Timothy R. Oxley, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Services
Turley Center, Room 307
Phone: (304) 367-4303
Robynn K. Shannon, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness
Turley Center, Room 206
Phone: (304) 367-4646
Amantha L. Cole, M.A.
Director of Planning and Grants
Turley Center, Room 205
Phone: (304) 367-4981
COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP STRATEGIC TASK FORCE FINDINGS
Sources of Data:
The Strategic Planning Task Force on Community/Regional Partnership gathered data from a number of sources.
The Task Force talked with resource individuals on campus including Dale Bradley, (Workforce Development and Off-Campus Programs), Jack Kirby (who discussed the Environmental Scan), and Rich McCormick (Tech Prep Initiative and the Tech Prep Consortiums).
Task Force members participated in the open forums held on campus January 31 and February 2, obtaining valuable input from faculty and staff, and held another public forum on March 21, but did not have any participants.
The Task Force chair met with the Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Marion County and requested their input with regard to how well Fairmont State is meeting their needs.
Finally, the Task Force members developed a questionnaire, designed to go to a wide range of individuals, in order to gather information. The questionnaire was designed and posted on a web site, http://www2.fairmontstate.edu/library/sptf.rse.questionnaire.htm, and was set up so that respondents could remain anonymous, if so desired. The questionnaire did ask if the respondents would be willing to serve on any advisory councils that might be established. Seventy-two respondents indicated that they were willing to participate. The major source of data came from this questionnaire, which asked the following five questions:
The questionnaire was distributed electronically, by email, to the following groups and/or individuals:
Narrative of Findings
The Task Force gathered the following data from the pubic forums and discussions with faculty and staff:
The responses from the questionnaire generated very similar threads as those gathered from comments at the forums. While responses are still being received at the time this report is being written, the total useable responses to date were as follows:
While it is difficult to summarize all of the findings, these are the major themes that surfaced:
The chair met with the Superintendent of Schools and the Assistant Superintendent of Schools of Marion County, and requested feedback on how well their needs were being met by Fairmont State. They discussed four ways that Fairmont State needs to improve: