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From the President's Desk - Blog

SWOT Analysis - Part 1

June 12, 2012

If you've been following this blog, you know that I've been promising a "SWOT analysis" in regard to our strategic planning questions and answers.  This type of analysis is quite common in the business world, but it is also commonly used in strategic planning by governmental and charitable organizations.  The letters S-W-O-T stand for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  The first two of these-strengths and weaknesses-can be viewed as internal traits of an organization.  Generally these are organizational features over which the organization has a measure of control.  The second two traits-opportunities and threats-can be viewed as external, and typically include events or circumstances over which the organization may have little or no control.  Opportunities and threats may arise unexpectedly and without warning.

The best managed organizations are constantly engaged in various forms of SWOT-related activities, even when these activities are called by other names.  For example, the typical exercise of evaluating employees on an annual basis is one way in which an organization can assess internal strengths and weaknesses relating to its personnel.  Similarly in the world of higher education, the periodic revie

Word frequency analysis - Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part blog series on our look at word-frequency analysis in our Strategic Planning survey questions.  As we discussed in our previous Part 1 post, word-frequency software uses statistics to identify frequently used key words in large pieces of text.  We've used this software to help us identify some general themes from the answers we received from you in the survey.  Here's what the software suggests as a general interpretation of your answers for questions 6 - 12, based on the amount of times key words and phrases were used:

Question 6: Is there anything about McNeese that is so fundamental that we should protect it against change?  

Word-frequency analysis - Part 1

Our team has been hard at work taking your responses to the Strategic Planning questions and turning them into data that will help us create a vision to guide us through the next five years.  The process is both comprehensive and interesting, and I hope you'll see how much we appreciate the suggestions you submitted to us during our planning sessions, via mail survey, and online.  

What I'd like to share with you today is a little tool called "word-frequency software."  Word-frequency software uses statistics to identify frequently used key words in large pieces of text - our example here being the thousands of words used in the responses we received from all the participants in the survey.

By utilizing the word-frequency system, we've been able to identify some broad, general themes from the answers we received from our participants. (That would be you!)

Here's what the software suggests as a general interpretation of your answers for each of the original strategic planning questions, based on the amount of times key words and phrases were used:

Question 1: What is your first thought when you hear the name "McNeese?"
Our word-frequency analysis indicates that the response to Question 1 clustered aro

Analyzing your ideas - January 23, 2012

Let me begin this entry by wishing you all a slightly late "Happy New Year"!  Our spring semester began on January 11, and along with all of our McNeese community, I am excited to see what 2012 has in store.   Recently, we met with some of you in DeRidder and Lafayette for the last of our scheduled strategic planning brainstorming sessions.   I want to thank all of you who have participated in sharing your thoughts with us these last several months, whether you came to a session or participated in the online survey.  Now you may be asking yourself the question, "Well, now what?"

From the President's Desk - Blog Dec. 30, 2011

 Welcome to my President's blog!  I'm so glad you found us.  I first had the idea to begin a blog in the middle of our Strategic Planning brainstorming meetings during the last few months.  We've been collecting comments and feedback for the 12 questions that are a part of our Strategic Planning Survey since September.  As we move forward from these surveys, I wanted to create a way to keep you updated on a regular basis on the progress we make as we take the feedback we'e receiving from these sessions and develop the long-term vision and mission of McNeese State University.   

Once my staff and I have collected all of the responses and feedback, we will create a list of projects shaped by the feedback we receive.   Some will be short-term projects that we can tackle right away- I call these the "low-hanging fruit".  While others will be long-term projects that may depend on variables beyond our immediate control - these will be tagged for the future.   These are the types of updates and news items you can expect to see here in this blog.

We still have a few of our "brainstorming sessions" left, so it's not too late for you t