Challenges Faced By Fresno Pacific University Essay

1898 Words Dec 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Fresno Pacific university is a non-profit Christian university founded by the Mennonite Brethren Church as a post-secondary school in 1944 (Fresno Pacific University, 2016). The school’s current student population is estimated around 3500, and a majority of students are either enrolled as traditional undergraduate, Degree Completion or are in a Graduate program. The paper provides an overview of college design, how the hierarchical structure of communication works within the university and in what way the decisions are made to the success or disadvantage of the university. A recommended redesign for improved communication is described, which is grounded on the change process utilized by Kotter’s (1997) eight steps for effective change in an organization. It also discusses the feasibility of incorporating the recommendations at Fresno Pacific university.

Are we Failing our Students, are we Failing Ourselves?

Fresno Pacific has four major communication breakdowns that influence funding, sustainability, student growth and retention. The major constructs that contribute to the challenges are the Financial Aid department because they play a key role in understanding tuition increase and student decline. Although it is a small department that contributes to the conversation, their voices are not truly heard when making strategic decisions. Moreover, the three major student degree populations, administration, along with deans and program directors have a vested interest in the…

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