Initial Meeting, June 9

The University Environmental Scan Team met for the first time on June 9.  President McDavis provided the charge for the team.  The members of the team discussed how best to proceed with the research to be done over the summer.  They selected eight major categories with each member of the team taking responsibility for a category.

Cultural/Communication – Scott Titsworth

Demographics – Randy Leite

Economics – Joe McLaughlin

Higher Education – Kent Smith

Infrastructure – Terry Conry

Politics – Chris Knisely

Regional Issues – Rich Greenlee

Technology – Ralph DiCaprio

The team also put together an initial set of questions/issues that EVPP staff will help to research:

  • What students want to major in–trends over time
  • What matters to students and what matters to their parents
  • High school graduation and college eligibility trends
  • Historical information on where students are coming from
  • Accreditation trends
  • Completion/Graduation/Enrollments
  • Appalachian Ohio as an advantage for a public research institution
  • Trends that impact attracting the best and brightest students and employees (e.g., child care, quality housing, health care, etc.)
  • Enterprise risk management
  • The role of campus culture and communication issues
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Centralized/Decentralized structure; Organization of institutions
  • Organizations of curriculum-General education, etc.
  • The academic workplace-qualities in higher education institutions
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