NEWS FROM MARSHALL UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
ONE JOHN MARSHALL DRIVE, HUNTINGTON, WV 25755
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2006
Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153
to Strategic Vision request for input exceeds expectations
W.Va. – Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp has identified seven
strategic themes based on the input received in the first phase of its
strategic planning process, which ended Dec. 19.
now invites public review and comment regarding each Strategic Theme and
associated target area identified from the ideas submitted. This public
review and comment period concludes on Friday, Jan. 20.
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).
On Nov. 17,
2005, Kopp announced the university’s process for creating a Strategic
Vision that would guide future development and priority setting.
In doing so,
Kopp made a public request for ideas from Marshall’s global constituent
base. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and interested parties
external to the campuses of the university were asked to send in their ideas
via a unique method involving on-line communication through an Internet web
rate, Kopp said, “greatly exceeded expectations.”
inclusive approach for Strategic Vision idea generation, Marshall University
received more than 800 submissions from internal and external members of the
Marshall community,” he said. “Following a review of the input received,
seven distinct strategic themes emerged and the ideas provided have been
consolidated under these themes.”
public comment period has ended, the final strategic themes and target areas
will be used to develop a series of one- to three-year action plans. Each
plan will be characterized by priority goals and measurable outcomes and
will be guided by best practices in each domain.
development of the first action plan will begin Feb. 1. Priority goals will
be identified as part of this process along with the strategies for
accomplishing each goal, indicators that will be used to monitor progress,
benchmarks for evaluating goal attainment, accountability indices and a
budget plan for supporting goal achievement. The implementation of the first
action plan is scheduled to commence at the end of April.
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.
themes address the key areas for change and review,” Sottile said. “Dr. Kopp
wants faculty, staff, students, community, and alumni involved in the entire
process and I encourage all invested parties to continue to participate.
This process is comprehensive in nature and will have set benchmarks for
change. It is a process that has accountability.”