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“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.
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.
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
In my opinion, each student needs to be able to function in a
changing world. This speaks to a core curriculum of basic skills
in math, computer science, writing, critical reading and
science. Without these skills, students will not be able to
shift to different jobs as the employment market changes over
time. All students must emerge from our curriculum with -
practical job skills so they will be ready to join the
work-world after college. This would involve the implementation
of an internship/work experience which would be integrated into
the curriculum. If nothing else, it may lead students to alter
their choice of careers. However, I believe an internship/work
program would deeply impact their education providing this
experience is meaningful and properly monitored, and it would
also give them a leg up on other applicants when applying for
Students also need to be prepared for their roles in a
democratic society. They need to be able to effectively deal
with the problems and social issues of race, religion, poverty,
naturalism, aids, ethnocentrism, etc., or what Martin Buber
described as "self vs. other." Upon graduation, students will
then recognize that they belong to a multi-racial,
multi-cultural nation and will be better prepared for their
roles as citizens in a democratic society. The task is for each
major to develop a block of courses which confronts these
critical issues in a thoughtful manner. This would involve a
core curriculum of the humanities which emphasizes the role of
the individual in society. History of biology must show the
conflict as evolutionary theory developed. Physics has a history
of competing theories, naturalism, etc. As part of this process,
students should also be offered courses in U.S. institutions,
legal systems, political systems and financial systems. It is
time to replace tired old courses with new courses that teach
values and critical thinking. These new courses must engage
students in critical social, political and economic problems.
|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.
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.
begins with the first connection. The possibility of the
Michigan M-RULE Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (http://www.msu.edu/~mrule/info.htm)
becoming a “Marshall M-RULE” could change the face of this
campus from the polarization by color, ethnicity, and
orientation. It all begins with the first opportunity for
relationship – on the campus, in the dorms, and in the
classrooms. A class that takes time to Build Community provides
the ultimate learning environment, helping to remove fearful
stress, discouragement, and unhealthy competition.
Develop a progressive recruiting strategy for African American
students , in and out of state.
Develop a law school that caters to the nontraditional student,
located at MUGC utilizing E and evening classes.
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
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
Review current activities, programming and initiatives to assess
their effectiveness and progress toward advancing institutional
goals for inclusiveness and diversity. Clarify goals. Institute
effective strategies for accomplishing them. Specify indicators
accompanying benchmarks for monitoring progress and. Phase out
ineffective programs and focus of programming that matters most
for the future.
Develop and articulate a clear and specific goal relative to
achieving "diversity" at Marshall. What are we truly trying to
Evaluate the effectiveness of current diversity and
multicultural programming efforts. Discontinue ineffective
programs/activities. Introduce new initiatives designed to
actively engage students, faculty and staff in these issues in
ways that foster greater understanding and inclusiveness.
Develop measurable goals to achieving both a diverse student
base and faculty base with emphasis on race diversity.