Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | May 15, 2008

Soundbites from Spring Focus Groups

Education, Learning and General

Education in the Green Mountains State –University of Possibilities

“Learn about yourself, make positive change towards a healthier world.”

UVM-Where potential can be discovered.

Diverse Campus-come watch us learn.

Education in a place where all voices are heard (and respected.)

The best all around school in New England.

The feel of a liberal arts college and the resources of a University.

Dedication to learning and to action.

Smart place to get smart!

Growing Minds

University of Possibilities

UVM–making the world a better place

Experience high quality education in a student-centered environment

Discover life and live in “discovery”!

Location and Environment

UVM—big picture in a livable place

Small, personalized education experience in beautiful country with faculty and staff who care about each of you

The best state university in the best state in the USA

Just the right school in just the right location.

The University of Vermont-limitless learning possibilities

UVM: the place to explore, learn and grow. The Green School.

A state university in an amazing state.

The place to be fore a green education.

Clean, Serene, Green Scene.

Good place in a great state.

Go Green in the Green Mountains

yoU Vermont Mountains

Green and Lean

Global Perspective-local opportunities

A Stimulating Place with a Positive View of the Future

UVM, keepin you warm, where its cold

You will not find another university tied to local agriculture as closely as UVM!

Lovely weather if you love everything–sun, rain, snow, cold, more snow, and don’t forget all your awesome friends

Vermont has several nuclei of intellectual activity–UVM in Burlington is the mothership.


Richness of diversity

UVM…a place where everyone is considered to have potential and that is dedicated so all can reach that potential.

A different place for different people.

U and UVM make a great team.

A thinking place for thoughtful people.

UVM=Unique Voices Matter

UVM—not your father’s university

Setting and Size

On the shores of Lake Champlain, a campus of students, faculty and staff working together to learn and make positive change.

UVM: the place to grow with.

UVM. Great location, not too big, not too small.

Green, gold and glorious since 1791

UVM: Cold on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside.

UVM: Really committed to constructing new buildings.

Collaborative not competitive

Grow and change with the university, not in spite of it

A little bit of everything

UVM, a trendy education before you have to go to graduate school

Social Justice and Sense of Community

UVM-where excellence in education meets concern for the environment and our fellow humans.

Ecological University

Educating leaders-Preserving the Earth and its people

UVM-presenting a focus on social justice that includes all areas, even the environment.

Creating a sustainable future.

Less progressive and socially just than we think.

UVM: a community striving toward social justice

Not the most diverse college campus, but clearly on the path to become one

Making a Difference in the World

UVM is a progressive institution with a clear vision that makes diversity central. It encourages free thinking and respects individual rights.

UVM, not just about the snow–UVM, where diversity counts/matters.

UVM: committed to student leadership and social justice

Live it, Be it, Do it!

UVM is the right place for anyone to end up, regardless of background. Any student can find their niche.

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | April 23, 2008

Self-Study by the Numbers

The Stats on How UVM is Meeting the Standards

Number of NEASC Standards: Eleven

Number of UVM Standard Co-Chairs: Fourteen

Number of UVM Committee Members: Eighty

Number of Focus Groups Held: Thirteen

Number of Pages Required in Self-Study Report: One Hundred

Number of Days Visiting Team to be at UVM: Three, April 19-22, 2009

Number of Years Between Visits: Ten

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | December 11, 2007

Soundbites from Focus Groups: Setting and Size

Setting and Size

The perfect size university for today’s engaged student.

Green Mountain Educational Fountains

The coolest temperature and temperament

Small scale means high quality

Small world in a larger world.

A small university that inspires positive change

A small New England university that reaches out to the world

The gem of the Green Mountains

UVM: Come Grow with US

A microcosm of life in the 21st century

UVM: lean, green and serene

Small enough to find your

niche, big enough to help build your future.

UVM a big university in a small college setting

Hp hops in a green setting.

The place for you.

A great place to work and play.

Small but comprehensive.

Small university, great opportunities

A school for smart people who like to ski

Big time university with small town feel

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | December 11, 2007

Soundbites from Focus Groups: People


A diverse community of faculty, staff and students that bring out the best in each.

UVM and U make a great team.

Where the heart is.

An emerging community of people and minds.

Where You Make the difference

Unique Voices Matter

UVM: A sense of family with learning and challenges

Faculty, staff and students dedicated to the promise of great education.

Something for everyone

We get you, got it?

We grow people and ideas

UVM: The best are here

Not just buildings, all about the people

Student focused campus

Incredible potential for leadership

Faculty are dedicated and committed to doing a great job.

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | December 11, 2007

Soundbites from Focus Groups: Location and Environment

Location and Environment

UVM: A healthy vision for a healthy world

Learning to be green in the Green Mountains

Keeping Green in the Green Mountains

Green people rock

Burlington Vermont is home to Lake Champlain, gorgeous foliage, scenic mountains, and world-class education at UVM

You get to live in Vermont

First rate research in a beautiful environment.

Top tier university in a top tier environment

The Environmental University

You can get there from here.

Little known jewel of excellence in a beautiful environment.

Come see what everyone is discovering.

Incredible ideas from an incredible state

A great place between lakes and mountains.

History and pride in the green mountains

Green, open to new ideas, balancing work and play

A great liberal arts education in a unique city/state.

UVM: The best of many worlds

Comprehensive research university with a small school feel in a beautiful setting.

The Green University

UVM: Where teaching and scholarship aren’t mutually exclusive

Share and generate knowledge for betterment of society and protection of environment

Environmental leaders of the world!

Vermont‘s environmental university

The Greenest College

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | December 11, 2007

Soundbites from Focus Groups: General

Education, Learning and General

UVM brings together tomorrow’s leaders to focus on today’s challenges in a setting designed for success.

UVM: A place to grow with.

UVM: Passion, purpose and learning.

UVM: Intentionality, infusion, integration

UVM is a place of learning and growing for staff and students

A great place to learn

From excellence to eminence

The national premier small research university

The university of vibrant minds

All you could want in a university, and always there for you.

Education and scholarship the way it should be

UVM: A school and place on the move

Posted by: Self-Study Hall Monitor | September 19, 2007

Create a soundbite for your UVM experience.

How would you put the UVM experience into words? Give us your “soundbite” or “tagline” and we’ll add it to the collection. Keep it clean, cool and collected.

Here’s what some students, faculty and staff said in the UVM Accreditation Kick-Off meeting on Monday, Sept. 17:

  • Green and Gold: The best for the environment. The finest for education.
  • Expanding, Growing, Evolving.
  • Groovy since 1791.
  • Small enough to be personal. Large enough to be exciting.
  • Where student voice and vision lead the way.
  • Big town education in a small town community.
  • Big enough to open the world. Small enough to know it.
  • Small size. Big impact.
  • Where learning matters and you matter.
  • A healthy place to learn and live.
  • Vermont is cold, but UVM is cutting edge.
  • Smaller University with Big University Accomplishments.
  • Great university in a perfect place.
  • Catamount University: A purrrrrfectly engaged place.
  • Intelligent. Innovative. Engaged.
  • Promotes a healthy environment for living and learning.
  • Hot school in a cool location.
  • Enriched learning opportunities for self expression.
  • The Environmentally Green Mountain University.
  • A liberal arts experience with a research foundation.
  • Local scale. Universal focus.
  • Green and living it.
  • Live and learn in a green and hip place.
  • Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy planet.
  • Continuous growth. Collective flowering.
  • Because your education is your future.
  • Great place to work in a great city.
  • Human scale.
  • Learning, changing and growing.
  • Building knowledge and learning from one another.
  • Scholarship abounds.
  • Old values. New solutions.
  • Learning by the lake. For Vermont. For the Country.
  • Livin’ the educational dream.
  • Small but potent.

Also, at the same meeting, participants were asked how they explain what they like best about UVM to a potential colleague during a brief elevator ride:

  • An intimate and close environment that remains large and diverse enough to be exciting and challenging.
  • Excellent environment for learning, teaching and research.
  • The healthy balance between our collective wellbeing and our institutional achievement.
  • The State’s answer to “brain gain.”
  • Small, supportive environment can feel like what you do actually has an impact.
  • I like the sense of community, commitment to scholarly excellence, the freedom of thought or discussion that (mostly) prevails. The physical beauty of our setting.
  • The choice of opportunities in learning and meeting new people with different perspectives, interests and backgrounds.
  • The students–they’re active and engaged and want to change the world.
  • I love the diversity and variety of people, ideas and opportunities.
  • The intellectual excitement generated within and across departments and stimulated by the speakers invited as part of President Fogel’s initiative.
  • Independent, yet collaborative spirit. Diverse intellectual resources. Opportunities for engaged student learning.
  • The size of the university, the presence of the health science center, the feeling that you can get things done here.
  • The size and approachability of campus.
  • The atmosphere. The way others treat each other with kindness and respect.
  • The engaged community of learners and teachers. UVM is a place to express individuality and join together to accomplish amazing things.
  • Comprehensiveness of offerings, yet a scale that is small.
  • Size also allows you to know your peers from across campus.
  • Quality faculty, small university, above-average students.
  • The high quality of our research programs and the faculty.
  • UVM is the best mid-size university in a vibrant, rural, environmentally conscious and respectful setting.
  • Lots of smart people. Institutional integrity. Attracts interesting students.
  • The way we’ve created a very good, undergrad-focused research university on a shoestring. Our aspirations are higher than our budgets — and we often deliver.
  • I enjoy the diverse opportunities within a manageable size — lots of opportunities to link creatively.
  • A school that you would recommend to your heirs.
  • Location. Colleagues. Feel of private institution in a public institution setting.
  • The people that I work with –students, faculty and staff — and the pockets of energy.
  • The focus on high-quality undergrad education.
  • Accessible people. Sense of teamwork. Inspiring vision.