A task-force should consider the pros and cons of MU becoming a
more selective university. With Concord et al becoming
universities, we need to create a unique niche.More limited
admission might improve student-faculty ratios and boost faculty
Mandatory advisement for all students has increased retention
and graduation rates at many institutions. This is a practice
that should be considered, particularly as we utilize the new
degree audit system (CAPP) for academic advisement.
Strengthen student advising and early intervention programs as a
part of MU's retention efforts.
University College should have responsibility for ALL undecided
students. This adds consistency to the advisement process
across colleges, gives greater control over academic probation
plans, allows intrusive advising,and will result in greater
The University needs a university-wide advisement center to
advise all undecided students, to assist in advisement
activities across campus, and to coordinate such areas as
Veteran's Advisement and Freshmen Advisement.
A simple first assignment, “Make a video of yourself five years
in the future -- use the present tense, all five senses, and
describe your passion for the career of your choice” has changed
my students’ lives and helped them discover previously untapped
potential. Students who had been shackled by fearful stress,
discouragement, and unhealthy competition report improved
confidence by another assignment to write articles for
publication, for a larger audience than just one professor
reading alone in a small office.
Creation of a new teaching-learning enviroment for low
performing middle school youth, testing newly reserched methods
and best practices for the purpose of significantly altering the
educational success of students with poor prognosis for high
The entire idea of education is discovery & innovation.We need
to foster creativity EVERYWHERE & invest more in arts which
impacts across all disciplines.MU needs an arts vision & plan
as it has the potential to deepen student's knowledge in all
Achieve and maintain excellence in a culture of critical
thinking and learning through interdisciplinary programs of
superior quality and value. This will be achieved by providing
the appropriate institutional support, pedagogical changes,
strengthen transferability, hiring for success, reviewing best
practices of successful institutions, strengthening the common
core/liberal education and reward behaviors that progress this
change in culture. The Provost and Deans should have greater
authority in the flexibility and control of the
I have done 13 College Fairs for Marshall in the last few
years. One of our clear strengths is our guaranteed,
non-competitive scholarships. Every valedictorian at every high
school in WV and Ohio should get a letter from Marshall with the
Greater efforts must be placed in attracting students from out
of area/state. The economic impact of this is would be huge for
the huntington area. Not to mention when we bring students here
they need to stay here, put the suitcases away.
The reason why our planet is going to h**l in a handbasket is
that the general populace is not EDUCATED as to what our
environmental problems really are. You need to educate all
students about the environment--population, sustainable
We need to institute, as soon as possible, an honor code at
Marshall for all members of the Marshall community; this will
enhance students' educational experience, and help ensure that
we are all committed to the highest standards of excellence.
To be relevant in the 21st Century, Marshall University must
produce value that is evident to our students and the
communities we serve. That value must be manifest in the
development of intellectual capital, as evidenced by the
intellectual work that can be performed by Marshall graduates –
their creativity, their adaptability, their capacity to continue
to learn, their ability to think futuristically, and their
marketability in an economy increasingly driven by innovation.
We need to do more in our college to improve student writing
skills. Given that work in this area drastically improves
critical thinking, how can we continue to view writing-intense
coursework as a professorial burden?
As you're probably aware, the trend in higher education these
days is to move toward focusing on learning outcomes rather than
curricular inputs. I think we too should begin moving in that
Have the capstone requirement mean something. Get Seniors in
Business,Criminal Justice,Finance to do unpaid internships with
the City of Huntington to collect unpaid city B & O taxes. Have
Parks/Recreation work with local parks. Many opportunities
I think what we really need here at Marshall are the things that
truly make a university work: more classroom and educational
facilities, more permanent faculty members, more office space
for departments, more funding for basic faculty research and
travel, and more attention given to the basic missions of the
institution in teaching, research and service. Even if no new
programs, degrees options or educational innovations result, I
think the best legacy any president could leave an institution
is the knowledge that he has secured those things which the
institution as already doing and left the school with a better
sense of morale, and an improved feeling of well-being than it
It may not be "PC," but there are definitely weak links in the
chain when we send graduates into the world who cannot write a
coherent sentence (much less tackle anything lengthy), cannot
adequately express themselves, and - yet - think "I'm educated."
MU's biggest responsibility to the community is to graduate
capable, educated, thinking adults. Secondly, continue to
interact with other institutions in the area to use MU's human
and material resources to their fullest.
Marshall should put its emphasis is QUALITY undergraduate
education: as WVU admits more and more undergrads and becomes
like every other "big state U" Marshall could provide a much
Support much higher fraction of SCORES participants (they are
this state's brightest students) send message that MU is not for
remedial classes by testing, then sending remedial students back
to high school at MU tuition. Lift entrance requirements
What might have a great need for now, say 2007, may not be
available in 2011. We are entrusted with preparing students
today for tomorrow. We must prepare them for the future and
give them the vision of the future. That is our responsibility
and the students’ quest to be prepared for it. Also, we need to
go to a trimester or quarter system and eliminate summer
school. This will be more cost effective over the long term.
It will also enhance student’s educational experience by
offering more classes. Our society moves at a faster pace
today. This will prepare students for this.Marshall is a great
institution to work at and for parents to send their children.
I believe Marshall can and will become a greater institution.
It is time to “ask not what Marshall can do for you, but what
can you do to enhance Marshall for today and tomorrow.” We, the
older generation, must pass the torch of leadership, education,
and our nation’s future to the students of today and students
yet to come. This is a daunting task. But I believe we can
accomplish these needed educational facilities.
Establish an MU "business directory" listing MU alumni, their
business and their business address. Sell it to alumni to
support MU, use it as source for fundraising contacts, encourage
cross referrals for business development.
I feel that we need a new computer data base that enables all MU
fund raising groups to share alumni contact information and
coordinate efforts. This would include Big Green, MU Alumni
Assoc., Student groups (frat. & Soroities) the MU foundation.
The institution needs to expand the assessment program beyond
that of teaching and learning into a wider assessment of
institutional effectiveness in all office and service areas.
Develop and enhance advanced methods of data collection in
support of teaching (assessment and evaluation) and research –
e.g., assessing technologies used in the classroom, finding ways
to influence change, where applicable.
Provide enterprise solution (i.e.TracDat) for automated
institutional planning and assessment as well as a solution for
individual learners to digitally maintain their learning
achievements and accomplishments. TracDat automates the academic
planning and assessment process by providing a structured
framework for continuous quality improvement.
We could argue the point all day about expenditures for
athletics and the success it does or doesn't breed. Our baseball
program is a prime example how athletic expenditures do not
matter. Look at how successful baseball has been. No need for a
The basketball program would be turned around overnight.
We need to set a long term goal in atheltics, so as to help our
academics, and vice/versa. A better conference=better resources
for our school. We need to put a focused effort into getting
into the Big East conference. More exposure=student growth.
Sports matters and should be supported - competing on the
national level is the best advertisement the University can get,
and gets our name out to a broader range of good students.
The hyperbole about athletic expenditures and the future of MU
belie the facts. The NCAA produced a series of studies, the most
current in 2005
_effects_of_collegiate_athletics_update.pdf). These studies
affirm that no significant correlation exists between athletic
program expenditures in football or men’s basketball and the
win-lost records of these teams (“Hypothesis #5”). The data
don't support the hypothesis that increasing operating
expenditures on sports will produce a measurable affect on
either the academic quality of incoming students (Hypothesis
#8). The NCAA indicates that this assertion is simply not
credible. Advocates for the indiscriminant ramping up of
athletic expenditures, facilities, etc. as a strategy for
improving MU are well-advised to check the facts.
Nationally recognized and successful bball and Fall program will
incrase awareness of MU. Attracting a national coach with a
winning reputation will allow Marshall to continue to move up in
its conference membership and would increase revenue
7.Sporting Event Prices- MU students should be afforded a
discounted rate to all games to encourage bringing their
children. It is shameful that MU complains about low attendance
at the games, but expects people to pay full price for their
The athletic programs are an important part of MU but they alone
are not the solution to a better future. The solutions for
manifesting a better future lie in rebalancing priorities.
Future strategic priorities need to emphasize investments to
improve the competitiveness of MU’s academic programs,
facilities, and resources to produce greater student success and
higher level outcomes. These priorities also need to reflect an
increased commitment to developing new entrepreneurial ventures,
which expand regional economic development and new higher paying
Hooray for athletics. Let's don't diminish it. BUT let's work
harder at bringing priorities -- AND perceptions, images,
attitudes, etc. -- into balance. Balance. Balance.
First, foremost, now, forever, MU is in the business of
A nationally recognized and successful basketball and football
programs will increase awareness of Marshall University.
Nationally prominent coaches will allow Marshall to continue to
move up in its conference memberships and increase revenue for
In recent years MU has gained national recognition through the
visibility of football. While one can debate D-1 football, the
fact remains that major sports bring major recognition. Men's
basketball and football must be strengthend for the good of MU.
The BOG should be empowered even further to assure that future
of our university is in the hands of some of the brightest and
best thinkers/visionaries/business people in the Marshall
"family." The BOG is a key piece of most decisions, and
Need get the Board of Governors more involved in pushing needed
activities into gear. The BOG may want to evaluate
administration to see if certain individuals are not pulling
their weight and make necessary decisions on their status with
Change the membership of the BOG and the Foundation Board to
include members who really care about improving Marshall. These
Boards are comprised of too many who believe they are entitled
and who do little "actual work". It is time for them to go!!!
Composting of campus food and yard waste would be beneficial.
“Almost Heaven” is an idea for a Mountain-Top Removal/
Mountain-Like Recreational Facility for, by, and with people in
wheelchairs. Mountain mine shafts can grow mushrooms for export,
Trash Treasures can recycle garbage into Living Room Art. With
unleashed ingenuity, the Mountain State can see the future
inside, under, and through, like nowhere else for people who
used to be called Handicapped, who could be seen as Handy-Capped
or even Hand E-KOPPed.
Marshall's recycling program pales in comparison to that of its
closest peer institution, Ohio University.
Provide Recycling service to campus and community. Currently,
recycling is inactive on campus and area citizens must pay to
recycle. Recycling program would promote image and provide funds
to support efforts. Could be service opportunity for students.
Campus tours need to start at a point closer to the main area of
campus, such as the Student Center. There needs to be some type
of tram, like in amusement park parking lots, to take visitors
around campus in cold or rainy weather.
Work cith city to clean up area around campus. Deteriorating
bldgs. Those old houses used to be the most beautiful in town.
Owners have allowed students to destroy them. Owners need to
charge higher damage deposits. City needs to create and enforce
How can we get additional high level of community involvement in
the decision making process in such critical areas as course
delivery, range of services, and events for the arts, expansion
of services, etc? 1.
Lay Academy (see submitted idea).
A lay academy whereby members of the community may 'teach'
subjects related to hobbies or specialied interests: life in
ancient Greece, theology of..., crafts not necesarily realted to
their professional career prior to retirement. Cf. program in
1. forums for community input will likely not generate realistic
initiatives. 2.corridor between MU campus and Huntington
downtown could be developed as a campus culture corridor. 3.MU
should focus on developing community programs that enhance the
quality of life, stimulate the economy, and generate learning
experiences for students. What can MU do to help Huntington
become a "top 100" small city?
Develop a closer relationship with the School of Medicine’s
Health Sciences Library for more efficient sharing of resources
and service to patrons
Develop other consortia relationships on state, regional, and
national levels in order to improve and increase access to
scholarly materials (including learning objects), wherever they
Obtain and implement OhioLINK membership, opening up access to
major scientific/technical/engineering/medical journal
I think that a campus wide smoking ban would be a great
improvement to Marshall university. Every time I enter a
building or even walk down the side walk I have to hold my
breath for all the smoke. Designated smoking areas may be a
Establish a relationship with Fine Arts and Chruchs. Students
could sing in the choir, play music, dance, establish contemoray
services for youth, get to see what MU has to offer. Some
churches might be able to pay others may not. teaching classes
COHP should collaborate with other colleges/departments to
elevate the level of health care in the tri-state. For example,
offer professional development for external partners and
community forums on topics in areas of faculty expertise.
Improve the lot of student employment by formalizing a student
classification system that is more competency/skills based.
Could involve more internship relationships with administrative
Every academic program should consider offering an internship or
cooperative education program. This is essential for a student's
transition from college to the workforce, is beneficial to the
institution, and builds an additional source for fund raising.
6. Faculty helping students think critically and evaluate the
skills they had obtained from the Internship experience. 7.
Faculty need to be exposed to the real business world so they
can make sure they know what the students can expect from the
business world. 8. Formal contracts with larger corporations
across the nation for Internships. 9. We need to know where are
students have been successful in obtaining careers. We need to
network our existing alumni to better mentor our current
students. A portal where students can go and find possible
alumni they can create a relationship and have collaborative
Develop formal agreements with major industry and corporate
America to provide a large number of internship and post
graduate opportunities for Marshall graduates in various fields
of discpline with minority student indicators vs career fairs
MU should work with local government and business to establish a
Huntington-Charleston intercity transportation system on 64
which would fulfill a need for transporting students and faculty
between our two campuses and spur economic growth for the
promote,promote,promote the Pullman Square Shuttle. This is an
extremely valuable asset not only for the obvious economic value
but for Marshall related events like ball games, music concert
events at the stadium),etc.
MU could help Huntington small businesses the most by offering
all who want to open a business a free business plan, designed
and developed by qualified Marshall personnel. More small
businesses fail for lack of a good business plan than for
The MSC Recreation Area closes at 9 pm on weekdays and stays
closed during weekends. Enough said.
I would like to see Marshall University Research Corporation
'fixed.' There was an external review performed last year, but
there are still major problems.
Why there is nothing that needs changed around here. Everything
is just peachy. No one is mad or anything.
Devise and suggest an alternative to existing HR classification
system… Broad-Banding… 360 degree evaluations…competency based
More than anything else, Marshall administrators, BOG, and HEPC
need to jetison its "group-think" assumption that higher ed must
be run like a profit-making business. This half-baked idea
distorts every aspect of academia. It's poor thinking -- period.
there needs to be more co-operation between the So. Chas. campus
and the Hunt. campus
Consider contracting for packaged pricing for job opening
advertisements. This could be used by all University departments
with publications such as The Chronicle and could save the
University thousands of dollars on a yearly basis.
Open up new avenues for cooperation and communication between
faculty, staff and administration. The levels of distrust
between these groups are corrosive to the mission of the
university. There should be much more openness between these
As the university becomes more complex there is an increased
need for faculty & staff training on various software/skills to
help with efficiency. There should be ongoing training on
customer serv. & dealing w/difficult situations & similar.
Develop courses/seminars through MCTC or MU to assist staff in
their professional growth.
All supervisors need training in employee management. Some
Directors are micro-managers. No decisions but his. This creates
problems. Intimidation and observation do not promote
professionalism. Good employees have transferred. Morale is low.
We should vigorously pursue opportunities to create consortia
for the provision of administrative services such as HR,
purchasing, etc. These can increase the level of service to the
institution and decrease the cost of providing these functions.
Develop flexible and innovative policies and procedures. Current
systems thwart new ideas. Challenge to work within hiring
system. Promote a more problem solving attitude of a "we're
working together" instead of "us versus them".
Put in place an IT Project Portfolio Management system that will
allow the tracking of projects and resources to make sure that
projects are prioritized for optimal resource allocation. This
is an example of accountability tracking and underlying resource
tracking and costing. Provides assessment basis. This should
also be expanded to other areas on campus to make sure the
precious resource of Human Capital is properly utilized.
11.Manpower- MU needs to streamline its personnel. Everyday
there are men w/ leaf blowers everywhere. They have lawnmowers
that are capable of catching, bagging, and mulching leaves.
This would require significantly less manpower.
Make available to ALL faculty the existing Banner extraction
reports now only available to a few--the BERT group of reports.
The ability to use these reports on a daily basis would have an
immeasurable positive impact on how we do our jobs.
How do we create a campus infrastructure which supports and
encourages faculty and staff involvement in engagement?
1. Empower and
create an atmosphere that encourages engagement. Time is a
critical need. 2. Lobbing the legislature from a grass roots
effort from a community base to make sure Marshall is getting
the appropriate resources. More money for faculty.
3. Faculty needs to be encouraged to
be more creative to go beyond the classroom and into the
community for service. Create the need. For example do a PR
campaign for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Develop training programs which can assist the staff with
monitoring a high level of performance in jobs which are
becoming more demanding and complex. Potential certification of
staff might be considered in areas such as: Mgnt., IT, Banner,
Adopt a 70-20-10 rule for professional staff resource
allocation. Seventy percent of each unit’s human resource
should be spent on existing production and systems, twenty
percent should be spent on new and innovative improvements to
existing systems or processes, and ten percent should be spent
on professional development in an area not necessarily related
to the individual or unit’s function but a research area that
interests the staff member.
Marshall University would be most improved by improving it's
"front line" people. These are the people that the public first
talks to when they contact the university in many departments
such as financial aid, human resources, the registrar,
Update how development is handled on campus. Each college should
have a development person to help make connections and promote
the college. Deans, Chairs, and others should spend time doing
development activities and creating grateful givers.
We need internal feedback (other than yearly evaluations from
supervisors and students) that allows us to fill the knowledge
gaps in our programs.
Provide routine IT training programs for faculty, staff and
students on computer software capabilities. Tremendous
inefficiencies exist due to lack of optimal use of IT resources.
Current inadequate option is to pay for training from operating
Make sure that the money you request of students is put to good
use. I have seen ten or more janitorial personal on the grounds
just standing in a large group while one does work. Also make
sure professors are teaching not just reading out of the book.
There is an emergent need for faculty/staff/students to develop
skills that help them effectively interact with those different
from themselves. Performance evaluation should include diversity
education/training as required for professional development.
Marshall University supervisors should receive periodic
supervisory training. All staff should receive training in
quality, customer services, communication, and teambuilding.
The "front line" employees are so important as the first
impressions of MU. It begins with the Admissions, Financial Aid,
Bursar, Registrar, student housing and ends with the Alumni.
There is only ONE first impression of a higher ed institution
for your child. Recruiting National Merit students and high
achieving students to campus is not that difficult. It begins
with communication, personal contact, extreme interest and a
genuine concern. Quality students attract other quality students
and become quality alumni. This should be the primary focus.
Most all other goals will fall into place; research, donations,
interest, intellect, growth, and community involvement. The
university is up-grading the facilities of Old Main-wonderful.
The front line offices must create a good first impression for
visiting and prospective students. The first letter, call, the
vision of the campus and hopefully the lasting impression.
Reward the front line workers; there may never be a second
chance to obtain that quality family to MU. Success breeds more
and continued success. Consider removing the metro tuition rate.
Draw a circle around the tri-state area and make it local;
in-state. Quantity and quality students are at your back door.
Show the tri-state community how to be the area leader in
education; every day in every way- beginning in 2006.
We need to pay faculty/staff more to recruit better employees to
better serve students.STUDENTS are the voice of campus. They are
the reason the University is here and they are NEVER listented
to.While it's nice to have donors, STUDENTS KEEP US IN BUSINESS
The university needs to commit to a faculty and staff of the
highest academic and professional stature and achievement. We
need to review our curriculum, hiring of faculty, the kinds of
faculty and delivery in a non-traditional ways and design our
facilities to meet these needs.
actually paying the staff what they are worth is a start towards
an academic university. I know a doctor who won't leave his
current teaching job for marshall, it would require a pay cut
for him to move to Marshall from a public High School. That's
As one of the largest employers in the area, Marshall needs to
ensure the highest pay possible for its staff and encourage
quality hiring and retention. Anything less promotes
The development of a scholarship for the children and dependents
of Marshall employees will increase enrollment, increase the
morale of the faculty and staff, and build greater loyalty to
Peer Equity should be addressed at ALL LEVELS: 1. Teaching load
2.Sabbatical leave (time, frequency, funding) 3.Tuition waivers
for children and spouses of full-time MU faculty and Staff.
Support and propose the development of a “comprehensive faculty
center” that would provide a focal point for most faculty
teaching, learning and research support activities.
If there is any hope of Marshall becoming a "nationally
prominent" university, there needs to be more than just lip
service about supporting faculty research. A first step would be
to implement the (already approved) flexible workload.
Retirement age faculty/chairs should retire immediately. Hire
new faculty to teach and do research instead of paying $85K to
senior faculty to teach 100 level classes. Review all faculty
positions and classify them as teaching, research, or a
combination of both generating release time for research.
Provide additional faculty in health professions. Currently,
COHP faculty cannot offer elective or service courses due to
high demand for required courses. Consequently, student growth
and faculty satisfaction are both diminished.
I am a student and I believe that the most important step that
Marshall University needs to take involves the hiring of more
and better faculty and the retention of current faculty. We
have built the facilities. Now, we need to focus on the
We have many transient part-time profs in the COEHS. Could a
non-tenure track, full-time instructor class of employee help
make academic standards more consistent without being
The ongoing process of faculty development is designed to keep
the faculty at their best in their teaching, scholarship and to
be active in a learning community. Too often, faculty are
taught to teach better, given scholastic opportunities but not
given a nurturing learning community in which to thrive. By
building a process in which the learning community is sensitive
yet responsive to faculty, we can foster the scholarship of
teaching. I propose that we recognize and promote "Marshall's
TOP" Team", or the Team of Outstanding Professors. The
creation of this teaching environment will embrace teachers who
are committed to excel in teaching and recognize their efforts,
and ultimately enabling faculty to meet their individual
teaching goals. Self fulfillment of their teaching goals will
make a difference in the academic environment of not only their
department but the entire school. The TOPS program can be built
upon the concept of the Academy of Medical Educators used by the
School of Medicine."TOP" will provide a platform to pursue
excellence in teaching and helping students maximize their
learning; thus ultimately impacting their success and fulfilling
Marshall's mission of "Passport to Prominence". I would
appreciate the opportunity to discuss the proposal in detail.
Priority must be given to faculty recruitment, retention, and
development if quality learning is a goal.
Hire more full-time professors. There's nothing worse than
sitting in a class taught by a crabby part-time faculty member
who wants the full-time job with the university.
The bottom line is Marshall has to hire more teachers.Take for
example the Elem. Education program-One teacher,teaches one
class that EVERY elem education major must take and they only
teach two sections during a semester.Programs need teachers to
In order to attract and retain qualified faculty, we have to
take faculty needs and concerns seriously. More than salary, it
takes research support and infrastructure updates. I am highly
skeptical of Marshall's future ability to recruit qualified
We need some sort of post-tenure review to discourage the
lassitude that so often accompanies the announcement of a
Revisit tenure processes and the means by which to dismiss
tenured professors to ensure only the highest quality faculty.
Support academic freedom, in which creativity, enthusiasm and
productivity thrive. Some faculty will enthusiastically choose
entrepreneurial activities. Bring in endowed professors as part
of the faculty. Reward excellent research and teaching: more
productive for the state than athletics.
I believe that competitive faculty salaries must continue to be
a high priority. I may have returned to Marshall had I not had
to take a 10% pay cut to do so. Faculty at WIAC schools
shouldn't have to take pay cuts to come to Conference USA
Of course, you are aware of this area -- faculty salaries. I
served on many search committees while at MU as a professor. I
know in the journalism area that MU salaries make it difficult
to attract quality professors.
Improve faculty salaries and overhaul retirement and medical
benefits. It will help with retaining and hiring excellent
Increase faculty salaries
there should be a plan to improve the competitiveness of our
sports teams in C-USA. also there should be a plan to improve
New Art Building- growing art department has a floor and half a
garage. Art building is designed and promised for 5 years.
Actively seek funding please. I am a grad of the program and
want a better experience for those who come after me.
A new baseball stadium in town to advance our program to CUSA
levels. An indoor practice facility and also a rec center for
students, facility, and athletes. You could also open this up
to alumni. Thanks.
Sports is vital for income for any university. There needs to
be A LOT of attention placed on the baseball program. The
coaches discourage players. They deceive the players & family
supporters with marathon games that don't exist. MU needs a new
We must support the concept that athletic success helps foster
the success of the university. Investments must be made to
revenue generating athletic programs to keep them competitive
with our CUSA rivals. Indoor Practice facility, baseball
One way to improve Marshall's academic environment is to expand
the resources for the Honors Program. The Program has outgrown
its current space and an Honors House would address this and be
a great recruiting tool. Also, increased funding for seminars.
Expand both undergraduate & graduate offerings in Teays Valley
and Charleston. Build a suitable facility in Teays Valley.
Don't keep giving away resources, people, funding to other
institutions just because "we don't do that". Its ridiculous to
talk about being top tier yet continue the short-sightedness
that has marked our history. Instead, try "We CAN do that".
Problem 1: Marshall needs more money to
expand. Solution 1: Increase number of students enrolled.
How does MU increase the enrollment? Solution 2: MU must be the
best choice academically, athletically, and socially. Tough,
Marshall needs to be independent of the legislature in dealing
with her budget. The red tape that is causing the University to
lose money on such things as early registration discounts due to
delays and rules imposed by the legislature.
Eliminate the disincentive for academic departments to
develop/financially support/continue their own clinical new
clinical faculty positions by waiving the fees charged by MURC
to administrate these positions.
Consider outsourcing services that are more cost effective or
efficient to outsource than provide internally. No reasons to
reinvent the wheel. Buy rather than build where possible.
Join the Kentucky/Ohio tuition reciprocity agreement. This will
help breakdown financial barriers and show a commitment to the
region. It has the potential to increase the college
participation rate of the entire tri-state
MU should develop its infrastructure internally before creating
community service institutes or programs for specific purposes.
Brand ourselves, really establish who we are. We are Marshall
but are we a liberal arts,professional technical college. find
our niche ,market it. We have let some our potential department
go , ot change with the times SLP for ex.;should be in Medical
To increase the out-of-state recruitment market, additional
resources will be needed to support the development of quality
publications and additional travel.
Develop an effective enrollment management/marketing plan that
will increase substantially overall student retention and
graduation rates. Expand non-resident student recruitment in
targeted areas like Washington, DC with a goal of increasing
overall net tuition/fee revenues by $3 million annually by 2008.
Increase the number of transfer students with the goal of
increasing net tuition/fee revenues annually by $1 million by
MU needs to develop a recruitment and marketing plan which has
specific goals and develops strategies to achieve these goals.
Specific performance measurements should be adopted in order to
see if goals are being accomplished.
Both on campus and off campus event should be better publized.
It seems like I only hear about events after they happen.
Advertising- MU should try a technique that has been working
well in airports around the world. rent out advertising space
above the urinals and on the back of bathroom stall doors, or
even inside the elevators on a per semester basis.
Recommend a greater focus on creating an institutional
identity. Consider targeting Appalachian scholarship as an area
of emphasis and support....Encourage and support enhanced levels
of faculty and student scholarship in a few selected areas of
Provide more support for the marching band. This can be even
more of a great PR tool for MU. The band is on the right
track...don't let it slip.
Develop a comprehensive communications and marketing plan that
enables Marshall University to present a consistent and
effective message to its various stakeholders
WE NEED BETTER PUBLIC RELATIONS! Consider hiring some students
from our fine program or have them work on this as a class
project for graduation, but push our university name/image as
the best in the state and region. WVU/OSU and others aren't
From my point of view, Marshall is looked upon by many i know as
a bad school as far as alcohol goes. If it could be possible to
restrict or ban underage drinking, that would make the public
image much better.
Every university in the Appalachian region should have programs
dedicated to preserving the land, culture and history of
We need a Center for Appalachian Studies that would include
history, ecology and economics. The Appalachians are some of the
oldest mountains in the world and seem to lack our intellectual
curiosity.Students need a better sense of history and science.
We should develop more "inverted degrees" matching Associate of
Applied Science with a 4-year program. This strategy has been
very successful at Southern Illinois U. @ Carbondale, Evergreen,
Univ. of Wisconsin, Univ. of Montana, Wayne State, & Whitworth
The Marshall University School of Architectural Design...focused
on environmental architecture which minimizes damage to the
earth and environment via energy efficient design and use of
recyclable material. A 'Green Architecture' school.
I disagree with a law school for MU. Why compete with WVU?
Instead offer something WVU doesn't. I don't think anyone in
the state offers "Design." Or Architecture. This would attract
and keep creative people in the state.
Marshall needs a new Major that will have an impact in todays
job marker. Either a 4 year engineering shcool or an
Onsite wellness center to attract future students. They need an
alternative for fun, other than going out to the bars
Build an arts incubator. Let graduates and students lease studio
space and run a shop to sell art. Have students run a recording
studio for music. Have students learn to submit writing for
publication. Arts lead to economic development.
Our access to internal and local external resources would allow
us to offer a master's degree in Autism. One day, we could
become the first university in the nation to offer a doctorate
MU should explore the possibilities of developing a
Bio-Engineering School which includes Bio-medical maintenance
repair, and bio-mechanical development for orthotic and
prosthetic advancement. I would also include a gait lab with
15 Month educational program certificate program for biology
bachelor degree individuals. This program would eliminate the
final semester of our current curriculum. It would involve
another accreditation fee.
Categorical Masters degree program. (To be offered for Biology
bachelor degree graduates. Students at this level sometimes
want a Master’s degree. Would help with shortage in the field.)
Accounting: Programs of study oriented
toward achieving separate AACSB Accounting Accreditation and
developing a masters degree in accounting.
Strong support please for the new LCOB Doctor of Management
Practice in Nurse Anesthesia degree which is in its final
LCOB, MU is in the process of developing a Doctorate in
Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. This program will no
doubt provide national prominence to the institution as well as
contribute in the community and economic development for WV.
The Grad. School of Mgmt., LCOB has initiated the process of
developing the Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse
Anesthesia. The implementation of this program will give us a
niche in a market which is developing and provide MU national
Establish the management doctorate with the Nurse Anesthetist
program at CAMC. This has been proposed by the LCOB and the
CAMC. It is an outstanding idea and would be the only such
program in the nation. If we don't WVU will.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has issued a
statement advocating practice doctorate requirements for
advanced practice nurses, which includes nurse anesthetists.In
West Virginia and the immediate tri-state area, there are very
few options for nurses interested in doctoral education. None
of these programs are clinical practice doctorates. The
availability of the DMPNA degree at Marshall would fill this
need for a locally based doctoral program and thus enhance the
quality of health care in the region.
Now is the time for Marshall to launch the Doctor of Management
Practice degree for nurse anesthetists (DMPNA). Marshall
University has strongly established its role as an innovator in
our regional health care community through its' association with
CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia. This one-of-a-kind, entry
level nurse anesthesia program offers registered nurses the
unique opportunity to develop their capabilities as business
leaders along with their transition to advanced practice
nursing. Many established nurse anesthetists believe that
business acumen is a vital component of aiming toward
professional perfection. The DMPNA degree is a natural
progression to the next level in this pursuit.
Doctoral education for nurses has been advocated by the
Institute of Medicine's Crossing the Quality Chasm as part of a
strategy to get the best prepared clinical nursing leadership.
Clinical practice doctorates, such as the DMPNA, are especially
suited for this role.
The DMPNA is a step into the future, providing a needed end
degree to enrich WV and the region. Health Care Professionals
will be offered an option never before available.
Management-minded Nurse Anesthetists! The light at the end of
Sir, Please favorably consider the proposed new DMPNA program.
This doctoral program would place MU not only on the cutting
edge of educational innovation but also at the forefront of a
needs based educational philosophy coupled with financial
The proposed DMPNA is a one of a kind innovative and visionary
program that will bring national prominence to Marshall
University and ensure safe, competent anesthesia providers to
the citizens of WV well into the future.
The establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Marshall
University would be very much consistent with the Marshall
University's Strategic Vision Process. It would be directly
related to all four pillars of strategic vision process.
Entrepreneurship: Programs of study focused
on starting new businesses. Examples: family business
management, marketing research, capital development, business
Every year the University of Maryland sponsors a Technology
Startup Boot Camp. Encourage faculty interested in business to
learn about starting companies. NCIIA will sponsor such
Further engage the university in the development of
entrepreneurship programs and support efforts on behalf of the
region and state.
Operate business incubators on university-owned sites adjacent
to or very nearby the Huntington and South Charleston campuses.
International Business: Programs of study
focused on global markets. Example: multinational marketing,
international trade and finance, international legal
Business Plan competition for Marshall University and the
state. This leads to WV students actively participating in
business development in a variety of fields. Social
Entrepreneurship would also be excellent area to feature.
Professionalism: Programs of study designed
to graduate students with oral and written communication,
business etiquette, networking, and best practices skills.
Establish a stand alone program in public administration at the
master’s level. An MPA program would create another flow of
professionals to state agencies. We now have a cooperative
program with WVU on the South Charleston Campus.
Public Administration: Programs of study
focused on local, state, and federal government management.
Examples: public finance, program management, economic
Sales: Programs of study focused on sales
management. Examples: service sales, health care sales,
business to business.
Marshall needs to climb the ladder in academic classification.
We need to become a "Doctoral/ Research University". We need to
increase our enrollment (undergraduate) and add graduate/
doctoral programs. This will help academics and
Complete the Simulated Lab. (We need a general Chemistry
Analyzer). This simulated laboratory could be used to analyze
samples for research projects from the Medical School as well as
anyone doing animal research on the main campus. This would
bring in funds for the department. (Administrative staff would
also be required for billing purposes.)
Develop a 15 month educational program in clinical lab for
individuals with a BS in Biological Sciences. This would allow
the graduate of this certificate program to take the
certification examination at the bachelor level.
Develop a categorical Masters degree program in the Clin Lab Sci
dept. To be offered to Biology graduates. The graduate would
have specialized knowledge of clin lab testing in one area.
Would help alleviate the shortage of personnel in the clin lab.
It will be important as we focus on increasing the number of
transfer students that attention is paid to the articulation of
courses and the development of 2 + 2 programs by each academic
Expand 2 + 2 programs with the state Community Colleges to cover
a greater variety of disciplines such as Sociology and
Heavy minors/conc. in computer science could enhance many
programs' graduates' attractiveness to employers and give them
an edge in getting jobs. These programs would teach the
discipline's computer applications and other specific
MU or MCTC should start an academic program/emphasis in
Marshall has had an M.A. in Counseling for many years. Students
have always had to leave the state to gain a PhD degree, as
there is no PhD degree in counseling or counselor education in
the state. We have the faculty expertise and desire to do this.
The Criminal Justice Department has put forward a proposal for a
Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice. Given the demand for higher
education in the field and the relatively small number of
doctoral programs, this would benefit MU and the area.
Becoming competitive in the academic arena, we need to foster
and develop high quality doctoral programs. We can not compete
with WVU.To do this is to change the organizational culture.
Most faculty on campus act like they work for a community
The University should build on the doctoral programs already
offered in S.Chas. by adding additional degrees which fill
carefully determined needs. Such might likely be counseling,
special education, instructional technology, and
We need to focus on becoming a doctorial institution. Whatever
needs to be done to do that is what must happen for us to get to
the level of WVU in this state. Also, we need to fight the state
for the pop tax that WVU med school has taken for years!!
With the educational outreach being done by Stan Maynard in the
Dominican Republic, the COEHS has the perfect platform for
starting a Certificate of Advanced Study program in
An e-campus PhD program in Industrial Psych. would provide
opportunities for the non-traditional student while research in
this field would complement WV's indust. economic base. I have
an MS from an e-campus WVU program and would jump at a PhD
I would like to see more online courses available, especially in
the arts and education fields. More and more adults are
returning to college at a later age to finish their degrees or
Masters/Dr., but still need to work full time to support
MU should offer more degree programs that can be completed
entirely online. Leading institutions around the world like UCL,
Utrecht & Lund are already doing so. Also, drop the fee that
effectively doubles the cost of online classes for full-time
19.Energy Efficiency- MU should offer a class on how to become
more energy efficient in light of our nation's current energy
An engineering program oriented towards energy - both coal and
alternative energy source - would fit Marshall's needs, greater
social good, and attract both private and federal dollars. We
should be looking at wind, water, solar power.
An engineering program oriented towards energy - both coal and
alternative energy source - would fit Marshall's needs, greater
social good, and attract both private and federal dollars. We
should be looking at wind, water, solar power.
West Virginia has 15% of the nation's energy reserves and should
be a national if not a regional center for the industry.
Shouldn't Marshall build a vision for energy related careers to
attract companies to re-locate here in the heart of the
I would like to see our environmental science program hire a
faculty member who's knowledgeable about renewable energy, and
let's start doing some things in that area.
Given the fact that Forensic Science is a booming academic
discipline and that MU has one of the few accredited FSC
programs in the country, we should investigate the resources
needed that would allow us to accelerate to the doctoral level
in this field.
Develop a BS degree in nursing for individuals who already have
a BS degree in another field: most likely an 18-24 month long
program. This will be an economic benefit and strengthen health
care by providing additional qualified nurses.
4.First Aid Classes- An 8 week course in basic first aid needs
to be offered to ALL MU students, not restricted to only medical
Healthcare: Programs of study in health care
management, marketing, finance and economics. Example: hospital
administration, ethical issues in health care.
Develop and offer courses in health care informatics.
Develop a program in Histotechnology. This used to be a
hospital based program, but the certifying agency is now
requiring at least and Associate Degree. Currently there are 23
programs in the US. St. Mary's has offered to help fund this
New Program in Histotechnology. (This used to be a hospital
based on-the-job training.) This could be a post MLT option
that would have a multi-skilled laboratory professional.
Collaborative effort of departments & integrative medicine to
develop "MU Wholistic Healing Center" which is used by students
& community. Dedicated to research and application of natural
ways to heal, such as natural foods. Use NIH grants for
Develop a molecular diagnostics program; excellent chance for
the College of Health Professions to collaborate with the
community agencies and the med school.
Molecular diagnostics program – Dr. Rushton from the med school
has been very strongly pushing this as well as St. Mary’s lab.
Excellent chance to collaborate with the med school.
Certificate Program in Molecular Diagnostics. Some of the
courses to be taught with IST. (This would be a common
curriculum for biotechnology and molecular diagnostics)
For the professional nurses and community-MU needs a nursing
doctorate program. This is essential to the continued well being
of the program and people in the community; MU nurses have
historically made a significant impact on the delivery of health
Marshall needs an Occupational Therapy program! So many students
in this area, college and high school are interested in the
field. The closest schools are WVU and Shawnee State, but many
students want to go to school in their hometown!
Develop optometry/optician program - The nearest is Ohio State.
The projected need by the Bureau of Labor is an 88% growth in
WV, 9.0% in OH and 22.7% in KY for optometrists. For opticians
the projected growth is 73% in WV, 9.8 in OH, and 14.5 % in Ky
Potential optometry/optician program – The nearest is Ohio
State. The projected need by the Bureau of Labor is an 88%
growth in WV, 9.0% in OH and 22.7% in KY for optometrists. For
opticians the projected growth is 73% in WV, 9.8 in OH, and 14.5
% in KY.
When I was an undergraduate, everyone was required to take a
class called "Personal Health." I don't think many
institutions, including ours, require such a course any
more--unfortunately. This too should be one of our general
I would recommend a gradual increase in admission standards for
the undergraduate school. A student with a 2.0 GPA in high
school is not ready to be a serious student in college. These
kids should be working, in vocational school, or enrolled in
less prestigious state schools. These students usually lower the
standards in the classroom, making it more difficult for serious
students to learn and less stimulating for faculty to teach.
There should be a more proactive approach to faculty development
both as teachers and as scholars. Very little is done at the
undergraduate level to insure quality of teaching. As a student
at Marshall, I remember bad teachers who had been doing the same
poor job year after year. For the last several years at the
School of Medicine there has been an emphasis on faculty
development as teachers. Student evaluations have been more
carefully scrutinized. Outside national experts have been
brought in expressly for sharing ideas about improving teaching
skills. An Academy of Medical Educators has been created to
recognize outstanding faculty and provide a forum for
disseminating teaching skills and conducting research to enhance
effective teaching. Judicious use of sabbaticals has been
helpful in research development. We have recently sent our
pediatric neurologist to the Harvard school of Public Health for
two months with great success and our pediatric
gastroenterologist will take a three month mini-sabbatical next
year to develop a new research technique.
As MU President have outlined under the "economic development"
section of the strategic vision, fund raising must be a top
priority. State support will inevitably continue to decline over
the next decade unless there is a miraculous change in our
state's economy. The emphasis on private donations should be to
build a large endowment where interest can be used to support
growth and development. Bricks and mortar are only helpful if
there is enough money to sustain the infrastructure and pay
faculty a competitive wage. Despite a drop in extramural grants
at the federal level, there are still millions available for
quality research. In order to be competitive for these grants it
is essential to have more terminal degrees at Marshall
University in order to have doctoral candidates and post-docs to
I find the draft for the strategic vision long on concepts and
short on specific goals. A strategic plan requires very specific
measurable outcomes. I suggest: 1.Admission standards: min high
school GPA 2.2 in 2 yrs and 2.5 in 7 yrs, min ACT 21 in 2 yrs
and 23 in 7 yrs 2.10 terminal degrees in 5 yrs 3. X dollars in
extramural grants in 2 yrs and Y dollars in 7 yrs 4.X
publications in refereed journals per yr/department in 2 yrs and
Y publications per yr in 7 yrs 5.Rank in top 100 universities by
US News and World Report by 10 yrs 6.Have one Nobel Prize
laureate on staff within 10 yrs 7.Graduation rate of X, Y, Z
percent of undergrads by 2,5 and 7 years respectively 8. Faculty
salaries at X, Y, and 11 0 percent of national average at 2,5
and 7 yrs 9. Increase endowment fund to X, Y and Z dollars at 2,
5 and 7 yrs 10.Increase ethnic diversity of students and faculty
from X % to Y % in 7 yrs 11.Have X top 25 nat-ly ranked athletic
teams in 5 yrs and one National Champion in 7 yrs 12.Increase
non revenue sports from X to Y teams in 7 yrs 13.Develop strong
intramural athletic prog-s to involve X % of students in 2 yrs
and Y % in 7 yrs
We should look at a School of Pharmacy program. This could be
coupled into the Medical school, would not take a lot of money
to start up, would help us with our doctoral programs, and would
help serve the community and the state.
Begin planning a Ph.D. and DNP in nursing
Establish a program in physical therapy, perhaps in the med
MU should develop a physical therapy school.
Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing and high paying
medical career fields. With Marshall's great track record with
our med school, I would think a doctorate level PT program at MU
would be a great fit.
No place in the state is better suited to develop a physical
therapy program than the Kanawha Valley, the population and
medical centers of WV. From S.Chas., a P.T. program would find
itself in the midst of countless clinical practice
Consider OT/PT programs.- Nearest programs are Ohio State, WVU
and UK; Projected growth through 2012: WV OT 2.78%, PT 2.99%;
OH PT 27.9%,, OT 32%; KY PT 50%, OT 18%
Expand health professions programs offered. Evaluate inclusion
of physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, art
therapy, molecular diagnostics, optometry, etc. All are growth
areas in health care with limited or no local educational
Workshops and Health Fairs using Point-of-Care laboratory
instruments for blood tests. Also provide workshops for
healthcare providers on these point-of-care instruments.
There is a high demand for educating health care professionals
in West Virginia. Currently, students who wish to enter the
nursing program take Human Anatomy (BSC 227) in the first
semester of their freshman year. This is a difficult course -
one that may discourage many students at this point in their
academic development. MU should strongly consider a summer
preparatory course where motivated pre-nursing students have a
chance to get the skills they will need to succeed. This could
have a significant impact on retention, and it would be very
easy to assess the program by determining the number of students
who successfully complete BSC 227 with and without the
*College of Veterinary Science *Program for Physicians'
Assistant *In-state tuition for larger geographic area *Focus
greater efforts on advertising, marketing, recruiting students
(espec. at the Graduate College)
We should partner with industry to develop the economic
development potential of Home Land Security initiatives. We can
help provide educational programs that will produce job
opportunities in this burgeoning field.
Establish an Honors College at Marshall.
Establish an Honors College at Marshall, which includes an
Office for Nationally Competitive Awards to assist all qualified
Marshall University students in competing for national and
international scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright
MU establish and administer a Higher Education and Applied
Technology Center in Huntington area bringing in courses of
study/degree programs from other colleges/universities not
available at MU. Tie to Velocity Center and business technology
Work with COFA and psychology to explore possibility of Music
and Art therapy degrees
Develop a certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics. This
could be a joint program with IST. (Some common curriculum for
both programs with some specialized courses for each.)
Develop an Interdisciplinary Child Diagnostic and Intervention
Center. Builds on current pediatric activities and provides a
regional center of expertise from multiple Colleges.
Research/teaching opportunities. Self-supporting within 3 years
Develop a Department of Creativity - a cross/inter-disciplinary
program that studies the creative process and its application
to meeting challenges in various disciplines. Students/Faculty
develop strategies to meet specific challenges collaboratively.
Undergraduate interest in forensic science is strong, and MU
forensic science program is a draw. Forensic science is an
excellent interdisciplinary field, and MU should develop a truly
interdisciplinary undergraduate forensic science laboratory
Gerontology: Programs of study focused on
the aging population. Examples: marketing to the elderly,
managing an aging workforce, estate planning.
A new superstructure of governance is needed to develop
interdisciplinary areas above dept. level to prevent turf
disputes. There is no coordination of hiring to plan
development among units. Examples: nanotechnology and GIS.
Expand health related collaborations on campus. Dietetics
partners with Communication Disorders to provide feeding
assessments for patients. More opportunities would be available
for faculty and students if such collaborations were further
Enhance development and growth in health-related disciplines by
consolidating all health programs. Benefits: teaching and
research synergy, minimize duplication of courses, strengthen
clinical experiences, and emphasize interdisciplinary
Faculty who wanted to create an interdisciplinary professional
master's in physiology were discouraged by turf barriers. A way
needs to be found allowing faculty from COS (Biology), COEHS
(ESSR), SOM (Physiology) and Nursing to offer such a program.
Develop an interdisciplinary certificate program in molecular
diagnostics between IST, Clinical Laboratory Sciences and SOM.
Expand connections with Biotechnology MS program at WV State
University. Increase stipends to attract more grad students.
Professional Doctoral Degree in Forensic Science for working
forensics scientists. Consideration should be given to a blended
distance (-80%) site (-20%) approach that would attract a
national and potentially international student population. Using
a differential tuition surcharge appropriate for a targeted
mid-to-upper career level executive audience, the net income
from this program offers the possibility that is could support a
resident Ph.D. program in Forensic Science.- Doctor of Physical
Therapy – this degree program is rapidly becoming the
entry-level for physical therapy practitioners. Addition of this
program will enhance the availability of practitioners, while
increasing the expertise available for advancing the
rehabilitative science platform at Marshall.- Biomedical
Informatics and Diagnostics – an interdisciplinary degree
program like this one would fit well with the growing emphasis
on biotechnology research and development.
It is my proposal that we begin the process of developing an
interdisciplinary, interdepartmental 15 credit hour
certification program in School Neuropsychology. The program
would be designed to train School Psychologists to integrate
neuropsychological principles into their assessment protocols.
The program would be a combination of didactic experience
through the web, and on-site course work. There would also be
supervised clinical experience, using the latest
neuropsychological assessment instruments, designed for
school-aged children, which is essential for programmatic
success. The courses would be developed and taught between
Huntington and South Charleston. The practicum experience would
occur within the Marshall University Community Clinic, and the
Summer Program which are presently in place in Dunbar and would
provide an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate
clinical competence. I believe that a program such as this is
consistent with Marshall’s Strategic Plan and will clearly
provide a much needed service to our regional service area.
Top-down support and encouragement of timely adoption of
academic initiatives to better respond to societal demands:
interdisciplinary programs; areas of emphasis for RBA and BAS -
a Marshall initiative that was left in the dust by a more
It was our vision that one of the local universities would
provide post-secondary opportunities in this field as well as
collaboration with Kanawha County to expand the program to other
school systems in the region via distance learning and the
internet. An internet search reveals that more and more colleges
are offering programs in "International Studies" such as
Georgetown University, UNC Greensboro, and So. California
Community Colleges to name a few. As a MU graduate, I believe
this program may serve to elevate Marshall's business program to
a higher status as well as make the Advantage Valley corridor
even more attractive to national and international corporations.
I believe this idea could be initiated with minimal cost and
relatively minor curriculum adjustments to Marshall University.
At the same time it could provide large returns for the
institution in terms of regional business, government
involvement and grant opportunities. Marshall University can
take the lead in our region for this idea!
Sissonville High presented itself as a good fit for such a
venture as it is located near NGK Sparkplugs (Japanese), Toyota,
and WV-American Water (German) companies.Sissonville High has
already implemented this program of studies as a magnet school
with emphasis in the areas of: Social Studies, Foreign
Language, Business, and Technologies. They also offer other
special opportunities in the area.
and WV-American Water (German) companies. Sissonville High has
already implemented this program of studies as a magnet school
with emphasis in the areas of: Social Studies, Foreign
Language, Business, and Technologies. They also offer other
special opportunities in the area. It was our vision that one of
the local universities would provide post-secondary
opportunities in this field as well as collaboration with
Kanawha County to expand the program to other school systems in
the region via distance learning and the internet. An internet
search reveals that more and more colleges are offering programs
in "International Studies" such as Georgetown University, UNC
Greensboro, and So. California Community Colleges to name a few.
As a MU graduate, I believe this program may serve to elevate
Marshall's business program to a higher status as well as make
the Advantage Valley corridor even more attractive to national
and international corporations. I believe this idea could be
initiated with minimal cost and relatively minor curriculum
adjustments to Marshall University. At the same time it could
provide large returns for the institution in terms of regional
business, government involvement and grant opportunities.
Marshall University can take the lead in our region for this
Studying abroad fosters critical thinking & prepares students to
live/work in a global environment. Promote retention & build
intellectual capital by offering each MU student who maintains a
3.0 during first 60 MU credits a scholarship for study abroad.
Global literacy is today what computer literacy was 20 yrs ago.
MU should establish a School of International Studies that is
multi-disciplinary & prepares students for jobs that are
critical to our national security and global business
Establish a School of International Studies that requires
intensive language preparation and study abroad. Link this to
the College of Business, and you will have graduates that create
jobs internationally and bring them back to West Virginia.
In response to your solicitation for community input for the
university, I propose the following: The implementation of an
"INTERNATIONAL STUDIES" program at Marshall. I have been
involved with the construction and development of a new middle
school in Sissonville, WV - a suburb north of Charleston. The
group I worked with, "Better Schools, Better Communities"
suggested that the new Sissonville Middle School (now under
construction) and the current Sissonville High School implement
a magnet curriculum for international studies. I personally
presented this concept to the governor's "West Virginia, Vision
Shared" panel in the summer of '04. They were quite
enthusiastic about the opportunities this could create for the
region in terms of economic development and the access to a
well-educated population, one that could be prepared to reach
outside state and national boundaries. Vision Shared offered
its expertise and resources to develop the program as soon as
possible. Sissonville High presented itself as a good fit for
such a venture as it is located near NGK Sparkplugs (Japanese),
In response to your solicitation for community input for the
university, I propose the following: The implementation of
an"INTERNATIONAL STUDIES" program at Marshall. I have been
involved with the construction and development of a new middle
school in Sissonville, WV - a suburb north of Charleston. The
group I worked with, "Better Schools, Better Communities"
suggested that the new Sissonville Middle School (now under
construction) and the current Sissonville High School implement
a magnet curriculum for international studies. I personally
presented this concept to the governor's "West Virginia, Vision
Shared" panel in the summer of '04. They were quite
enthusiastic about the opportunities this could create for the
region in terms of economic development and the access to a
well-educated population, one that could be prepared to reach
outside state and national boundaries. Vision Shared offered
its expertise and resources to develop the program as soon as
MU needs to foster greater student & faculty exchange with
universities around the world, especially in Asia and Australia.
MU is by large a regional university, but its graduates almost
inevitably find themselves competing in an economy that is
globalize. It is important to create an internationalization
program to better prepare its students as future employees.
A focus on global issues needs to be infused across the
curriculum. MU should establish a School of International
Studies that is multi-disciplinary & prepares students for jobs
that are critical to our national security & global business
Encourage faculty to participate in efforts to internationalize
the curriculum & promote study abroad & develop an international
dimension to their teaching, research & service using financial
incentives, promotion/tenure, release time, job descriptions.
There is a lack of courses w/ international focus at the 100/200
level. Incorporate an international dimension into the general
studies curriculum to ensure students study abroad or take
advantage of an international experience locally by junior year.
A Law school sounds very good, that would bring a lot of new
students and possibly new business. The university should build
a 20 story dorm building/rec center/shopping center for students
in that lot across from old main across from hussons pizza
Marshall should add more graduate and doctorial programs,
especially law as we are the only full sized university named
after the 1st chief justice. The law program should be both day
and evening and located at S. Charleston campus with
Develop a law school that caters to the nontraditional student,
located at MUGC utilizing E and evening classes.
Marshall University needs a law school plus twenty (20) years to
grow its own alumni who will run for office. Once this is in
place our alumni will "fight" for funding dollars for MU to the
same degree the legislative body now fights for dollars for WVU.
My name is Chris May and I am a 2003 graduate of MU. I feel
that in order for MU to stay current and meet the needs and
wants of the area, it is crucial that we plan and develop a Law
MU should develop a part-time/night law school either in So.
Charleston or Huntington campus. A four year night law school
may not present as much of threat to WVU Law.
Create a Law School Investigate the possibility of establishing
a Law School. One line of action worthy of consideration is
linking with an established proprietary school offering such a
degree.I would suggest that we approach Capital University in
Columbus Ohio. We have personal contacts with them and their
law school. Capital offers a program uniquely tailored for the
full-time employed and provides evening courses and off-campus
offerings. As a private institution, Capital has great
flexibility and is not answerable to the Ohio higher education
system. Moreover, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy
Commission now encourages alliances with out-of-state
proprietary schools where needs exist in-state. Some sort of a
cooperative agreement creating a self-funding school will
alleviate accreditation and start-up costs and lessen objections
to the prohibitive expenditures associated with such an
endeavor. Housing the bulk of the “School” in the Kanawha Valley
would provide access to the Supreme Court’s library, secure a
ready made clientele and increase Marshall’s presence and
prestige in the area.
A law school on the Marshall University Huntington Campus Only a
fraction of West Virginia residents who go to law school end up
at the state's only law school at West Virginia University.
While there is a lot of support for locating a new law school on
the Charleston Campus, I feel that this would be a mistake.
Receiving law degrees in Charleston would fail to create
identification with Marshall. We need to graduate students who
are strongly loyal to Marshall. Some of those students will run
for state legislative seats. We need these types of loyal,
dedicated supporters. A law school would also create greater
support for Marshall. Studies indicate that: * The greater the
number of services provided by an organization such as a
university, the more support it will receive from others who are
dependent on it. * Also, the greater the dependence, the greater
the legitimacy and support.
DEAR MR KOPP MY DAUGHTER RECIVED A B.S IN HISTORY FROM MARSHAL
IN 3 YEARS WITH GPA OF 3.68 AND IS NOW A 3ERD YEAR LAW STUDENT
AT WVU. MR KOPP IT IS A SHAME THAT THE UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER
THE GREAT JURIST AND AMERICAN JOHN MARSHALL DOES NOT HAVE A LAW
SCHOOL! I UNDERSTAND THAT WVA IS A SMALL STATE BUT WITH NATIONAL
APPEAL OF MSU ITS TIME FOR A LAW SCHOOL ! PLEASE FORGIVE MY
GRAMMER IM DISABLED COAL MINER, BUT FOR SAKE OF FUTURE
PROSPERITY OF THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE LAYERS MAKE GREAT ALUMNI AND
SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR MARSHALL TO
HAVE A LAW SCHOOL AFTER ALL THERE ARE 2 MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN WVA
AT WVU, MARSHALL WHY NOT 2 LAW SCHOOLS THANK YOU FOR READING MY
We need to look into a School of Law. This university was
founded on the principles of the Chief Justice of the United
States Supreme Court, and we do not offer a Law Degree. This
advanced degree will again further our graduate/doctoral
Marshall is in need of a law school. As a Marshall alum and a
WVU College of Law graduate, I fail to see why WV has only one
law school. Marshall was named for one of our nation's greatest
jurists. Time to continue our growth & establish a law school.
I propose we finally take the steps to instate the Marshall
University School of Law. It is only fitting, we take such a
necessary step, after all, we are named in honor of the great
American jurist himself.
As a 1996 graduate of Marshall I still find it strange that we
do not have a law degree program. A law program would elivate
Marshall to a new national level and practicing attorneys also
tend to support their alma maters in monetary fashion.
W.Va. needs a better law school, and MU has proven it can do
medical school better than WVU, so why not a John Marshall
College of Law? I'm a WVU grad (B.A. & J.D.), but my wife is a
WVU grad and current MU student. Everything MU has been better.
establish a Law School at Marshall. Initially as an adjunct to
WVU school of Law. Leverage Tri-State lawyers to teach basic
course work. Incorporate Paralegal course of study in the
school. Initiall have basic courses at MU and follow-on courses
A school named after John Marshall should offer a law education,
dedicated to the premise of citizen-led government and excellent
affordable legal services to WV citizens from WV citizens,
educated in WV. Impact of US liability law vs world on US econ?
By developing a Law School near the Capitol, we will better
serve the people of WV, plus have more of an impact on future
legislative sessions and public policy as our alumni increase
their role within WV government with less of a wvu-centric
Marshall should give serious consideration to developing a
school of law. Provide greater professional opportunities for
WV, open new adult career choices , increase academic programs,
attract out-of-state students & eventually give more legisla.
As others have suggested, Marshall absolutely needs a JD
program. It would be invaluable both as a recruiting tool and as
a way to keep MU graduates in the Huntington area.
It would make sense for MU to have a law school and the wellness
center should be put on a back burner. Don't mimic WVU with new
buildings. If we want to compete with WVU we should better our
existing programs or create a program they don't have.
We need a law school.Make the law school tuition high enough for
the law school part to be self sufficient.
Create a new field, under Med School, called Medical
Engineering, using information management, engineering, and
statistical process control principles to improve the
availability, retreival, and diagn. from medical data, and get
impr low-cost med. care.
MU should look into developing a program for Medical Supply
Warehousing. The field is growing and with the emphasis on
homeland security, there is and will continue to be a need for
trained medical warehousing specialists.
Marshall needs to retain more students. Student begin there
college experience here then go to schools that offer Law,
Engineering, Architecture, Dental,quailty students will apply.
They also leave for schools which allow sophomores to live off
Based on co-op engineering models (Va.Tech, U of Cinn.)
establish MU co-op study programs in bio-technology, health care
and education. A new tool to bring in highly talented WV high
Top 5 workforce investment training areas provided by WIA Region
2 in 2003 were LPN; truck/bus/other commercial vehicle operator;
medical assistant; RN; and cosmetologist. Notice the lack of
college degrees needed? Expand the local market for degrees!
Focus on the development of new high value degree programs. At a
minimum, these priority programs should be self-supporting and
contribute important expertise to MU. Priority should be given
to studying the feasibility of establishing the following new
degree programs: - 4-Year, ABET-Accredited Engineering Program –
Although the development of this program is underway in the
College of Information Technology and Engineering, MU must
commit to ensuring the long-term success of this program.
Increasing the number of engineers in West Virginia is a key
strategic goal for improving the state’s intellectual capital
and economic horizons;- Law School – J.D. (juris doctor –
general practice law) degree and with L.L.M. (master of laws)
degrees offered in key areas that create value for the state and
MU (e.g., intellectual property/patent law, international law,
and forensics law. An option to consider is partnering with an
existing, accredited law school.
New Programs: 1.Proposed programs should complement WVU and
other state college degree programs. 2.Proposed programs (short
term) prioritized by need for economic development, and needs of
this region. 3.Proposed programs develop current strengths and
address emerging needs. 4. Four year engineering school is a
necessity 5. Med School, Nursing programs could be developed
(alternate/complementary care, physical therapy) 6.Vocational
programs developed to support current strengths and emerging
needs especially in medical and biotech areas. 7.Biotech
8.School of Vet. Med. 9.Law School should be priority to better
position MU politically and fiscally. Location:
Charleston/Huntington? (Advantage Valley initiative)
Law School , Dental school, School of pharmacy, Engineering
program. I think all of these programs would help Marshall
grow in numbers of students as well as stature in the college
We need a law school, engineering school (mechanical, civil,
chemical & electrical).
MU needs professional schools and/or programs to elevate growth
in order to create a more affluent alumni base, which will be
tomorrow's donors. Schools we need: law, engineering, dental,
pharmacy, architectural, and veterinary.
I believe it is important that MU be more aggressive in
obtaining a law school. UC is taking the lead in that area and
in the area of a pharmacy school. A 4 year engineering school is
in the works and is needed. A Vet school also would be an idea.
Considering that Marshall is named after a great lawyer, why
don't we have a law school? Makes no sense to me. We also need
a Vet school and a Nurse Anesthetist school. Anesthesia is a
HIGH paying job and there is a huge shortage of them in this
The capitol city of the state is a logical location for the
University to grow graduate programs in criminology and
environmental studies. Both of those would work well with
graduate programs already in South Charleston.
MU should focus on degrees that WVU doesn't offer to lure
potential students here. 2 programs that come to mind are a Vet
school and a Nurse Anesthetist school. Marshall is mostly about
medicine and these fields just make sense to have.
I think it's important for MU to develop professional schools
that WVU doesn't have.I support a vet school and optometry
school at Marshall U. 2)more phd's need to be
offered-journalism?biotech? history? forensics? anything to grow
the phd program.
Develop second degree programs, particularly for nursing
We need more focus on Parent Programs, given the increased
involvement of parents in their child's life. They can be a
tremendous recruitment and retention resource if used wisely.
How involved do we want them, where can they be used the most
Analyze the offerings of other public universities within a
150-200 mile radius of Huntington. Cross reference these
institutions' course offerings. This should give us an
indication of what studies abound and which are in short
Stop planning for, and implementing, more doctoral or
professional programs until the ones in existence have adequate
Create a Carnegie Teaching Academy Campus program (where
university community comes together for conversations to
determine what helps and hinders scholarship of teaching) to
radically influence teaching, link learning, teaching,
Has Marshall University considered a 4-year degree program in
Tourism and Hospitality?
Marshall should develop a four-year degree program in tourism
and hospitality. Many universities have similar programs along
with a camput hotel facility run primarily by the students and
faculty as part of their practial experience for degree
Tourism: Programs of study focused on the
travel and hospitality industries. Examples: ecotourism
management, hotel and restaurant management, tourism marketing,
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in West
Virginia. Among the more popular forms of tourism are site
visitation and historical interpretation. 1. Marshall is
uniquely positioned to assume a leadership role in developing
historical preservation and tourism for the Mid-Ohio Valley
Region. The Department of History has in place a special area
on Public History. 2. The Tri-State Region abounds with
historical sites, especially those associated with the Ante
Bellum and Civil War periods. There exist several “Nuggets”
that when mined will add luster to what can become a major
industry. Examples include: Mike Perry’s Heritage Farm, the
Point Pleasant River Museum, the Huntington Museum of Arts and
scores of historical sites in the Tri-State Region. 3.
At the very least,
Marshall should host a regional conference
to explore the potential development of a comprehensive
tourism/historical preservation plan.
PLease include a recognition of Transportation as an area of
focus in this area. Transportation has been more viable than
Biotech, although I support both. Transportation should also be
an area of focus.
WV desperately needs a veterinary school. No place could be
better situated for it than Charleston/S.Chas. The S. Chas.
campus could expand to fit it or empty space at the Dow Park
could be used. The school would provide much needed service &
Although a Law School may sound attractive, we should consider
(1) the demand for more lawyers, and (2) the increasing
availabililty of online degrees. As an alternative, we should
consider a School of Veterinary Medicine.
The State of West Virginia is without a School of Veterinary
Medicine. There are only 28 nationwide and are limited spaces
available. The addition of this program will not only serve West
Virginia, but would bring in out of state students and tuition.
While it would be an expensive undertaking, a School of
Veterinary Medicine would (1) be unique to WV, and (2) respond
to a huge national demand for vets.
A solid waste management / recycling / composting course offered
on a regular basis would be useful. Because those are my areas
of specialty, I would be glad develop such a course if asked.
The Great Rivers summer program would leverage existing
relationships with RTI, USACE, local watershed associations, and
expertise in CoS and CITE.
Start a summer institute in Point Pleasant or Montgomery with an
emphasis on Watershed Resource Science/Management. Students
would be attracted by international reputation of New and Gauley
Rivers and chance to learn on two great rivers (Kanawha, Ohio).
WV is made up of mostly small business MU either can be the
premier institution to develop curriculum or develop
consultative services of staff to develop existing business to
grow. Research and seek out those business in trouble or
behind and help
With cutbacks, many don't get needed services. Thus, many
juvenile delinquents are illiterate. COEHS should lead
cooperative program w/ teaching, counseling, etc., to help
salvage their lives. Great experience for our students -- very
We need an additional incentive to attract more statewide
PROMISE recipients. This could increase residence hall
occupancy, will improve the quality of students, and generate
additional revenue for the institution.
Expand international learning experiences for students and
faculty members by supporting study abroad and exchange
programs. This would help all involved gain a global
Create summer camp academic programs based on the athletic camp
model of a four-day experience on campus.
Have mathematics and science "camps" not only for kids but also
for adults. Make them entertaining as well as educational.
Bring dollars to campus/Huntington during summer by offering
summer courses/institutes/camps. Use underused facilities
(classrooms/dorms) while bringing funds to city as well as
enhancing image by offering unique programs, ex; parish nursing
Provide summer camp experiences that go beyond athletics. Using
the athletic camp prototype, Marshall University can provide
summer camps in computers, writing, performing arts, science,
leadership, and etc. The resident halls lie empty all summer.
How can we expand our linkages with high schools to ensure that
graduates are adequately prepared for post-secondary programs?
What metric should we use to assure that this is being taken
care of effectively? 1.
Academic Fantasy Camp. This could help
bring some very good students in the summer to expose them to
what MU has to offer. Maybe offer credit. Science camp. Camps
at all different ages. 2.
The university needs a show on academics
that highlights. MU report weekly. Hire young faculty with
energy. Our bandleader is an example. Our faculty need to be
acknowledged for those that are go beyond the call of duty.
3. Marshall Magazine focuses too much
on the million dollar donor and not on the real contributors.
The skill of "learning how to learn" is not only needed, but is
necessary for anyone entering any university. Marshall could
create campus/online classes on this topic for those already
enrolled and also for high school students preparing for
establish "ditance learning" video capability at southern WV
high schools for the community. Target people working in
business, education and professions. Allow them to obtaing
undergraduate and graduate course work in their communities.
Collaborate with Wayne/Cabell schools to develop a pilot project
that establishes a "virtual" math/science/art design academy at
MU for high school students. It should be scalable for expansion
statewide and adaptable to encompass grades 6-8.
Establish a "field trip" program for elementary/middle school
students classes to visit an MU academic facility and attend an
MU Olympic sport contest free of charge. Provide students with a
Marshall item and initiate their interest in MU and MU athletics
Many students and teachers in WV K-12 schools are disconnected
from our globalize world. MU should establish a teacher exchange
program & partner with WVDE to place foreign visiting scholars
in WV rural schools to teach foreign languages & other subjects
develop an organized program involving nutrition faculty to
serve as mentors or a big brother big sister model to support
health and nutrition clubs in high schools who in turn work with
middle school students. This would be self sustaining year to
Work with local school districts (e.g., Cabell and Wayne) to
establish a public Math, Science, Design and Engineering Academy
modeled after the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora,
IL (http://www.imsa.edu/). The proposed integration of “design”
with math, science and engineering offers a unique educational
opportunity to blend aesthetic and logical thinking frameworks
with the goal of fostering greater creativity and
Faculty members in sciences could develop outreach labs, hold
workshops for teachers to learn to use the labs, and purchase
and maintain equipment which can be checked out by high schools
to use the labs and offer teacher scientist partnerships.
Develop a partnership between the athletic department and local
schools and youth organizations Capitalize on the many
opportunities to tie the classroom with athletics. Reward
excellence in attendance and challenge students to strive for
We have not fully capitalized and supported our Kanawha Valley
presence because we have traditionally been Huntington-centric.
We are giving away the economic and gov. center of the State to
other institutions and it may be too late to do anything.
Realize that we must expand the university’s visibility to areas
beyond the Tri-State. As a start, we must create a larger
footprint in Putnam and Kanawha counties. Kanawha County ranks
second only to Cabell in the number of students enrolled at
Marshall. Putnam County ranks 3rd. Cultivate and Promote!
Investigate needs both physical and programmatic and employ the
Mid-Ohio Valley Center as a model.
FOLLOW UP ANSWERS TO THE THREE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE MARSHALL
UNIVERSITY SPONSERED LEARNING CENTER IN FAIRFIELD WEST COMMUNITY
AS ANSWERED BY PASTOR SHAW AND PANEL FROM REAL LIFE CHRISTIAN
CENTER I. What Do We Want to Accomplish In The Learning Center?
A. Enhance Skills in Core Subjects -Reading, Writing and
Arithmetic 1. Follow-up with assignment taught in school-
helping student to accomplish task
B. Have students meet expected performance on grade level
C. Provide one on one teaching to address learning disabilities
D. Work on social development skills I.E. :
1. Proper peer group interaction
2. Respect for Authority
3. Express Dangers of Substance Abuse
E. Perform Immediate assessment of each child to establish base
line and to target Childs' area of weakness'
F. Present a relaxed environment for students / study friendly
G. Encourage Parental and Community involvement at the center
H. Further assist parents in helping kids to learn
I. Supply Handouts for parents to teach core subjects
J. Provide Transportation when necessary
C. Meet all AYP- Adequate Yearly Progress in all sub cells
D. Improved Scores on Standardized Testing
E. Reduction of drop-out rate in Fairfield West community
F. Truancy problem reduced
G. Healthier behavior and conduct in class rooms, community and
H. Help reduce teen pregnancy
I. Making young men and women gainful contributors to society
J. Better attitude toward life in general
K. Create a Stronger Community, Business and Church Support
Dear Dr. Kopp:
As a concerned member of the community, I am pleased that you
and Marshall University have taken the initiative for the
enhancement of our children and our future through the strategic
vision process. I therefore submit a response to earlier
discussions of the development of a Learning Center in the
Fairfield West Community that would involve Marshall University,
Cabell County Board of Education, local pastors, community and
I trust that this will further the process. Any questions or
comments please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Charles D. Shaw
K. Serve Food- Snacks
L. Give Goal Oriented Incentives
1. Certificates/ Diplomas
2. Monetary gifts/Gift Certificates
3. Graduation Party
1. For making the honor roll, significant grade improvements,
scholarships and etc.
M. Special Needs teachers to help children with special needs
N. Include proper community role models for children to pattern
1. Involvement of business owners and agency mentors
O. Have trained qualified students that any employer would want
II. What Do We Expect to Change?
A. Learning methods and study habits
B. Negative Attitudes
3. Low Self Esteem
4. Way of thinking that good grades are nerdy
5. Change mindset about Higher Education (going further than
high school, college degrees, etc.)
C. Discrepancy in minority academic gaps
D. Change negative stereotype of teachers of our children
1. They can't learn
2. They have no interest in learning
III. What is Considered Success?
A. Overcoming Learning Challenges.
1. GPA Improvement
B. Reading on or above grade level
MU partner with Community Center to offer mentoring and tutorial
programs in the Fairfield Communities. MU education students
could help with Center clients in reading, math, science and
foreign language by tutoring and involving parents/teachers.
I would like to see a "Lifelong Learning Center" set up in
Downtown Huntington offering literacy and basic life skills
classes to all age groups. The long vacant corner of 4th Avenue
& 10th Street might be a good location - or the Huntington
Simple input: The city painted the fire hydrants Kelly green to
match Marshall's true colors. Marshall then abandoned it's true
colors to sell more merchandise. I find it an insult to
Marshall's alums that we have abandoned our true roots. BACK to
Marshall U. should focus on the needs of students & be a
learning-focused institution. This begins with a common
understanding that faculty and staff are here at Marshall to
engage, conduct, & measure student learning. Everything we do
Continue disaster recovery and business contingency planning and
implementation. Not just IT but should extend to other units
(Business Continuity Plan)
The rhetoric is impressive. However, "Nothing kills a good
idea faster than poor execution" is an old saying from the holy
grail of 'Madison Avenue.'
First, foremost, now, forever, MU is in the business of
education. Repeat: education.
Thomas Friedman's "The Earth Is Flat" is a poor intellectual
resource. Capitalism is not "inevitable": democracy is not the
handmaiden of capitalism; and the outcome of Globalism is not
known and may very well be unending strife: e.g., the Iraq war!!
R. Birnbaum(2002):...education for democracy, for social
justice, for the whole person, for the perpetuation of
civilization. That is what people came to believe colleges and
universities did... now we talk about being the engines of the
economy does not excite the imagination of the public, or commit
faculty, staff, or students to their institution and its
success, or connect the university to our deepest human needs.
Instead of Friedman, decision-makers should read Kevin Phillips'
"Wealth and Democracy." He shows how business has always tried
to co-opt other American institutions and use them for suspect
ends. This is exactly what is happening now to higher education!
Many submitted ideas have not appeared in this listing, perhaps
there were blacked out days?
Pls continue what you've started here by (e.g.) setting up an
e-mail address to which faculty and staff may submit ideas. At
the very least it would improve morale by giving faculty and
staff the feeling that we have an outlet for expressing
I would like to suggest that as we go forward with envisioning a
fabulous future for Marshall, we hire professional consultants
trained in Appreciative Inquiry to facilitate the voices of all
255 characters is simply not enough, and some people have
clearly found a way around the limit. Lift it for the last few
days here so that some ideas more complex than "build a
weightroom" can be expressed! Or give us the workaround!
Mass Com students must pursue a 'generalist' career path to
prepare them for future jobs. With content as king, they need to
be able to use multiple mediums fluently. Make their content
100% web-accessible and the student will send it to
A multidimensional approach to student success must be a
priority for the whole university. Approaches include engaging
the student in and out of class, giving gen ed meaning to the
student, lowering hrs req for grad, easing xfers with common
Reform Marshall's General Education requirements, make them
coherent and meaningful and bring them into accord with the idea
of a liberal education and the needs of students in today's
world. The current "system" is a mess that alienates students.
Reform Marshall's General Education requirements. Its current
state is a complete disaster, penalizes students who transfer
between colleges, and discourages students. More coherence
would also make a Marshall education more meaningful and useful.
Marshall University needs a comprehensive general education core
of courses to increase student retention and to improve the
transferability of credit from 2-year institutions.
As with Program Review, the general education curriculum and
the Marshall Plan must be reviewed with consideration of a core
curriculum in the general education part of each degree
We should attempt to instill the habit of reading, perhaps by
requiring, as part of general education, the submission of so
many book reports during students' tenure here.
I agree that we should work on general education. It bothers me
very much that higher education seems to have moved more in the
direction of preparing students for careers than educating the
whole person & preparing them for life.
Can't be described in 250 words BUT get Art, Architectural,
preEngineering, etc. involved in Hands-on experiences going to
run-down blks & area volunteering their expertise in upgrading
property, maybe w/ materials donated b Lowe's, etc. GROW!
To increase the potential learning, retention, and commitment to
MU of students, we should personalize the educational process as
much as possible by teaching through undergraduate research,
faculty-student collaboration, community action research, etc.
MU is an educational institution; therefore the first priority
is the education of students. research is somewhere lower on the
list, and athletics near the bottom.
Optimize learning opportunities in critical areas of demand that
are consistent with the strengths of the University and the
learning needs of an educated citizenry at the local, state,
national, and international levels. This may include expansion
of off-campus facilities that have shown great potential for
growth and the expansion of 2+2 agreements with a major
Put more resources into Artists Series and lecture programs.
At one time MU was a leader, but now many other area programs
are superior to MU -- Shawnee State at Portsmouth, Paramount at
Ashland and U of Charleston.
The Arts are a multi million dollar industry in our nation.
They serve as economic connectors,have a major impact in
communities and play a major role in the recruitment and
retention of quality students & faculty. MU needs to market
Many of the responses call for a law school. The U.S.has more
attorney's than the rest of the world combined.Our country,
state, and city do not need more lawyers. We do need to join the
21st Century in the world of bio-tech and engineering.Let's do
Accounting programs are needed in the Kanawha Valley. MU could
improve its KV support and provide a much needed service to the
accounting profession by providing both a masters degree in
accounting and a non-degree for others - a type of bridge to
If you are serious about economic development, the concept must
permeate the entire educational experience. Just as students
must take English and math courses, make "Entrepreneurship" a
MU should develop a program outlining the proper and improver
uses of credit. Too many people have access to credit without
fulling understanding the negative impacts of improperly using
this tool. Improper use destroyes lives and families.
MU should promote a program towards personal finances/personal
independence e.g. wealth building. Specifically how to develop
a dividend producing portfolio which creates an additional
funding stream to support an individual's life style.
Marshall needs a class that EVERYONE should HAVE to take that
teaches kids how to manage their finances and financial
decisions. Basically teaching kids how to survive in the real
world so they are not so far into debt when they get out of
I agree w/thsuggested that we should teach students how to
manage money. This should be one of our general education
"outcomes." I don't think an entire three-hour course is
probably necessary; but perhaps a one-hour course would be in
An increasing number of people are selecting the career path of
financial planning. The process requires a commitment both in
terms of certification and mastery of the major planning areas
of study. This finance program can create pathways for success.
Financial Planning: Programs of study
focused on personal financial planning. Examples: insurance
planning, employee benefits, investment management, retirement
and estate planning.
10.Real World- MU needs to require that students take a course
on how the real world works. That class should cover things
like: what is your credit report, how credit cards works, how to
balance a checkbook, how to buy a home, how to buy a car, etc.
Econ. Dev. is more than just research. Academics can play a huge
role(i.e "Thematic years" could focus LCOB classes on single
issues to aid WV econ dev). Fred Smith made a simple observation
in an undergrad economics paper and founded Fed-Ex on that obs
Marshall needs to enhance the Center for Academic Excellence
with more scholarships and study abroad monies. Efforts to
recruit honors students must expand out of state with target
marketing. Support for faculty teaching in the program must be
The Center for Teaching Excellence is a wonderful support for
faculty at this institution. The CTE supports five major
programs with staff on reassign time. We must staff the CTE with
fulltime support and increase the budget to further support
MU needs to view Community & Technical College as a way to get
students for 4 year programs. Many students (adults out of
school awhile) are afraid of college, but will attend a CTC.
After they are successful at CTC, they will enroll at MU
Marshall University should plan to decrease the rate at which
students leave Marshall University before graduating. More
computer science courses should be offered because there is a
steady and growing demand for information technology.
Serve as continuing education (CPU) resource for professionals.
Provide on-campus conferences, online classes, summer institutes
and regional/national professional meetings. Definite
opportunity in Health Professions.
Continuing Education for Healthcare facilities on the Web.
Marshall University establish it's self as the University that
provides Continuing Education for professionals needing hours of
training for certifications, licensures Our company spends
$1,500 per staff, those in needs CPA, ATC, PT, SLP, Nursing, HR,
6.Self Defense- The self defense courses that are noncredit and
scheduled randomly are not widely known to those of us who do
not live in the dorms. Perhaps MU could email that info to us,
so that all students are prepared and informed.
The seemingly exclusive focus on biotech is foolish; every
university in the nation is making the same bet, and many are
better equipped and located to succeed in this. We need to make
a broader series of bets on technologies and sciences than
An expansion of the Early Education Center, the laboratory
preschool, so that Infants/Toddlers can be served as well as
Kindergarten/Primary children, the full range of early childhood
ages in laboratory setting for research, it's a rapidly growing
Expand the teacher education program into a 5-year program and
aid local schools by placing education majors into classrooms &
after school programs where they can gain experience and allow
the teacher to concentrate on teaching.
It would be great if Marshall like other universities offered
communication disorder classes on-line. It seems like Marshall
is lagging behind others and may get left behind in this
Offer competitive, high quality online courses based upon
accepted principles of best practice that serve the academic
needs of the university, meet service goals, and provide
alternative methods for attracting university enrollment of
traditional and non-traditional students.
Find unique online markets for MU's strengths. For example
online degrees and certifications in Autism, safety technology
(mining, etc.), courses for deaf, blind, and visually impaired,
college in high school, etc.
Develop the full potential of the e-learning platform at
Marshall and optimize the net revenue generated by this sector
of the University. To this end, expand the number of courses,
certificate and degree programs available through this medium
and expand the student base served by this program.
How do we know that on-line courses are actually being completed
by the specified student? In an era of "identity theft", what
stops "academic theft" of our on-line courses?
To assimilate e-learning into our regular curricula and
programs, e-courses and online programs have to be handled the
same way as other courses. Treating them differently (charging
students more & paying faculty per student, etc.) will hinder
WebCT Vista allows for the creation of Learning Communities to
allow for a core group of freshman to move through courses
together and provide an online communication method to discuss
issues. We will also be able to target resources based on
subject and content matter.
Facilitate student learning through introduction of innovative
instructional methodologies and integration of technology into
instruction that have a pathway to successful learning outcomes.
These could include such things as concept tests and new
delivery models including Online, Breeze, PodCasts, White
Boards, and Webinars. Create common learning objects that can be
shared across the disciplines.
Develop a WebCT Vista course for UNI 101 that would also serve
as a student technology resource guide that would provide
students with information they need to effectively use
technology on the MU campus. This guide would also be developed
for faculty and staff. 2 courses have been developed: a UNI101
E-course and UNI101 campus course supplement will be available
by Spring for UNI101 faculty orientation. UNI 101 will be a
required course in the Fall 2006. We also need a type on UNI
course for HS juniors and seniors to prepare them for college.
Consider alternatives such as night and Internet classes to
extensive land acquisition with associated housing removal and
city population loss.
A 4 year ABET accredited engineering degree is critical to
becoming a top-tier university and critical to the economic
development of this state.
Establish and Engineering School. an academic engineering
course of study is needed in the Huntington area to properly
attract high technology business. establish initially as an
adjunct to WVU with initial courses at MU and follow-on at WVU.
I recommend M.U. develop and offer a four-year accredited
Engineering degree, phasing in electrical, computer sciences,
chemical, civil and mechanical degrees over some 7-10 years. The
US needs to strengthen tech. education, and WV needs tech.
Excellerate efforts to reinstate the 4-year Engineering program
and update and/or provide state-of-the-art environments to
attract and maintain quality educators and students.
MU needs to re-develop an engineering school with emphasis on
mining. The coal mine companies of WV would surely be receptive
to supporting such a "home grown" idea and individuals.
Expand Marshall's pre-engineering program to a full scale School
of Engineering, offering all the differing engineering
disciplines to students. This is a high money field and one in
which MU used to excel. This will increase our undergrad
Marshall needs to expand the engineering program. Expanding the
engineering program would bring more students in this region
interested in engineering to Marshall University. This area is a
great place for meeting new people and everyone is friendly.
Marshall needs to have a four year Engineering Degree Program
Move in the direction of 7th. avenue as soon as possible. Too
many " eye sores " near such a beautiful campus. Engineering
over law school. Why compete with WVU. Have seen alot of
feedback on Veterinary School interest?
The English Department could use more upper level under grad
course work with more variety of meeting times. hire more
profs? Also, strengthen a linguistics and/or rhetoric strain in
the English dept. thank you
All students should be REQUIRED to take an environmental
education course. I think I'd be safe, in saying that most
students graduate without a real understanding of what our most
pressing environmental problems are.
Business and education majors should be required to take foreign
languages in order to meet graduation requirements. ( Cabell
Co. Spanish Teacher and former part-time instructor of Spanish
at MU 90-03 )
Given how much students could gain from a foreign language
experience - including the development of the ability to THINK,
add foreign language requirements to appropriate Schools, and
provide the MDL dept with appropriate funds to support that
Explore addition of a foreign language course (specifically
Spanish) for health professionals.
Add more resources to grow the Forensic Science Dept to make us
the premier University in DNA education and research. Add a 4
year engineering program with emphasis on a mining engineering
degree to grow the states primary economic development resource.
Provide continuing education programs for Laboratory
professionals using the Web technology so that healthcare
providers do not have to travel for required continuing
Formulation of articulation agreements with University of Rio
Grand's closing CLS program, allowing students to streamline
completion of their CLS education at MU, while providing
regional labs potential employees and utilizing MU's MOVC
5.Lab Courses- The times of the science classes and their
corresponding labs need to be restructured. As it is, there is
no way to take a science class w/ a lab and work MWF or TTH
schedule. They need to be held concurrently.
Continue the SOM's strong commitment to high quality primary
care based education but focus its rural health commitment in
its award-winning Family Practice program and broaden its
post-graduate training to include additional specialty programs.
Every undergraduate student should be information-literate upon
graduation. We need to integrate information-literacy
foundation courses more consistently into upper-level
Do more at the presidential level and Board of Governors to
promote one of MU's real gems -- The W. Page Pitt School of
Journalism & Mass Communications. I see very little in the TV
commercials doing this. JMC is a nationally-accredited program.
More emphasis on the liberal arts and teaching students to think
and problem solve. Too much is invested in job training w/out
the person having basic thinking skills. This is the way to
create a desirable workforce.
“Grow” the certification program for Library Media Specialists
(librarians in the K-12) within the College of Education and
Human Services - the only library science grad program in WV.
Enrollment has grown 53% since 2002-03. “Grow” public library
certification program to fulfill critical workforce development
needs among library employees in WV and surrounding states.
Employment of library technicians is expected to increase 10-20
% by 2012.
Rio Grande Agreement for first year courses to transfer to
Marshall for MLT/CLT program
Offer distance learning for the MT lecture portion of the CLS
curriculum for MLT's. This would be at various facilities around
the state. The student would have to attend the lab at MU.
There has been a request for this program from Point Pleasant.
We will recruit more music students, and we will prepare them
better, more economically and in a shorter period of time if the
current music education curriculum were redesigned to be
competitive with curricula of other institutions in our service
Implement planned SOM residency and fellowship training programs
to meet statewide needs in the following fields: Orthopedics,
Geriatrics, Interventional Cardiology, Hematology & Oncology,
From JMC faculty: encourage good teaching methods, pursue
making all classrooms "smart" classrooms, service learning
opportunities where appropriate, consider media literacy as a
12.Class offering- MU needs to offer more often classes on
grant writing, especially since they lack support for
undergraduate research ideas. That way we can at least try to
get the necessary funding on our own.
Establish a program to assist local firms with research and
other support that can help them enter markets overseas.
9.Class offerings- MU needs to offer a wider variety of 100 and
200 level science courses. Currently, it is very difficult to
meet the general requirements for the Marshall Plan.
Offer advanced training and MSW to meet the needs of the state
for professional social workers.
Develop summer programming beyond traditional summer school.
Increasing activity on campus will bring funds to campus and
surrounding area. Dorms and classrooms go unused and could
generate revenue. Business model of summer school will need to
Take existing courses in LMS/CMS to the next level.
i. Audio enable interactions
ii. Implement Turn-it-in integration
iii. Implement BLOGS
iv. Implement RUBRICS
v. Implement Test Score Interface
vi. Implement Student Response System Interface
vii. Implement Grade Submission to Banner
viii. Implement student pictures via Banner and integrated
ix. Implement ePortfolio Service
MU should offer undergraduate courses at the MUGC campus. To
offer undergraduate courses would result in full utilization of
the facility with support staff in place. Opportunity - easy
access to a large student population in the Kanawha Valley.
A problem we have is that students do not know how to learn.
Expand the UNI101 courses to 3 hours and add topics directed at
helping students learn how to learn.
Update our programs at MU. Students still take shorthand.
Retirement incentives will help, & will open lines for faculty
with new ideas.
Continue to support Writing center, tutoring, etc. - our
students have a lot of potential, but need this level of
support. In adding new and wonderful things, lets not lose
sight of what we have in place already :)
Establish and promote a central place where students can go for
help with finding funding for research.
Make doing research as easy and attractive as possible This
includes providing easy access to offices on weekends or over
holidays and turning on elevators and lights so that faculty can
continue their research during off hours.
We need to continue to focus efforts on high paying degrees,
especially medicine and biotechnology. Focusing on medicine will
keep grads here and build the city at the same time. Will create
money that could potentially be donated back to MU from grads.
Repeat submission: Biotech, nanotech and infotech are not
passing fads. Every state needs to benefit from them and
contribute to them. This is not the time to say "every state
teaches mathematics, so let's not be repetitive", these areas
are very broad
Bio, nano and info, all states recognize these as the future,
Marshall needs to develop clear thrusts in each of these areas.
Economic development will only take place in a climate that
encourages planned risk--where entrepreneurial programs and
creative summer school options are promoted. Adopting a global
perspective is a must, with a heavy focus on international
Exploring a cooperative arrangement with a community facility
for an environmental research center could be beneficial. One
prospect would be the Zip Little IWLA facility in Wayne County.
Making MU a cultural/intellectual focus for the area will occur
when the University begins to move to a research base. Our
current image is that of being a teaching institution.
Not really EconDev, but a "Marshall Green Campus" program could
identify energy initiatives with good ROI and short payback,
i.e."VendingMisers" to reduce energy costs of soda
machines,geothermal heat pumps in new construction,HiEff
lighting rplcmts, etc.
I would like MU and medical school to partner with Dr. Thornton
Streeter in doing research and training with students. His
website is http://www.biofieldsciences.com/Index.htm We could
findout what NIH & NIMH want studied and then use his facility.
The President congratulated for supporting endowed positions for
research. However, problems with Institute -elitist, no
incentive to work with undergrads -how many PI's nationally
generate 1 million/yr? =-contract conditions unlikely to attract
Congratulations to Dr. Kopp for supporting research. Institute
is not viable as described, leaves out current faculty. Should
be compared to similar size institutes (Stowers: 2 billions in
endowments, 600,000 sqft). PI's at 1 million/yr unreasonable.
When it comes to studies of local, regional and state economic
development, Marshall University is and should be the
intellectual "think tank" to produce studies and models that can
be put in use. I believe it is necessary for us to fill this
Identify focused areas for development that grow from current
expertise and regional needs. Determine resources needed and
provide support for growth. Hire in key areas to develop
interdisciplinary teams. Set expectations for funding and
As the focus at Marshall becomes more "research intensive" how
will we find adjunct faculty from a limited population base;
this is already a problem now? Will there be a greater use of
graduate students to off-set the fewer classes taught by
Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, I am a graduate student currently working
on my thesis. For future graduate students it would benefit them
greatly if the library provided journals online. Having
e-journals would allow better access to information.
1. Increase summer research awards to allow a full summer of
work (10K or greater) 2. Expand other MU sponsored research
grants (mini-grants) 3. Expand data base of grants/mini grants
that are available in all disciplines (co-sponsorship) 4.
Increase funding for RA/GA/TA to attract a larger population of
full-time graduate students who can assist professors carrying
loads consisting of teaching and research.
There needs to be clarification of how the transition from
Teaching to Research institution will be accomplished. (the
following list is not ranked) 1.University wide teaching load
reduction (from 12-9 cr.) 2. New faculty hired with research
emphasis 3. Moving to a research focus should not include the
use of more part-time faculty 4. Research fellows on fixed term
appointments who either pursue their own grants or work under
grants that have been acquired by MU.
Comprehensive, learner-centered educational programs that are
strengthened by breadth and depth in curricula, and appropriate
support services, will prepare learners to be innovative and to
excel in their future academic and professional pursuits. These
would be systematically reviewed by conducting periodic program
self-studies that assess learning outcomes and student success.
To improve graduation and retention rates, predictive modeling
for successful students should be deployed. For those students
at risk, we should provide safety-nets including summer programs
that bridge the gap between high school and college, common
academic themes (reading or experience) for all freshmen and
carry UNI 101 forward and include research.
Continue to make safety of students, staff and faculty a top
priority of the institution - setting specific goals and
developing strategies to achieve these goals. It is imperative
to keep safety a high priority for everyone within the
Marshall should ask the HEPC to ask the legislature to change
the jurisdiction of all campus police officers to full county
jurisdiction where the HEPC has property. This would stop
questions of authority and allow the schools to help local
Midterm grades can play a significant role in increasing
retention. Except for the current practice of D & F letters and
selected populations, this information is not presently provided
to students. Midterm grades should be provided to all students.
Implement programs of activities to retain students on campus
during weekends. Most students leave campus due to a lack of
friends with common interests. Current trends such as physical
fitness need to be considered in creating student "clubs".
Students have no place to gather during their free time (late
night) to develop social networks that will aid them in
identifying and developing personal strengths, commitment to
each other and their surrounding community. Give them that
To entice students to stay on campus on the weekend, plan one
major student activity per month at MSC with free food. Some
institutions provide weekly events, MU could begin with a
monthly activity and if successful move towards a weekly
There should be more to do on the weekends. Why not have more
activities? At least have local college bands play on the
weekends-SOMETHING. Rally students to get into the Guiness Book
of World Records. The bars get really old and boring after a
Increase student access to university facilities on evenings,
weekends, holidays and summer. If we don't want to be a
suitcase campus stop the building lock-downs. Leave elevators
on and doors open. Some disciplines, such as art, require
ongoing work and access to facilities.
Creation of a one-stop area to benefit the students.
Brochures/resource materials could be provided re: other areas
such as; health serv., career serv., student insurance &
tutoring. Computers available to assist students w/accessing
online forms and info
Bring in music artists that students like. Take surveys from
students to get an idea of the most popular artist and spend
money on that artist rather than a few artists that no one will
go to. Have to give kids a reason to stay here on weekends.
There needs to be better identification of students that are
at-risk and appropriate support services developed to encourage
the retention and graduation of this population.
Programs should consider whether their courses correctly
challenge the students, who are the intellectual capital of the
state, or act as though all students are of equal ability. Are
students capable of achieving excellence grouped or clustered ?
To keep students on campus over the weekend, there could be
student clubs centered around music, art, etc. Perhaps student
surveys could be used to determine interest. Three day weekends
- no class on Friday - is a greater challenge.
Develop marketing tools to describe services offered for other
departments and students. An area such as this could assist the
student in resolving their concerns and help in achieving their
|1. "Dead Week" should
be called "Study Week." A more intelligent word to say.
2. Handicapped ramp should be built from Old Main steps to Smith
3. 101 Spanish should be taught from beginning Spanish.
Meeting our students' needs. Grow our faculty. A statement of
ethics for students, faculty & staff. Pedagogy over cutting
edge technology. A number of universities (Standford, Duke &
Purdue) across the country are podcasting some of their courses.
Students' allegiance to MU could be fostered through a new
student orientation period during which they meet fellow
students (form bonds), learn traditional cheers and songs, and
get library and study skills training. Other schools do this:
Although some functions should be left to individual colleges,
it is important to review all policies and procedures
particularly as they relate to students, for consistency across
colleges. If there are differences, why...and can they be
i think the school should have a better meal plan for the
breakfast other than "scrambled eggs and bacon" every single
morning. This will make the likeliness that students signing up
for 19 meals plan during next year will be lower.
eliminate, as much as possible, combined undergrad/graduate
classes. This is a disservice to both groups and are too often
relied upon to provide nearly all of the coursework of many
graduate students, which only hurts them in the long run.
13.Scheduling- Please adjust the schedule so that there are not
so many conflicts with the time slots that classes fall within!
Since times can overlap by 10 to 15 minutes, it is almost
impossible to get a decent schedule anymore.
I believe that there should be a December graduation.What
university makes their students wait till May to graduate. One
graduation takes extremely too long and students dont want to
wait till May if they are already finished in Dec. Come on
WebCT Vista changes seat time and location possibilities. This
has been proven at MUGC with the use of one room for three or
four classes sections at the same time slot. Schedule the same
room for section 001 on Monday, section 002 on Wednesday, and
section 003 on Friday. Remainder of time for course is on-line
Streamline and standardize (as much as possible) general
education (develop a core curriculum), do away with marshall
plan (negative impact on transfers) and consider reducing total
hours required for graduation from 128 to 120.
Students should not be allowed to take more than 18 credits per
18.Office Hours- MU needs to enforce the policy of office
hours. If a professor says they have office hours at a
specific, they should be there.
Public schools' Spring Break is in April. MU's is in March. So
any MU student w/ school age kids or anyone w/ school age & MU
kids can't enjoy either Spring Break, & MU students w/ school
age kids have to pay for child care during their kids' Spring
There should be a centralized support services center that can
help non-traditional students negotiate their academic success.
This center should be designed with a strong andragogical
philosophy that emphasizes a learner-centered education.
17.Accessibility- All professors should be required to publish
their syllabi online.
Purchase needed equipment for CLS Simulated Laboratory. This
laboratory would be used for the instruction of CLS Students and
could be used for animal blood testing for Med School research
projects. This laboratory would be self-sufficient.
We need a university-wide professional development campaign to
improve the learning process. A focus on student learning rather
than professors lecturing is sorely needed.
Faculty and staff should be encouraged to develop student
learning communities across subject areas to facilitate critical
thinking. communication, and other life skills.
Improve the access, retention, success, and graduation rates for
all students, especially those from groups traditionally
underserved by higher education.
We have to find a way to stop the "student runaround". We can
do this by using interdisciplinary one-stop shops wherever
possible on campus (especially during critical times like
there should be a campus calendar for the entire U.
Discontinue portions of the Marshall University website that
have outdated or inaccurate information. Our dept. still has
scheduling from last year; this lack of maintenance serves to
confuse the public and portrays a very poor image of our
Marshall needs to continue to improve the quality and accuracy
of their webpages. There is a lot of out-of-date or incomplete
information on them. It is unclear who the primary audience is
for our public webpages (students, prospects, alumni, community)
If Marshall wants to improve its image, web sites that work
would help. I am considering applying for a job at Marshall,
but seeking information is difficulty when links throughout the
university's web don't work (including ones on this site)
New Faculty Groups: I think that we should create more
opportunities for faculty to work in interdisciplinary groups.
While certainly we all serve on committees that are
interdisciplinary, the committee structure does not provide an
environment where faculty can collaborate on grant proposals or
solve common instructional problems.
Faculty numbers: provide adequate FTE positions to reflect
enrollment numbers, and support offering elective courses,
research release time, and less need for temporary part-time
faculty and full-time faculty overloads
New Program: offer Parish Nursing program as course and as
continuing education for community nurses
require documented community volunteer service of all
undergraduate students to broaden their learning
Student Tutoring specific workshops on APA format, writing
skills, test-taking skills
school of nursing skills lab - provide up-to-date equipment
which would provide realistic practice before intereacing with
COHP building : identify building to house all COHP programs to
facilitate multidisciplinary interactions/research/courses
consider adding new programs (Law, Physical and Occupational
Therapy, Doctoral program in Nursing
Public Art Policy: To ensure that Marshall’s physical campus
grows wisely, like esteemed public institutions nationwide,
Marshall should consider adopting a percent-for-art acquisition
and stewardship policy to beautify the campus, stimulate
divergent thinking, preserve cultural assets, and cultivate
Program Assessment: As we know, program assessment is vital to
the success of any planning process. We don't have buy in on
assessment at Marshall. We have got to develop a comprehensive
strategy for getting faculty and programs on board with this.
That is difficult at best with heavy teaching loads, growing
expectations for research and creative activity, and demands for
service. While I believe...
Personal Thoughts on Management Education: The business school
as a professional program might be well advised to focus on
training students to be successful in business. With the focus
on success in business our efforts might well be directed to
initial placement and other success factors. Initial placement
and therefore good, initial on-the-job training would be
facilitated by having a strong internship program. Other
Tell me why I should be alarmed by our retention rates: 1. We
have a truly unique socio-economic student body - how can we
compare our rates with other institutions? 2. I know of many
examples of students that try college, and decide that they'd
rather do something else (eg work in a big city) for a few
years, and then return. They (many are 1st generation students)
see the work they...
Student retention :You are right about better advising. We
start to improve on that by making advising mandatory through
graduation for all students.Surveys of graduating Marshall
students suggest those students in colleges with mandatory
advising are the most satisfied with advising. No one should be
surprised by that.
Student retention: Improved advising is very important. I agree
that it should be mandatory.
New professional programs: I've been reading the off-campus
postings, and many suggest new professional programs (eg Pharm,
Vet, Law, Engr).I'd like to see some more on-campus responses.
Also, a few decades ago, didn't we have an Engr program die? If
New professional programs I've also seen many of these comments,
and would be excited to have these new programs at MU. However,
wouldn't we just be slicing the same pie into smaller and
smaller pieces? New programs? Yes, but only if funds are
available to avoid killing what we do well now.
Role of Engineering and Applied Sciences for Economic/Energy
Development: The state of West Virginia needs a BIG LEAP forward
to satisfy the needs of the new energy age. Energy from coal
has experienced an economic 'breakpoing' and Marshall University
is in a unique position to take advantage. The key components
are: COAL (Extraction, conversion) + WATER + HUMAN Resources. MU
is in the process of adding 'capability' building-blocks.' ...
College of Education and Human Service's Role in the new MU
Vision: If the economy of West Virginia is to grow in the 21st
Century, public school educational opportunities for the
children and families of WV need to be the number one priority.
For decades Marshall University has held a prominent role in
pre-service and professional development for educators.
Marshall University is strategically positioned because of
technology initiatives to provide leadership...
College of Education and Human Service's Role in the new MU
Vision: From a student's perspective, it seems MU neglects the
COEHS. With some of the worst facilities on campus including a
building that: floods regularly, features overcrowded basement
classrooms where students struggle to find a seat or table
space, and has rooms with some of the worst wheelchair
accessibility on campus. Additionally, the school increasingly
fails to attract and retain quality faculty...
College of Education and Human Service's Role in the new MU
Vision: The COEHS should partner with other MU
departments/institutes/colleges and colleges throughout the
region in conducting and publishing multidisciplinary research
(economic, geospatial, sociological, pyschological, etc.) aimed
at strengthening rural schools and helping the communities they
serve to thrive.
Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia: GSM, LCOB
has initiated the development of the Doctorate in Management
Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. When implemented, this program
will be perhaps the only one of its kind in the nation, hence
providing us a niche in the growing field of nurse anesthesia.
I strongly support the development of this program and would
encourage the MU administration to support it as well because
Although I applaud the ideal, the MITR as outlined in the
strategic vision may be too ambitious for MU at this time.
Perhaps MU (and the state) could glean some insight from the
Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) (www.dbi.udel.edu). The
DBI has successfully integrated funding from the state, NIH
(INBRE), and NSF (EPSCoR). All funding sources presently here
on campus. ...
Examining what has been successful elsewhere may help us make
good decisions here. BSC will support efforts to gather more
information if that is determined to be valuable for the
The Art and Science of Communication in the 21st Century: As
Marshall develops the "commerce of ideas" we need to be
attentive to how those ideas and subsequent spin offs (products,
technologies, etc.) will be shared beyond the university.
Moreover, as we prepare students to move into careers, we should
pay careful attention to their abilities as communicators. As
we develop the next generation of scientists, we should also be
The Art and Science of Communication in the 21st Century: Great
idea. Don't forget to include the Department of Communication
Studies in the mix. I love the idea of a round building where
there are no corners in which to get stuck.
The Art and Science of Communication in the 21st Century: In his
book, A Whole Mind,
Daniel Pink interprets the ensuing paradigm−the conceptual
age−and notes that new high-concept and high-touch skills
(e.g., design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning) will
reign. If Mr. Pink is right, and I believe he is, then to
remain competitive Marshall needs to eschew traditional academic
alignments and approaches. Like a colleague once observed,...
Doctorate in Management Practice for Nurse Anesthesia: Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetists have rapidly moved from the role
of "team member" to independent practice. With this transition
the demand for an educational experience/credential to match
this position within the health care industry is increasing at a
rapid rate. Marshall has the opportunity to develop a flagship
program at the doctorate level for anesthestists, satisfy...
Doctorate in Management Practice for Nurse Anesthesia: I
strongly support this idea. Marshall University (and before
that the Graduate College) has had an active program in
conjunction with the Charleston Area Medical Center in this
field for over 15 years. The program is well known, growing,
and should be supported in the future.
A collaborative and caring community: I agree with posts about
students seeking the path of least resistance in pursuit of
thier immediate goals. It's also apparent to me that we don't
have a real sense of community amoung our students. We're no
different that most IHEs that have herterogenoeus populations,
but I firmly believe that we can instill in our students a
better sense that they belong to a community...
A collaborative and caring community: And let's expand our
student organizations to include the students on the South
Charleston campus! Huntington and South Charleston operate
independently from each other. Rarely have I encountered a
student from either campus who took any coursework whatsoever
from the other campus. There are issues pertinent to the
campuses individually, and so to the students. I find that
We might consider eliminating the metro fee for students living
in the surrounding area. Ohio University is making great in
roads in this area especially with their new center being built
in Proctorville. We are loosing students.
Instructor Class Non-Tenure Faculty Designation: Not sure where
to plug this in so SharePoint admin, feel free to move my
thread. If you know me, you already know I am still stuck on the
idea we should consider modeling OU and other institutions
that have an “instructor class” of teaching faculty who possess
an MA in field. We have a cadre of talent in the valley we can
no longer employ due to 3-6 year caps on temporary employment.
Instructor Class Non-Tenure Faculty Designation:I agree
about developing an instructor class of non-tenured faculty at
Marshall. In the English Department, for example, we employ
many gifted teachers at this level who would appreciate the
opportunity to continue working here for more than a few years,
and I know that both my colleagues and my students value these
individuals' expertise and enthusiasm.
I had an interesting conversation with a group of students about
“social capital” on the Marshall campus recently. The gist of
this conversation was that very few students (at least according
to my sample) seem to care what happens to Marshall. They want
their degree and they want out. More alarming, possibly, is
that this seems to be the default position of many faculty
members as well...
Yes, and Yes! Students, in my experiences here, for the most
part don't care particularly about Marshall, in large part
because they feel abused, sometimes in concrete ways - lack of
advising and information, getting passed from office to office
without their problem(s) being solved, professors who won't
respond to their requests for help, and so forth - and sometimes
by what they percieve...
You are completely on target about the lack of openess and
trust. And it doesn't just apply to faculty vs. students, or
staff vs faculty, etc. It affects departments within the same
division, and it also manifests in staff vs staff conflict as
well. I have worked here for 20 years, and I believe the level
of trust and cooperation university-wide has decreased steadily
from years ago. ...
I think a series of fora, or dare I say town meetings, would be
an important step in the right direction, and I would hope that
faculty would take it seriously enough to get involved. I too
find the limited time for suggestions troubling, but it's not
nearly as troubling as the fact that so few are interested in
participating. It seems that for many here, dissatisfaction with
Give us students a real opportunity to be involved in the
strategic planning process. Introducing this initiative near the
end of the semester when we're heavily engaged in other
activities demonstrates the university's disinterest in gaining
any meaningful input from us.It is so hard for Marshall to
believe its students are genuinely interested in improving the
quality of their education and the...
Student/University Culture: At the risk of repeating myself, and
with no intention of diverting the excellent discussion my
initial post started, let me re-paste here the paragraph I find
so disturbing/enlightening/provocative/scary: Ultimately, higher
education's success requires students to take more
responsibility for their own learning. The more students are
engaged in the intellectual work of thinking and learning,...
Student/University Culture: I have to qualify these remarks by
saying I'm rather new to Marshall, and I'm not sure if that
means I have a unique perspective or unrealistic expectations
(not that the two are mutually exclusive). I think the
suggestion of rethinking general education is an important place
to start: I hear students regularly complain about the Marshall
Plan, and whether or not these complaints are justified seems...
Some students seek a degree, not an education. I don't have an
answer for that but I am sure not all students are the same. I
wonder if we could market and increase the awareness of the
Honors Designation. This would be somewhat like...
These are excellent suggestions! I too am fairly new to
MArshall, and while I find the students very receptive to what I
offer in the classroom, they need to be taught to think beyond
"get a grade" type thinking. They came into my class expecting
to be "taught"- defined in their minds as "teacher says, I write
or I do", versus active learning.
new program proposal: Given the fact that Forensic Science is a
booming academic discipline and that MU has one of the few
accredited FSC programs in the country, we should investigate
the resources needed that would allow us to accelerate to the
doctoral level in this field.
new program proposal I Like the idea and want to add little bit
more to it. MU should start doctoral program in several
disciplines especially Biology, physical sciences and Chemistry.
As they have all the resources and facilities available. One
more thing, as i am graduate of MS Technology Management
program, i think there is need to change the name of this
program or atleast call it MBA - Tech Management. As in job...
new program proposal Biology students with an interest
in biomedical and related sciences have the possibility to
pursue the PhD through the BMS program at the medical school. I
would like to see this program grow and strengthen before
expanding potentially competing graduate programs in BSC. I am,
however, very supportive of an interdisciplinary PhD program in
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do. If we accept the
notion that critical thinking is the "operating system" of the
mind, what are some ideas for how to effectively inspire,
develop and advance critical thinking in our students? How will
we determine that our educational processes actually improve
the critical thinking of our students?
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do. Based on the
definitions provided on the website and in general, critical
thinking means different things to different people. That
vagueness about the definition creates a problem in itself. One
of the definitions provided on critical thinking is : In a
nutshell, critical thinking is self-directed, self
discilplined, self-corrective, and self-monitored thinking.
Infusing critical thinking in all that we doTo inspire our
students to think critically, faculty members also have to be so
inspired, and that is a difficult task at Marshall. I agree
that fostering critical thinking is a necessary part of building
intellectual capital, and I have little doubt that this is an
important part of Marshall’s mission. However, cultivating these
skills in students requires faculty members who feel that
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do I most certainly
agree with previous observations and commentary. It is
important consider that "faculty inspiration" will be absent
unless faculty are permitted to flourish within the academy.
This doesn't mean working entirely to meet the demands of the
institution. I would find difficulty with infusing substantive
critical thinking in the current Marshall...
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do.I think we must
make a commitment to incorporate "critical thinking" skills into
every course syllabus. Too many times, I have taken classes
that simply required me to regurgitate the facts and ideas
presented in the lectures or textbooks. Those are classes I
found to be "easy." (They were also quite reminiscent of high
school!) The classes I remember, and...
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do. Our Senior
Capstone Experience is one way we can be assessing our success
in the teaching of critical thinking skills. Other posts have
referred to ETS Assessments that are attempting to measure
critical thinking skills. I have posted two Chronicle articles
referring to the SUNY system assessments and a recent
announcement by ETS of a new instrument called "Measure of
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do. I have just
recently had people tell me it's no use to suggest any sort of
collaborative efforts with K-12, as they will not be accepted!
I don't know if that's true or not, but I do know that I see on
a daily basis (via the writing and oral skills of students - or
more to the point, the lack thereof) students who are completely
and totally unprepared for college-level work. And yet
Infusing critical thinking in all that we do. Critical thinking
requires skeptical comparison of new information to a broad and
deep body of knowledge. To get students thinking critically, we
must emphasize skeptical examination of information. We have to
get away from the standard lecturer/listener format that only
reinforces the habit of accepting data without examining it.
The second part of the equation is...
When the topic of a university’s community is discussed, it
generally brings thoughts of the geographic location in which
the university is located. While there is little question of the
contributions Marshall University provides to the Huntington
area, and to lesser extents the other communities in which it
has regional campuses, I believe that it is vital that we expand
this definition of community....
I would second what have been said in regard to this matter. We
must work to increase our visibility in the state and region.
The GSEP's mission of providing graduate level education to an
adult population of educators is vital to our future growth.
The potential impact that faculty and the University as a whole
can (and in many cases does) have in our local communities is
In the past, I have not been encouraged to participate in
community service unless it is directly related to my field of
expertise (I don't see Habitat for Humanity or Kiwanis Intl
needing any help with Commutative Algebras any time soon).Still,
I do the sevice, for more important reasons, and I think
Marshall benefits from it.We have to be careful not to further
the ivory tower stereotype.
I would really like to see Marshall get a pharmacy program in
the near future; with the creation of a new Biotechnical
Building, it only seems appropriate that Marshall should be able
to create new majors and new opportunities for students, as well
as entice more tri-state students to attend for both
undergraduate and Pharm.D programs.
I would really like to see Marshall develop a few more of its
graduate programs. Currently, I am a psychology major. If I
want to get my graduate degree from Marshall I have to travel
clear to Charleston. Not only that but the only grad degree
offered is in clinical psychology. It would be great to see
Marshall up its programs by bringing in new staff expecially
with the new...
While economics is very important to Marshall, I feel we should
stand out from the crowd and give the students a break for a
change, perhaps, consider not charging the students for
parking. We have to pay so much for everything why not have at
least one break for students.
Hi all - I hope we can discuss the importance of information and
computer literacy for students of today. The current levels of
preparedness are very low-- thanks to SAILs (the library’s info
lit assessment survey) we know that our students are coming to
us w/ failing info lit skills. It is critical that we infuse
info/computer literacy training into our freshman/sophomore
curriculum and be sure that...
I agree. I also believe that students' reliance on technology
has significantly changed the way they interact socially. This
may have bearing on the way students explore and deal with
diversity. Along with developing their information processing
skills, we should focus on ways to encourage appropriate social
networking and interaction while providing exposure to a
I agree that information and computer skills are necessary to
help our students be successful. I was surprised by a student in
one of my graduate classes who told me that she had never
learned to use PowerPoint. I wonder if we could have a capstone
activity or class that requires the use or demonstration of
ability to use technology....
I want to agree with previous comments and expand on them a
bit. Our SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy
Skills) survey -- part of a nationwide assessment project
managed by the Association of Research Libraries -- allowed us
to measure preparedness of MU students with regard to
information-seeking skills relative to students in some 100
Student Learning: Buried deep within one of these strategic
planning web sites
is the following paragraph, a footnote: Ultimately, higher
education's success requires students to take more
responsibility for their own learning. The more students are
engaged in the intellectual work of thinking and learning, the
more they learn and retain. This...
Student Learning: I couldn't agree more! No Child Left Behind
drives everything in K-12 education, and the results of
attempting to make "adequate yearly progress" under NCLB seem to
be contrary to the very idea of teaching students to "think."
In an effort to meet NCLB guidelines, schools are "teaching to
the test" and, in fact, encouraging students to memorize the
Student Learning: I tend to agree here, but must confess to
being surprised by how embedded in this culture Marshall seems
to be: granted I am new to the Marshall "community," but it
already takes more that one hand to count the number of students
I've heard refer to the University as "just a big high school,"
Cabell-Midland II," or "a glorified community college." ...
Student Learning: Yep, I hoped I was clear that there is more
than enough blame to go around - and many faculty are more than
happy to accede to student's interests in easy classes, as few
outside assignments as possible and so forth. The pressures to
do so come from other places as well - increased retention can
easily come from making it easier to pass classes; the use of
student evaluations for faculty...
Student Learning: I appreciate what the rest are saying about
the seduction of making classes "easy" by requiring less outside
work and easy exams but I think there may be another way to
improve our students' ability to think critically without making
a class "hard." Many experiential activities require
integration, manipulation of the information, and application in
a very real way. Experiential...
Student Learning: I couldn’t agree more, and in a perfect world
you would teach classes in which you provide students with this
experiential learning, while at the same time energizing your
own intellectual life (I’m told this actually happens). But this
becomes quite difficult in an environment where the choice
between putting your energy into teaching or research becomes a
zero-sum game. In the end, it...
Student Learning: You make an excellent point and I am
surprised that Marshall asks both of everyone. At other
institutions I have seen some faculty who were
"teaching faculty" with little or no research requirements, and
other faculty who are what we called "research faculty" with
little or no teaching load. This allowed people to focus energy
where they were most interested....
Student Learning: I'm sure the perception is that students would
come out on the losing end if we allow faculty to emphasize
research over teaching (and maybe that would be the case). I
can only give my own perspective here: I think that research and
teaching can inform and energize each other, and I think I would
be a much better teacher if I actually had time to get to the
research agenda that has, thus...
Student Learning: The idea of experiential learning also
suggests a consideration of expanding experience via an
integration of ideas. I ponder how higher ed can model team
teaching and collaboration, which we support as appropriate to
enhancing more complexity of thought.
Student Learning: The relationship between faculty and student
is symbiotic. The relationship is perhaps better thought of as
a partnership than a mere customer/providor relationship. I
have posted two articles from the Chronicle to the Documents
Area that I thought might be interesting to this discussion.
One is a relatively recent article, "What does...
It is my belief that a truly productive process would be begin
with the formation of a well-informed group assigned to
determine and implement the prudent and exact actions to be
taken to achieve the goals pre-determined by the group. They
could also assist in the selection of the most feasible of the
suggestions received from the public. There is no doubt that the
plans and actions of such an informed group would be of infinite
value. Proposal: The Group: Consists of two factions reporting
to the President. Academic: Each member chosen for his/her full
knowledge of, and lengthy experience in academia, teaching ...
plus an awareness of definite actions required to improve the
quality and growth of Marshall's academic programs. MU faculty
has many members that would qualify ... but in the past they
have been held at arms-length or ignored. Financial: Each member
chosen for his/her full knowledge of, expertise and lengthy
experience in the past and present financial operations of the
university. Some presently in MU financial departments would
qualify and there are many financial professionals in the area
willing to consult and advise. Each faction meets weekly and
reports to the President in a joint meeting every two weeks for
full reports and discussion. The point made here is that the
plans and specific actions required to benefit the university
can best be determined by a consensus of fully-informed minds.
I would like to add, in case no one has mentioned this as a
suggestion/idea, that a reassessment of the situation of adjunct
faculty really needs to be put on the list. Right now, there do
not seem to be good mechanisms for including adjuncts in the
larger faculty (they don't have Faculty Senate representation,
for instance, nor do they attend departmental meetings
necessarily). They also are not regularly given any office
space (at least in our division, which contains many adjunct
faculty). I'd love to see the fair remuneration of adjunct
faculty, and their treatment with respect and the perqs given to
"regular" faculty, added to the list of important elements of
the university community that need to be addressed.
The library workers need enforce the "quiet zone". I do not go
to Drinko anymore to study because there is no point. It is
almost as loud as the Student Center. Either make the library
workers more aggressive, or make Drinko a second student Center.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Technology
should be a Signature Initiative. GIS is beginning to be used
to help manage MU assets and data. GIS should be integrated
more into curriculum and research. Can lead community in
Increase support for the Artist Series by funding operating
costs and leading the effort to restore the Keith Albee. Arts
adds to the economic vitality of the city and increases the
diversity of options for students. MU is singularly able lead
Under water quality CMU is listed as a research partner along
with a number of other univeristies. Does that indicate a
relathionship with Carnegie Mellon Univ. or Central Mich Univ.?
As there is a great difference between the two it would be nice
All sound like worthwhile venture but I would like to see the
university focus on strategic advantages when deciding where to
allocate resources. No doubt that the university can be an
economic engine for the region but only through focused efforts.
I know that the online and TV courses are an effective way of
reaching more students, but I personally dislike the interaction
in these classes. Several of my classes have had technical
difficulties which impede my learning and decrease class time.
Fundraising goals are wonderful and essential but until the
univ. begins to add value to the alumni population it will be
held back. That is done through a strong alumni relations office
but an event stronger and centralized advancement operation.
As an employee of the Artists Series, the Keith Albee and the
continued support of the Artists Series is very important to the
community. MU is a major employer of the area. The quality of
life that the Aritsts Series has provided should continue.
online learning can generate great resources for the univ but it
should not be done with academic standards as the casualty. MU
should continue to increase the quality of students and the
academic rigor of programs.
HADCO is glad to see MU focus on the development of an
entrepreneurial research culture which will in turn develop
intellectual property with commercial potential in the area of
technology, especially biotechnology. Marshall University's top
priority - the creation of the MU Institute for
Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), and we are happy to see that
its name includes the word "Interdisciplinary". Your emphasis on
creating thousands of new high wage jobs is consistent with the
mission of HADCO. HADCO is deeply involved in the development of
the technology constellation at Kinetic Park and is planning the
construction of the Park's first technology building - the
Velocity Center. Part of the Velocity Center will be a business
incubator to foster the development of small technology
companies which employ area citizens, many of whom will be MU
students and graduates, in jobs requiring a highly educated
workforce. We hope that Marshall is successful in implementing
MllR and we offer HADCOJs support.
MllR envisions research professors generating technology based
intellectual property with commercial potential. We hope that MU
will introduce its researchers to entrepreneurial training.
These professors will benefit from the business incubator as
they commercialize their ideas. HADCO can assist MU and College
of Business in marketing the technology based intellectual
property and HADCO can assist in steering venture capital and
other funding into MllR projects that create new jobs. HADCO
will also continue to promote the research at the MU by
coordinating activities with the WV Biotech Alliance. MU is an
economic engine in our area and we believe MU must recognize its
role as the keystone for economic development in the region.
HADCO was a leader in the planning of Kinetic Park, Velocity
Center and the biotech business incubator with MU in mind. MU
needs to embrace Kinetic Park as its asset, to establish a
significant presence there, to be involved with the biotech
business incubator as a provider of services to its tenants and
to help define the charter and mission of Kinetic Park to fit
the research and training needs of MU.
Both the Chamber and MU have resources that the other lacks and
should become partners. The Chamber sees 4 areas of partnership
opportunity: 1. On legislative issues, MU and the Chamber can be
powerful partners. MU's support of business issues that the
Chamber is championing increases the influence we can have on
legislators. Adding the business community's voice can bolster
lobbying efforts by MU on higher ed issues. MU and the Chamber
should coordinate lobbying efforts to ensure we are speaking
with "one voice" from the community. 2. The Chamber's
"Work-Based Learning" initiative works with area high school
students to provide job shadowing and career fair experiences
under a contract between the Chamber and the Cabell County
School Board. MU and the Chamber should explore the possibility
of expanding this program to include job shadowing and
internships with area businesses. The Chamber has dozens of
businesses that allow job shadowing, and many of these business
contacts could also have internship opportunities. The Teacher
Summer Institute that trains area high school teachers and
counselors in what businesses need from new employees could be
expanded to include college level instructors.
3. MU cannot survive successfully without the help and support
of the City of Huntington and the business community, and the
City and business community will not prosper without MU. It
benefits MU and the Chamber to collaborate on issues that can
draw the community and MU closer together. Among those issues
are the development of the Fourth Avenue corridor and Pullman
Square, area transportation and parking.We see the Chamber doing
such things as welcoming students back to the community and
school, having area businesses offer student discounts,
encouraging clean-up of blighted areas around the downtown and
campus, and joining in co-sponsored events that bring students
and faculty into the community and likewise bring business
people to MU. 4. MU is a tremendous resource for training in the
community. The Chamber tries to offer or coordinate training for
small businesses in a variety of subjects and MU is a great
resource for those types of programs. The business community has
at its disposal experts in many fields that have actual work
experience, which MU could call on to provide students "real
world" training and information. A coordinated effort to offer
training to the business community and for the business
community to provide "real world" educational experiences to
students should be explored and developed.
Start a law school. Currently the state only has 1, WVU. This
gives WVU advantages in raising funds from high-salary alums and
power in the legislature. MU could build in Charl. near the grad
school. Law Sch.'s are usually $$-makers for their school also.
The Huntington Internal Medicine Building on 20th street is for
sale. Could the university buy it and move the Community College
there? A shuttle service could transport students back and forth
The accounting program should attain separate accounting
accreditation from AASCB. This could help strengthen the
perception and quality of education. Also, the Lewis College of
Business needs to expand with specific master's degrees such as
Marshall cannot accept everyone who can walk through the door if
improving intellectual capital is in fact a goal of the
University and/or the community. Well-regarded educational
institutions do not merely maintain rigorous acceptance
they raise those standards continually. Benchmark against peer
schools, then plan on raising that bar next cycle. Public
entities are more restricted than private ones, but many
well-regarded (educationally) public universities do exist. Life
I love coming to MU FBall games, but the atmosphere is pretty
dull. If when MU scores a TD maybe a train horn or the
fireworks that just explode. Something to get the crowd into
it. I've been to big college games and I think MU needs
something like tha