Goal 4 Breakout

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Goal 4 Breakout

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Goal 4 Breakout Questions from Strategic Planning Stakeholders Conference

1. Action Step 1 requires the establishment of a baseline of faculty and graduate assistantships in graduate programs be established with future assessment of this baseline. How best should this baseline be developed?

2. Graduate assistantships currently stand at a total of 10. Six of these assistantships are funded through resources other than the Office of Graduate Studies. What general guidelines should the Office of Graduate Studies follow in awarding graduate assistantships (i.e. proportional to enrollment in the graduate programs), and what expectations exist for funding additional G.A.s in the future (i.e. from the Office of Graduate Studies, or from individual schools and/or offices)?

3. What is the appropriate level, or expectations, for the “reinvestment in graduate education” of additional funding from the net revenues generated by graduate education at Fairmont State on an annual basis?

4. What ways can we further meaningful professional development offered to graduate faculty, and should this support be expected to come from each School or from the Office of Graduate Studies?

 

Table 1


Question 1

Taken care of

Question 2

Guidelines: Find a niche specialty such as energy related research for the MBA. What about a “green” MBA, Technology, etc.

Expand programs that are unique to Fairmont State into Masters.

Expectations: Based on enrollment size and demands. GA can be a recruiting tool.

Tuition bundling might also help.

Tourism development, eco tourism – perhaps begin with two year degree and expand in to Tourism MA.

Question 3

Higher productive programs should underwrite a less cash producing yet pivotal programs, but the process should be a fair one. Perhaps an overage percentage process should be established. Newer program could use business model projections of enrollment/ revenue.

Question 4

Endowed chairs (tie into goal two) from Businesses Ex: Consol, Chesapeake Energy in science and eng. West Virginia Media for Communications.

General Comments

Materials on the web ... are the right people receiving it?

Priority if for people from wider region -- do we concentrate on Marion County and get that right before trying to fund a wider region of interest.

Concentrate locally first ... marketing, funding, etc. ... don't expand out until it is proven that what is being done locally is successful.

Too early in the process to measure success locally ... not enough funding in the marketing area.

Need to survey or assess the area to determine needs/requirements/wants in this area of education.

Survey outlying towns ... if we do it well "here" ... that will be the motivating feature to expand.

Is this a money-making venture or a community service / break-even?

Do you need 250 programs if a smaller number could be better done/organized/needed?

Is it 250 individual topics/classes???

Find a niche and do it well ... rather than being everything to everybody and not doing anything well ...

Need to better integrate off-campus /on-campus functions ... connectivity ... lack of information to off-campus

 

Table 2


Question 1

Current situation is benchmark; through survey to determine formula for target; determine proper level through analysis of competing programs

Question 2

Cannot answer; do not

Question 3

Question 4

Grad Studies should support Yes, there is a difference in graduate teaching to grad students

General Comments

IT project for online registration needs to be raised in priority level to help move this action step along.

 

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Question 1

Question 2

Can rely on funding from other areas? Minimum through grad office; additional from other areas as well would be desirable to keep the program growing.

Question 3

Tie to an indirect cost rate. Do you put back enough to do what you’ve been doing or do you put back additional so the program can continue to grow? Areas have management issues that they could use help and the grad assistants could provide support.

Some programs might end up supporting other programs.

Question 4

General Comments

 

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General Comments

 

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General Comments

 

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General Comments

 

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General Comments

 

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General Comments

 

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General Comments

Not in this room

 

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General Comments

Set up some criteria/goal for number of full-time GRADUATE faculty in terms of number of sections offered. Though this might not be possible at first, it should be started immediately. To recruit more students, scholarships/TA-ships/grad assistants, must be implemented/supplemented as soon as possible. Should strive to support as many as possible directly by the university.

It would be helpful know more information about: budgets, outlays, needs, etc. before we can talk about what more is needed.

There should be some goals that are much more specific in terms of number of classes, TA’s , courses, programs, full-time people, scholarships. Even to the point of expectations of faculty, including load and number of advisees. A bigger plan/vision would be helpful to see where we are going—and to publicize it.

There is the sentiment that grad school can have a negative impact on undergraduate educ, if that isn’t the case, spell out exactly why it “WILL NOT” really be detrimental—including the infringement on faculty lines. In the long run it looks like it will pay for itself, and some more, but we need to be working more towards—self-sustainment BOTH faculty AND funding.

 

Table 11


Question 1

Used to measure progress. Please clarify baseline.

Question 2

Education department has the highest enrollment but no graduation assistance programs. We think the assistantships should be based on the amount of enrollment per department.

Question 3

If a larger amount of money was invested, then it could be reinvested proportionally to different departments for G.A. assistance.

Question 4

We need to fund their traveling to the conferences to be more educated. We need funding for graduate students traveling also. We believe it should come from the office of Graduate Studies. We need more release time so we will have more opportunities for writing and research.

General Comments

 

Table 12


Question 1

What is the baseline? Where did we start to measure improvement against? Budget cuts impacted the availability of funds. How many and how much is needed? Need to establish baseline. Can be fairly easily established and compared to improvements in that area.

Question 2

Should be housed in Graduate Studies, increased in budget to cover necessary stipends for Gas everything processed within Graduate Studies office. Standard process to award, look at eliminating ¼ time GA, have ½ time and full-time only. Need oversight from the administrative office.

Question 3

How can we even address this. What influence do we have. Graduate Studies needs money. Need more info on how it’s generated what is done with it. This can’t be addressed. At least a percentage needs to be guaranteed ongoing and dedicated back to Graduate Studies to fund future growth. Some funds need to also go back to the departments to support those programs at that level also.

Question 4

Faculty need training on teaching graduate students. We need professional development on the expectation of what a grad student should be doing for class. We need to have in-depth and ongoing training for these grad faculty. Need assessment of the grad classes to measure what it being covered and how it is being offered. Need to determine that classes are being offered at the grad level and challenging students. Appropriate activities for those courses are being covered. Changes needed for curriculum proposals and grad faculty approvals? Support for training on expectations and those types of issues should come from Graduate Studies. But the individual departments need to provide funds to support training on content areas and such.

General Comments

 

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General Comments

Grad faculty need to attend and present at their national organization conferences and need to be supported (i.e., travel monies) to do so. Need a strategy for review of graduate faculty—must continue to be active professionally—again, faculty need support Set a bar five years out for level of graduate faculty; the graduate faculty member would look significantly different from the undergraduate faculty member Define scholarship for the purposes of graduate status (active scholar is….) Incentives for graduate faculty Define the ‘niche’ for our graduate programs—do we want to develop some pre-doc programs—e.g., in students in exercise physiology getting Masters to go on to doctoral programs Make a goal to start a doctorate in Education in five years For all Masters programs, provide a 5-year-program option

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