience. Trinity’s “urban campus in a diverse community” is true but hardly the stuff of a “come hither” magnetic pull, perfected by competing colleges. Try Trinity’s authentic faculty virtuosity, where writers write, scientists discover… IDP created genuine diversity and provided working women (and others) the path to a degree. The graduate school is a jewel deserving exposure between “state occasions” as well. Say “Trinity”; when the response is: “That’s a good school”… we’ve made it.

  6. II think sending every employee individual magazines like The Trinity Reporter, high quality postcards or the like is a complete waste of money. In my experience here as well as former jobs, people either glance through them or immediately throw them away. A simple email, or one paper copy item per department would be sufficient.

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