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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
I think that if we are genuinely interested in maximizing the
potential of our students, we need to provide as much time and
support for the development of quality teaching faculty as we
are in the development of quality researchers.
A process called appreciative inquiry. This process first asks
"What are we doing well?" Then we need to increase what we do
well rather than focus on what is not working. This is a
strength based approach that provides an avenue for growth and
Integrate service across the curriculum from Fr to Sr years.
Select key community partners to create more impact of service
activities. Center for Service could serve as key resource to
link students and available service roles. Emphasize student
Service Learning components in various courses can help our
students understand importance of service, but many already do
work for their churches, serve their families, and other civic
Community service can be an excellent way for students to learn
critical thinking, their own strengths, weaknesses, and how to
relate to diverse individuals IF their experience is followed by
a discussion that allows them to process that experience.
To make public service and service learning a more visible part
of the curriculum.
Increase student participation in a broad array of leadership,
service learning, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and
Encourage students to write grants for area non-profit
organizations including: City of Huntington, Cabell County and
Marshall U. as part of the capstone requirement.
Institute a service requirement for all students beyond course
activities. Encourage service which utilizes skills at upper
levels. Include reflective component to reinforce role of
service in a healthy society.
How do we encourage growth of a service learning environment
which involves all academic units at MU?
1.See students at MU volunteer their
time and become involved in organizations that will help the
community. For example, Tri-State literacy needs some assistance
2.Have Service Learning as part of a graduation requirement, but
non fee based. Perhaps providing college credit and expand
internship. We need to have faculty also involved in the
process. 3. City Government needs to be more involved with
Marshall. Internships with MU students would help selected
departments. For example the Police Department, Marketing,
Planning, Finance, etc. 4. The Community and Business needs to
provide area for Internships and opportunities that students can
review and look for a match. The Chamber of Commerce does
provide Job Shadowing. MU needs to be more active in providing
job shadowing at the university. MU needs to encourage students
to pursue Internships. 5. Faculty training of business on how to
develop a good meaningful and professional Internship.
By getting the community involved with Marshall University,
people will realize how wonderful most of the students are. This
might even allow more job opportunities for students who are
struggling to get a job. Jobs in our area seem to be concern!
Marshall should find ways to connect closer to the community to
meet its needs. Academic programs should have community service
as part of their curricula. More programs and courses for
seniors--summer would be a great time. More camps for kids at
Partner w/existing local orgn./businesses to provide services
students may want/need in a manner that benefits both
organizations such as YMCA for fitness and Pullman Square for
entertainment (e.g. Thursday night music series).
Require documented community volunteer service of all
undergraduate students to broaden their learning.
Serve as a test-bed for techniques developed by
interdisciplinary/integrative projects (e.g. gaming and
Value research to the extent that it enhances student learning
-- by involving students, by undertaking the scholarship of
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
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.
Obtain and implement OhioLINK membership, opening up access to
major scientific/technical/engineering/medical journal
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Develop second degree programs, particularly for nursing
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.
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
COHP building : identify building to house all COHP programs to
facilitate multidisciplinary interactions/research/courses
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.
The development of a transportation network between the main
campus and South Charleston. Right now there is no regular
shuttle service; great numbers of students & faculty would make
use of such a service, and I think continuing discussions with
the city/tri-state transit authority about this possibility, and
possibly the Rahall Transportation Center, would be a GREAT
1. Huntington and Marshall need to work together more to help
city embrace MU. 2. Summer outdoor concerts at the stadium and
indoor concerts at Henderson Center. 3. Gain more fans. 4.
Combined city/MU rec center for all!
Attempt to bring services to the worksite to help time strapped
employees. To allow researchers,faculty,staff & students to stay
on campus, arrange for some services to come to the employee.
E.g. dry-cleaning, carwash serv., or other personal serv
MU needs to develop a comprehensive tuition remission program
for employees, their spouses, and children. I suggest look at
the Ohio or Pennsylvania state school systems. Basically, free
tuition to children and employee and a reduction for spouses.
Allow children of MU faculty to attend MU free of tuition.
Children of faculty tend to be excellent students, sharing their
parents' value of learning. This would simultaneously enhance
the classroom environment and increase the MU graduation rate.
Many universities offer free education for employee's
dependents. I would love to see MU offer this to it's
I think tuition assistance for employee's children would be
something to look into. This would be another benefit to
attract qualified, long term employees.
Provide 6 cr/term tuition remission for ALL faculty/staff and
their children. Minimal cost to university and big return in
satisfaction and retention. One of the best benefits for a
university. Walk the talk and promote education of our
Offer free tuition to the children of faculty AND staff.
Desparately need a tuition reimbursement system where faculty,
staff and families could benefit. The waiver system is not
working. Staff have taken courses for 20 years and do not have
an associate degree.
To create top-rate University, we need to retain and attract
best faculty. Although, we cannot offer the top salaries we
could at least create an environment of belonging to our
faculty. One way is to give free-tuition for full-time faculty
Provide 6 cr/term tuition remission for ALL faculty/staff and
their children. Minimal cost to university and big return in
satisfaction and retention. One of the best benefits for a
university. Walk the talk and promote education of our
Offer tuition waiver to dependents of full-time faculty members
in order to recruit and retain faculty numbers.
MU must be able to attract and retain quality faculty. A plan
was developed to address faculty salaries and implemented in FY
05-06. It is imperative that the implementation continue in
future years in order to achieve competitive faculty salaries.
The institution must continue to identify funding for adjusted
workloads and salary increases for our faculty to assist in the
ever challenging recruitment and retention of faculty
Develop a centralized Academic Advising Center with emphasis on
curricula, personal problem solving, social adjustment issues,
decision making about majors, advising concerning graduate
studies, referral and networking, other areas effecting
UNI 101 sections and learning communities can be a good base for
initiating cross disciplinary thinking.
I would suggest building on our present teacher education
curriculum that further ensures exceptional teacher quality. I
suggest the Carnegie Foundation "Teachers for a New Era"
initiative to create such a curriculum. See
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.
Formally hire an IT specialist who can collaborate with faculty
to form interdisciplinary grant teams that can build on MU
existing strengths and could generate grant resources to allow
and support the continued expansion of technology as it is
applicatied in research and teaching. A prime examples include
Bioinformatics analysis of rural health data and analysis of
online educational interactions.
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
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
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
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.
All students should be provided all the tools to be successful
in the new economies in the US and world, including foreign
language requirements for all students, teaching critical
thinking and innovation/brainstorming skills, better
1.Daycare-The current program does not help students that have
children over the age of 5. If Marshall would expand its daycare
facility to encompass school age children, it would allow more
people to take evening classes, therefore increasing
As student enrollment continues to grow, it will be important to
look at the service units such as Admissions, Financial Aid,
Registrar's Office, Career Services and Student Affairs to make
sure that they are both adequately staffed and budgeted.
Student Health Services: Department Faculty and MT students
could do waived tests. We would be required to do proficiency
testing which can be expensive.
Bring Student Health back on campus as a nurse run program;
consider adding an employee health component as a cost saving
factor for the university
Provide health care on campus for students, faculty, and staff
with integration of all health professions. Benefits: faster
care, reduced time off from work/school, provide opportunity for
clinical experience for students, provide revenue stream.
Our students need health care services on the main campus.
Provide Clin Lab Sci students a faculty to perform the waived
laboratory tests at the student health center. This would
provide additional materials for our students to use and could
provide a paid position for students. This should be self
MU can increase success for students who are parents (a
considerable portion of current and future enrollment) by
offering facilities such as a room where their kids can play
while they work on papers, projects, etc. on campus computers.
8.Alma Mater Discount- MU should consider offering a tuition
discount to alma maters that send their children to MU. This
would greatly boost enrollment.
In an effort to educate and retain high performing high school
students/faculty for the local economy and to attract top
faculty, offer free tuition or tuition assistance as an
incentive to attend MU for immediate family of faculty and dept.
I safest lowering the metropolitan fees and tuition to the
equality of in-state. The average household income in the
metropolitan area is lower than that of the in-state area.
Lowered metro costs would equal more metro students applying to
We need to give instate tuition to the tristate area including
Ashland, Chesapeake and Proctorville, etc. This will help in
getting more students to MU. OU is getting ready to build an
extension in OH so we need to step up and compete or lose
In-state tuition for tri-state area, including Boyd, Greenup,
and Lawrence Counties. Unite with Ohio University Southern as
"feeder" school, in graduate studies, or connecting majors. If
joining with OUS not considered, consider adding new majors to
Allow metro county residents to pay in-state tuition. I believe
the increase in enrollment would easily make up for the dollars
lost by eliminating the metro fee.
Why hasn't the "metro" out of state reduced tuition area been
greatly expanded. Ohio should have at least 12 instead of 3. Ky
should expand deeper into the middle of the state, and make
certain counties in Virginia metro also. Broaden your
3.Internet Tuition- It is cheaper to take online classes from a
different university and then pay the transfer fee to have the
credits recognized by MU than it is to take an online course
from MU. The fees need to be reduced.
It is essential that a data software package be purchased to
assist with our external constituencies--particularly prospects
and their parents. The current Banner system was never meant to
effectively deal with this population.
student/employee health services: provide satellite
student/employee health services on main campus; utilize COHP
faculty as faculty practice
communication between campuses: provide daily courier service to
both MOVC and South Charleston campus to facilitate
offer tuition waiver for dependents of faculty in order to
recruit faculty to campus
Bravo! This concept has been suggested before, and the answer
is always that the cost is too high. But what is the true
marginal cost of putting a student in an empty seat? It
certainly is not the full cost of tuition.And what are the
benefits of bringing faculty children on campus? They are
likely to be significant, both in boosted faculty moral and
Equitable tuition: I am a proponent for equitable tuition. As
an out-of-state doctoral student, I was somewhat dismayed at the
difference in tuition rates for in-state, metro, and
out-of-state students. If Marshall sincerely is interested in
fostering a community atmosphere then segregation shouldn't
exist with regards to such financial matters. These added fees
serve to estrange some students, definitely...
Equitable tuition: Wouldn't equitable tuition just encourage
more Huntingtonians to run for the border? After all, why pay
WV taxes if you still get the same benefits? I don't see
this going over well with WV taxpayers and legislature. I paid
out-of-state grad rates at UK. Is there any public univ that
doesn't do this?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rio Grande Agreement for first year courses to transfer to
Marshall for MLT/CLT program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
there should be a campus calendar for the entire U.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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
Create a partnership with Blenko Glass to engender a new
generation of both utilitarian and design glass artists. Pilchuk
of the EAST!!!!
I'm not sure what area this should be assigned to. Give a major
commitment of resources, planning and launching to internship
programs. Require internships for all students, i.e., 300 hours
work with one-hour credit for each 100 hours worked. Check JM C
As part of the partnership with Huntington, develop student
internships in IT and Finance. Emphasize possible use of
electronic resources provided by the state such as a lockbox,
ACH or credit card.
A direct partnership with Unlimited Future, Inc., to provide
Marshall with a small business incubator. Most of the colleges
and universities in WV are either developing or have developed
their own small business incubators, Marshall has not.
As one who was a faculty member for 31 years prior to my
retirement, I feel qualified to make a couple of observations.
During my last few years, I saw a decline in the quality of
instruction. The limitation (255 characters) doesn't allow
I was at a meeting in Louisville, KY and every time WV was used
as a benchmark for Kentucky higher education policy discussion
WV was below KY. MU must do more so that WV is not always
at/near the bottom in education categories compared to OH, KY,
I thought the campaign for national prominence was in place and
had the same objectives. It appears that we're going back to
step 1 in the planning process. Does this initiative replace,
complement or supplement the campaign? Ideas to follow.
we need an office to review RFPs, break out tasks for faculty to
do as consultants, and organize and administer the broader
project. The Vision Shared RFP would have been a good example
that MU could do as a whole, but not as individual faculty.
MU's financial system and the compliance requirements placed on
MU have become extremely complex. MU needs staff members who
are knowledgeable about management principles, finance, budgets
and IT applications.
Create interdisciplinary groups of faculty who are given time to
work collaboratively on activities like discussing and solving
instructional and community problems and proposing and
developing ideas for grants.
Marshall has lots of brain power potential in highly qualified
faculty members who recently have retired and still live in
Huntington area. Develop a program that will take advantage of
this -- providing a vehicle for their contributions.
Here's a simple system of merit pay. Every faculty gets 20
points and then gives them to people whose work he values the
most, no more than 3 to each. The chairs and the dean get extra
points. The payment is proportional to the number of votes
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.
Establish a campus wide teaching load of nine hours in order to
Discovery & Innovation need both time and resources to develop.
A 4/4 load and major service responsibilities don't allow the
time to be creative. Please reconsider the flexible workload
policy and faculty will then have time to do what is required.
Marshall must take steps to reduce faculty teaching loads. this
not only enables creative research but also facilitates better
teaching. I cannot think of a school this size, or with similar
aspirations, that maintains this type of load.
Establish differential workloads/responsibilities for faculty.
Faculty cannot teach 4-4 and do important research and serve the
community and save the economy. However this differentiation
happens, quality teaching must be rewarded at the highest level
Need more faculty lines added to our programs, so faculty do not
continually teach 12-hour loads--plus overloads and can focus on
Fund and implement faculty workload policy. Currently, an
unfunded policy. Tremendous opportunity for scholarly
development if faculty had time available.
Support concept of Scholarship of Engagement in tenure and
promotion process. Emphasize the importance of faculty and
students using skills and expertise to transform the community.
Huntington needs Marshall and we need Huntington to be strong.
Service activities of the University should be tied to other
activities whenever possible to provide multi-use of resources.
Resources committed to service activities should follow
Webcast all faculty development programs and presentations by
President. This will help disseminate information to all sectors
I would like to see the College of Health Professions and the
Med School align themselves more closely. I think that this
would strengthen both program areas and there would be
opportunities for collaborative projects/grants/research
MU could initiate a collaboration between Med School and IT Dept
to develop an informative, interactive health care website for
public that also advertises the talent at MU.
Distance learning for the +2 portion of the career ladder
curriculum. (The has been some requests for this from Point
We should provide model interdisciplinary and collaborative
endeavors grounded in the strengths of academic disciplines. We
need to promote the sharing of faculty across departments; a
good example is the EPSCoR grants.
Develop interdisciplinary research centers that can attract
substantial external funding. The process for pursuing
interdisciplinary endeavors needs to be flexible and adaptive
and work through the Deans Council and be encouraged by the
Council of Chairs. We could use the undergrad and grad
certificates as a trial run; some certificates may be developed
Build strategic partnerships with Research I universities in
other states that provide opportunities to multiply the value
created by Marshall’s investments in research. These
partnerships should focus on specific areas of collaboration and
cooperation that expand the fundability of research conducted at
Marshall and specialized expertise and resources that are not
available at Marshall.
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
Steps should be taken to solve to interrelated problems:
students working too much and students not staying on campus
Find a way to connect students to the school to build tradition
and love for the school and town. This is a suitcase college and
we need to change that if we are going to be successful. Promote
all functions and maybe pair students in all classes.
Students need to feel a connection to Marshall and I think by
grouping students who take the same classes would be a great way
to build friendships. If these kids have the classes with the
same students for a couple years they will make friends.
Marshall needs to develop more of a sense of community among the
students: freshmen interest groups, learning communities, campus
activities that encourage the commuters to return to campus
after class is over, weekend activities for residential
Develop a progressive recruiting strategy for African American
students , in and out of state.
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.
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...