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Assege HaileMariam, Ken Baker and I invite the campus community to participate in the 2011 strategic planning process. We hope to have stimulating, productive discussions that will prepare us to educate the next generation of students and help us build a sustainable future for EIU. William Weber

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Creating a Shared Knowledge Base


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First Session
Attendees were randomly assigned to a group that read one of the six concept papers and “generally agree” on the 4-5 most important ideas or themes for that particular concept paper. Each attendee took notes and captured the most important themes in preparation for the next session.

Second Session
Attendees were redistributed to create new groups. In these groups, each attendee briefly summarized the concept paper from the original concept paper and shared the top 4-5 ideas or themes from the First Session above. Then, the entire group had to “generally agree” on the five most important ideas or themes from all the information that has been shared. The following themes were captured on a flip chart and shared with other groups.

  1. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
    • Increase tenure track faculty
      • Small student-faculty ratio and small class are related to quality education
    • Integrated education
    • Flexibility in degree plans
    • Personal Relationships
    • Research and pedagogy
    • Role of diversity/globalization and technology

  2. CAMPUS/COMMUNITY LIFE
    • Quality of life – bilateral awareness
    • Limited resources
    • Community service hours
    • Facilities for recruitment
    • Lack of pride
    • Lack of transportation

  3. FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
    • Decline in state appropriation
    • Tuition increases
    • Faculty structure
      • Dependency on adjunct faculty – raises quality issues
    • Fundraising/alternative funding
    • Deferred maintenance

  4. GLOBAL COMPETITION
    • Losing good students to other states
    • Demand for letting people know what we do
    • Special needs population, e.g., veterans
    • Part-time students
    • Compete globally, e.g., China
    • Outreach to minority students

  5. MARKETING
    • Capital campaign
    • Change in Administration
    • CATS/Web
    • Define who/what and market
    • Centralized/coordinated marketing

  6. TECHNOLOGY
    • Gateway to technology
    • Better service, avoid duplication
    • Standardization of student computers
    • Student technology literacy
    • Oversight for a road map – future of technology
    • Proactive vs. reactive service/planning
    • Online teaching support

 

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