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 March 19, 2010 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Meeting Minutes
Slippery Rock University Strategic Planning Committee
Friday, March 19, 2010
Alumni House and Conference Center, Slippery Rock Campus

Introductions

President Robert M. Smith called the meeting to order and invited the chairpersons of our five strategic planning sub-committees to share their reports.  Please note that each TREND sub-committee will hold an open forum this semester as part of their efforts to keep the campus community informed and involved in their planning efforts. 

TREND 1: Population – Dr. Katrina Quinn, chair, provided a summary of the committee’s work.  As Dr. Quinn explained, this document represents the combined efforts of more than 40 students, faculty, and administrators who are interested in the institutional implications of these global trends related to preparing our students to meet the needs of an aging population.  The committee met in large and small groups throughout the semester. 

Student Forum on Global Engagement…Your Classroom, Your Career, Your Life

If you think Slippery Rock University should engage as a global community, tell us why.  Your comments will be included as part of the University Strategic Planning Process.  The forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 12:30 p.m., ECB 111. 

TREND 2: Science and Technology – Dr. Steven Strain and Dr. Athula Herat, co-chairs, presented the work of their committee related to the education and preparation of Slippery Rock University students in the fields of science and technology.  The committee was comprised of over 30 campus community members.   

Dr. Strain and Dr. Herat created sub-committees within TREND 2 to address themes such as nanotechnology, robotics, knowledge management, innovation and design skills, and future opportunities for advancements in science and math.  These themes were and will continue to be discussed with students in the classroom and addressed at sub-committee meetings through the semester.  

TREND 3: Understanding Other Cultures – Dr. Eva Tsquiashi-Daddesio and her committee of 36 campus community members, discussed how best to prepare students to engage in a diverse world. 

TREND 3: The Need to Understand Other Cultures welcomed the campus community to an open forum at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2009 in the Alumni House on Slippery Rock University’s campus.  Dr. Tsquiashi-Daddesio provided an overview of the draft report of the committee, and asked campus members to offer their comments/suggestions via email directly to her. 

TREND 4: Social Mobility/Public Access – Mr. Eliott Baker brought together a committee of over 20 campus individuals to discuss access for students to Slippery Rock University that is representative of our region, and review our current practices to ensure a successful college experience for all students.   

Increasing Challenges to Higher Education’s Commitment to Social Mobility

An open forum was held March 16, 2010 during Common Hour – 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room of North Hall. Mr. Eliott Baker, chairperson of the TREND Committee, presented a ppt. presentation highlighting the committee’s draft report and welcomed participants to offer suggestions/remarks during the discussion.     

TREND 5: Resource Utilization – Dr. Langdon Smith led his sub-committee of 30+ members to engage in discussion and determine priorities related to resource utilization and sustainability efforts at Slippery Rock University.  

TREND 5: Resource/Sustainability - Dr. Langdon Smith, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment and chair of TREND 5, will present his committee’s draft report at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall on Slippery Rock University’s campus.  The University Community is invited to hear the report and offer comments. 

Dr. Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for Student Life, outlined phase 2 of the student out of the classroom experience transcript program.  This framework is the next phase of student engagement through Compass Link, the on-campus student organization/activities transcript software program. 

President Smith congratulated the chairpersons and their sub-committees for their diligent work in collaboratively creating and bringing to the steering committee five TRENDS reports for review and discussion.  Slippery Rock University is a special place with exceptionally talented individuals who are committed to this process and have put much thought and energy into developing a planning resource that will address the needs of our students far into the future.   

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting date of the Strategic Planning Committee is TBD.

Respectfully Submitted – Tina L. Moser