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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. 
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 fields.
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 faculty.
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.
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?
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.
Provide continuing education programs for Laboratory professionals using the Web technology so that healthcare providers do not have to travel for required continuing education.
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 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.
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. 
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.
school of nursing skills lab - provide up-to-date equipment which would provide realistic practice before intereacing with actual patients
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 success...
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.' ...
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) (  The DBI has successfully integrated funding from the state, NIH (INBRE), and NSF (EPSCoR).  All funding sources presently here on campus. ...
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. Some of...
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.
Pay faculty who teach online courses inload 1/2 the usual amount and their dept. the other half....perhaps this strategy will help to integrate online into the regular curriculum and eliminate the perception that online instruction is different and unique
Consider converting current colleges to CTCs/Jr Colleges with off-campus centers connected to MU or WVU. An increase in access w/minimal incremental costs could result if combined with Ecorse delivery and the merging or consolidation of admin. systems.
Expand off-campus offerings to satellite sites such as MOVC. Develop integrated programs with some courses taken off-campus and some campus activities, esp. labs.
Provide satellite health services in rural, underserved areas. Bring specialty care and consultation to remote areas. 
Broaden the SOM's educational and training program base through the establishment of satellite Clinical Education Centers for medical student and residency training in additional WV communities -- Logan/Williamson, Pt. Pleasant, Putnam County, So. Chas.
Open the President's idea of providing "seed money" for faculty positions to all departments.  Allow the department to have a new faculty line for five years after which the position must become self-supporting or be discontinued.
With the growth in research, distributed education and medical applications, it is crucial that we implement redundant commodity Internet connection and expand our network capability to Internet2/LambdaRail
Implement centralized HPC cluster if cost effective based on use … Deploy some form or provide access to high performance computing hardware and application software to support faculty and student research and learning needs. (Eminent scholars) 
Expand wireless to the entire campus and into the local community.
By offering more on-line classes and/or on-line degree programs, Marshall will be able to reach a higher number of potential students, which would include those individuals who are employed full time and live over 2 hours away from the nearest campus.
MU should be creating opportunities for students to learn across disciplines and solve problems creatively. This is not possible without investing in our arts program.
Connect communication, arts and science through computer animation and web development.  Fund a sculpture or other art project for the Byrd Biotech building to launch this- funding to be sought from National Endowment for arts or foundations.
I believe that the journalism department, specifically WMUL and MU Report, need a "facelift".  I would love to see a new set for the MU Report and the radio station could enhance it's format with better technology and broadcast to a larger audience.
We should invest in digital technology to help in our school of journalism.
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...
The medical school at Marshall University is key to the development of biotechnology in the Huntington area.  We are a relatively young medical school with strained resources at the level of faculty and funds.  Continued support is needed.
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.
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.  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

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.
Encourage and support the implementation of content management software where appropriate. 
The university is very "data challenged"--it is important to continue with the original plan to establish a data warehouse to allow better planning for all campus units.
Purchase and deploy Business Intelligence/Decision Support, reporting and data warehouse applications. Key for assessment and evaluation process
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).
Implement RSS for all information services and web content. i.e. Google Scholar to provide one-stop search across library’s info resources.
Expand online library resources and interlibrary loan options. Library resources are key to scholarly development and must be available easily; online access is the standard of the modern research university.
Digitize primary source materials (e.g. WSAZ news archive) to use them in instruction and research.  It could yield tremendous benefit, possibly a revenue stream. Become a leader on campus in metadata creation.
IT will take a leadership role in developing a campus digital content archival repository
Podcasting of all audio and video news production at Marshall and investigate the use of Podcasting of lectures.
Increased funding for purchase and maintenance of Apple/Mac hardware and software on campus.  In many professions, such as art, music, journalism and theater, graduating students will be expected to use Macs in the marketplace. 
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 jobs.
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.
Campus Geriatric Living & Learning Center :As the geriatric population increases it becomes apparent that more comprehensive research (and funding) is warranted in a number of areas that affect quality of life (i.e., health care, art, architecture, furniture design, psychology, etc). Moreover, Marshall may be wise to consider building affordable campus living communities that are attractive to the geriatric community an emphasize quality health...
We must break away from some of our traditional approaches to education. Mountain State University in Beckley, for example, has built a very large statewide nursing program over the last five years through collaboration with county secondary school systems. This includes LPN and RN programs, nurse practitioner programs, and most recently a nurse anesthetist program. Most of these curricula are offered online with clinical rotations in regional hospitals. These programs are generating a huge revenue for the school and fulfilling a statewide need for nurses.
It is good to see the priority placed on IC, until salaries and incentives to attract top faculty/staff are addressed the univ. will not be able to truly compete with better funded more aggressive universities.
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.
Support of teaching faculty: Not all faculty who can conduct research in their content area are equally well prepared to walk into a classroom and help a diverse group of students become critical thinkers.  I regularly see faculty provided with release time and other support to conduct content research.  I see fewer opportunities available for faculty who want to collaboratively revise courses, to learn new content specific...