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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 think what we really need here at Marshall are the things that truly make a university work: more classroom and educational facilities, more permanent faculty members, more office space for departments, more funding for basic faculty research and travel, and more attention given to the basic missions of the institution in teaching, research and service. Even if no new programs, degrees options or educational innovations result, I think the best legacy any president could leave an institution is the knowledge that he has secured those things which the institution as already doing and left the school with a better sense of morale, and an improved feeling of well-being than it had before.
Establish an MU "business directory" listing MU alumni, their business and their business address. Sell it to alumni to support MU, use it as source for fundraising contacts, encourage cross referrals for business development. 
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.
Nationally recognized and successful bball and Fall program will incrase awareness of MU.  Attracting a national coach with a winning reputation will allow Marshall to continue to move up in its conference membership and would increase revenue tremendously.
A nationally recognized and successful basketball and football programs will increase awareness of Marshall University.  Nationally prominent coaches will allow Marshall to continue to move up in its conference memberships and increase revenue for the university.

In recent years MU has gained national recognition through the visibility of football.  While one can debate D-1 football, the fact remains that major sports bring major recognition.  Men's basketball and football must be strengthend for the good of MU.
1. forums for community input will likely not generate realistic initiatives. 2.corridor between MU campus and Huntington downtown could be developed as a campus culture corridor. 3.MU should focus on developing community programs that enhance the quality of life, stimulate the economy, and generate learning experiences for students. What can MU do to help Huntington become a "top 100" small city?
Obtain and implement OhioLINK membership, opening up access to major scientific/technical/engineering/medical journal literature.
MU should work with local government and business to establish a Huntington-Charleston intercity transportation system on 64 which would fulfill a need for transporting students and faculty between our two campuses and spur economic growth for the region.
promote,promote,promote the Pullman Square Shuttle.  This is an extremely valuable asset not only for the obvious economic value but for Marshall related events like ball games, music concert events at the stadium),etc.
Consider contracting for packaged pricing for job opening advertisements. This could be used by all University departments with publications such as The Chronicle and could save the University thousands of dollars on a yearly basis. 
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. 
Provide routine IT training programs for faculty, staff and students on computer software capabilities. Tremendous inefficiencies exist due to lack of optimal use of IT resources. Current inadequate option is to pay for training from operating budget.
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 Sad!
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 mediocrity.
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 the institution.
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.
Hire more full-time professors. There's nothing worse than sitting in a class taught by a crabby part-time faculty member who wants the full-time job with the university.
The bottom line is Marshall has to hire more teachers.Take for example the Elem. Education program-One teacher,teaches one class that EVERY elem education major must take and they only teach two sections during a semester.Programs need teachers to grow.
In order to attract and retain qualified faculty, we have to take faculty needs and concerns seriously. More than salary, it takes research support and infrastructure updates. I am highly skeptical of Marshall's future ability to recruit qualified faculty
I believe that competitive faculty salaries must continue to be a high priority.  I may have returned to Marshall had I not had to take a 10% pay cut to do so.  Faculty at WIAC schools shouldn't have to take pay cuts to come to Conference USA schools.
Of course, you are aware of this area -- faculty salaries. I served on many search committees while at MU as a professor. I know in the journalism area that MU salaries make it difficult to attract quality professors.
Improve faculty salaries and overhaul retirement and medical benefits. It will help with retaining and hiring excellent faculty members.
Increase faculty salaries
there should be a plan to improve the competitiveness of our sports teams in C-USA. also there should be a plan to improve the facilities 
New Art Building- growing art department has a floor and half a garage.  Art building is designed and promised for 5 years.  Actively seek funding please.  I am a grad of the program and want a better experience for those who come after me. 
A new baseball stadium in town to advance our program to CUSA levels.  An indoor practice facility and also a rec center for students, facility, and athletes.  You could also open this up to alumni.  Thanks.
Sports is vital for income for any university.  There needs to be A LOT of attention placed on the baseball program.  The coaches discourage players. They deceive the players & family supporters with marathon games that don't exist. MU needs a new field.
We must support the concept that athletic success helps foster the success of the university. Investments must be made to revenue generating athletic programs to keep them competitive with our CUSA rivals. Indoor Practice facility, baseball stadium, etc.
Expand both undergraduate & graduate offerings in Teays Valley and Charleston. Build a suitable facility in Teays Valley.
To increase the out-of-state recruitment market, additional resources will be needed to support the development of quality publications and additional travel.
Every university in the Appalachian region should have programs dedicated to preserving the land, culture and history of Appalachia.
We need a Center for Appalachian Studies that would include history, ecology and economics. The Appalachians are some of the oldest mountains in the world and seem to lack our intellectual curiosity.Students need a better sense of history and science.
We should develop more "inverted degrees"  matching Associate of Applied Science with a 4-year program.  This strategy has been very successful at Southern Illinois U. @ Carbondale, Evergreen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Univ. of Montana, Wayne State, & Whitworth
The Marshall University School of Architectural Design...focused on environmental architecture which minimizes damage to the earth and environment via energy efficient design and use of recyclable material.  A 'Green Architecture' school. 
I disagree with a law school for MU.  Why compete with WVU?  Instead offer something WVU doesn't.  I don't think anyone in the state offers "Design."  Or Architecture.  This would attract and keep creative people in the state.
Marshall needs a new Major that will have an impact in todays job marker. Either a 4 year engineering shcool or an Architectural school.
Onsite wellness center to attract future students. They need an alternative for fun, other than going out to the bars
Build an arts incubator. Let graduates and students lease studio space and run a shop to sell art.  Have students run a recording studio for music.  Have students learn to submit writing for publication.  Arts lead to economic development.
Our access to internal and local external resources would allow us to offer a master's degree in Autism. One day, we could become the first university in the nation to offer a doctorate in Autism. 
MU should explore the possibilities of developing a Bio-Engineering School which includes Bio-medical maintenance repair, and bio-mechanical development for orthotic and prosthetic advancement.  I would also include a gait lab with the facility.
15 Month educational program certificate program for biology bachelor degree individuals.  This program would eliminate the final semester of our current curriculum.  It would involve another accreditation fee.
Categorical Masters degree program.  (To be offered for Biology bachelor degree graduates.  Students at this level sometimes want a Master’s degree.  Would help with shortage in the field.)
Accounting: Programs of study oriented toward achieving separate AACSB Accounting Accreditation and developing a masters degree in accounting.
Strong support please for the new LCOB Doctor of Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia degree which is in its final proposal stages.
LCOB, MU is in the process of developing a Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia.  This program will no doubt provide national prominence to the institution as well as contribute in the community and economic development for WV. 
The Grad. School of Mgmt., LCOB has initiated the process of developing the Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. The implementation of this program will give us a niche in a market which is developing and provide MU national prominence.
Establish the management doctorate with the Nurse Anesthetist program at CAMC.  This has been proposed by the LCOB and the CAMC.  It is an outstanding idea and would be the only such program in the nation. If we don't WVU will.
 The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has issued a statement advocating practice doctorate requirements for advanced practice nurses, which includes nurse anesthetists.In West Virginia and the immediate tri-state area, there are very few options for nurses interested in doctoral education.  None of these programs are clinical practice doctorates.  The availability of the DMPNA degree at Marshall would fill this need for a locally based doctoral program and thus enhance the quality of health care in the region.
Now is the time for Marshall to launch the Doctor of Management Practice degree for nurse anesthetists (DMPNA).  Marshall University has strongly established its role as an innovator in our regional health care community through its' association with CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia.  This one-of-a-kind, entry level nurse anesthesia program offers registered nurses the unique opportunity to develop their capabilities as business leaders along with their transition to advanced practice nursing. Many established nurse anesthetists believe that business acumen is a vital component of aiming toward professional perfection. The DMPNA degree is a natural progression to the next level in this pursuit.
Doctoral education for nurses has been advocated by the Institute of Medicine's Crossing the Quality Chasm as part of a strategy to get the best prepared clinical nursing leadership.  Clinical practice doctorates, such as the DMPNA, are especially suited for this role. 
The DMPNA is a step into the future, providing a needed end degree to enrich WV and the region.  Health Care Professionals will be offered an option never before available.   Management-minded Nurse Anesthetists! The  light at the end of the tunnel.
Sir,  Please favorably consider the proposed new DMPNA program. This doctoral program would place MU not only on the cutting edge of educational innovation but also at the forefront of a needs based educational philosophy coupled with financial success.
The proposed DMPNA is a one of a kind innovative and visionary program that will bring national prominence to Marshall University and ensure safe, competent anesthesia providers to the citizens of WV well into the future.
The establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Marshall University would be very much consistent with the Marshall University's Strategic Vision Process.  It would be directly related to all four pillars of strategic vision process.
Entrepreneurship: Programs of study focused on starting new businesses. Examples:  family business management, marketing research, capital development, business plan writing.
Every year the University of Maryland sponsors a Technology Startup Boot Camp.  Encourage faculty  interested in business to learn about starting companies.  NCIIA will sponsor such programs.
Further engage the university in the development of entrepreneurship programs and support efforts on behalf of the region and state.  
Operate business incubators on university-owned sites adjacent to or very nearby the Huntington and South Charleston campuses.
International Business: Programs of study focused on global markets.   Example:  multinational marketing, international trade and finance, international legal environments.
Business Plan competition for Marshall University and the state.  This leads to WV students actively participating in business development in a variety of fields.  Social Entrepreneurship would also be excellent area to feature.
Professionalism: Programs of study designed to graduate students with oral and written communication, business etiquette, networking, and best practices skills.
Establish a stand alone program in public administration at the master’s level. An MPA program would create another flow of professionals to state agencies. We now have a cooperative program with WVU on the South Charleston Campus.
Public Administration: Programs of study focused on local, state, and federal government management.  Examples:  public finance, program management, economic development.
Sales: Programs of study focused on sales management.   Examples:  service sales, health care sales, business to business.
Marshall needs to climb the ladder in academic classification. We need to become a "Doctoral/ Research University". We need to increase our enrollment (undergraduate) and add graduate/ doctoral programs. This will help academics and athletics.                                                             

Complete the Simulated Lab. (We need a general Chemistry Analyzer).  This simulated laboratory could be used to analyze samples for research projects from the Medical School as well as anyone doing animal research on the main campus.  This would bring in funds for the department.  (Administrative staff would also be required for billing purposes.)
Develop a 15 month educational program in clinical lab for individuals with a BS in Biological Sciences.  This would allow the graduate of this certificate program to take the certification examination at the bachelor level.  
Develop a categorical Masters degree program in the Clin Lab Sci dept.  To be offered to Biology graduates.  The graduate would have specialized knowledge of clin lab testing in one area.   Would help alleviate the shortage of personnel in the clin lab. 
It will be important as we focus on increasing the number of transfer students that attention is paid to the articulation of courses and the development of 2 + 2 programs by each academic unit.
Expand 2 + 2 programs with the state Community Colleges to cover a greater variety of disciplines such as Sociology and Psychology.
Heavy minors/conc. in computer science could enhance many programs' graduates' attractiveness to employers and give them an edge in getting jobs. These programs would teach the discipline's computer applications and other specific skills(i.e.scripting)
MU or MCTC should start an academic program/emphasis in construction management.
Marshall has had an M.A. in Counseling for many years. Students have always had to leave the state to gain a PhD degree, as there is no PhD degree in counseling or counselor education in the state. We have the faculty expertise and desire to do this. 
The Criminal Justice Department has put forward a proposal for a Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice.  Given the demand for higher education in the field and the relatively small number of doctoral programs, this would benefit MU and the area.
Becoming competitive in the academic arena, we need to foster and develop high quality doctoral programs. We can not compete with WVU.To do this is to change the organizational culture. Most faculty on campus act like they work for a community college. 
The University should build on the doctoral programs already offered in S.Chas. by adding additional degrees which fill carefully determined needs.  Such might likely be counseling, special education, instructional technology, and assessment/evaluation.
We need to focus on becoming a doctorial institution. Whatever needs to be done to do that is what must happen for us to get to the level of WVU in this state. Also, we need to fight the state for the pop tax that WVU med school has taken for years!!
With the educational outreach being done by Stan Maynard in the Dominican Republic, the COEHS has the perfect platform for starting a Certificate of Advanced Study program in International Education. 
An e-campus PhD program in Industrial Psych. would provide opportunities for the non-traditional student while research in this field would complement WV's indust. economic base. I have an MS from an e-campus WVU program and would jump at a PhD e-program.
I would like to see more online courses available, especially in the arts and education fields.  More and more adults are returning to college at a later age to finish their degrees or Masters/Dr., but still need to work full time to support families. 
MU should offer more degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Leading institutions around the world like UCL, Utrecht & Lund are already doing so. Also, drop the fee that effectively doubles the cost of online classes for full-time students!
19.Energy Efficiency- MU should offer a class on how to become more energy efficient in light of our nation's current energy crisis.
An engineering program oriented towards energy - both coal and alternative energy source - would fit Marshall's needs, greater social good, and attract both private and federal dollars.  We should be looking at wind, water, solar power.
An engineering program oriented towards energy - both coal and alternative energy source - would fit Marshall's needs, greater social good, and attract both private and federal dollars.  We should be looking at wind, water, solar power.
West Virginia has 15% of the nation's energy reserves and should be a national if not a regional center for the industry.    Shouldn't Marshall build a vision for energy related careers to attract companies to re-locate here in the heart of the resource?
I would like to see our environmental science program hire a faculty member who's knowledgeable about renewable energy, and let's start doing some things in that area.
Given the fact that Forensic Science is a booming academic discipline and that MU has one of the few accredited FSC programs in the country, we should investigate the resources needed that would allow us to accelerate to the doctoral level in this field.
Develop a BS degree in nursing for individuals who already have a BS degree in another field: most likely an 18-24 month long program. This will be an economic benefit and strengthen health care by providing additional qualified nurses.
4.First Aid Classes- An 8 week course in basic first aid needs to be offered to ALL MU students, not restricted to only medical students.
Healthcare: Programs of study in health care management, marketing, finance and economics.  Example: hospital administration, ethical issues in health care.
Develop and offer courses in health care informatics.
Develop a program in Histotechnology.  This used to be a hospital based program, but the certifying agency is now requiring at least and Associate Degree.  Currently there are 23 programs in the US.  St. Mary's has offered to help fund this program.
New Program in Histotechnology.  (This used to be a hospital based on-the-job training.)  This could be a post MLT option that would have a multi-skilled laboratory professional.
Collaborative effort of departments & integrative medicine to develop "MU Wholistic Healing Center" which is used by students & community. Dedicated to research and application of natural ways to heal, such as natural foods. Use NIH grants for funding. 
Develop a molecular diagnostics program; excellent chance for the College of Health Professions to collaborate with the community agencies and the med school.
Molecular diagnostics program – Dr. Rushton from the med school has been very strongly pushing this as well as St. Mary’s lab.  Excellent chance to collaborate with the med school.
Certificate Program in Molecular Diagnostics.  Some of the courses to be taught with IST.   (This would be a common curriculum for biotechnology and molecular diagnostics)
For the professional nurses and community-MU needs a nursing doctorate program. This is essential to the continued well being of the program and people in the community; MU nurses have historically made a significant impact on the delivery of health care.
Marshall needs an Occupational Therapy program! So many students in this area, college and high school are interested in the field. The closest schools are WVU and Shawnee State, but many students want to go to school in their hometown! 
Develop optometry/optician program - The nearest is Ohio State.  The projected need by the Bureau of Labor is an 88% growth in WV, 9.0% in OH and 22.7% in KY for optometrists. For opticians the projected growth is 73% in WV, 9.8 in OH, and 14.5 % in Ky
Potential optometry/optician program – The nearest is Ohio State.  The projected need by the Bureau of Labor is an 88% growth in WV, 9.0% in OH and 22.7% in KY for optometrists. For opticians the projected growth is 73% in WV, 9.8 in OH, and 14.5 % in KY.
When I was an undergraduate, everyone was required to take a class called "Personal Health."  I don't think many institutions, including ours, require such a course any more--unfortunately.  This too should be one of our general education outcomes.
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 do research.
We should look at a School of Pharmacy program. This could be coupled into the Medical school, would not take a lot of money to start up, would help us with our doctoral programs, and would help serve the community and the state.
Begin planning a Ph.D. and DNP in nursing
Establish a program in physical therapy, perhaps in the med school. 
MU should develop a physical therapy school.
Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing and high paying medical career fields.  With Marshall's great track record with our med school, I would think a doctorate level PT program at MU would be a great fit.
No place in the state is better suited to develop a physical therapy program than the Kanawha Valley, the population and medical centers of WV.  From S.Chas., a P.T. program would find itself in the midst of countless clinical practice opportunities.
Consider OT/PT programs.- Nearest programs are Ohio State, WVU and UK;  Projected growth through 2012: WV OT 2.78%, PT 2.99%; OH PT 27.9%,, OT 32%; KY PT 50%, OT 18%
Expand health professions programs offered. Evaluate inclusion of physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, molecular diagnostics, optometry, etc. All are growth areas in health care with limited or no local educational programs.
Workshops and Health Fairs using Point-of-Care laboratory instruments for blood tests.  Also provide workshops for healthcare providers on these point-of-care instruments.
There is a high demand for educating health care professionals in West Virginia.  Currently, students who wish to enter the nursing program take Human Anatomy (BSC 227) in the first semester of their freshman year.  This is a difficult course - one that may discourage many students at this point in their academic development.  MU should strongly consider a summer preparatory course where motivated pre-nursing students have a chance to get the skills they will need to succeed.  This could have a significant impact on retention, and it would be very easy to assess the program by determining the number of students who successfully complete BSC 227 with and without the preparatory course.
*College of Veterinary Science *Program for Physicians' Assistant *In-state tuition for larger geographic area *Focus greater efforts on advertising, marketing, recruiting students (espec. at the Graduate College)
We should partner with industry to develop the economic development potential of Home Land Security initiatives. We can help provide educational programs that will produce job opportunities in this burgeoning field. 
Establish an Honors College at Marshall.
Establish an Honors College at Marshall, which includes an Office for Nationally Competitive Awards to assist all qualified Marshall University students in competing for national and international scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright Scholarships, etc.
MU establish and administer a Higher Education and Applied Technology Center in Huntington area bringing in courses of study/degree programs from other colleges/universities not available at MU.  Tie to Velocity Center and business technology development
Work with COFA and psychology to explore possibility of Music and Art therapy degrees
Develop a certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics.  This could be a joint program with IST.  (Some common curriculum for both programs with some specialized courses for each.)
Develop an Interdisciplinary Child Diagnostic and Intervention Center. Builds on current pediatric activities and provides a regional center of expertise from multiple Colleges. Research/teaching opportunities. Self-supporting within 3 years or less. 
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 elective.
Gerontology: Programs of study focused on the aging population.   Examples:  marketing to the elderly, managing an aging workforce, estate planning.
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.
Professional Doctoral Degree in Forensic Science for working forensics scientists. Consideration should be given to a blended distance (-80%) site (-20%) approach that would attract a national and potentially international student population. Using a differential tuition surcharge appropriate for a targeted mid-to-upper career level executive audience, the net income from this program offers the possibility that is could support a resident Ph.D. program in Forensic Science.- Doctor of Physical Therapy – this degree program is rapidly becoming the entry-level for physical therapy practitioners. Addition of this program will enhance the availability of practitioners, while increasing the expertise available for advancing the rehabilitative science platform at Marshall.- Biomedical Informatics and Diagnostics – an interdisciplinary degree program like this one would fit well with the growing emphasis on biotechnology research and development. 
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 aggressive WVU
It was our vision that one of the local universities would provide post-secondary opportunities in this field as well as collaboration with Kanawha County to expand the program to other school systems in the region via distance learning and the internet. An internet search reveals that more and more colleges are offering programs in "International Studies" such as Georgetown University, UNC Greensboro, and So. California Community Colleges to name a few. As a MU graduate, I believe this program may serve to elevate Marshall's business program to a higher status as well as make the Advantage Valley corridor even more attractive to national and international corporations. I believe this idea could be initiated with minimal cost and relatively minor curriculum adjustments to Marshall University.  At the same time it could provide large returns for the institution in terms of regional business, government involvement and grant opportunities.  Marshall University can take the lead in our region for this idea!
Sissonville High presented itself as a good fit for such a venture as it is located near NGK Sparkplugs (Japanese), Toyota, and WV-American Water (German) companies.Sissonville High has already implemented this program of studies as a magnet school with emphasis in the areas of:  Social Studies, Foreign Language, Business, and Technologies.  They also offer other special opportunities in the area.
and WV-American Water (German) companies. Sissonville High has already implemented this program of studies as a magnet school with emphasis in the areas of:  Social Studies, Foreign Language, Business, and Technologies.  They also offer other special opportunities in the area. It was our vision that one of the local universities would provide post-secondary opportunities in this field as well as collaboration with Kanawha County to expand the program to other school systems in the region via distance learning and the internet. An internet search reveals that more and more colleges are offering programs in "International Studies" such as Georgetown University, UNC Greensboro, and So. California Community Colleges to name a few. As a MU graduate, I believe this program may serve to elevate Marshall's business program to a higher status as well as make the Advantage Valley corridor even more attractive to national and international corporations. I believe this idea could be initiated with minimal cost and relatively minor curriculum adjustments to Marshall University.  At the same time it could provide large returns for the institution in terms of regional business, government involvement and grant opportunities.  Marshall University can take the lead in our region for this idea!
Studying abroad fosters critical thinking & prepares students to live/work in a global environment.  Promote retention & build intellectual capital by offering each MU student who maintains a 3.0 during first 60 MU credits a scholarship for study abroad.
Global literacy is today what computer literacy was 20 yrs ago.  MU should establish a School of International Studies that is multi-disciplinary & prepares students for jobs that are critical to our national security and global business competitiveness.
Establish a School of International Studies that requires intensive language preparation and study abroad.  Link this to the College of Business, and you will have graduates that create jobs internationally and bring them back to West Virginia.
In response to your solicitation for community input for the university, I propose the following: The implementation of an "INTERNATIONAL STUDIES" program at Marshall. I have been involved with the construction and development of a new middle school in Sissonville, WV - a suburb north of Charleston. The group I worked with, "Better Schools, Better Communities" suggested that the new Sissonville Middle School (now under construction) and the current Sissonville High School implement a magnet curriculum for international studies. I personally presented this concept to the governor's "West Virginia, Vision Shared" panel in the summer of '04.  They were quite enthusiastic about the opportunities this could create for the region in terms of economic development and the access to a well-educated population, one that could be prepared to reach outside state and national boundaries.  Vision Shared offered its expertise and resources to develop the program as soon as possible. Sissonville High presented itself as a good fit for such a venture as it is located near NGK Sparkplugs (Japanese), Toyota, 
In response to your solicitation for community input for the university, I propose the following: The implementation of an"INTERNATIONAL STUDIES" program at Marshall. I have been involved with the construction and development of a new middle school in Sissonville, WV - a suburb north of Charleston.  The group I worked with, "Better Schools, Better Communities" suggested that the new Sissonville Middle School (now under construction) and the current Sissonville High School implement a magnet curriculum for international studies. I personally presented this concept to the governor's "West Virginia, Vision Shared" panel in the summer of '04.  They were quite enthusiastic about the opportunities this could create for the region in terms of economic development and the access to a well-educated population, one that could be prepared to reach outside state and national boundaries.  Vision Shared offered its expertise and resources to develop the program as soon as possible.
MU is by large a regional university, but its graduates almost inevitably find themselves competing in an economy that is globalize.  It is important to create an internationalization program to better prepare its students as future employees.
A focus on global issues needs to be infused across the curriculum.  MU should establish a School of International Studies that is multi-disciplinary & prepares students for jobs that are critical to our national security & global business competitiveness
Encourage faculty to participate in efforts to internationalize the curriculum & promote study abroad & develop an international dimension to their teaching, research & service using financial incentives, promotion/tenure, release time, job descriptions.
There is a lack of courses w/ international focus at the 100/200 level. Incorporate an international dimension into the general studies curriculum to ensure students study abroad or take advantage of an international experience locally by junior year.
A Law school sounds very good, that would bring a lot of new students and possibly new business. The university should build a 20 story dorm building/rec center/shopping center for students in that lot across from old main across from hussons pizza
Marshall should add more graduate and doctorial programs, especially law as we are the only full sized university named after the 1st chief justice. The law program should be both day and evening and located at S. Charleston campus with concentrations. 
Develop a law school that caters to the nontraditional student, located at MUGC utilizing E and evening classes.
Marshall University needs a law school plus twenty (20) years to grow its own alumni who will run for office.  Once this is in place our alumni will "fight" for funding dollars for MU to the same degree the legislative body now fights for dollars for WVU.
My name is Chris May and I am a 2003 graduate of MU.  I feel that in order for MU to stay current and meet the needs and wants of the area, it is crucial that we plan and develop a Law School.  
MU should develop a part-time/night law school either in So. Charleston or Huntington campus.  A four year night law school may not present as much of threat to WVU Law. 
Create a Law School Investigate the possibility of establishing a Law School.  One line of action worthy of consideration is linking with an established proprietary school offering such a degree.I would suggest that we approach Capital University in Columbus Ohio.  We have personal contacts with them and their law school.  Capital offers a program uniquely tailored for the full-time employed and provides evening courses and off-campus offerings. As a private institution, Capital has great flexibility and is not answerable to the Ohio higher education system. Moreover, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission now encourages alliances with out-of-state proprietary schools where needs exist in-state. Some sort of a cooperative agreement creating a self-funding school will alleviate accreditation and start-up costs and lessen objections to the prohibitive expenditures associated with such an endeavor. Housing the bulk of the “School” in the Kanawha Valley would provide access to the Supreme Court’s library, secure a ready made clientele and increase Marshall’s presence and prestige in the area.
A law school on the Marshall University Huntington Campus Only a fraction of West Virginia residents who go to law school end up at the state's only law school at West Virginia University. While there is a lot of support for locating a new law school on the Charleston Campus, I feel that this would be a mistake. Receiving law degrees in Charleston would fail to create identification with Marshall. We need to graduate students who are strongly loyal to Marshall. Some of those students will run for state legislative seats. We need these types of loyal, dedicated supporters. A law school would also create greater support for Marshall. Studies indicate that: * The greater the number of services provided by an organization such as a university, the more support it will receive from others who are dependent on it. * Also, the greater the dependence, the greater the legitimacy and support.
We need to look into a School of Law. This university was founded on the principles of the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and we do not offer a Law Degree. This advanced degree will again further our graduate/doctoral studies.
Marshall is in need of a law school.  As a Marshall alum and a WVU College of Law graduate, I fail to see why WV has only one law school.  Marshall was named for one of our nation's greatest jurists. Time to continue our growth & establish a law school.
I propose we finally take the steps to instate the Marshall University School of Law.  It is only fitting, we take such a necessary step, after all, we are named in honor of the great American jurist himself.
As a 1996 graduate of Marshall I still find it strange that we do not have a law degree program.  A law program would elivate Marshall to a new national level and practicing attorneys also tend to support their alma maters in monetary fashion.
W.Va. needs a better law school, and MU has proven it can do medical school better than WVU, so why not a John Marshall College of Law?  I'm a WVU grad (B.A. & J.D.), but my wife is a WVU grad and current MU student. Everything MU has been better.
establish a Law School at Marshall.  Initially as an adjunct to WVU school of Law. Leverage Tri-State lawyers to teach basic course work. Incorporate Paralegal course of study in the school. Initiall have basic courses at MU and follow-on courses at WVU.
A school named after John Marshall should offer a law education, dedicated to the premise of citizen-led government and excellent affordable legal services to WV citizens from WV citizens, educated in WV. Impact of US liability law vs world on US econ? 
By developing a Law School near the Capitol, we will better serve the people of WV, plus have more of an impact on future legislative sessions and public policy as our alumni increase their role within WV government with less of a wvu-centric mindset. 
Marshall should give serious consideration to developing a school of law. Provide greater professional opportunities for WV, open new adult career choices , increase academic programs, attract out-of-state students & eventually give more legisla. members
As others have suggested, Marshall absolutely needs a JD program. It would be invaluable both as a recruiting tool and as a way to keep MU graduates in the Huntington area. 
It would make sense for MU to have a law school and the wellness center should be put on a back burner. Don't mimic WVU with new buildings. If we want to compete with WVU we should better our existing programs or create a program they don't have. 
We need a law school.Make the law school tuition high enough for the law school part to be self sufficient.
Create a new field, under Med School, called Medical Engineering, using information management, engineering, and statistical process control principles to improve the availability, retreival, and diagn. from medical data, and get impr low-cost med. care.
MU should look into developing a program for Medical Supply Warehousing.  The field is growing and with the emphasis on homeland security, there is and will continue to be a need for trained medical warehousing specialists.
Marshall needs to retain more students. Student begin there college experience here then go to schools that offer Law, Engineering, Architecture, Dental,quailty students will apply. They also leave for schools which allow sophomores to live off campus.
Based on co-op engineering models (Va.Tech, U of Cinn.) establish MU co-op study programs in bio-technology, health care and education. A new tool to bring in highly talented WV high school students.
Top 5 workforce investment training areas provided by WIA Region 2 in 2003 were LPN; truck/bus/other commercial vehicle operator; medical assistant; RN; and cosmetologist.  Notice the lack of college degrees needed?  Expand the local market for degrees!
Focus on the development of new high value degree programs. At a minimum, these priority programs should be self-supporting and contribute important expertise to MU. Priority should be given to studying the feasibility of establishing the following new degree programs: - 4-Year, ABET-Accredited Engineering Program – Although the development of this program is underway in the College of Information Technology and Engineering, MU must commit to ensuring the long-term success of this program. Increasing the number of engineers in West Virginia is a key strategic goal for improving the state’s intellectual capital and economic horizons;- Law School – J.D. (juris doctor – general practice law) degree and with L.L.M. (master of laws) degrees offered in key areas that create value for the state and MU (e.g., intellectual property/patent law, international law, and forensics law. An option to consider is partnering with an existing, accredited law school. 
New Programs: 1.Proposed programs should complement WVU and other state college degree programs. 2.Proposed programs (short term) prioritized by need for economic development, and needs of this region. 3.Proposed programs develop current strengths and address emerging needs. 4. Four year engineering school is a necessity 5. Med School, Nursing programs could be developed (alternate/complementary care, physical therapy) 6.Vocational programs developed to support current strengths and emerging needs especially in medical and biotech areas. 7.Biotech  8.School of Vet. Med. 9.Law School should be priority to better position MU politically and fiscally. Location: Charleston/Huntington? (Advantage Valley initiative)
Law School , Dental school, School of pharmacy, Engineering program.   I think all of these programs would help Marshall grow in numbers of students as well as stature in the college ranks.
We need a law school, engineering school (mechanical, civil, chemical & electrical).
MU needs professional schools and/or programs to elevate growth in order to create a more affluent alumni base, which will be tomorrow's donors.  Schools we need: law, engineering, dental, pharmacy, architectural, and veterinary.
I believe it is important that MU be more aggressive in obtaining a law school.  UC is taking the lead in that area and in the area of a pharmacy school. A 4 year engineering school is in the works and is needed.  A Vet school also would be an idea.
Considering that Marshall is named after a great lawyer, why don't we have a law school? Makes no sense to me.  We also need a Vet school and a Nurse Anesthetist school. Anesthesia is a HIGH paying job and there is a huge shortage of them in this area.
The capitol city of the state is a logical location for the University to grow graduate programs in criminology and environmental studies.  Both of those would work well with graduate programs already in South Charleston.
MU should focus on degrees that WVU doesn't offer to lure potential students here. 2 programs that come to mind are a Vet school and a Nurse Anesthetist school. Marshall is mostly about medicine and these fields just make sense to have.
I think it's important for MU to develop professional schools that WVU doesn't have.I support a vet school and optometry school at Marshall U. 2)more phd's need to be offered-journalism?biotech? history? forensics? anything to grow the phd program.
Develop second degree programs, particularly for nursing
We need more focus on Parent Programs, given the increased involvement of parents in their child's life. They can be a tremendous recruitment and retention resource if used wisely. How involved do we want them, where can they be used the most effectively?
Analyze the offerings of other public universities within a 150-200 mile radius of Huntington.  Cross reference these institutions' course offerings.  This should give us an indication of what studies abound and which are in short supply...thus, demand.
Stop planning for, and implementing, more doctoral or professional programs until the ones in existence have adequate (not minimal)resources
Create a Carnegie Teaching Academy Campus program (where university community comes together for conversations to determine what helps and hinders scholarship of teaching) to radically influence teaching, link learning, teaching, scholarship together.
Has Marshall University considered a 4-year degree program in Tourism and Hospitality?
Marshall should develop a four-year degree program in tourism and hospitality.  Many universities have similar programs along with a camput hotel facility run primarily by the students and faculty as part of their practial experience for degree completion
Tourism: Programs of study focused on the travel and hospitality industries.   Examples: ecotourism management, hotel and restaurant management, tourism marketing, logistics.
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in West Virginia.  Among the more popular forms of tourism are site visitation and historical interpretation. 1. Marshall is uniquely positioned to assume a leadership role in developing historical preservation and tourism for the Mid-Ohio Valley Region.  The Department of History has in place a special area on Public History. 2. The Tri-State Region abounds with historical sites, especially those associated with the Ante Bellum and Civil War periods.  There exist several “Nuggets” that when mined will add luster to what can become a major industry.  Examples include: Mike Perry’s Heritage Farm, the Point Pleasant River Museum, the Huntington Museum of Arts and scores of historical sites in the Tri-State Region. 3. At the very least, Marshall should host a regional conference to explore the potential development of a comprehensive tourism/historical preservation plan.
PLease include a recognition of Transportation as an area of focus in this area. Transportation has been more viable than Biotech, although I support both. Transportation should also be an area of focus.
WV desperately needs a veterinary school.  No place could be better situated for it than Charleston/S.Chas. The S. Chas. campus could expand to fit it or empty space at the Dow Park could be used. The school would provide much needed service & econ. help.
Although a Law School may sound attractive, we should consider (1) the demand for more lawyers, and (2) the increasing availabililty of online degrees. As an alternative, we should consider a School of Veterinary Medicine.
The State of West Virginia is without a School of Veterinary Medicine. There are only 28 nationwide and are limited spaces available. The addition of this program will not only serve West Virginia, but would bring in out of state students and tuition.
While it would be an expensive undertaking, a School of Veterinary Medicine would (1) be unique to WV, and (2) respond to a huge national demand for vets.
A solid waste management / recycling / composting course offered on a regular basis would be useful. Because those are my areas of specialty, I would be glad develop such a course if asked.
The Great Rivers summer program would leverage existing relationships with RTI, USACE, local watershed associations, and expertise in CoS and CITE.
Start a summer institute in Point Pleasant or Montgomery with an emphasis on Watershed Resource Science/Management.  Students would be attracted by international reputation of New and Gauley Rivers and chance to learn on two great rivers (Kanawha, Ohio).
WV is made up of mostly small business MU either can be the premier institution to develop curriculum or develop consultative services of staff to develop existing business to grow.  Research and seek out those business in trouble  or behind and help 
With cutbacks, many don't get needed services. Thus, many juvenile delinquents are illiterate. COEHS should lead cooperative program w/ teaching, counseling, etc., to help salvage their lives. Great experience for our students -- very rewarding.
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.
Expand international learning experiences for students and faculty members by supporting study abroad and exchange programs. This would help all involved gain a global perspective.
Create summer camp academic programs based on the athletic camp model of a four-day experience on campus.
Have mathematics and science "camps" not only for kids but also for adults. Make them entertaining as well as educational.
Bring dollars to campus/Huntington during summer by offering summer courses/institutes/camps. Use underused facilities (classrooms/dorms) while bringing funds to city as well as enhancing image by offering unique programs, ex; parish nursing institute.
Provide summer camp experiences that go beyond athletics.  Using the athletic camp prototype, Marshall University can provide summer camps in computers, writing, performing arts, science, leadership, and etc.  The resident halls lie empty all summer. 
How can we expand our linkages with high schools to ensure that graduates are adequately prepared for post-secondary programs? What metric should we use to assure that this is being taken care of effectively? 1. Academic Fantasy Camp.  This could help bring some very good students in the summer to expose them to what MU has to offer. Maybe offer credit.  Science camp. Camps at all different ages. 2. The university needs a show on academics that highlights.  MU report weekly. Hire young faculty with energy. Our bandleader is an example. Our faculty need to be acknowledged for those that are go beyond the call of duty. 3. Marshall Magazine focuses too much on the million dollar donor and not on the real contributors. 
The skill of "learning how to learn" is not only needed, but is necessary for anyone entering any university.  Marshall could create campus/online classes on this topic for those already enrolled and also for high school students preparing for college.
establish "ditance learning" video capability at southern WV high schools for the community. Target people working in business, education and professions. Allow them to obtaing undergraduate and graduate course work in their communities.
Collaborate with Wayne/Cabell schools to develop a pilot project that establishes a "virtual" math/science/art design academy at MU for high school students. It should be scalable for expansion statewide and adaptable to encompass grades 6-8.
Establish a "field trip" program for elementary/middle school students classes to visit an MU academic facility and attend an MU Olympic sport contest free of charge. Provide students with a Marshall item and initiate their interest in MU and MU athletics
Many students and teachers in WV K-12 schools are disconnected from our globalize world. MU should establish a teacher exchange program & partner with WVDE to place foreign visiting scholars in WV rural schools to teach foreign languages & other subjects
develop an organized program involving nutrition faculty to serve as mentors or a big brother big sister model to support health and nutrition clubs in high schools who in turn work with middle school students. This would be self sustaining year to year. 
Work with local school districts (e.g., Cabell and Wayne) to establish a public Math, Science, Design and Engineering Academy modeled after the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, IL ( The proposed integration of “design” with math, science and engineering offers a unique educational opportunity to blend aesthetic and logical thinking frameworks with the goal of fostering greater creativity and inventiveness. 
Faculty members in sciences could develop outreach labs, hold workshops for teachers to learn to use the labs, and purchase and maintain equipment which can be checked out by high schools to use the labs and offer teacher scientist partnerships. 
Develop a partnership between the athletic department and local schools and youth organizations Capitalize on the many opportunities to tie the classroom with athletics. Reward excellence in attendance and challenge students to strive for academic growth
I would like to see a "Lifelong Learning Center" set up in Downtown Huntington offering literacy and basic life skills classes to all age groups.  The long vacant corner of 4th Avenue & 10th Street might be a good location - or the Huntington Arcade.
Continue disaster recovery and business contingency planning and implementation. Not just IT but should extend to other units (Business Continuity Plan)
I would like to suggest that as we go forward with envisioning a fabulous future for Marshall, we hire professional consultants trained in Appreciative Inquiry to facilitate the voices of all MU employees.
Marshall University needs a comprehensive general education core of courses to increase student retention and to improve the transferability of credit from 2-year institutions.
Put more resources into Artists Series and lecture programs.
At one time MU was a leader, but now many other area programs are superior to MU -- Shawnee State at Portsmouth, Paramount at Ashland and U of Charleston.
The Arts are a multi million dollar industry in our nation.  They serve as economic  connectors,have a major impact in communities and play a major role in the recruitment and retention of quality students & faculty. MU needs to market their programs.
Many of the responses call for a law school. The U.S.has more attorney's than the rest of the world combined.Our country, state, and city do not need more lawyers. We do need to join the 21st Century in the world of bio-tech and engineering.Let's do this.
Accounting programs are needed in the Kanawha Valley.  MU could improve its KV support and provide a much needed service to the accounting profession by providing both a masters degree in accounting and a non-degree for others - a type of bridge to work
If you are serious about economic development, the concept must permeate the entire educational experience.  Just as students must take English and math courses, make "Entrepreneurship" a required course.
MU should develop a program outlining the proper and improver uses of credit.  Too many people have access to credit without fulling understanding the negative impacts of improperly using this tool.  Improper use destroyes lives and families.
MU should promote a program towards personal finances/personal independence e.g. wealth building.  Specifically how to develop a dividend producing portfolio which creates an additional funding stream to support an individual's life style.  
Marshall needs a class that EVERYONE should HAVE to take that teaches kids how to manage their finances and financial decisions. Basically teaching kids how to survive in the real world so they are not so far into debt when they get out of college.
I agree w/thsuggested that we should teach students how to manage money.  This should be one of our general education "outcomes."  I don't think an entire three-hour course is probably necessary; but perhaps a one-hour course would be in order.
An increasing number of people are selecting the career path of financial planning. The process requires a commitment both in terms of certification and mastery of the major planning areas of study. This finance program can create pathways for success.
Financial Planning: Programs of study focused on personal financial planning.  Examples: insurance planning, employee benefits, investment management, retirement and estate planning.
10.Real World- MU needs to require that students take a course on how the real world works.  That class should cover things like: what is your credit report, how credit cards works, how to balance a checkbook, how to buy a home, how to buy a car, etc. 
Econ. Dev. is more than just research. Academics can play a huge role(i.e "Thematic years" could focus LCOB classes on single issues to aid WV econ dev). Fred Smith made a simple observation in an undergrad economics paper and founded Fed-Ex on that obs
Marshall needs to enhance the Center for Academic Excellence with more scholarships and study abroad monies. Efforts to recruit honors students must expand out of  state with target marketing. Support for faculty teaching in the program must be increased
The Center for Teaching Excellence is a wonderful support for faculty at this institution. The CTE supports five major programs with staff on reassign time. We must staff the CTE with fulltime support and  increase the budget to further support teaching
MU needs to view Community & Technical College as a way to get students for 4 year programs.  Many students (adults out of school awhile) are afraid of college, but will attend a CTC.  After they are successful at CTC, they will enroll at MU  Support CTC
Marshall University should plan to decrease the rate at which students leave Marshall University before graduating. More computer science courses should be offered because there is a steady and growing demand for information technology.
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.
Marshall University establish it's self as the University that provides Continuing Education for professionals needing hours of training for certifications, licensures Our company spends $1,500 per staff, those in needs CPA, ATC, PT, SLP, Nursing, HR, DR
6.Self Defense- The self defense courses that are noncredit and scheduled randomly are not widely known to those of us who do not live in the dorms.  Perhaps MU could email that info to us, so that all students are prepared and informed.
An expansion of the Early Education Center, the laboratory preschool, so that Infants/Toddlers can be served as well as Kindergarten/Primary children, the full range of early childhood ages in laboratory setting for research, it's a rapidly growing area.
Expand the teacher education program into a 5-year program and aid local schools by placing education majors into classrooms & after school programs where they can gain experience and allow the teacher to concentrate on teaching.
It would be great if Marshall like other universities offered communication disorder classes on-line. It seems like Marshall is lagging behind others and may get left behind in this technological age.
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.
A 4 year ABET accredited engineering degree is critical to becoming a top-tier university and critical to the economic development of this state. 
Establish and Engineering School.  an academic engineering course of study is needed in the Huntington area to properly attract high technology business. establish initially as an adjunct to WVU with initial courses at MU and follow-on at WVU.
I recommend M.U. develop and offer a four-year accredited Engineering degree, phasing in electrical, computer sciences, chemical, civil and mechanical degrees over some 7-10 years. The US needs to strengthen tech. education, and WV needs tech. jobs. 
Excellerate efforts to reinstate the 4-year Engineering program and update and/or provide state-of-the-art environments to attract and maintain quality educators and students.
MU needs to re-develop an engineering school with emphasis on mining.  The coal mine companies of WV would surely be receptive to supporting such a "home grown" idea and individuals.
Expand Marshall's pre-engineering program to a full scale School of Engineering, offering all the differing engineering disciplines to students. This is a high money field and one in which MU used to excel. This will increase our undergrad enrollment.
Marshall needs to expand the engineering program. Expanding the engineering program would bring more students in this region interested in engineering to Marshall University. This area is a great place for meeting new people and everyone is friendly.
Marshall needs to have a four year Engineering Degree Program
Move in the direction of 7th. avenue as soon as possible. Too many " eye sores " near such a beautiful campus. Engineering over law school.  Why compete with WVU.  Have seen alot of feedback on Veterinary School interest? 
The English Department could use more upper level under grad course work with more variety of meeting times.  hire more profs? Also, strengthen a linguistics and/or rhetoric strain in the English dept.  thank you
All students should be REQUIRED to take an environmental education course.  I think I'd be safe, in saying that most students  graduate without a real understanding of what our most pressing environmental problems are.
Business and education majors should be required to take foreign languages in order to meet graduation requirements. (  Cabell Co. Spanish Teacher and former part-time instructor of Spanish at MU 90-03 )
Given how much students could gain from a foreign language experience - including the development of the ability to THINK, add foreign language requirements to appropriate Schools, and provide the MDL dept with appropriate funds to support that addition.
Explore addition of a foreign language course (specifically Spanish) for health professionals.
Add more resources to grow the Forensic Science Dept to make us the premier University in DNA education and research. Add a 4 year engineering program with emphasis on a mining engineering degree to grow the states primary economic development resource.
Provide continuing education programs for Laboratory professionals using the Web technology so that healthcare providers do not have to travel for required continuing education.
 5.Lab Courses- The times of the science classes and their corresponding labs need to be restructured.  As it is, there is no way to take a science class w/ a lab and work MWF or TTH schedule.  They need to be held concurrently. 
Continue the SOM's strong commitment to high quality primary care based education but focus its rural health commitment in its award-winning Family Practice program and broaden its post-graduate training to include additional specialty programs.
Every undergraduate student should be information-literate upon graduation.  We need to integrate information-literacy foundation courses more consistently into upper-level undergraduate classes. 
 “Grow” the certification program for Library Media Specialists (librarians in the K-12) within the College of Education and Human Services - the only library science grad program in WV. Enrollment has grown 53% since 2002-03.  “Grow” public library certification program to fulfill critical workforce development needs among library employees in WV and surrounding states.  Employment of library technicians is expected to increase 10-20 % by 2012.
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.
Implement planned SOM residency and fellowship training programs to meet statewide needs in the following fields: Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Interventional Cardiology, Hematology & Oncology, Gastroenterology
From JMC faculty:  encourage good teaching methods, pursue making all classrooms "smart" classrooms, service learning opportunities where appropriate, consider media literacy as a core competency.
12.Class offering-  MU needs to offer more often classes on grant writing, especially since they lack support for undergraduate research ideas.  That way we can at least try to get the necessary funding on our own. 
Establish a program to assist local firms with research and other support that can help them enter markets overseas.
9.Class offerings- MU needs to offer a wider variety of 100 and 200 level science courses.  Currently, it is very difficult to meet the general requirements for the Marshall Plan. 
Offer advanced training and MSW to meet the needs of the state for professional social workers.
Develop summer programming beyond traditional summer school. Increasing activity on campus will bring funds to campus and surrounding area. Dorms and classrooms go unused and could generate revenue. Business model of summer school will need to be reviewed

MU should offer undergraduate courses at the MUGC campus. To offer undergraduate courses would result in full utilization of the facility with support staff in place. Opportunity - easy access to a large student population in the Kanawha Valley.
A problem we have is that students do not know how to learn.  Expand the UNI101 courses to 3 hours and add topics directed at helping students learn how to learn.
Continue to support Writing center, tutoring, etc. - our students have a lot of potential, but need this level of support.  In adding new and wonderful things, lets not lose sight of what we have in place already :)
Establish and promote a central place where students can go for help with finding funding for research.
Make doing research as easy and attractive as possible This includes providing easy access to offices on weekends or over holidays and turning on elevators and lights so that faculty can continue their research during off hours. 
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.
Economic development will only take place in a climate that encourages planned risk--where entrepreneurial programs and creative summer school options are promoted. Adopting a global perspective is a must, with a heavy focus on international linkages.
Exploring a cooperative arrangement with a community facility for an environmental research center could be beneficial. One prospect would be the Zip Little IWLA facility in Wayne County.
When it comes to studies of local, regional and state economic development, Marshall University is and should be the intellectual "think tank" to produce studies and models that can be put in use.  I believe it is necessary for us to fill this rule.
1. Increase summer research awards to allow a full summer of work (10K or greater) 2. Expand other MU sponsored research grants (mini-grants) 3. Expand data base of grants/mini grants that are available in all disciplines (co-sponsorship) 4. Increase funding for RA/GA/TA to attract a larger population of full-time graduate students who can assist professors carrying loads consisting of teaching and research.
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.
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
New Program: offer Parish Nursing program as course and as continuing education for community nurses
school of nursing skills lab - provide up-to-date equipment which would provide realistic practice before intereacing with actual patients
 COHP building : identify building to house all COHP programs to facilitate multidisciplinary interactions/research/courses
consider adding new programs (Law, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Doctoral program in Nursing
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...
New professional programs: I've been reading the off-campus postings, and many suggest new professional programs (eg Pharm, Vet, Law, Engr).I'd like to see some more on-campus responses. Also, a few decades ago, didn't we have an Engr program die? If so, why?
New professional programs I've also seen many of these comments, and would be excited to have these new programs at MU.  However, wouldn't we just be slicing the same pie into smaller and smaller pieces? New programs?  Yes, but only if funds are available to avoid killing what we do well now.
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.' ...
College of Education and Human Service's Role in the new MU Vision: From a student's perspective, it seems MU neglects the COEHS. With some of the worst facilities on campus including a building that: floods regularly, features overcrowded basement classrooms where students struggle to find a seat or table space, and has rooms with some of the worst wheelchair accessibility on campus. Additionally, the school increasingly fails to attract and retain quality faculty...
Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia: GSM, LCOB has initiated the development of the Doctorate in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia.  When implemented, this program will be perhaps the only one of its kind in the nation, hence providing us a niche in the growing field of nurse anesthesia.  I strongly support the development of this program and would encourage the MU administration to support it as well because this will...
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. ...
The Art and Science of Communication in the 21st Century: Great idea. Don't forget to include the Department of Communication Studies in the mix.  I love the idea of a round building where there are no corners in which to get stuck.
Doctorate in Management Practice for Nurse Anesthesia: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists have rapidly moved from the role of "team member" to independent practice.  With this transition the demand for an educational experience/credential to match this position within the health care industry is increasing at a rapid rate.  Marshall has the opportunity to develop a flagship program at the doctorate level for anesthestists, satisfy...
Doctorate in Management Practice for Nurse Anesthesia: I strongly support this idea.  Marshall University (and before that the Graduate College) has had an active program in conjunction with the Charleston Area Medical Center in this field for over 15 years.  The program is well known, growing, and should be supported in the future.
We might consider eliminating the metro fee for students living in the surrounding area.  Ohio University is making great in roads in this area especially with their new center being built in Proctorville.  We are loosing students.
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.
new program proposal: Given the fact that Forensic Science is a booming academic discipline and that MU has one of the few accredited FSC programs in the country, we should investigate the resources needed that would allow us to accelerate to the doctoral level in this field.
 new program proposal I Like the idea and want to add little bit more to it. MU should start doctoral program in several disciplines especially Biology, physical sciences and Chemistry. As they have all the resources and facilities available. One more thing, as i am graduate of MS Technology Management program, i think there is need to change the name of this program or atleast call it MBA - Tech Management. As in job...
new program proposal  Biology students with an interest in biomedical and related sciences have the possibility to pursue the PhD through the BMS program at the medical school.  I would like to see this program grow and strengthen before expanding potentially competing graduate programs in BSC. I am, however, very supportive of an interdisciplinary PhD program in environmental/aquatic/watershed resource...
I would really like to see Marshall get a pharmacy program in the near future; with the creation of a new Biotechnical Building, it only seems appropriate that Marshall should be able to create new majors and new opportunities for students, as well as entice more tri-state students to attend for both undergraduate and Pharm.D programs.
I would really like to see Marshall develop a few more of its graduate programs.  Currently, I am a psychology major.  If I want to get my graduate degree from Marshall I have to travel clear to Charleston.  Not only that but the only grad degree offered is in clinical psychology.  It would be great to see Marshall up its programs by bringing in new staff expecially with the new...
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 step.
Although there seems to be a focus on growing enrollment, the question becomes how will the increase in classes be provided, how will the support services be enhanced, and how will the cost of recruitment/retention be offset.
Have summer outdoor concerts at the stadium and indoor concerts at the Henderson Center. Combine use with city to combine fees and upgrades and maintainance. Build new parking garage on 3rd Ave.
I would like to see a mini "Tamarack" setup in Downtown Huntington to showcase the work of local artists and artisans and to teach crafts. Possibly a collaboration with Marshall and the HMOA.
Engage the community to increase the support of collections and services. Work with community leaders to develop the Ohio River Museum in the downtown.  Special Collections will provide the infrastructure for the Museum collections.  Libraries will seek grants to create museum business plan 
Connect with downtown Huntington.  Marshall, in the eyes of many, is Huntington.  Strengthen this bond by making downtown part of Marshall. This ultimately would strengthen the economy of Huntington and give students something different to identify with.
Work with downtown merchants and city officials to bring the campus and downtown closer together. This effort needs to be ongoing. Students need monetary incentives and more clothing stores, similar to those at the Huntington Mall, to bring them downtown.
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 regularly
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 employees.
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 employees/families.
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 children.
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 employees/families
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 plight of adjunct professors, especially those with excellent academic credentials, at MU compromises the integrity of the university. These qualified professionals should be fairly compensated in relation to fulltime faculty, thereby improving MU.
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
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
MU buildings range in age from Old Main, from 1870 to the new Robert C Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. Deferred maintenance is a constant challenge & new funding sources need to be identified to assist in this effort.
Please find contiguous space (offices, classrooms, conference area) for the Department of Mathematics.  It is currently scattered, which does not promote collaboration among its faculty & students or with the rest of the university community.
Each college deserves a designated home base. Evaluate space utilization on campus and revise locations to optimize scholarly development and interdisciplinary activities. Whenever possible provide contiguous space for college departments.
I am currently a student in the Marshall art department.  I am seeking my second college degree after initially graduating in 1979 from Eastern Kentucky University.  Marshall's art departments physical facilities are greatly lacking compared to EKU.
Significant progress has been made in the upgrade of classroom facilities to support technology in the areas of infrastructure, equipment & classroom furniture. This progress needs to continue.
Provide internet access in ALL classrooms. This is essential to expand teaching techniques and resources.
Marshall University needs to continue upgrading  classrooms to "smart classrooms" according to the IT Strategic Planning Initiative . This will achieve better facility utilization and provide opportunities for faculty and students to utilize technology
Continue to expand the Technology Enhanced Classroom Initiative that provides wired and wireless access and multimedia equipment to all classrooms.
Improve buildings and classrooms.  Currently, both students and faculty find the conditions in which they learn and teach deplorable. This could also foster a more positive attitude toward Marshall.
Since my time here at Marshall, I have had too many classes cancelled due to flooding in the basement of Jenkins Hall.  The college produces the teachers of tomorrow who will lead students to Marshall in the future.
The 10-year old Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center has become completely outdated.  There is only room for 20 people at a time for presentations and campus tours.  Due to the growth at Marshall, we should be able to provide more people the opportunity to visit our campus.
I think the Student Center needs some MAJOR work.  To be able to better recruit students we need a Rec Center.  So why didn't we buy Glaser Furniture?  All it is now is a major EYESORE and a detriment to our University!
We need to remodel and revitalize the student center.  It should be made into an attractive recruitment tool that enhances the student experience.  This action together with the construction of a wellness center would send a strong message to potential students.
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 retention. 
Obtain a "brown site" development exception to build a college baseball/softball complex in the former industrial sites north of third avenue in Huntington.
A baseball stadium near campus and usable by the community would be an asset.
Completing planned football facilities should be a top priority: the IPF, the weight room, and the renovations to the Shewey Bldg should be placed on the front burner.  Helps recruiting and also helps other teams, which could use the IPF for practice.
I would like to see a facility to house the college of health profession departments and clinics. This could include bringing student health services back on campus.
Provide building to house COHP programs in order to facilitate interdisciplinary courses, research, and communication
The College of Information Technology and Engineering needs to have their own building or space.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The university needs to build, or partner with others, a new high tech conference center. This would allow the MSC to free up space in the current facility to better support student requirements/functions.
MU should build, or partner with others, a new high tech conference center.  This center could produce addt'l income, accommodations for MU guests, upscale forum for academic/fine arts events and additional meeting space to better serve current clientele.
Marshall should expand quickly as possible to 7th Ave.This area should be landscaped like Wake Forest to create a park setting.The unsightly power lines that surround our campus need to be buried underground. Please expedite the new 70 million bond issue.
Physical facilities for Dietetics are limited.  Enhanced classrooms and laboratories as well as assessment and education clinics would better equip students and faculty for success.
The Department of Art and Design needs a new building.  For a discipline that relies heavily on the fostering a supportive community,  the facilities should not be so spread out across campus. Smith Hall and other art buildings are not Wi Fi enabled and technological integration is slow in coming.  Also increase access to spaces that may be used for interdisciplinary art and interdepartmental collaborations. 
At the dawn of a new century and millennium, enrollment is over 16,000 students.  I believe to accommodate this growth, we need a new Academic Center constructed, at least 10 floors of classroom space.  An institution is about the students and we must meet the needs of today’s and future students.  I interact with students on a daily basis.  I listen to their concerns.  Classroom space and classes offered are mentioned.  Another issue is the need for a fully equipped recreational center with all the amenities in the center for student’s use.  Parking also has always been an issue.  The construction of additional parking garages as opposed to more surface lots would ease the parking crunch.  I realize that technology is a big part of our lives and used by students to facilitate their education.  But we need to also remind students to use their own intellect and technology is only a tool to enhance their intellect.  We also need a center for the Art Department whose classes are spread about the campus.  We must also impress on students the importance of the future job market.  
Regional airport would bring growth to MU and the community.  Need to join a BCS league.  New facilities for baseball, softball, complete indoor practice facility, rec center, dorms, parking, football stadium expansion, bring back men's track and field.
Marshall needs additional faculty and program office space. We have reached our capacity in this area. We also need more seminar and large lecture classroom space. This would allow more flexibility in scheduling classes.
Marshall U. has the potential to have 20, 000 + students.  Hence, I think the three top priorities should be 1)a new rec center to draw students 2)a new classroom building (with needed technology) to accommodate and draw new students 3)2 new dorm buildings
Invest in new buildings to attract new students, improve student learning and success, enhance student life at MU and foster regional economic development. Examples of high priority program areas for incorporation in new capital projects (in descending priority) are: 1.Residential Living, Learning Wellness Complex – includes the proposed Student Wellness and Health Center but integrates residence life and learning in a unique combination facility. Examine programming opportunities to replace functions currently housed in the Student Center 2. Modern facility to house the College of Information Technology and Engineering, the Mathematics Department, the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, a Development Incubator, and a Digital/Graphic Arts/Visualization Resource Center 3. Renovated or build new instructional/learning spaces, studios and laboratories 4. Renovate the Student Center 5. National Center for Forensic Science 6. Genomics research facility 7. Upgrade office space for faculty and staff 8. Major renovation or build a new Education Building 9. Build a new Baseball field
MU needs a modern multipurpose bldg. to serve the various academic programs. The design should allow for future expansion w/minimal disruption to the activity in the current bldg. MU cannot afford to construct/maintain addtn'l single purpose facilities.
A new facility for the Music Dept. is long overdue. Smith is outdated and aesthetically unappealing to the public or prospective students. New facilities located next to Jomie will attract more and permit better trained students; enhance quality of life.
Develop a MEMS capability by funding a nanofabrication facility to include lithography and sputtering capabilities, housed within either the Dept of Physics, or in the new Science building. Dr. Norton and I would be co-Directors.
The university needs to obtain land for more parking and consider building another parking garage.
1. I would like to see a new student recreation center at Marshall which is sorely needed for the students. The student body unanimously voted for one over five years ago! 2. Now is the time for an on-campus baseball stadium & indoor practice facility!
Build rec center that is innovative. Have an indoor water park with lazy river(palm trees), indoor golf and driving range, putting and chipping green, laser tag, arcade, 40-50 yard Field Turf room for pick up flag football games, bowling, obstacle course.
Marshall students need the new rec center YESTERDAY!!  I voted on this back in the 90s and it was never built!! What gives?  When it is built make sure it is unlike any school around. Compare it to WVU and OSU and build something different.
Marshall needs to build the rec center ASAP to lure high school grads to MU instead of WVU. We need to focus on the positives of our campus vs. WVUs (flat campus vs. hills). By upgrading dorms with all AC/heat and building a better rec center than WVU.  
A new rec center would improve the health & well being of students/staff/faculty. More space for more equipment, safe modern shower facilities, and an easy to navigate building would motivate MU to become more acitve, healthier, and more productive. 
A new rec center would aid recruiting. Well rounded students will be drawn by this and choose MU over WVU, with more extracurricular fitness opportunity. This opportunity would also help retention because healthy students are more productive & successful.
We've been working on a new recreation center for the past ten years and hopefully can make it a reality in the near future.  To compliment the high quality of educational opportunities at Marshall, we must create a quality of life on campus for students.
like to see a rec center on campus, similar to the one at WVU. I think this fosters relationship building, as many programs are offered there where students meet one another and form valuable connections for the future.Also it provides a healthy outlet.
We must have a student rec center.  Students need a place to unwind, and have some where other than bars to do this in.  Was this not approved several years ago, with student fees being set aside for?  Our facilities currently are sub-par. Priority #1.
The property on the corner of 20th St and 3rd Av that has been proposed for the new fitness center. Please consider a new location for the center. This property is very valuable for the future of MU football and basketball. It should be parking for now.
It is my personal opinion that in order for Marshall University to continue growing a new student recreation center should be a top priority.  I have done research through a class showing students want/need  more activities on campus.
Marshall University needs to build a Health and Wellness Center/Fitness Center.  A modern up-to-date fitness center facility would assist in the recruitment of new students and better serve the needs of our existing student population.
If we keep students happy while at Marshall and keep them happy after graduation, we will reap rewards from their future financial support. Thus it's imperative that we build the wellness center and the alumni center. Both will pay dividends in the future.
A Social Science Building: I am convinced that federal dollars would become available for this building. At the present time, the social sciences are scattered over the campus. We need to be concentrated in a large building with offices, classrooms, and labs. The building could be located at various points on the campus. I suggest the area across 3rd Avenue from Smith Hall with a connecting bridge between the buildings. Third Avenue would become more beautiful with one or two more overpass walkways. The social sciences are the neglected components of the campus. Yet, some of Marshall's most famous graduates have emerged from these departments. They number among our greatest financial supporters.
An onsite baseball field would be nice. Discontinue  3rd or 5th avenue between 16th and 20th. to make the campus safer.  not user friendly right now for students to cross street with traffic.
This is an old idea, but wanted to keep it on your radar.  We need a baseball park that is near the campus, well done, and available to a major league farm team.... make it a community thing as well as a MU sport.  Something we can all be proud of. Thanks
Marshall needs to invest in the athletic programs by upgrading and expanding their facilities. Among other things, the school needs to build the indoor practice facility, a new baseball field and new tennis courts. Due to the previous administration unwillingness to make a comment to the athletic program, Marshall lost the greatest football coach in the school's history. Marshall needs to step up and bring the athletic programs up to par with other CUSA schools and stop relying on a few wealthy alumni to do it for you.
Campus/athletics facilities & goals that NEED to be
addressed: Student Rec Center, dorms, renovation/ expansion Henderson Center, soccer complex, indoor/outdoor tennis complex, track, baseball stadium, FB expansion 
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.
Consider more off-campus centers. Off-campus centers - MOVC - are very effective & efficient at the delivery of higher education to communities because most support services are provided by the main campus with small incremental costs.
Development of MU corridor should include university supported art and cultural spaces to serve as an interface between the university and community.  Also, similar spaces should be incorporated in the redesign of the student center.  Perhaps a small gallery with a glass façade could increase the visibility of student, faculty and professional artists and expose new ideas to a wider audience.
The old main corridor project is an excellent idea.  MU must team with local city leaders to make this happen.  We must find a way to better connect MU with Hunt. and Pullman sq.  
We need more parking for football games.  
I believe that one way Marshall can improve, is to build a parking garage between the science building and the student center. I realize that some would feel that the grassy yard is a nice open area and should not be used. But parking is a problem at M.U.
As others have said the Teays Valley center needs a Building yesterday. I am a student taking classes thru this and I love being able to take classes closer to home and it gives another opportunity to offer classes.
If Teays Valley does not expand to their own building...they are as large as they will ever be. The University is doing itself, the students, and the community an injustice by not allowing this branch of MU to expand and be a great learning facility!
President should consider building Marshall facility in Putnam county.  Some classes are currently offered in Hurricane High School.  But how long can it possibly last? - Former MU student, resident of Putnam and supporter of Marshall
I am a GA at Teays Valley Regional Center. MU Classes are currently offered in the evening in high schools.The center has a definite need for its own building. I hope MU will not miss such a great opportunity.  There is a big potential in Putnam County.
I take MU classes in Hurricane High. Which is great that MU offers classes in Putnam county. This is my only chance to get a college degree.I just wish we had our own building with comuter labs, study area... thanks
A facility is over due in Putnam County for the delivery of classes through the Teays Valley Regional Center.  The use of Hurricane High initially was ok, but it should not be considered a permanent solution.  Enrollment would increase with a new building
Students in Teays Valley attend classes at the high school in the evening. We need a building of our own for the Marshall University classes.
The Teays Valley Regional Center has been serving Teays Valley and the region since 1997.  The offering of classes in Putnam County has allowed many people to go to college who would not have gone otherwise.  We need a building to house the program.
Additional resources should be provided for the further development of the Putnam County Center to hopefully duplicate the achievements of the Mason County facility. Afterall Putnam County is the only growing county in the area so lets build on it.
The Teays Valley Regional Center needs a place to call home! A new building for the TVRC would open doors for the students, the community and Marshall, allowing all three to thrive. Not having a building limits the accomplishments of this branch of MU.
The Extended Education in Teays Valley needs its own building.  Using the high school is very limiting and inconvenient.  More students will be served with a separate building.
The establishment of MU off campus centers fulfills the established goals.  Serving non-traditional students by taking the school house to the students serves everyone well. A building for the Teays Valley Regional Center is needed.  TVRC could grow!
Marshall University Teays Valley Regional Center grew at an even faster rate than the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in its first seven years of operation and desperately needs a building of its own, similar to that of the MOVC and already two years behind.
MU needs to build a facility in Teays Valley near Interstate 64.  A facility in Teays Valley would create an opportunity to increase student access and enrollment in an area of rapid business expansion and population growth.
Marshall University needs a building in Putnam County. The presence here now is fragmented.  Enrollment as I understand it is around 1200 and you utilize space provided by Putnam County schools. We want a building which serves our community and is visible
I would like to suggest that the university seriously consider building a school of extended education facility (similar to the one at MOVC) in Putnam County.  This area already provides MU classes, but is running out of space.  It is MUCH needed!
Marshall needs a campus in Putnam County. Preferably along I 64. Classrooms and a facility big enough to house large community gatherings. 
I think the future of Huntington and Charleston are intertwined, regionalism will happen. Marshall could be ready for this by building and expanding are resources in the Teays Valley area. Thats where the money and resources will be centered.
Science museum close to campus, well staffed, opportunity for local schools/classes to visit, rotating exhibitions (yearly) secondary focus on robotics and computer programming, design group competitive events (first lego league, FIRST, etc )
Buy Keith-Albee Theatre and turn into performing arts center for major Artists Series and lecture series, etc.,
Marshall needs to purchase the Keith Albee Theatre for a regional arts center. The historic building is only one of about 225 such structures left in the country and the only one in WV.
A top priority of the University in Community & Service should be to acquire the Keith Albee Theatre.  This historic theatre is one of approximately 225 such theatres left in the United States.  The venue would provide an expanded cultural outlet for MU.
Identify sources of funds to continue to purchase land as it becomes available in accordance with the university's 10-year Land Use Master plan.
We must re-commit ourselves to our revenue generating sports.  Big East expansion will occur in a few years we must be ready.  This will create local rivals, BCS monies, greater exposure for univ., to name a few benefits. we must not miss this opportunity
Build on Library Associates’ program and activities within MU and Huntington Communities. Events include luncheons, dinners, book signings, book talks, holiday shopping sprees, events celebrating authors and contributors to the MU Libraries. 
An endowment for the best of recent grads in each program willing to stay in the area and develop or enhance a business. Initial focus should be business/science but eventually expanding to as many programs as possible. Some return on investment expected.
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.
14.Buffalo Statues- Washington DC launched a beautification campaign by letting groups sponsor a statue (elephant or donkey).  It was a huge hit.  MU should try this w/ buffalo statues throughout Huntington, all facing Old Main. 
Provide funding  for pilot projects. Grant  funding requires preliminary data. There is no  mechanism  for funding pilot projects  esp. at  the Assoc and Prof level. Start up funds only help new faculty, need to support other faculty, cheaper investment. 
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
16.Pay Phones- Not everyone carries a cell phone. It would be nice to have at least one pay phone in every building on campus. 
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.
Provide CPR training for campus and community members. Although available off-campus, scheduling and costs reduce participation.
Educate the campus and community at large on the importance of consuming a healthy diet.  This could be achieved by offering basic nutrition courses available to all MU students.    
When will Marshall University  provide health care to remote Southern West Virginia rural areas?  Look at Route 10 and open 6 day clinics offering "fast track ERs"  every 30 miles to Chapmanville.  It would place Marshall Med School on the map!
As the closest WV tributary of the Ohio River to campus traversing mainly park land through Huntington, Marshall should adopt Four pole Creek, promote its restoration and help solve the two main pollution problems.
More emphasis should be placed on the Ohio River and ways for Marshall to interact with it.
Consider adding a community service requirement to the Marshall Plan.
The future of Marshall: * Increased Community Service (Adopt an AmeriCorps program) * Focus on vocation/professional employment (quick trng that leads to employment. banking, mine trng, beauty, etc.) * Rural expansion- courses rural areas(swvct
Place a high priority on fully funding the Dr. Simon A. Perry Academic Program on Constitutional Democracy, the academic centerpiece of the John Marshall Research Center.  To date, nearly $420,000 has been donated toward a million dollar goal. The program is designed to study the impact of major American constitution builders, including John Marshall, and the role of constitutional democracy in the evolution of American political institutions and civic culture.  Such a program is central to the objectives of the university.
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.
UNI 101 sections and learning communities can be a good base for initiating cross disciplinary thinking.
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.
WMUL-FM 88.1 is West Virginia first public radio station and one of the best college radio stations in the nation.  Its award winning students provide a valuable service to both the Tri-State community and university.  The radio station should be enhanced!
Establish "Michigan State-like" residential living-learning communities at Marshall. Some of the features include linked courses, integrated leadership and service opportunities, peer tutoring, community building and greater connections to faculty.
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
Although science and tech might be the future, Marshall presently has many qualified researchers, in the Lib. Arts for instance,who do not have the resources they need to excel. Without correcting this, Marshall will fail to hire or retain quality faculty
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.
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.
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.
Deans need funding to give faculty members reassigned time for research. Proposals would determine merit of scholarly activity and a summary report required.
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.
West Virginia leads the country in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. These are all behaviorally-based illnesses. In addition to biotechnology, we should address psychological, sociological, and economic avenues to improving health and longevity.
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

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 withou
Establish Research/Scholarship Recognition Program: Outstanding Researcher/Scholar of year, Awards for productivity, Annual research funding for faculty, Graduate student research awards, Annual research poster day-faculty/students--awards for top posters
An annual student-faculty research (creative production) expo would dramatically change the focus of teachers' teaching to student and professors collaborating and learning together. It would encourage scholarly projects and show case accomplishments.
Create incentives that encourage faculty development and productivity in research and scholarship. We need rewards for innovative ideas such as a Discovery & Innovation Award. 
To develop a financially self-sustaining, adaptive and self-generative model of research and creative activity at Marshall University, colleges need a way to give incentive rewards to faculty, such as reassigned time or awards for scholarly activities.
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!
If Marshall is going to foster innovative research, in all disciplines, it must invest money in the libraries. Inter Library Loan is helpful, but at best only a partial solution. 
Obtain EPSCoR funding for statewide purchase of online scientific literature. 
Fund undergraduate student research projects in science- with supplies and stipends.  Fund lab classes in science for project based research experiences.  Support Sigma Xi research day and other presentations of student work.
Marshall must continue to identify funding sources to support undergraduate research activities in every college/ school. Undergraduate research is a wonderful part of the collegiate experience here. We must find ways to increase the support .
Student research should be made visible and undergraduate research grants should be made to allow the pursuit of research goals.
If Marshall is serious and wants to stay competitive in scholarly research and creative work, increase basic support!  For instance, it is absurd that art and design faculty have no university provided studio spaces to do their own work.
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.
Have the Safety Dept & the Rahall Inst. work together to produce a new driver's safety course to meet BRIM's requirements for M.U. Make it a group capstone project. Keep the intellectual rights. Sell the program on the internet or wherever.
The Marshall University Police Department should have the entire glassed-in lobby area of the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center building because it would be better for them to be facing toward campus, not away from campus as it is now.
1.Permanently assigned investigator, training officer, and community relations officer to properly organize and manage these critical areas. 2.Better utilization of patrol officers throgh expansion of bike patrol. 3.Expand community service programs.
Make Public Safety full-time M.U. workers. 
Pursue a traffic loop around campus rather than a troublesome, expensive, flooding tunnel under Fifth Avenue. Using Third Avenue, Hal Greer and 20th Street, a four-lane connector south of campus would complete a rectangular loop.
Divert Fifth Avenue The best possible proposal would be to bury Fifth Avenue from some point beyond Hal Greer Boulevard to 2 0 ~ Street. If this is impossible, I recommend re-routing Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Eighth Avenue would need to be widened in places, but it would carry traffic out of Huntington. Seventh Avenue could also be widened to carry some of the Fifth Avenue traffic. The reasons for this proposal are: * To prevent the accidents that are sure to happen on Fifth Avenue. We must always work to improve the safety of our students as well as others. * To improve the campus so that it will be more concentrated and less segmented and, of course, more esthetically pleasing.
Connect campus by running 5th and 3rd ave. underground past campus. Doing this would decrease the inner city feel of campus and connect it and make it safer to walk to class and to your car. Would help connect students to campus.
Connect the campus by running 3rd ave. underground. This will give Marshall more of a campus feel instead of an inner city campus feel. Students need to feel connected and it would make it safer to do so. Would look great also. This needs to take place.
Link traffic light at 19th & Third Avenue with crosswalk light at Science Building. Turning both lights red simultaneously would stop all traffic on Third and allow safer crossing. Put lights facing downtown for walkers to see when it is safe to cross.
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 communication skills.
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 enrollment.  
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 sufficient.
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. heads.
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 the school.
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 students.
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 MU. 
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 horizons. 
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.
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...
campus environment: improve signage in front of buildings to identify majors offered (ex: PH would denote School of Nursing)
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 communication
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 good...
Role of Engineering and Applied Sciences for Economic/Energy Development: I agree that we need to establish creative relationships between people of different backgrounds in order to develop the really big ideas that will drive MU and WV forward. I also agree that water (for drinking, industry, transportation, energy production, etc.) is an important part of the equation.  MU is well situated to establish world-class research and education programs...
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?
Increase support for the Artist Series by funding operating costs and leading the effort to restore the Keith Albee. Arts adds to the economic vitality of the city and increases the diversity of options for students. MU is singularly able lead this effort
As an employee of the Artists Series, the Keith Albee and the continued support of the Artists Series is very important to the community.  MU is a major employer of the area.  The quality of life that the Aritsts Series has provided should continue.
Start a law school. Currently the state only has 1, WVU. This gives WVU advantages in raising funds from high-salary alums and power in the legislature. MU could build in Charl. near the grad school. Law Sch.'s are usually $$-makers for their school also.
The Huntington Internal Medicine Building on 20th street is for sale. Could the university buy it and move the Community College there? A shuttle service could transport students back and forth if needed. 
The accounting program should attain separate accounting accreditation from AASCB.  This could help strengthen the perception and quality of education.  Also, the Lewis College of Business needs to expand with specific master's degrees such as Accounting.
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.