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From the President's Desk - Blog

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 3

(September 5, 2014)

This is part three of a blog series highlighting the 5-year strategic plan goals for McNeese State University. To see part one on cultivating innovative teaching and learning methods, click here.

To see part two on expanding our list of regional partnerships, click here.

About two years ago, our office held a number of brainstorming meetings on campus and in our surrounding communities to ask people questions about what they love most about McNeese and would not change, as well as where we could improve.   There was universal agreement among participants that they wanted us to protect the name "McNeese State University", keep our horse and rider logo, and continue using our motto, "Excellence with a Personal Touch."  There was no doubt in my mind that our constituents overwhelmingly view these elements as critical to how we are identified as a university.

At the same time, we received suggestions to strengthen the McNeese brand and to expand our audience through marketing and communication strategies. This leads me to our third goal in our 5-year strategic plan: to cultivate a McNeese Brand that embraces a culture of innovation, whil

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 2

(August 27, 2014)

This is part two of a blog series highlighting the 5-year strategic plan goals for McNeese State University.  To see part one on cultivating innovative teaching and learning methods, click here.   

A new semester has begun and it's great to see our campus filled with students again. It is an exciting time to be at McNeese and our future is bright!  The success of McNeese is important for our students, faculty and staff, donors, fans and even the future residents of Southwest Louisiana.  Our 5-year strategic plan is helping us ensure that McNeese makes a positive impact now and for years to come.  The second goal of our plan is to expand McNeese's list of regional partnerships.  Our stakeholders believe that McNeese should collaborate and connect with other businesses and organizations in our region and build off of one another's strengths.  One of the clearest places this can be seen is in the new SEED Center here on campus. 

In 2013, through a partnership with McNeese, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and the City of Lake Charles, the SEED center opened at McNeese as a "one stop shop" for economic

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 1

(August 19, 2014)

The 2014-2015 academic year at McNeese has arrived and it is also the second half of our 75th Anniversary celebration year.  We have had a great time looking back on some of the memories and milestones of McNeese over the past 75 years.  Now it is time to look to the future. 

You may remember that back in the fall of 2012 we released a 5-year strategic plan for McNeese.  We are now beginning our third year of that plan.  It addresses four main goals, each goal focusing on igniting innovation for McNeese and all of Southwest Louisiana:  first, to cultivate innovative teaching and learning; second, to cultivate innovative collaboration with an expanding list of regional partners; third, to cultivate a McNeese "brand" that embraces a culture of innovation; and fourth, to cultivate a physical environment that promotes a spirit of innovation.

In this blog over the next few weeks I'll expand a bit more about how we are achieving these goals at McNeese. Today I'll share some examples of how we are implementing Goal #1 - the cultivation of innovative teaching and learning methods.

Our students have always had the advantage of smaller class sizes allowing for more individual interaction

Graduation rates and their effects

(May 13, 2014)

In just a few days, we are expecting to confer degrees to 818 students, making the Spring Class of 2014 the largest in McNeese's history.  This is a great achievement and one that we can all be proud of whether we are students, alumni, committed faculty, staff members, or valued community supporters. But suppose I told you that half of these graduates may not be counted toward McNeese's graduation rate, which can affect monetary resources that we receive from the state.  Allow me to explain.

Graduation rates are routinely used as a yardstick to measure performance and to allocate financial resources. In Louisiana, universities gain increased autonomy and flexibility by meeting statewide performance goals, including annual increases in graduation rates, as outlined in the LA GRAD (Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas) Act.

The graduation rate statistic is a decent measure of success for private, elite liberal arts colleges where students tend to be traditional, residential students who are not commuting to campus.  However, with regional comprehensive universities like McNeese where we have large numbers of commuters, transfer students, and non-traditional students, the graduation rate statistic can be

KBYS means exciting things for McNeese

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