Schaumburg Holds Meetings To Discuss Future Of Campus

Schaumburg Info SessionStephan Deku

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership Deb Orr and the Goal One Working Group recently met with faculty and staff of Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg Campus to discuss and receive feedback for the future direction of the campus.
The meetings also aimed to seek ways in which to make the Schaumburg Campus distinct from the Chicago Campus.
“We have gotten feedback from all the deans of the various colleges,” Orr said. “We’re looking at which programs are going to hold out here in Schaumburg, and how we’re going to move forward in terms of cross-course collaborations for new interdisciplinary majors. That’s pretty set in stone.”
The possibility of ceasing freshmen enrollment and selecting which programs to keep were some of the topics discussed at the meetings. The round-table discussion allowed for the attendees to voice their opinions at any point.
One staff member recommended creating a dual enrollment program in collaboration with nearby community colleges such as Harper College.
Orr expressed the appreciation of feedback from the Roosevelt staff.
“There were a lot of great ideas,” Orr said. “I think the dual enrolment idea is incredible.”
Shonda Dudlicek, a Schaumburg professor and student advisor, was not quite happy with the discussions at the meetings, however.
“I feel that no one knows quite what to do with the Schaumburg Campus,” Dudlicek said. “I’ve been to many campus meetings to see a new plan unveiled, only to see it torpedoed the next year.”
Dudlicek emphasized the availability of options for students.
“As an advisor and instructor, the problems I see are not enough courses offered for students to complete a degree — not just complete a degree, but with desirable classes that interest them, and with the gen-eds that they need not being offered,” Dudlicek said. “Once we started pulling programs from Schaumburg, it weakened the rest of our programs.”
The future of the Schaumburg Campus remains unclear, but Orr has a vision as to what she believes Schaumburg could become.
“My vision, personally, for the Schaumburg Campus is to see it become a center for professional excellence — a center for people who are career-minded and focused on social justice in the work-related sense,” Orr said.
Steve Cohen, associate dean of Arts and Sciences at the Schaumburg Campus, agreed with Orr.
“I am in harmony with those ideals, as well,” he said. “That’s why we renamed our Arts and Sciences division to Professional Arts and Sciences.”
Cohen explained that the idea of ceasing enrolling freshman is the result of low enrollment of recent high school graduates.
“Most students are transfer students [at Schaumburg],” Cohen explained. “They come here already knowing what they want to study.”
Whatever the future holds for the campus, Dudlicek said she wants Schaumburg to be more reliable for students.
“So many Schaumburg students choose to work and live at home and want to go to school near home,” Dudlicek said. “We haven’t been able to fully deliver on that promise for a while, and as an advisor, I tried to prepare my Schaumburg students for the eventual fact that they would need to finish their degree downtown. The message Schaumburg students get is that Chicago is the ‘preferred’ campus. And then we scratch our heads and wonder where the students have all gone. It makes me sad as an employee and an alumnus.”
Orr explained that their intention is to make a clear distinction between the Schaumburg and Chicago campuses.
“Instead of trying to be Chicago, we want to embrace that we are Schaumburg.”

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