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Build a research incubator and attract top researchers focused on 21st century development which could then be commercialized into 21st Century companies.
MU should develop a vaccine research facility.  At the present time, the US Government is looking to fund organizations who are willing to step forward and make a commitment in this arena.
Develop virtual symposiums at which Marshall scholars and creators can present research and works in progress and engage in dialogue with interested colleagues.
Serve as a test-bed for techniques developed by interdisciplinary/integrative projects (e.g. gaming and simulation)
Many studies by students and faculty have been conducted on the Greenbottom Wetlands, north of Huntington. Compiling those studies into a database and/or collection would be useful to foster further research.
As an engine of economic growth MU should shift faculty focus from committee work and teaching to research.  Most states with vibrant industry and commerce have at least two research universities.  MU does things the old way; research is the future.
I believe faculty talents, knowledge and skills at Marshall are underutilized. Some of the models that can be used with the right vision, incentives and leadership are: 1. We should be able to generate over $200 million grants within the next 5 years. I would like to share with you the way to do it on yearly basis, 2.We can actually start a pilot study with some faculty to give them a contract that says you will be given the salary you deserve but Marshall University at this time can afford this amount and the rest you have to generate from grants. Such approach may be helpful to reward and attract good faculty.
Set up an assistant dean for research for the COS, to organize the many forms of undergraduate research funding and programs, to act as an ambassador for underfunded MS programs  and to build PhD programs on this campus, something that can't happen withou
An annual student-faculty research (creative production) expo would dramatically change the focus of teachers' teaching to student and professors collaborating and learning together. It would encourage scholarly projects and show case accomplishments.
Enhancing research at Marshall is greatly hindered by the lack of reassigned time. The university needs to triple or quadruple its funds in this area. A good way to begin would be to reprioritize: a new weight room is ridiculous!
Fund undergraduate student research projects in science- with supplies and stipends.  Fund lab classes in science for project based research experiences.  Support Sigma Xi research day and other presentations of student work.
Marshall must continue to identify funding sources to support undergraduate research activities in every college/ school. Undergraduate research is a wonderful part of the collegiate experience here. We must find ways to increase the support .
Student research should be made visible and undergraduate research grants should be made to allow the pursuit of research goals.
If Marshall is serious and wants to stay competitive in scholarly research and creative work, increase basic support!  For instance, it is absurd that art and design faculty have no university provided studio spaces to do their own work.
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.
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 agencies. 
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 planning process. 
a university wide tenure and promotion plan that recognizes the bifurcated (teaching-research) nature of Marshall Faculty. Reward teachers for teaching; researchers for research. Many existing plans reward neither and expect both.
Webcast all faculty development programs and presentations by President. This will help disseminate information to all sectors of campus.
1. Find new ways to consolidate teaching to allow more time for research (e-courses, team teaching) 2. Library resources should be addressed to facilitate research in all disciplines. 3. Student recruiting (undergraduate/graduate) should be a priority. 4.Graduate and Undergraduate research and forums for presentation should continue to be developed and implemented on a widespread basis
15.Reward program- MU should consider rewarding those students w/ a 3.5 or higher in some way.  A gift card to the MU bookstore in a nominal amount (like $20) would be a great incentive. 
“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. 
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. 
We have a great opportunity with the new Biotech Center to attract researchers from the Biopharmaceutical Industry. For example, a Bioreactor facility for production of protein-based therapeutics and other biopharmaceuticals will create high paying jobs.
MU's biggest contribution to economic development is creating an educated workforce.  Secondly, MU's ability to develop biotech research (as one example) can integrate with efforts of HADCO to attract biotech companies.  This would be true in other areas.
Establish a Marshall Research Institute (a la Georgia Tech Research Institute and Stanford Research Institute) in Bio-Technology, Ecology and Life Sciences.  Opportunity for economic development and advanced study programs.
1.The concept with the greatest support should be the Biotech aspect.  This will involve students to seek degrees in sciences, and area community members. Discovery& Innovation should take priority, workforces are re-training every day. We are Marshall...
Develop truly cleaner renewable energy--given the huge problem (scientist in New Zealand dared to say "human extinction" within 100 years!) of global warming and the ecological destruction of mountaintop removal, MU could really serve the community.
Let West Virginia's universities, industries, and leaders be at the front in developing efficient small, home and business size turbines. Subsidy money can pay West Virginians to develop clean energy answers not outside companies to destroy our natural beauty. A West Virginian broke the sound barrier, another developed NASA rockets, and many are industrial leaders--we can lead the world and develop more efficient ways to harness wind. Challenge the technology, physic, and scientific leaders in this state to develop a new, smaller, and more efficient turbine that can be attached to homes and towering skyscrapers. 
Marshall University can lead the way in developing the technology to harness wind power without building 400+ foot turbines. The world awaits smaller, more efficient turbines similar to today's satellite dishes. Create jobs and promote education in WV. 
work to promote entrepreneurship & commercialize ideas. Don't try to sell patents at high prices. MU will be rewarded when the patent purchaser is cultivated and makes a large donation back to MU. The patent isn't worth much until producing revenue.
Merge MURC and IDEA into one organization and hire a strong entrepreneurial leader focused on obtaining more research dollars, and then commercializing the research into 21st century businesses.
Significantly support a program in science based entrepreneurship, leveraged with the venture capital WV already puts into the hands of out of state venture groups  Invest locally, both by importing talented students and invest in local startups
Check out the link with particular emphasis on overhead recovery. http://www.unirel.vt.edu/stratplan/ResearchStrategy.html
In its 125 anniversary issue, the journal Science listed the top 125 most compelling questions facing science today.  The 4th question on the list was “To What Extent Are Genetic Variation and Personal Health Linked?”  Although we are certain that many Mendelian disorders are caused by single gene defects, the complex genetic diseases (cancer, atherosclerosis, neurological disease and others) have been more difficult to unravel because they result both from multiple genes acting in concert and from environmental effects; these diseases are of greater medical and societal concern because they are present are relatively high frequencies in many populations and can have high morbidity and mortality.  The availability of the human genome sequence and complete sets of genetic markers has begun to shed some light on the genes that confer susceptibility to the common complex diseases.  Elucidation of these diseases brings the promise of rational prevention and treatment based on the patient’s genetic composition and the molecular pathology of the disease.  
This research is at the center of medical research at many universities and the molecular diagnostics and treatment regimens that will follow must become an essential part of clinical practice.  In a Science Policy Forum, the director of the NIH, Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated that “Solving the problems of complex diseases from obesity to cancer will require a holistic understanding of the interplay between factors such as genetics, diet, infectious agents, environment, behavior, and social structures.  To devise and use the state of the art technologies developed from the road map approach we will need the expertise of nontraditional teams of biological scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and others.”   Marshall faculty have experience in the genetic and statistical methods needed in this research and several funded collaborative projects are already underway.  This work should become of one of our university’s research themes and development of molecular diagnostics should be considered under the areas of Economic Development and Community and Service.
Generally, the conceptualization of this degree program would involve the study of applications and strategies for compiling and integrating disparate, cross-disciplinary data/information resources into coherent knowledge bases that can be exploited to advance biomedical research and diagnostics, improving early disease detection, treatment and prevention. Amalgamating such data sources requires solving a large number of technical, technological, scientific, financial, social and legal issues, as well as approaches to developing new/novel tools that enhance the productive use of these knowledge resources.
COHP and the university should identify focused research priorities.  Obesity is one area of consideration, as it offers tremendous opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
The university needs a stimulating and supportive, state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes informational, technical, facility, and human resources. Every unit needs common help for the pursuit, discovery, support, implementation for of grants and contracts. 
The MITR as outlined may be too ambitious at this time.  The Delaware Biotech Institute (DBI), has successfully integrated COBRE, INBRE, EPSCoR and state monies while creating 600 jobs.  In 2005 the DBI was recognized as the Outstanding US Research Park.
As part of the Freshwater Institute there is a great opportunity to develop an environmental informatics program at Marshall in collaboration with RTI, USACE, and other universities in the Ohio River basin.  There are great needs and funding in this area.
A” River University” with MU as a leader in freshwater research. 1.MU Faculty has demonstrated a long-standing interest in Ohio River water quality.  With outstanding faculty including Dr. Charles Somerville and Dr. Michael Little, the university is well positioned to take a leadership role in the area. A few statistics put matters into perspective.  W.V has more the 32,000 miles of rivers within a land area of only 24,087 square miles-a stream density that is among the highest in the Nation.  The state’s industries use about 1.4 billion gallons of water a day and Huntington is one of the Nation’s largest inland ports.  More than 25 million people- about 10% of the Nations population – live in the Ohio River basin and 3 million get their drinking water from the Ohio. 2. Several agencies- the Environmental Protection Agency,  the U.S. Corps of Engineers the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission- study parts of the river, but their is no one college or university that has a comprehensive study of the entire Ohio River system as an ongoing effort. 3. With locations alongside one of the Nation’s great waterways and a key tributary (the Kanawha River), MU is uniquely positioned to help the state and the Nation assess and manage their freshwater resources.
The Fralin Biotechnology Center at Virginia Tech is an excellent model for some programs.  http://www.biotech.vt.edu/.  They have fulltime, interdisciplinary faculty members to teach and coordinate education programs for teachers faculty and students
Concept for MITR: - Built on existing strengths: EPSCoR, COBRE, and INBRE. -  Create interdisciplinary divisions based on NIH and NSF-supported programs.- Involve current faculty (retention issue).- Plan for next EPSCoR and Res. Chall. Fund proposals



 
Marshall U. needs to have trend data available to make decisions with. We need to develop a data warehouse which will allow us to track our student successes & failures longitudinally. We also should develop key performance indicators (tied to planning).
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 development. etc.
Composting of campus food and yard waste would be beneficial.
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. 
MU should be able to entice foreign firms looking to establish a presence or expand operations in the US to come to the Huntington area. Tout MU's research accomplishments & capabilities and offer special services to support firms locating here.
We need campus-wide research events that would include poster sessions, presentations and rewards for the top researchers and students.  The capstone experience should also be tied into this celebration of student research and creative activities.  These events should be integrated and would support our interdisciplinary efforts.
Currently, the university owns inventions made by a faculty member. If you want to bury an idea, take it away from the creator and give it to a bureaucrat. The inventor should own it, just like an English professor owns his novel.
I think there should be more emphasis on and opportunities for undergraduate student research.
Foster relationship with institutional research by providing structure and processes through which researchers have tools for collaboration and technologies for outreach.
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. 
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 Scholarships, etc.
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. 
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.
Have summer outdoor concerts at the stadium and indoor concerts at the Henderson Center. Combine use with city to combine fees and upgrades and maintainance. Build new parking garage on 3rd Ave.
I would like to see a mini "Tamarack" setup in Downtown Huntington to showcase the work of local artists and artisans and to teach crafts. Possibly a collaboration with Marshall and the HMOA.
 
The plight of adjunct professors, especially those with excellent academic credentials, at MU compromises the integrity of the university. These qualified professionals should be fairly compensated in relation to fulltime faculty, thereby improving MU.
An endowment for the best of recent grads in each program willing to stay in the area and develop or enhance a business. Initial focus should be business/science but eventually expanding to as many programs as possible. Some return on investment expected.
Although science and tech might be the future, Marshall presently has many qualified researchers, in the Lib. Arts for instance,who do not have the resources they need to excel. Without correcting this, Marshall will fail to hire or retain quality faculty
Deans need funding to give faculty members reassigned time for research. Proposals would determine merit of scholarly activity and a summary report required.
West Virginia leads the country in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. These are all behaviorally-based illnesses. In addition to biotechnology, we should address psychological, sociological, and economic avenues to improving health and longevity.
Establish Research/Scholarship Recognition Program: Outstanding Researcher/Scholar of year, Awards for productivity, Annual research funding for faculty, Graduate student research awards, Annual research poster day-faculty/students--awards for top posters
Create incentives that encourage faculty development and productivity in research and scholarship. We need rewards for innovative ideas such as a Discovery & Innovation Award. 
To develop a financially self-sustaining, adaptive and self-generative model of research and creative activity at Marshall University, colleges need a way to give incentive rewards to faculty, such as reassigned time or awards for scholarly activities.
If Marshall is going to foster innovative research, in all disciplines, it must invest money in the libraries. Inter Library Loan is helpful, but at best only a partial solution. 
Obtain EPSCoR funding for statewide purchase of online scientific literature. 
The Marshall University Police Department should have the entire glassed-in lobby area of the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center building because it would be better for them to be facing toward campus, not away from campus as it is now.
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 codes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Update our programs at MU. Students still take shorthand. Retirement incentives will help, & will open lines for faculty with new ideas.
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 Pis
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.
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 faculty?
The university must make clear expectations for teaching, research, service, etc. with the priorities established as vision. Faculty currently don't know if we aiming for Research I category, or a quality teaching institution, or an economic machine