The “Goldilocks” solution
Monday, March 7, 2016
When I was in business school, I met a lot of investment bankers who wanted to be management consultants, and a lot of management consultants who wanted to be – you guessed it – investment bankers.
The same dynamic is at work in higher education. Small colleges want to be more like big research universities, with the resources, prestige, and visibility that go along with it. Those large institutions, meanwhile, want to create the sense of community and faculty-student mentoring that is the hallmark of small colleges. How do you achieve the scale the of a large research university while capturing the intimacy of a small college?
Well, there’s an app for that, and it’s Robert Morris University. We have the capacity for research found at many large universities and leverage our expertise to forge partnerships with bigger institutions such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. We have state-of-the-art facilities and offer public policy seminars in Washington, D.C. We have large and powerful alumni networks at Fortune 500 companies to help students land internships and jobs. And did I mention Division I athletics?
But we also have small class sizes. We have tight-knit learning communities such as the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program. Students at RMU sit down to lunch with professors, deans -- even the president. In my short time here, I’ve not only gotten to know students by name, but I’ve talked to them about their plans for the future and have been able to connect them to people who can help launch their careers. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Graduates and students such as Sarah Burns and Bill Scott readily name the faculty and staff who went above and beyond to put them on the path to success.
The bottom line: When you’re faced with the dilemma of picking a big university or a small college, think of RMU as the “Goldilocks” solution. We’re just right.