NEWS FROM HERALD DISPATCH
Friday Thursday January 12, 2006
Feedback was a success, Kopp
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University
President Stephen Kopp said public response to a strategic planning process
"greatly exceeded expectations" and resulted in seven themes for the
university's future development.
More than 800 submissions were received
from people on campus and beyond, according to a Marshall news release
issued Wednesday. In mid-November, Kopp announced the university's plan to
create a strategic vision, partly through the online feedback of students,
faculty, alumni and others interested in Marshall's future. The feedback
period ended Dec. 19.
"Following a review of the input
received, seven distinct strategic themes emerged, and the ideas provided
have been consolidated under these themes," Kopp said.
The themes are improvement, investment,
innovation-inquiry, integration, initiative, involvement and inclusiveness.
Those interested in accessing the themes and associated target areas may do
so by clicking on the strategic vision icon at
http://www.marshall.edu/strategic and then clicking on the "Strategic
Themes" link (in red).
The university seeks public comment on
the draft list until Jan. 20, and the development of the first action plan
will begin Feb. 1. The implementation of the first one- to three-year action
plan is scheduled to commence at the end of April.
James Sottile, Marshall's faculty
representative on its Board of Governors, said he believes the
administration has been open and inclusive with its approach for feedback
regarding the strategic vision.
"The strategic themes address the key
areas for change and review," Sottile said in a news release.