Berklee 2015 | Suggestions for the 2015 Vision Statement

Suggestions for the 2015 Vision Statement

Improving our capacity to achieve our mission...limited only by our imagination.

Looking to the future we will most intently focus on:

1.)  Ensuring that students and the student experience are the primary focus of our attention.

  Suggestions:

  • Create an admissions strategy that balances our tradition of open enrollment with limited capacity, aimed at attracting whom we want in the numbers we want.
  • Provide more housing in a quality campus environment.
  • Provide ample quality advising and counseling services, both academic and personal.
  • Educate the whole person (international study opportunities, more closely integrated general education curriculum, fitness programs, etc.)
  • Provide "high tech" administrative services online (registration, financial aid).
  • Provide web content and services in an integrated, consistent, coherent, and dynamic framework to support the college mission, its business practices, and its strategic initiatives.
  • Address overcrowding; acquire major new building within five years.
  • Provide state-of-the-art educational facilities.
  • Create more common spaces for students (student union, ensemble and performance spaces, exercise facilities, etc.)
  • Provide access to majors and classes of choice.
  • Become the leading accredited online music college.
  • Improve the sense of connection students and alumni feel to Berklee as an institution.
  • Provide opportunity for student and faculty exchanges with domestic and international educational institutions (semester abroad programs, etc.)
  • Plan acquisition of new facilities to build a sense of place—a Berklee campus.

2.)  Providing world class faculty and teaching methods

  Suggestions:

  • Recruit, develop, and retain faculty at the cutting-edge of contemporary music, technology, and production.
  • Target diverse, world-class faculty candidates, and bring them to Berklee.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the first and second year core music curriculum (Arranging, Ear Training, Harmony, Music Technology.)
  • Provide more experiential learning and internship opportunities.
  • Improve the caliber of faculty/student interaction.
  • Increase cross-departmental interaction, teaching and cooperation.

3.)  Accessibility and diversity

  Suggestions:

  • Ensure Berklee is an open, welcoming, and inclusive culture for people of color and women.
  • Create a more diverse community. Set recruitment goals for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Address gender equity. Set recruitment goals for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ensure Berklee is an open, welcoming, and inclusive culture for people of different religious beliefs, sexual orientation, abilities, cultures, learning styles, and musical preferences.
  • Provide ample tools (scholarships, loans, etc.), making Berklee accessible to all.
  • Provide full tuition, room and board scholarships to talented students who would not otherwise be able to attend.
  • Recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body.

4.)  Governance, culture, and visibility

  Suggestions:

  • Build a board with the capacity and vision to enable greatness.
  • Raise funds at a level commensurate to our ambitions and needs.
  • Launch the college’s first capital fundraising campaign.
  • Empower all community voices in decision-making.
  • Decentralize decision-making authority: Generally let those closest to the situation make the decision.
  • Create a performance appraisal system that rewards achievement.
  • Continually assess and improve the status of morale, culture, and fairness.
  • Host high-impact symposiums; establish Berklee as the premier authority on matters relating to music and music education.
  • Deliver outspoken views on contemporary music, worthy of international media focus.