“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
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
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
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
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
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) (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. ...
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check out the link with particular emphasis on overhead
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...