NEWS FROM HERALD DISPATCH
Friday Dec. 16, 2005
Suggestion period for MU plan ends Monday
Eric Fossell (firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTINGTON -- It's not too late to make your
voice heard about Marshall University's future.
Monday marks the last day for people to
provide suggestions about improving the institution. Participants may do so
by going online to www.marshall.edu/strategic. Input is encouraged for
anyone interested, including alumni and friends of the university who live
outside the Tri-State.
University officials plan to consider
suggestions as part of a seven-year strategic vision for Marshall.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the university had
received more than 380 suggestions from faculty, staff, students and
community members, according to Keith Spears, vice president of
About a third of the submissions were sent
from campus, he said. The rest were sent from elsewhere in the community or
"Closer to the deadline, I think there is a
greater intensity," Spears said. "We expect that we'll have over 500 by the
Dec. 19 deadline.
"We're excited about the responses that
we're getting. By and large, the ideas that are being submitted are
well-thought-out. They have an exceptional understanding of the direction
that Marshall needs to go, and we are pleased that people are taking this
amount of time and effort in telling us."
Marshall is clearly a focal point for people
in the region, and they're using this opportunity to express their interest
in its well being-- "Very candidly, I might add," Spears said.
Suggestions from both the community and
people on campus cover the four strategic goal areas outlined by Marshall:
Intellectual capital, community and service, economic development, and
discovery and innovation.
Community members' comments include
suggestions to pursue a law program at Marshall, as well as a school of
veterinary medicine. Creating engineering and pharmacy programs were among
other suggestions, as well as raising academic standards for students.
Some community respondents suggested using
the Cam Henderson Center and the Joan C. Edwards Stadium as concert venues.
Last month, Marshall President Stephen Kopp
outlined his plans to develop a strategic vision for the university. Its
theme is "Aiming for Perfection: Our Bold Constellation for the Future."
"This is a bold concept," Kopp said during a
news conference last month. "It harnesses technology and brings our
communities -- our constituents -- to Marshall University to have a
significant voice in our future."
Kopp said the timeline for the strategic
vision includes finalizing and review stages from late December into latter
January. It is scheduled to be presented at the Marshall Board of Governors
meeting on Jan. 25 and to the Joint Educational Committee of the West
Virginia Legislature on Jan. 31.
From February to April of next year,
administrators will consider foremost goals for a one- to three-year action
plan for the university. By April 24, the action plan will be implemented,
including budget allocations during the specified time frame.
Kopp emphasized that everyone's suggestions
will be considered, whether they make them on campus or off.
Herald-Dispatch staffer Jean Tarbett
Hardiman contributed to this report.