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FAL-WIN 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 5 I n our strategic plan, Advancing & Sustaining Raven Nation: Engage 2016 - 2020, we challenge ourselves to harness our many strengths as a University to create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. e mission that drives us is to prepare our students to become confident and knowledgeable individuals who are well-prepared for their future careers and communities. We are committed to investing in opportunities for our students to reach their greatest potential. Every day, I see our mission come alive in myriad ways. Undergraduate students tell me about their classes, clubs and community service. Graduate students treat patients in local clinics and solve business problems where they work. Faculty members propose ways to link their curricula to issues in the wider community. Business leaders ask how to engage our students as interns and future employees. Our strategic challenge is to lead the way in individualized, experiential learning, while maintaining the fiscal, operational and planning discipline necessary to enroll, support and retain our students. To that end, this fall we launched new information systems to better respond to students' needs and facilitate alumni success on the other side of their Franklin Pierce degree. e Nest integrates information about students' academic, residential, medical, social and extracurricular needs, helping us identify and support at-risk students, keeping them on track to graduation. Pierce Portfolio consolidates information about students' interests, career preparation, job searches and employment, and promotes lifelong connections with our alumni. Additionally, we created the Raven Nation app to better engage with students — on their phones! e app is a student-centered approach to communications that connects our community, digitally. Over the summer, we completed several capital projects on the Rindge campus that enhance the student experience. ese enhancements include a significant investment in water filtration, improved wireless internet access, touchscreen computers, and the addition of an artificial turf playing field and an ongoing renovation of Monadnock Hall for the College of Business. We enhanced the Library Café with the addition of a new outdoor patio and fire pit which now plays host to Friday night gatherings. e Franklin Pierce Centers in New Hampshire and Arizona are enjoying classroom renovations and new equipment and furniture. Our investments today will add to the quality of life for both our undergraduate and graduate student communities. Finally, this fall we will undergo our comprehensive accreditation peer review by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Over the past two years, faculty, staff, trustees, and students prepared the self-study report which assesses the University against shared standards that unify the quality of higher education across New England. is report is currently being reviewed by the NECHE visiting team. In November, they will meet with all constituent groups, identify strengths and make recommendations to enhance institutional effectiveness. I look forward to sharing the results of this important review in the spring. Fostering Curiosity and Experiential Learning KIM MOONEY '83 PRESIDENT We are committed to investing in opportunities for our students to reach their greatest potential. ANDREW CUNNINGHAM PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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