University-wide strategic planning retreat scheduled for Oct. 17

Marshall2020LogoA campus planning retreat has been scheduled to formulate an action plan for moving forward with recommendations from the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning workgroups.

The day-long retreat is set for Friday, Oct. 17, at an off-campus location in Huntington.

Representatives from all campus constituencies—including faculty, classified staff, students, the board of governors and administrators—will be participating.

Over the past several months, the Academic Portfolio Review and Services Portfolio Review workgroups looked at the university’s academic programs and services with the goal of identifying all potential opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement.

The teams also were focused on addressing some of the structural issues that prevent delivery of top-notch programs and services.

The teams’ findings were presented to the university’s administration several weeks ago and are now being assessed for practicality and impact of implementation. The Oct. 17 retreat is the next step in finalizing an action plan and timeline.

The outcome of this strategic planning process will likely be some reorganization of the university’s structure to improve efficiencies, but the goal of the Marshall 20/20 process is to make the most effective use of current positions and to find cost savings through attrition first, before positions are eliminated.

Those who participated in the Marshall 20/20 kick-off retreat last October and members of the Services Portfolio Review’s Rapid Response Teams should watch their e-mail for a retreat invitation in the next couple of days. Other members of the campus community who are interested in attending should contact Cora Massey at 304-696-3977 or

For more information about the strategic planning process, visit the Marshall 20/20 website, which includes a discussion forum for asking questions and providing feedback.