As I explained our programs and students in our materials for the book, an idea began to take form. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out—directly from you, our students and alums—what Charter Oak means to you? We think we know what you value from our list of programs and learning options because we see what appears on your transcripts. We know who takes tests, who uses portfolios, how many credits you each transfer in, and how long you take to finish. In other words, we have lots of data that describe your activities, but we do not have a statement from you about what meant the most to you on that journey.
The list of things that might have made all the difference for you may have nothing to do with our programs. It might involve an advisor, or a fellow student, or an instructor. It might be financial aid, or a scholarship, or just the low price of a Charter Oak education.
I am preparing my graduation speech, and I would love to include some of your responses in that address. So please give some thought to the question “what does Charter Oak mean to me?” Send me your answer either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments on this post. And as always, I look forward to hearing from you.