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Strategic Planning Responses Part 1

Strategic Planning Responses Part 1

To date (1-5-2012), McNeese constituents have responded accordingly to the twelve strategic planning questions. In the coming weeks, we will be assigning these responses to campus units for consideration.

Below, you will find each question along with responses. Online responses will be included in a later posting.

Below, you will find Part 1. Part 2 can be found here.

  1. What is your first thought when you hear the name "McNeese"?

    • A great school
    • A great small university
    • A great university
    • A local university that tries to serve in an environment with many hurdles; But is able to produce graduates that thrive & succeed in business & industry. I've witnessed it.
    • A School
    • A small, awesome university
    • A university in swla
    • A wonderful university, small, great athletic program. A school that is small but has to compete with much larger and better financed school for students and in athletics.
    • Abundant tradition
    • Abusive Police Department
    • Academics
    • Academics
    • Academics on a personal level
    • Accessibility
    • Accessible
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Aggressive excellence
    • Agriculture
    • Agriculture
    • Alma mater
    • Alma Mater
    • Alma mater; employer
    • Alma mater-tradition
    • Almost any person can try
    • Alumni
    • Art deco
    • Athletic programs with football leading them
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics and athletic tradition
    • Athletics and McNeese tradition
    • Autonomy
    • Awesomeness
    • Bad parking
    • Bad parking
    • Banners
    • BBC
    • Best party place
    • Best years of my life
    • Blue and Gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue collar
    • Budget cuts
    • Careers
    • Caring professors
    • Center of higher education
    • Center of learning-progress in SWLA
    • Challenging
    • Chance to get a degree
    • Chemistry department
    • Cleaner part of the state
    • Cliques, punitive administration
    • Close community
    • Close-knit
    • Close-knit group
    • College for SWLA
    • College of Education
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community based university-community oriented university
    • Community College in LC, La.
    • Community college that has been stagnant for the last forty years.
    • Community higher education
    • Community-students are available to come to class here-could not travel elsewhere to university
    • Commuter university
    • Commuters
    • Conveniently located
    • Country
    • Cowboy Pride
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys and trees
    • Cowboys, blue and gold, new ranch
    • Cowboys, Lake Charles
    • Cowgirl basketball
    • Crawfish Boils
    • Dedication of the people who work here
    • Dedication to student success
    • Diversity
    • Diversity
    • Draw for faculty is opportunity for hands-on teaching and interaction with students; rodeo, livestock shows
    • Easily accessible to communities around us
    • Economic development
    • Economic engine
    • Economic engine
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education and opportunity
    • Education and opportunity
    • Education opportunity
    • Emphasis on teaching
    • Employer
    • Entrance plaza at corner of Ryan and Sale
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellent teacher education program
    • Family
    • Family
    • Family
    • Family
    • Family Tradition
    • Family traditions
    • Family university
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football
    • Football success
    • Founder of our university
    • Friendly
    • Friendly
    • Friendly
    • Friendly and warm
    • Friendly place to be
    • Friendships
    • From an agriculture standpoint, one of the top public schools in the state for hands-on with students
    • From McNeese you can go anyplace in the world
    • Fun
    • Fun
    • Fun things like tailgating, football, paint the town blue and gold, Ryan. St., geaux Pokes
    • Future of SWLA
    • Good football team
    • Good memories
    • Good place to start a new life
    • Good sports teams
    • Good tailgating
    • Good university in SWLA
    • Good value education for mid-sized university
    • Good. My step-father (University of Michigan Alumni w/Engineering Master Degree) has heard lots about McNeese in Michigan.
    • Great Band
    • Great community asset
    • Great education
    • Great education and small class size
    • Great education without a big price tag
    • Great school
    • Great sports
    • Great value
    • Greek Life
    • Greeks
    • Hard-working people
    • Having a fine university that is crucial to the community-bedrock to this community
    • Heart of the community
    • Heavy emphasis on athletics. Local community college. Inexpensive to attend. Engineering program with close ties to local industry.
    • Helpful
    • High-level professionals
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home
    • Home away from home-great place to work
    • Home. I have grown up at McNeese. My parents were both students here when I was in elementary school; I grew up living in married-housing. My aunt works here on campus and my mom did when she was a student. McNeese has always been close in our family and still is today.
    • Hometown
    • Hometown
    • Hometown school
    • Hometown school
    • Hometown, regional school
    • How it grew
    • I am proud to be a graduate of McNeese State University.
    • I didn't know anything about it until I came here
    • I think "Ryan Street High School." Everyone mispronounces the name using the "MACK-Neese" instead of "Mick Neese"....Mac Neese reminds me of Mac and Cheese (Macaroni and Cheese-with the same school colors that might be found on a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese. The school should capitalize on the novelty of Cowboys Mac and Cheese-boxed promotional items- sold at sporting events. The school could embrace a sense of humor -albeit self-deprecating.)
    • I think of school and the "Big Wall."
    • I want to do everything I can to make it better.
    • I'm an Alumni
    • Important to Community
    • Important to the area
    • Improvements, reconstructions, renovations
    • Innovation-improvements
    • Institution for higher learning
    • Is it private?
    • It is a small college or university
    • It's grown a lot in 60 plus years
    • Its founder
    • Joe Dumars
    • John McNeese
    • John McNeese as an educator
    • Jolie Blond
    • Just the school itself, no ideals. It really just connotes place, people, and processes; nothing special.
    • Lake Charles
    • Lake Charles
    • Lake Charles
    • Lake Charles; tied to the area
    • Lake Charles' University
    • Landlocked
    • Leader in Education
    • Lifetime of involvement, rodeo contestant, student, faculty member, alumnus--Junior college
    • Local
    • Local
    • Local
    • Local community university
    • Local opportunity
    • Local University
    • Local university
    • Local University with quality education
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location for students to attend and achieve a degree
    • Longevity
    • Louisiana
    • Mass communications
    • McNeese Cowboys, McNeese Foundation, Education, Community
    • McNeese has been a long standing community college that has helped forge many of my family, friends, and acquaintances through the years.
    • McNeese is a part of my life
    • McNeese is my home away from home. Being originally from Ft. Worth, McNeese has been the school that I've made many friends at and great teachers who will help you one on one.
    • Mine
    • My BS in Humanities Accounting was 1965, at 70 I am now retired.
    • My education
    • My school
    • My University
    • My university
    • My university for both degrees
    • Namesake - not many (John McNeese)
    • Nationally Accredited
    • Nearness of opportunities available to almost anybody
    • Nearness of the opportunity
    • New Ranch
    • No frills
    • nothing
    • Nursing program
    • Oak trees
    • Oak trees
    • Oak trees
    • One has to be prepared to defend the quality of our education, campus, and amenities
    • Opportunity
    • Opportunity
    • Our University
    • Outstanding football program
    • Over-glorified
    • Parking
    • Parking spaces
    • Personal
    • Personal
    • Personal and small school
    • Personal attention
    • Personal attention to the students; family atmosphere; way they were treated
    • Personal school
    • Personal touch
    • Pokes
    • Positive impact on the area
    • Potential
    • Potential
    • Potential growth
    • Practice what we preach
    • Preparation
    • Pride
    • Pride
    • Pride
    • Pride in the quality of education I received
    • Private or public school?
    • Public 4-year university in Southwest Louisiana with a strong tradition for Football
    • Quality
    • Quality education
    • Quality education
    • Quality education
    • Quality education
    • Quality education
    • Quality learning
    • Quality university serving as the hub of economic development "engine" serving our region
    • Reconstruction
    • Regional
    • Regional
    • Regional
    • Regional
    • Regional college
    • Regional draw
    • Regional university
    • Regional university
    • Rowdy cowboy
    • Ryan St. high
    • Ryan St. high
    • Ryan Street High School
    • Ryan Street High school
    • Ryan Street High. I don't agree with this but somehow it has stuck!
    • school
    • Sense of Community
    • Should have sent him to Sowela.
    • Small and intimate
    • Small and proud
    • Small college
    • Small college - good football team
    • Small community who works hard in helping out students.
    • Small enough to be personal
    • Small school
    • Small school
    • Small school
    • Small school, junior college
    • Small state school
    • Small SWLA university
    • Small swla-state university
    • Small town
    • Small Town
    • Small university in Lake Charles
    • Softball
    • Solid four year college with a small town feel.
    • Southwest LA's university
    • Southwest Louisiana
    • Southwest Louisiana anchor
    • Sports, chemical engineering, nursing
    • Start
    • State University, COWBOYS, GEAUX POKES, Lake Charles
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students and teaching
    • Students aren't a number
    • SWLA
    • SWLA in general
    • Teacher training
    • Teaching school
    • That I have to defend the value of an education, campus, campus life, etc
    • The commuter college in Lake Charles
    • The educational heart of Lake Charles
    • The First thought When i here McNeese is Mass Communication because this is a major part of the University. I think this Department is a Huge asset to what McNeese is trying to build with there learning program.
    • The only university in the city of Lake Charles, LA. A place where you can get a quality education and remain at home.
    • Tough football team
    • Tradition
    • Tradition
    • Tradition, Pride, Quality Education
    • Traditions
    • Traditions
    • True regional institution servicing a wide area
    • Underappreciated
    • Underestimated
    • Under-recognized
    • Unharnessed potential
    • University
    • University
    • University atmosphere
    • University in our town
    • University learning
    • Variety of learning style and curriculum
    • Very important for LC
    • Very local
    • Warmth of the people
    • We are proud of you
    • We should welcome anybody on campus and invite them here
    • What is that?
    • When I first hear McNeese, I think of the excitement of my son attending the same school I did.
    • Where I went to school and graduated
    • Where I work
    • Where I work
    • Where is it?
    • Where is that? (from Texas to Leesville)
    • Where my money and my children go
    • Who is McNeese
    • Who was he and more about him, personally
    • Why is it called McNeese?
    • Work
  2. What do you love most about McNeese?

    • Ability to access the faculty
    • Ability to establish relationships with faculty
    • Academic freedom
    • Accesibility to all faculty/staff
    • Access to administration
    • Access to administration
    • Access to administration and staff
    • Access to faculty
    • Accessibility
    • Accessibility to professors/administration, etc.
    • Accessible
    • Accessible , Convenient, good value for education dollar...and If you meet the right McNeese people you can learn alot. Many good professors that are not from SWLA but chose to live here long term--provides consistency and also gives the school necessary diversity.
    • Accessible to surrounding communities
    • Adaptable
    • Advanced programs
    • Aesthetically pleasing landscape: trees and the president's house. I like the fact that the school retained a lot of it's oak trees in the area but they could use more spanish moss.
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable education
    • All of the above
    • Allows students who may not have sufficient financial resources to attend a larger school to get a college degree.
    • Alma mater
    • Alumni Association
    • Alumni relationships
    • Appreciation for diversity
    • Approachable administrators
    • Approachable staff
    • Athletic offerings
    • Athletic tradition
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Atmosphere - the people, the buildings, the grounds, the community involvement
    • Attending sporting events
    • Attitude of why not?
    • Backbone of Lake Charles
    • Backbone of SwLA
    • Banners series
    • Beautification of campus - improvements of campus grounds
    • Being an alumnus with a BA and an MA and that my son attends McNeese
    • Blue and Gold
    • Business and education coalition
    • Camaraderie
    • Camaraderie with faculty
    • Campus-wide, faculty takes pride in students successfully completing program
    • Can do university
    • Can-do attitude
    • Can-do attitude to try to get something done, whatever the steps to do so
    • Caring attitude
    • Caring attitude
    • Casual atmosphere
    • Chance to get to know students because of smaller classes
    • cheap classes
    • Class size
    • Close community
    • Close knit community
    • Close relationship with community
    • Close to home
    • Close-knit community
    • Collaboration between departments
    • Collaborative nature
    • Colleagues
    • Colleagues
    • Colleagues
    • College atmosphere gives a great vibe to the community
    • Collegial atmosphere
    • Comfortable
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community feel
    • Community service based
    • Community-manageable size
    • Commuter school that offers quality educational programs for all people who can't afford to leave the area for other schools
    • Competitive athletics
    • Connection with community
    • Continues to exhibit growth and that students matter most
    • Continuous learning opportunity
    • Continuous stability
    • Convenient
    • Convenient
    • Coworkers
    • Coworkers who care for each other and students
    • Cozy
    • Credibility
    • Cultural center
    • Cultural Events
    • Culture
    • Culture
    • Culture
    • Dedication of the people who work here
    • Dedication of the people who work here
    • Discounts
    • Diversity
    • Diversity
    • Diversity
    • During hurricanes we corraled students to help out across campus; students back cleaning right away
    • EASE program that facilitated the registration of non-traditional students
    • Easily accessible to surrounding communities
    • Easy-going
    • Employment opportunity
    • Even though we are small size, we know the staff and can make easy contact to the right person
    • Everyone who works here
    • Everything
    • Everything is close to campus and the campus is small; although, there are probably a lot of students that may disagree because of parking. Those students need to get out more, visit the University of Texas, Michigan or Oklahoma; Texas A&M, the list goes on. At those universities (and other schools) parking cost ridiculous. Employees can pay up to $150 a year to park.
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Exchange students choose us due to size of campus
    • Faculty involved with students as well as continuing research projects
    • Faculty know the students
    • Faculty that participate in research outside the classroom
    • Faculty-staff
    • Family
    • Family
    • Family atmosphere
    • Family atmosphere
    • Family atmosphere
    • Family atmosphere
    • Family atmosphere-athletic support from community
    • Family; everyone knows and picks on each other
    • Fauna
    • Feeling of a small school
    • Feeling of community
    • Feeling of involvement
    • Felt a family atmosphere
    • Football
    • Football games
    • Football games
    • Football program
    • Fraternity life
    • Free stuff
    • Friendliness
    • Friendliness of faculty
    • Friendliness of faculty and students from entire SW LA area
    • Friendly
    • Friendly
    • Friendly
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly facultys
    • Friendships formed
    • Fun
    • Fun loving people
    • Fun place to work
    • Game changer for economic development purposes
    • Give locals opportunity to go to college
    • Go Greeks
    • Good business school
    • Good education
    • Good education program
    • Good school
    • Great place to work
    • Great place to work
    • Great working environment
    • Grounding; very solid footing
    • Growth potential
    • Gym
    • Hands-on learning
    • Heritage
    • Home
    • Homey, laid back feel of the place; PIKE
    • Hospitality
    • Hospitality
    • How close everyone is on campus
    • How everyone, faculty and students, is helpful
    • How it changes students lives/impact
    • I love that it isn't too big and isn't too small; it's just the right size for my liking. It is small enough that it is still personal, but it is large enough that it is prestigious.
    • I love that this school is not too big and not too small. It's very interactive and it's easy to learn the campus and get to know all your teachers.
    • I love the environment. Most students dress casual and I am not aware of any status conflicts. To sum it up the normalcy and ease of blending in on campus. The courtyards are picturesques and comfortable to relax. I like the receptacles to dispose of cigarette butts.
    • I Love the fact that Mcneese treats you like family.
    • I love the faculty members!!!! The only thing I do not like at all is the McNeese police department
    • I love the music department, the Banners series, the football program, the excellence of the academic programs, and the accessibility.
    • I love the small class settings.
    • Idea of Personal Touch
    • Improvements to campus since being a student
    • Improves the community
    • Individual attention
    • Individual attention-interaction with students
    • Individualized attention
    • Integrity
    • Interaction-helping students
    • Intimacy in the classroom
    • Intimacy with colleagues and students, esp. graduate students
    • Intimate campus
    • Involvement in the community
    • It enabled me to establish a career, become independent, and make a difference in others' lives.
    • It has home
    • It has strategic potential/no man's land of universities
    • It is a large part of the community. Most residents have some tie to the university.
    • It is difficult for mature, rational adults to actually "love" inanimate institutions.
    • It is where I received an education to begin a career in engineering.
    • It stands as an accomplishment to our community.
    • Its football team
    • Its football team
    • Its friendliness
    • It's large enough to compete with anyone in the educational arena, but small enough to care--excellence with a personal touch
    • Its people
    • Jolie blonde
    • Keep our brightest in the area
    • Keeping our brightest in the area
    • Kindness
    • Know all students; family environment vs. other schools
    • Know name and not a number
    • Leisure learning
    • Less expensive than most schools
    • Library
    • Like colleagues
    • Local
    • Local pride
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location and Athletic Tradition
    • Location and choice of degrees
    • Location and culture
    • Location, small classes, faculty to student ratio, good scholarship program.
    • Location-it is close to Sulphur
    • Lots of potential
    • Love campus, school spirit, sports programs boys and girls, impressed with number of recognized student athletes. Good quality education in all fields offered at McNeese.
    • Loyalty
    • Many opportunities it has provided over a lifetime
    • Mass Communications department. :) McNeese feels like a huge, sometimes dysfunctional family and I LOVE it. McNeese has a lot of pride in their faculty, students, and alumni.
    • McNeese and community participation
    • "McNeese Foundation, Community atmosphere
    • "
    • McNeese in the Community
    • McNeese Mass Communication dept way of advisement. Once you meet and get advised every semester it's a way to see your progress and how long you have left. This ultimately help keep students in the program and are less likely to drop out.
    • Memories
    • Memories of football games, local support
    • Mixture of non-traditional and traditional students
    • More affordable than most other schools
    • More personal
    • More polite
    • Most faculty-staff want to help students
    • Music programs and faculty productions; The Wesley Foundation program and its influence on our students
    • My job
    • New blood and progressive
    • Nice Campus, Football, Quality Education, Opportunity for just about everyone that wants an education
    • Nice place to work
    • Not much at this time, because I am disappointed with the universe.
    • Not much, too small
    • Nursing department
    • Nursing program
    • Nurturing environment
    • Office family
    • One on one faculty and personell
    • Only place I can teach the three different topics I teach
    • Open door policy of faculty
    • Open door to administration
    • Open doors to administration
    • Open to new ideas
    • Openness
    • Openness (what we are doing today)
    • Opportunities
    • Opportunities for students to grow up that they don't often have at a larger school
    • Opportunities it offers me; entertainment; education
    • Opportunity for students to do and be in ways they couldn't elsewhere
    • Opportunity to make a better place- change lives
    • Opportunity to make a difference
    • Our colleagues and leadership (CoNursing)
    • Our president
    • Outstanding Band
    • Part of the heart of SWLA
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People - atmosphere - wholesome
    • People there know you
    • People, students, and employees
    • Persevere through hardship
    • Personable
    • Personable
    • Personal
    • Personal
    • Personal
    • Personal attention given to students.
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch with caring attitudes
    • Personalized education
    • Positive collegial relationships
    • Positive Teacher-Student Relationships
    • Pre-med school
    • Prepared me for my career
    • Pride
    • Pride
    • Pride from LC
    • Pride of the community
    • Programs for degrees
    • Progressive attitude
    • Promoting of all religious organizations
    • Provides a venue for students from the local area to attend a 4 yr college.
    • Proximity
    • Quaintness and size
    • Quality
    • Range of areas of study
    • Regional pride
    • Relationship with community and Lake Charles
    • Relatively small classes; no anonymity
    • Reputation
    • Saturday nights in the fall
    • School pride
    • School spirit
    • Sends out well-prepared graduates
    • Sense of community
    • Sense of community
    • Sense of community
    • Sense of community
    • Sense of community on campus
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size of university
    • Size of university as a whole and class size
    • Size, access to faculty
    • Small
    • Small campus. Free counseling for students (with mental health, social and emotional issues). Writing center. Good infirmary and doctor on campus at least once weekly. Leisure Learning programs (really outstanding). Free concerts and low cost theatre opportunities art sale by students.
    • Small class size
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes
    • Small classes
    • Small classes taught by professors, not graduate students
    • Small classes with a lot of student-teacher interaction
    • Small community, family feeling about it
    • Small enough to establish meaningful connections with students
    • Small faculty/student ratio
    • Small size classes
    • Small student - faculty ratio
    • Small student-teacher ratio
    • Smallness
    • Social Sciences Department
    • Some form of bonding; identity; community wraps itself around
    • Spirit
    • Sports
    • Sports
    • Sports for women
    • Stability
    • Stands for Solid Education
    • Starting point
    • Strategic potential--geographically isolated in a region with great economic potential
    • Strong administration
    • Strong emphasis on teaching
    • Strong football program
    • Student and faculty interaction
    • Student faculty interaction
    • Student involvement
    • Student involvement in resource allocation/TASC/CDC, etc.
    • Student to professor ratio--small and personal education
    • Student-centered learning environment
    • Student-friendly environment
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students and faculty
    • Students and staff are both approachable
    • Students are the best thing about this campus; want to learn
    • Students engaged in learning
    • Students have opportunities for undergraduate research
    • Students who are understanding and willing to work
    • Students, alumni, faculty all working together
    • Support
    • Support from the community
    • Support of the Community (to McNeese)
    • Surrounding small towns provide opportunity
    • Survives hurricanes-disasters
    • SWLA community
    • Swla flavor
    • Tailgating
    • Teachers and opportunities
    • Teachers and students have a working relationship
    • Teaching excellence and collegiality
    • That I can talk to anyone on campus and basically everyone knows who I am, or has at least heard of who I am.
    • That is was mine
    • That it is a local institution to provides a service to the community and local kids that want to attend college affordably.
    • That it really is a small town, personal college. The people are fantastic and the education is excellent.
    • The attitude that most employees have of going above and beyond to ensure student success.
    • The campus is in one area. This makes it easy to get to classes.
    • The cultural offerings
    • The feeling of Community
    • The gym
    • The individual attention
    • The Mass Comm Department
    • The people
    • The people
    • The people, the size and pride
    • The relationship between students and faculty
    • The size of the school is not too big but not too small. Athletics. Community atmosphere.
    • The students
    • The teachers, professors care about their students
    • This is a really nice environment-camaraderie
    • Three mile drive to work/location
    • Tight-knit campus life
    • Tight-knit community; family atmosphere
    • Tradition
    • Tradition
    • Tradition
    • Tradition
    • Tradition
    • Traditions
    • Traditions
    • Unique name
    • Unity
    • Volunteerism
    • Warm community
    • We have academic freedom you wouldn't get in a larger college
    • We have struggled and survived with great changes
    • We're survivors
    • Welcoming
    • What a little gem Lake Charles is in the corner of SWLA; has a lot to do with McNeese
    • What it has meant to the area
    • What it has meant to the community
    • When people talk about McNeese
    • Willing to change for the better
    • With the help of faculty-staff, I went from student worker to employee
    • Wonderful boss
    • Working relationship between faculty/students
    • You're not a number
  3. Whether you love it or not, what do you believe is McNeese's greatest strength?

    • A lot of opportunities for students to progress into
    • A lot of years of experience
    • Ability for students to ask questions in manageable class sizes
    • Academic programs
    • Academic reputation, particularly in certain disciplines
    • Academics
    • Academics
    • Academics
    • Academics should be
    • Access to faculty
    • Access to Opportunity
    • Accessibility
    • Accessibility
    • Accessibility of administration
    • Accessibility of dean and department head
    • Accessible
    • Accessible
    • Accreditations
    • Adaptability; willing to work with students
    • Affordability
    • Affordability
    • Affordability
    • Affordability
    • Affordable
    • Affordable
    • Affordable education
    • Affordable education
    • Affordable higher education
    • Agricultural programs
    • Alumni
    • Alumni
    • Alumni
    • Alumni base
    • Alumni base
    • Alumni support
    • Appreciation for diversity
    • Arts, English and Nursing Degrees.
    • Athletic programs
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics, debate team, SFAA
    • Attention to teaching
    • Attention to teaching
    • Banners cultural program
    • Banners Series
    • Banners series-cultural offerings to the wider community
    • Banners Series-cultural offerings-contributions
    • Big enough to handle things but small enough to know who to talk to; interaction with other folks on campus
    • Business feeding back and forth with what graduates need to enter workforce
    • Campus organizations
    • Can make it easy for students-parents to complete requirements and they feel more comfortable with our people
    • Career Services office--excellent presentations
    • Cater to the petroleum industry
    • cheap class
    • Class opportunities available for students (online, etc)
    • Class size
    • Class sizes
    • Clean fiscal audits
    • Clear regional mission, identity, and culture
    • Close relationship with student body and community
    • Close ties to the community. When you think of Lake Charles, you think of McNeese.
    • Close to home and cost effective
    • Cohesive and dedicated Agriculture faculty
    • College of Business
    • Common thing to whole community; united effort
    • Community
    • Community and University Partnerships
    • Community college size in mid-size city.
    • Community interest
    • Community involvement
    • Community involvement
    • Community involvement, Geographical location
    • Community of Lake Charles
    • Community pride
    • Community support
    • Community support
    • Community support
    • Community support
    • Community support
    • Community support from a wide variety of disciplines
    • Community-minded
    • CON faculty
    • Connection to local industry
    • Connection to the community
    • Connection with industry
    • Connection with students
    • Consideration of innovation
    • Consideration of innovation
    • Consideration of student innovation
    • Consistency
    • Convienent location, easy access to classes, pretty good process tecnology, math and engineering programs.
    • Cost of living in going to school here
    • Creativity
    • Cultural interaction
    • Culture
    • Curriculum
    • Curriculums have good strengths
    • Degree programs relative to needs of immediate area. Accessability of faculty. Not a research university; more emphasis on practical applications.
    • Determination
    • Different disciplines it supports
    • Diversity
    • Doesn't have a directional name
    • Draws local students from all local parishes
    • Ease of accessibility.
    • Easy access to professors for students
    • Economic impact
    • Economic impact on the community
    • Education
    • Education
    • Education curriculum
    • Education in nursing
    • Education in pre-med
    • Education reputation; known for nursing, pre-med, ag programs
    • Emphasis on teaching
    • Employees who care
    • Engineering
    • Engineering curriculum
    • Enrollment
    • Enthusiasm of staff and faculty to try new things
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellent department of education that provides high teacher output
    • Faculty
    • Faculty
    • Faculty
    • Faculty
    • Faculty and staff
    • Faculty and staff
    • Faculty and staff--would not run without both
    • Faculty dedication
    • Faculty that care
    • Faculty-Administration-Staff
    • Faculty--not ego-driven
    • Faculty-student contact; access to professors
    • Family atmosphere
    • Financial stability
    • Financial stability-frugal position
    • Financially strong despite current economic climate
    • Fine arts
    • Fiscal conservatism
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Fiscal stability
    • Flexibility
    • Flexibilty to work with the University to solve problems
    • Focus on teaching
    • Football for public relations
    • Foreign student programs
    • Freshman counseling
    • Genuine sense of caring about students
    • Geographic location and size of campus
    • Get a well rounded education
    • Good education for the money
    • Good faculty
    • Good planning is part of its culture
    • Good students
    • Graduate program allows local people to continue their education here
    • Graduate programs
    • Graduates
    • Great President!
    • Great starting place
    • Help citizens that want to get a competitive education but have circumstances that prevent them from attending a larger college out of town.
    • High academic standards
    • History of McNeese
    • Home-town feel
    • I am not sure. I do not have any children at this time enrolled.
    • I believe McNeese's greatest strength is their presence in the Lake Charles community. The school does a great job at being involved in the community, having events at the campus (from local schools and such, which in my eyes is wonderful), and making it personal.
    • I did not attend this school as a student so I am only familar with the sports reputation. McNeese get lots of community support and press around the state due to sports successes.
    • I really believe that our greatest strength is our ability to help out our student's in the smallest ways. I have had so many students compliment our department in saying that they are thankful that my administrative coordinator has done a wonderful job in helping them get into the program and to graduate! I have even had students say that they were helped in the greatest way by the registrar, so that says a great deal for several people on campus.
    • I think McNeese's greatest strength is its personal touch.
    • I think that the greatest strength at McNeese is the personal attention we get with our teachers. Being a Mass Communication major the teachers are excellent and help with all your advising and they want you to succeed in your future career.
    • Individual attention to the students
    • Individualized attention
    • Individualized attention to students
    • Industrial Alliance Board (connection to industry)
    • Instrumentation and technology
    • Integrity
    • Integrity
    • International community
    • International community
    • Involvement
    • Involvement in the community
    • It allows students on the margin, from diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds, the opportunity to get an education. It's probably more affordable than others.
    • It's still here
    • It's a small-town feel with its big town opportunity
    • Its ability to serve students who otherwise would not be able to go to college
    • Its commitment to teaching and to the students
    • It's getting larger, but it is still small enough to feeling like you're part of the university
    • Its identity, heritage, and growth.
    • Its new president and faculty, great student work ethic
    • Its people
    • Its people
    • Its personal touch with the students.
    • Its relationship with the community
    • It's relatively easy and inexpensive to get an education
    • Its size, which allows meaningful interaction with students
    • Job opportunities for community and graduates
    • Job placement
    • Just the right size
    • Key undergrad programs-nursing, engineering, education
    • Key undergraduate programs-nursing engineering business education
    • Leaders
    • Leadership
    • Leading agricultural college
    • Legacy program
    • Leisure learning
    • Leisure learning
    • Local
    • Local presence and option
    • Local Pride
    • Local support
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location
    • Location (by ourselves in SWLA)
    • Location in the state
    • Location is a strength
    • Long time staff. Engineering grants obtained by current and former professors who seek to coordinate local industries with students.
    • Longevity
    • Longevity and solid foundation within community
    • Low teacher/student ratio
    • Low teacher-student ratio with a caring staff
    • Low tuition
    • Major asset for SWLA
    • Major asset for SWLA
    • Marriage between academic-athletics
    • Mass communications dept.
    • McNeese adds money into community; economic impact
    • McNeese Foundation, Economic impact on the community, Personal touch
    • McNeese greatest strength is the qualified and professional staff.
    • McNeese's history
    • McNeese's greatest strength is its attention to the individual student. I also believe the music department is stronger than is perceived. Excellent music instruction is taking place there, and it should be listed as such in publications.
    • McNeese's greatest strength is its strong connections to the greater SWLA community.
    • MFA program
    • More affordable than most other schools
    • More interaction with professors
    • Multiple generations attend and they are local, active community members
    • Name recognition
    • Name recognition
    • National and regional visibility of a good sports program
    • New president and faculty and student work ethic
    • Nice football field
    • No other university very close to us
    • Non-traditional students
    • Nursing and Engineering program
    • Nursing and Instrumentation Technology
    • Nursing department
    • Nursing program
    • Nursing program
    • Nursing, Engineering, Football, Mass Comm
    • On campus collaboration
    • One-on-one interaction between faculty/student
    • Only major university in our area
    • Openness
    • Opportunities for scholarships
    • Opportunity
    • Opportunity for just about everyone that wants an education
    • Parents taking note of accessibility of faculty, department head, and dean
    • Partnership with Plants and Casino, Athletics, Smaller class size, campus culture
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People
    • People who work here
    • People-enrollment
    • Personal attention
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch--students comment on this all the time
    • Personnel
    • Ph.D.s teach almost all classes rather than GAs--faculty greatest strength
    • Plant connections
    • Positive services
    • Potential
    • Practical approach to education
    • Predictability--both a strength and challenge
    • Pre-med program
    • Pre-med program/Biology/Ag program/Nursing/Engineering
    • Preparing young people to stay in this area
    • President Williams
    • President Williams's philosophy
    • President-I like his style
    • Price-point
    • Professor to student ratio
    • Professors actually teach most freshman surveys, not GAs
    • Programs between the university and high schools
    • Programs such as Leisure Learning - continuing education programs - brings in the community
    • Progresssion
    • Provides a variety of learning opportunities - traditional courses, web-based classes, Banners, SBDC seminars, etc.
    • Providing quality education to studetns who choose to stay in Lake Charles
    • Quality academic programs
    • Quality education
    • Quality educational programs
    • Quality faculty
    • Quality faculty
    • Quality of graduates
    • Quality of the faculty
    • Quality Programs
    • Regional appeal
    • Regional; can draw students from all over the area
    • Relationship that McNeese has with local industry and plants
    • Relationship that McNeese has with the business community
    • Reponse to the community needs
    • Reputation of our graduates, especially nursing grads
    • Resilience to negative events
    • Resource to the community
    • Respect from our legislative delegation
    • Science programs
    • Scientific research
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size
    • Size, cost
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes
    • Small community atmosphere in a larger environment
    • Small enough to be personable
    • Small enough to be personal
    • Small enough to know you, large enough to improve you.
    • Smaller classes
    • Smaller classes
    • Smaller classroom sizes for instruction
    • Smaller university providing quality education
    • Special relationship between faculty and student body
    • Sports
    • Stability
    • Statewide respected degrees like Engineering and Nursing
    • Strong community support
    • Strong connection to local community
    • Strong connection to surrounding parishes
    • Strong programs in nursing, engineering, pre-med
    • Strong regional producer of prospective employees
    • Student leaders
    • Student oriented
    • Student support
    • Student to teacher ratio is good
    • Student workers
    • Student-faculty interaction
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students
    • Students and employees
    • Student-teacher ratio
    • Support of our community
    • Surrounding industries including the medical field
    • Survival instinct (Rita, budget cuts)
    • TASC program
    • Teacher education
    • Teacher education program (educators of the year)
    • Teachers are extremely helpful
    • Teaching vs. research university
    • Technical knowledge
    • The ease of making things happen-easy to make change
    • The education in Business
    • The fact that we can work together and strive for one overall goal
    • The Mass Comm Department
    • The Mass Communications Department because it helps build character.
    • The nursing school
    • The nursing school
    • The opportunities they have for students to get involved. Professors make it possible for students to have a personal relationship with them. Decent class sizes. A lot of the professors are just AWESOME.
    • The outreach or symbiotic relationships between trade schools, Sowela, etc.
    • The people who truly love the university
    • The size, and dedication to serving individuals
    • Theatre department
    • Theatre department
    • Ties with the community
    • Traditions
    • Underlying work ethic of Lake Charles community
    • Unfortunately, their football team. Look at the new field house. The school makes and spends a lot of money off their football jocks past, present and future.
    • Variety of areas of study
    • Variety of degree programs available for our region
    • Variety of programs offered by University to meet the needs of the community
    • Variety of students
    • Warmth of local people working here
    • We serve the community (we train students to work in area business, schools, industry)
    • We try to make change happen, we don't let problems fester
    • When coming here, saw department head, farm manager, advisor, etc. all in one day; real plus
    • Willing to adapt
    • Willingness of administration to address and solve problems
    • Work ethic of students
    • Work ethic-can-do attitude
    • Workforce
    • Your professor is not likely a grad student but faculty
  4. What is McNeese's most glaring area for improvement?

    • A Defining identity
    • Ability to adapt
    • Ability to support its mission with adequate funding
    • Academic consistency across the university
    • Academic reputation is low
    • Academic reputation. We have all the basic components necessary to be considered as a quality academic institution, we just haven't invested the time, effort, and resources required to really develop into one.
    • Academic standards
    • Acceptance into college
    • Access to more online courses
    • Accessing donors from oil and gas industry
    • Accountability for effective instruction
    • Acquire property around the campus for growth; landlocked
    • Administrative support (personnel are swamped)
    • Admissions process-no one-stop shop for getting admitted etc
    • Admissions standards
    • Advertising
    • "Advisory department and Chartwells is over priced in some areas and there is (always) room for improvement. Maybe serve beer and wine after 4pm. Lots of colleges and universities do.
    • "
    • Aesthetics of grounds
    • Allow parking near the closed dorms.
    • Alumni interaction
    • Alumni news and brochure can be added to with articles and pictures; football programs could be expanded
    • Alumni relations
    • Appeal outside SWLA and SE Texas; McNeese is lacking a "niche" by which most people would know it. People know ULM because of pharmacy; they know NSULA because of online learning. They know LA Tech because of STEM programs. Those niches recruit students--even if the students do not affiliate with the niches.
    • Appearance of and pride in physical plant and grounds and facilities
    • Attendance and discipline
    • Attract outside talent, need new ideas
    • Attracting our top local talent
    • Authorization of the institution....... Be more professional and transparent when comes to decision-making, elections, promotions.....any decision made should be based on the votes of committee members, not by only one person's favor. DEPARTMENT CHAIR, DEAN, VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT.. SHOULD NEVER BE ASSIGNED BUT VOTED BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
    • Automated system for advisors (electronic approval process)
    • Availability of a doctoral program
    • Baseball stadium
    • Basketball arena
    • Beautification of campus
    • Being a leader in the state in all aspects
    • Being the back-up plan when students fail at a large school; be the first choice
    • Better communication between faculty-staff-students
    • Better coverage in advertising and promotion
    • Better faculty orientation relevant to job functions--some universities offer this first semester with a class load reduction
    • Better interaction with state legislature
    • Better safety for the students
    • Better self-image
    • Better signage around campus to announce high pedestrian traffic area and that this is a University.
    • Better support for local education/K-12
    • Better use of technology
    • Branding, corporate identity
    • Branding/corporate identity
    • Broader self-promotion
    • Budget
    • Budgets
    • Building interiors need updating
    • Buildings
    • Buildings needing repair and updating
    • Buildings with a faculty lounge in them
    • Buildings, campus beautification, food varieties in the cafeteria
    • Burton hall, parking
    • Campus beautification
    • Campus is land locked - where do we grow
    • Career services office should serve more programs
    • Catching up to the online world
    • Central location for everything that happens in a day
    • Central location for students to gather
    • Certain facilities-Library, Smith Hall, Burton Dorm, Married Housing, and Burton Coliseum. The reputation of being "Ryan Street High" as a result of certain classes being too easy and unappealing facilities. Student interaction with career services. More cross-walks along mcneese and common street. Salary of employees.
    • Class schedule, flexibility in terms of athletics
    • Classes on rotation
    • Classes, technology
    • Classroom attendance
    • Cleanliness of buildings
    • Cleanliness of some of the older buildings
    • Cleanliness/grounds/building
    • Clearly defined incentives for faculty and staff--prizes for teaching, research
    • Climate
    • Cohesive communication
    • Collaborations with other universities
    • Collaborative effort with Sowela
    • College of Education
    • Combining the Alumni and Foundation databases to maximize our outreach to donors
    • Commitment to community in regards to students. Seize opportunities: specifically partner with a local high school ( a major feeder school) to allow the high school swim team to use the pool for practice. This team does not have a pool of it's own and must rent a city pool each season.
    • Communication
    • Communication
    • Communication
    • Communication
    • Communication
    • Communication internally and externally
    • Communication to-from campus personnel and students
    • Community interaction
    • Community involvement
    • Community support
    • Competing against larger universities
    • Competitive faculty salaries
    • Competitive salaries for entry level faculty--PhDs, Instructors, etc
    • Connection to local industry
    • Continue to explore creative and innovative ways to acquire adjoining properties
    • Contraband Bayou Area
    • Contracts/salaries
    • Convince our students they are getting the best education available
    • Coordination of technology
    • Cosmetic appeal of buildings
    • Cowboy branding should be confined to sports and rodeo
    • Cracking down on performance reviews and ridding the university of those who do not perform
    • Creating loyalty from the area population
    • Creation of a center of academic advising
    • Cross disciplinary exchange
    • Crosswalks
    • Custodial services
    • Customer service with students and general public
    • Customer service-excellence with a personal touch-athletics department standards
    • Dead weight. People who don't pull their weight but get all the benefits of the faculty members that are working like crazy to keep everything flowing smoothly.
    • Degree offerings
    • Demand more from students
    • Develop a plant management program and draw on Petro-chem industry for faculty and build toward advanced degrees
    • Didn't know about online classes and relationships with Sowela
    • Difficulty of comparing different disciplinary outcomes/standards across the institution
    • Directional and informational signs on campus
    • Disconnect-lack of collaboration between the disciplines
    • Do students know who John McNeese is and why he is our namesake?
    • Do we have contact with seniors in high school to educate them about McNeese?
    • Don't take the building tour
    • Don't allow cowbells in the stadium or sitting in the walkways; do away with general admission tickets
    • Ease of student registration--step-by-step list, centralize area
    • Easier advising process
    • Embrace online education
    • Encourage students to get to class early
    • Enhanced academic stature in schools that can provide graduates to local industries (i.e. employers)
    • Ensure confidentiality in HR. Couple promotion with tenure. Don't make faculty fill out timesheets. Abolish forced closure days. Change the forced closure days to holidays and slightly reduce the amount of annual leave we receive. Alternatively, you could make all of the forced closure days regular work days. That way non-Christians and others who don't observe Christian holidays won't have to take annual leave for a holiday they don't celebrate. Review all employment policies to make them more logical, fair, and streamlined.
    • Excel at one thing , one discipline - do it better than any other institution in LA. does not matter so much what it is. Be the "go to" school for people who want to be the best in that one discipline.
    • Expanding the graduate program
    • Expansion of Student Health Center Services. Using McNeese trained RN's and NP's to expand services similar to ULL and LSU. It would be a major benefit to students from out of town without a local provider.
    • Facilities
    • Facilities
    • Facilities
    • Facilities
    • Facilities
    • Facilities (academic and otherwise, needs one look)
    • Facilities are out of date
    • Facilities need more light
    • Facilities-academic and athletic
    • Facilities-maintenance
    • Facility maintenance lacking
    • Faculty
    • Faculty and staff interaction with students
    • Faculty club or area where faculty could interact in a social setting
    • Faculty lounge
    • Faculty presence on campus-keeping office hours and activities with students
    • Faculty salaries
    • Faculty salaries and incentives to recruit and retain new faculty
    • Faculty salaries are very low
    • Faculty workload
    • Faculty/ staff morale; Entrenched management (Deans and dept. heads seemingly appointed for life); website, constructions, renovations all center around ADA and not education
    • Farm is listed somehow incorrectly for phone calls
    • Farrar--rooms always freezing
    • Financial stability
    • Finishing renovation of academic buildings
    • Flower beds need to be weeded, bushes trimmed; ash trays at each building
    • Focused retention plan with measurable outcomes and strategies that can be implemented now
    • Football
    • Formal graduate programs for non-traditional students
    • From student's perspective, the cafeteria
    • Fundraising
    • Get better community and student fan support for basketball
    • Get on the agenda at industry alliance; do a short presentation at their meetings
    • Get our image beyond SWLA; get our name out there
    • Get the city officials more involved in promoting McNeese; as an example, football….the city should turn blue and gold. Flags on game day.
    • Get the plants to hire more McNeese students
    • Getting people to accept change
    • Graduate offerings
    • Graduate retention
    • Graduate School recruitment
    • Greater variety of degree programs
    • Greatest strength can be greatest weakness; open feel to it but not known by persons outside of this area
    • Group together to spread the good news; such as rodeo successes; academic achievements of athletes, etc
    • Growing, developing, mentoring faculty
    • Growth in enrollment
    • Hands-on experience
    • Higher academic degrees
    • Higher quality outreach
    • HVAC
    • HVAC
    • I see the need for a better partnership between students and the community they strive to become part of through area employment. I would like to see MSU work to create a strong intern program with local businesses. Also the need to strengthen students' marketability of themselves to businesses by teaching them and preparing them for the workforce. Either through internships, how to interview, and create a resume.... Dress for Success.
    • I would have to say Mass Communication because the professors that are in the department are willing to go the extra mild to make sure you are learning and understanding the material.
    • I would like to see McNeese work more closely with area high schools with programs in all departments.
    • Identity
    • If box next to President's box ever became vacant, use that box for standing area for visitors
    • Image building and self promotion
    • Image of a lower tier school
    • Improve inter-department communications (reservations, special events, timing of special events)
    • Improve study skills among students
    • Improved teaching methodologies, English speaking competence for all faculty which may lead to student retention and engagement.
    • Improvement in academics
    • Improving indoor air quality in the buildings
    • Improving the education department
    • Increase academic standards...keep raising the bar
    • Increase faculty empowerment
    • Increase internships in the community
    • Increase McNeese's leadership in the community, e.g. President as point person to take initiatives in the community
    • Increase police enforcement for parking
    • Indoor environments, especially air quality
    • Industry relations
    • Information architecture of website needs to be thought through
    • Instructional development programs
    • Instructors could be more tech savvy
    • Integrity
    • Intellectual and cultural activities
    • Inter-college communications
    • Interdepartmental communication
    • Intra-organizational politics
    • Invite potential donors to the SkyRanch
    • Kaufman Hall
    • Kaufman in general, bathrooms specifically
    • Keeping out of LSU's shadow
    • KMSU -RADIO has always been a dream of mine. Much like KRVS in Lafayette, listener supported radio station would draw the community into the campus and the campus out to the world. Run and operated by Mass Comm. Dept. and alumni with student interns.
    • Knowledge has always been associated with light--all offices need light
    • Lack of communication
    • Lack of communication in college (of Edu)-decisions made before input sought
    • Lack of degree audit system
    • Lack of hands on experience provided to students in their area of study.
    • Lack of innovation and creativeness-esp in Cheerleading-Band
    • Lack of involvement with the high schools
    • Lack of pride in campus facilities--littering, careless treatment of furnishings
    • Lack of professionalism at all levels--need a code of ethics-professionalism from the top
    • Lack of resources
    • Lack of teamwork; working in silos; lack of employee initiative
    • Lake Area Industry Alliance should work with Petrochem Club
    • Landlocked
    • Land-locked
    • Landscape
    • Landscape overall
    • Landscaping
    • Library and landscape
    • Limited resources
    • Losing the 'Ryan St High School' reputation
    • Loss of transfer credit hours
    • Low graduation rate
    • Low graduation rate
    • Macneese
    • Maintain dialog with our legislators, city officials, parish officials
    • Maintenance
    • Make graduate and alumni records available to colleges and encourage each college to build this community alliance
    • Make information available to the people who aren't involved at McNeese
    • Make it harder to enroll. Too many students aren't prepared for even the easy classes at McNeese. Out of state students look upon this campus as a high school. Still have too many elevator breakdowns, requiring hardship on students who need assistance to navigate stairs. Still need safer intersection at McNeese/Common. Crossing signals are not big enough! Took way too long to even get this. Need more laundry facilities on campus, if there is going to continue to be a cost added to campus housing bills. What is the point of "free" laundry, if you can never access it. No food for students living in dorms, many are international or at least out of state...during many holidays, breaks.
    • Marketing
    • Marketing
    • Marketing 3X
    • Marketing of the university; does it promote itself; do it well locally, but not necessarily outside SWLA
    • Marketing to citizens
    • Masters programs; higher education; more programs
    • Maximize interaction with Sowela
    • McNeese Athletics. The McNeese Alumni database should be merged with the McNeese Foundation database to better serve the University and the community. Communication on campus; Employees that do not perform their required duties, are not engaged, and still have a job.
    • McNeese needs area to expand beyond current campus. Lack of room limits degree programs, growth, attractiveness to other than local students, makes McNeese resemble a "community college" and not a university. Inability to attract and retain qualified engineering professors. Not enough course classes offered to allow students to graduate per course catalog. Limited choices for electives due to lack of teaching staff. Get rid of the SPUR program and stop subsidizing foreign students. In-state tuition should be reserved for tax paying residents and not for ex-pat students who leave the area once they graduate.
    • McNeese needs improvement in technology, such as printers in all computer labs that work.
    • McNeese needs to have a grassroots campaign to visit minority schools frequently and interact with these schools and publicize it.
    • McNeese needs to improve selling itself to the community and the area; how we impact the area
    • McNeese positives are not well known in the community-need more effective way to educate the community about what happens here benefits to the community
    • Media Communications
    • Meeting needs of departments where faculty are spread thin
    • Meeting student needs for alternative delivery of instruction
    • Meeting student needs for alternative schedules
    • Messy classrooms with faulty technology
    • Modern renovations and improvements
    • More activities for students
    • More and better scholarships
    • More equipment and resources for the mass comm department
    • More faculty need to get involved in the community and service clubs; some people feel like it is a one way street
    • More financial aid and work study programs for students who have financial hardships to attend college
    • More fundraising, esp from Chemical plants
    • More innovative teaching styles
    • More interactive website
    • More parking
    • More people should be doing more with regard to scholarships, etc. Need to compliment the Foundation for the work they have done
    • More stringent grad programs for education
    • More study abroad emphasis
    • More visibility on internet; Itune-U
    • MSU is not particularly good at influencing/impacting life in North Lake Charles; folks are expected to leave that neighborhood to travel south to participate in campus life. When, if ever, does MSU make an appearance in the northern neighborhoods of the city?
    • Name recognition for academics
    • National communication and National recognition. Everyone asks me "McNeese what? Where is that?"
    • Natural gas technology; SASOL proposal to make gas out of natural gas
    • Navigating campus when it's wet
    • Need a master plan for developing properties we own
    • Need booster-groups for non-revenue sports
    • Need enrollment growth; nothing succeeds like success; when enrollment grows, revenue grows; we have been between 8-9000 for years
    • Need for a coliseum-arena on campus
    • Need for more classroom space
    • Need for validation in the eyes of the overall legislature
    • Need Higher pay for our faculty
    • Need Identity
    • Need increase in culturally diverse activities
    • Need more lab space
    • Need more online degrees to stay competitive
    • Need more presence in foreign countries for recruiting
    • Need more student involvement
    • Need of doctoral program
    • Need speech pathology program
    • Need to build infrastructure for distance education
    • Need to demolish old married house dorms and build a Athletic complex to house M-W basketball arena to be in the same vicinity of the campus and athletics in general.
    • Need to move away from the label Ryan Street High
    • Need to self-sustain, infrastructure, etc
    • Need to sell more athletic tickets
    • Needs to gain respect
    • Networking, establishing good relationships with other institutions
    • New carpet
    • New hires make more money than existing faculty-salary compression
    • New ideas
    • No "artist-in-residence" program
    • No cross-training for staff jobs
    • Office dress code campus-wide
    • Old buildings, Lack of academic prestige
    • On campus, aesthetically, give attention to the waterways and beautification and utilization
    • On-campus recruiting of students for career opportunities
    • One stop shop for prospective students (Fin. Aid, Admissions, Registrar…)
    • One thing that I could say is that the Mass Comm department is lacking equipment and is desperately needing to be updated. Parking around McNeese also needs to be improved.
    • Online courses
    • Online courses
    • Online education
    • Online masters programs
    • Online programs needed
    • Orientation used to consist of barbers clippers
    • Other universities use their scoreboard to sell the university; it would be almost free
    • Our campus newspaper
    • Out of state recruitment
    • Out-of-state recruitment
    • Outreach beyond SWLA
    • Parking
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    • PARKING
    • Parking
    • Parking campuswide
    • Parking Field
    • Parking for students
    • Parking for underclassmen
    • Parking lots
    • Parking space
    • Parking, building conditions
    • Parking, restroom facilities in several buildings
    • PARKING. Emergency Alert System. Using money that they have to actually improve ACADEMICS in the school and not sports. :)
    • Partner research facilities between industry and McNeese
    • Pay raise for civil service employees
    • Pedestrian hazards
    • Pedestrian safety (pedestrian bridge)
    • People
    • People doing the job they are hired to do
    • People like to hear from McNeese what is going on; regular column in the newspaper; tell all the stories about McNeese; call it McNeese speaks
    • Perception of community/overall perception of caliber of education
    • Physical appearance of the campus (Aesthetically)
    • Physical Plant
    • Physical plant appearance, cleanliness and maintenance
    • Placement of students in appropriate classes
    • Police need to treat students better
    • Positive marketing of our assets
    • PR course/better internal communication
    • Preparedness of incoming students
    • Pride
    • Professional development and support for teachers, e.g. a teaching center
    • Professional looking facilities
    • Programs for Allied Health
    • Public doesn't realize our successes like our pre-med acceptance rate
    • Public Image/Student Pride
    • Public Relations. The partnership between Southwest LA. and McNeese needs to be fostered.
    • Put a cul-de-sac by the tennis courts; cut down traffic in that area; reroute traffic
    • Put big hedges down Ryan Street so pedestrians must use crosswalks
    • Quality faculty
    • Raise money for marketing-advertise success stories to parents
    • Raise our admission standards above the state's to make us a more prestigious school
    • Recognized graduation speakers; graduation at a nicer location
    • Recruiting
    • recruiting
    • Recruiting blue chip athletes
    • Recruiting military students-veterans
    • Recruiting students
    • Recruitment
    • Recycling
    • Regular semester tests given week before finals
    • Relationship with Sowela - lack of good relationship with Sowela
    • Renovation to dormitories
    • Research
    • Research and commercialization
    • Research capability
    • Research support
    • Resources
    • Retention
    • Retention
    • Retention
    • Retention of students, faculty, etc.
    • Retention--communicate with staff that work closely with students
    • Rewarding faculty with release time for new student-oriented programs and with sabbaticals or half-sabbaticals for research-publication or prof development
    • Right now the Football team. I think the biggest area of improvement is doing exactly what Dr. Williams is doing. Look at every aspect of the university and ask questions and validate why we do that. Some things are done because that is the way they were done in the past. Need fresh eyes and ideas to think out of the box!
    • Road in front of Library should be stopped by the cafeteria so it isn't a cut-through road
    • Room for growth-new buildings
    • Safe passage to the University/pedestrian safety
    • Safety
    • Safety
    • Salaries
    • Salaries
    • Schedule--fall break is too late and big break after finals before commencement
    • Scholarships
    • Scholarships based on completion of coursework
    • Scholarships--for students that were Honor Roll in high school but could not apply for scholarships because of low ACT score 17 even salutorian
    • School pride
    • Security
    • Seek funding sources outside of Baton Rouge
    • Selection of courses to teach that provide the students with a chance at a good job/career in the local area. MSU needs to address the customer's needs. Students are some of the customers. Industry and business are also customers.
    • Services we offer transfer and international students
    • Sidewalks or lack thereof, especially around the dorms
    • Single identity or focus that sets McNeese apart
    • Smith Hall--clean building outside and remove cats
    • Some professors and staff who do not return phone calls; faculty turning in grades-projects late
    • Some subjects are only offered once a year - frequency of class offerings
    • Split custodial staff time so buildings remain clean in morning and afternoon
    • Staff and faculty should visit other universities to get ideas and benchmark best practices
    • Staff workload
    • Staff/professional courses for staff/T&D
    • State funding
    • Strong McNeese identity outside of area and marketing of that identity
    • Stronger branding of the university
    • Student engagement
    • Student organization support
    • Student parking
    • Student parking
    • Student pride and support
    • Student recruitment
    • Student recruitment to continue growth of the university. I look at the enrollment of the other schools and I want our school on an equal basis.
    • Student scholarships
    • Student support
    • Students crossing the street safely
    • Students crossing the street safely
    • Students perception of a college classroom. This is one of the main causes of low retention and graduation. Freshman Foundations does cover these topics, but many of the students do not take the this course seriously. If we can go into the high school to introduce the course, talk to students, and answer their questions it may help.
    • Students should be treated as precious commodities
    • Support for sabbaticals
    • Support Greek system better
    • Support mission with adequate funding
    • Support smaller non-academic depts that have innovative ideas
    • Taking Burton dorm down will make parking more difficult
    • Teamwork
    • Technology
    • Technology
    • Technology
    • Technology
    • Technology
    • Technology
    • Technology and accessibility of technology
    • Technology- electronic submission of all required documents for admission, financial aid, etc.
    • Technology for the graduate program
    • Technology in general
    • Technology!! So many other universities are light years ahead of us when it comes to advanced technology and equipment. Our classrooms should be equipped with smartboards, etc.
    • Telling our story
    • Telling our story-marketing
    • Telling your story; we don't do a great job with telling our story; we do have many successful graduates
    • The endowment
    • The look of decay on buildings, loss of grass, cigarette butts near building entrances
    • The most glaring area for improvement is the people who have been around for too many years who do not see the need to help students. Those who do not see the need to help students because they don't "belong to their department" or that they do not need to help out even the individuals in other areas around the campus who may not know a particular area quite as well as they should.
    • The most glaring area of improvement I do not think I could say because I am not well-informed of all areas. One thing though that I can speak for is the need for new equipment in the Mass Communications department. We need new, up-to-date production equipment so that we can properly perform at production. Another thing in a realistic stance is to be showing potential students of the Lake Charles area and surrounding areas of McNeese's prestigious stand point. Many students disregard or downgrade McNeese because they do not see it as an esteemed university.
    • The need for the Alumni Association database to be merged with the McNeese Foundation database. We are all on the same team and should be raising funds for the same purpose, McNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY.
    • The need to enlarge the student base. Growth
    • The overall availability to students
    • The police department
    • The term "Ryan St. High"; target high school students to change that opinion; improve relationship with local schools
    • There are more potential donors out there that we may be overlooking
    • These forums are good things; newspaper articles like the Sunday Talk are helpful; so many state universities that we need to identify what we are good at and specialize in that area
    • Think and act out of the box
    • Thinking beyond LA
    • Those few faculty in each area who aren't productive
    • Too many people think of only one thing such as football rather than globally regarding all of McNeese's successes
    • Track and Field complex (outdoor)-resurface indoor rec complex, make it a championship venue for SLC indoor track
    • Track graduates and create a profile of success for recruiting
    • Traditions
    • Train staff in our own processes in all departments
    • Transparency in faculty related decisions, more faculty input needed
    • Tremendous amount of time and effort is expected of everyone-troops get spread thin and when one person falls it risks taking everyone down with it
    • True community support
    • Tutors for classes
    • ULL transfer students tell our students that they just don't know how good they have it at McNeese; take transfer students out to recruit
    • Undergraduate research
    • Unique identity
    • University Police
    • University Police
    • University website
    • Until McNeese purchases enough property to expand, the univeristy will only be able to compete with community colleges or other tier 3 schools such as Lamar University in Beaumont. Moving the Colleges of Engineering and Mortuary Science to Chennault AFB during the 70's didn't work out very well. There is not sufficient housing for students, campus buildings continue to decay, and the teaching staff not of the same caliber as at Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, or any other tier 2 school.
    • Update curriculum offerings to be responsive to market needs
    • Update the buildings. I am sure Texas colleges have more funding, but their facilities are nice.
    • Upgrade facilities to attract top local talent
    • Upgrade technology
    • Up-to-date software
    • Use of Freshman Foundations
    • Use of LiveText
    • Use of Promethean Boards already purchased through TASC
    • Use of technology
    • We are not Ryan Street high anymore; need to be more in touch with our alumni…academic and athletic; a lot are just waiting for an invitation; needs to be something to get them back here and to get them involved
    • We can do a better job of assisting struggling students who are willing to do better-by helping to diagnose, identify and support any learning deficiencies they might have
    • We're landlocked
    • Website
    • Website
    • Website could be more vibrant, friendlier
    • Website for ADA compliance and updates and maintenance
    • Website needs drastic changes
    • What would it take for us to become known for our research capabilities
    • Why don't we have Joe Dumars court at Burton Coliseum?
    • With ORU getting into conferece, baseball facilities are quickly becoming worst in conference
    • Work level is not divided up fairly with admininstrative assistants
    • Working with other universities to collaborate on programs
    • Workloads
  5. What opportunities should McNeese seize within the next five years?

    • 1. Doctoral Programs/Research. 2. Strengthen the engineering program because it produces the highest paid alumni, who can donate more. 3. Get out of the Southland Conference and compete with our peers in the Football Bowl Subdivision ( LA Tech, ULL, ULM, etc.) like we used to. 4. Try to gain prestige. 5. Improve the look of our campus. ( We have made much progress here.)
    • A more traditional style of teaching from the faculty/teachers. Student pride for their school.
    • A parking garage, laptops for each student. All Medical fields are not faced with unemployment and should have rapid growth in student enrolment where 5 years from now the number of medical students should be 10,000 or more.
    • Academic opportunities
    • Actual traditions
    • Add an area or school where teaching-education majors can be more hands on and welcome at all times
    • Address learning disabilities in more ways that just accommodations
    • Adjust our degrees and offering to the changes coming within our community; meeting their needs
    • Advancing the student leadership office to help students articulate leadership between collegiate and real-world leadership
    • Advertise that MSU athletes graduate at double the rates of nonathletes
    • Aeroframe, hospitality-needs of local community
    • Alumni support
    • Anticipate new jobs and prepare students for them
    • Articulation with Sowela (and other surrounding colleges)
    • Articulation with Sowela and Delta Tech
    • Attracting more input from industries in area as to what they need-want in a graduate
    • Attracting workers from area businesses
    • Bad economy and more people are going back to school
    • Be flexibile in reacting to the changing dynamic of students needs
    • Be number one for online classes and degrees
    • Beautification of campus/include Contraband Bayou
    • Become involved with economic growth potential of natural gas, i.e. SASOL plant
    • Becoming part of the LSU system
    • Being known for the Ag department and seize that opportunity
    • Better equipment in mass comm dept
    • Better job placement for our graduates
    • Better Parking
    • Better relationship with Sowela
    • Better safety measures for crossing streets
    • Better ties to business community
    • Branded beef
    • Bring back the "Lab School" like we had in Gayle Hall
    • Bring back the BS in Geology to support the oil industry in the area
    • Bring more HS and Jr High schools students to campus for things of interest to them
    • Broader range of classes
    • Budget stability
    • Build a better rapport within the community. Should build a broader avenue for Marketing in a true sense. Encompassing all areas (Strategies, Statistics, Research, Product Dev, Public Relations, Media, Print, etc). A broader look at Leisure Learning opportunities. Reach out to more businesses within the community - not just major corporations or big banks. Help the small business development a robust plan through using some partnerships within departments such as business/marketing/education.
    • Build better bonds with our local businesses and industries
    • Business ties that McNeese has (such as industry); put the names that support McNeese down
    • Buy every piece of land around the main campus
    • Buy up property around McNeese
    • Campaign in businesses
    • Campus beautification for contraband bayou
    • Capital campaign
    • Capital Campaign for 75th Anniversary. Up to date technology and update facilities.
    • Capitalize on literary rallies and ACT-SAT days--have gatherings afterward to recruit students to MSU
    • Capitalize on Louisiana's emergence in video technology
    • Casinos--capitalize on their need for courses in marketing, management, auditing, accounting, statistics, etc
    • Centers for Excellence (not just academics, but student life, international affairs, etc.)
    • Changes in energy sources, use, and consumption present opportunities for McNeese to excel in new technologies.
    • Charity work-students more involved in charity work
    • Child care facilities for students and employees with children
    • Childcare center for faculty, staff, students--using BCOE staff and majors to run it
    • Coastal studies
    • Collaborating with other universities
    • Communicate more to employers about hiring our graduates; strengthen career services
    • Communicating McNeese to the public, Community Clinic, SEED program; community linkages, and others
    • Community/institution plaza; studying area; starbucks'type atmosphere
    • Complete and continual improvement for accessibility
    • Concept of a university
    • Conference and event center for SARAH
    • Connect globally
    • Connecting with Juniors and Seniors in area high schools or even younger
    • Consider an aviation curriculum
    • Consider eliminating some degree programs and redirect resources to improving those programs that are more beneficial, i.e. nursing, engineering. The fact that major corporations no longer recruit engineers from McNeese speaks volumes. Why would any parent send their children to pursue a degree from an institution knowing that they would be excluded from consideration from employment solely because their degree came from McNeese.
    • Considering doctorate programs
    • Continual rise of academic standards especially in times of "retention" concerns
    • Continue purchasing surrounding land
    • Continue to develop partnerships with business & industry, also community efforts like SEED center
    • Continued growing the financial support from the greater Lake Charles area from business and individuals.
    • Continued support of curriculum to industries
    • Contracts
    • Coordinate more with Sowela
    • Coordinate with plants and community
    • Coordinate with Sowela as they become junior college
    • Culinary arts program
    • Day care is a good idea
    • Daycare for student children
    • Defining McNeese
    • Develop less competitive atmosphere between depts. and colleges/ more shared atmosphere
    • Develop more online graduate courses in education
    • Develop new ideas that we keep at home; that we can use here
    • Develop online education masters
    • Develop online MBA
    • Develop partnerships and programs for international students
    • Develop plan to grant alumni status to those who have other terminal degrees from elsewhere
    • Develop special education programs
    • Developing community ties
    • Developing hands on programs/opportunities and job placement
    • Developing intellectual property
    • Developing programs and partnerships with Fort Polk
    • Development in new media; social media; add to curriculum
    • Digital humanities
    • Distance education programs, online programs
    • Distance learning
    • Distance learning
    • Distance learning
    • Ease of articulation between McNeese and Sowela and other state universities
    • E-books
    • Economic ties to area industries
    • Educate students for community job market
    • Educate students for global community job market
    • Education for unemployed
    • Education ON online opportunities
    • E-learning expansion
    • Enclose campus perimeter--make Ryan St. and internal roadway
    • Engineering polymer science
    • Enhance collaboration with other public agencies for mutual interest
    • Enhance Two-year programs
    • Entrepreneurship
    • ESL expansion to bring up to par regarding classroom English
    • Establish Arts and Humanities Center of Excellence
    • Establishing a doctoral program
    • Every business is becoming more computer necessary and every discipline needs to be beyond basic computer literacy
    • Every web page should be interactive
    • Executive MBA program
    • Executive MBA program
    • Executive MBA program
    • Expand library services
    • Expand programs to the north/Ft. Polk
    • Expand target market beyond 5 parish region
    • Expand the campus. Have all offered degrees accredited. Recruit out-of-state students. Improve engineering labs to be more relevant to real world. Mentor students from area schools to become involved in sciences and then to attend McNeese.
    • Expanding our national reach/recognition
    • Expansion of dual-enrollment opportunities
    • Expediting construction projects
    • Explore the gaming industry-curriculum-hospitality possibilities
    • Faculty's mandatory use of Blackboard
    • First-year on-campus housing mandatory
    • Focus on night classes, online classes or weekend classes to exend learning opportunities in the community.
    • Focus on our strengths in graduate programs-online learning collaboration with other universities
    • Focus on quality
    • Focus on recruiting local students to campus with exceptional grades/act
    • Focussing on our Strengths in higher ed graduate programs
    • Food court on campus
    • Fort Polk
    • Foster better relationships with a growing number of community colleges
    • Freshman foundations course improvement
    • Freshman orientation improvement
    • Get school teachers more money so we can retain the best; faculty
    • Get students more involved in charity work; start a "Healthy McNeese" program
    • Get Web developers and E-learning staff more assistants--they are being asked to do too much
    • Getting "rankings" out
    • Getting a higher percentage of students involved in campus activities
    • Getting info to high school studnts about what employers want-need
    • Getting more land
    • Getting more land
    • Getting students to attend class more regularly
    • Give more thought to the future of students.
    • Give scholarships or fee waivers to out of state and international students in exchange for their community service (sharing their culture) to area schools
    • Giving children at an early age activities pertaining to McNeese to interest them early-on in the University
    • Go after the young adults that are spending gobs of money out of town: bring them back home, and draw students away from other schools. Make a genuine effort to partner with SOWELA. Each school has strengths but if a true partnership were formed it would provide a new synergy for both institutions and wonderful benefits for students. And McNeese would become very competitive. Don't think "what is best for McNeese", but "what is best for McNeese Students". Make the students happy and you will need more buildings.
    • Go green and become a leader in sustainability and coastal restoration--involves students, service learning and the community
    • Go Green! Need a stronger recycling commitment and reduction in waste on campus. Should consider a college level swim team. The interest is here. I have traveled throughout this state and the number of students who participate in meets are huge. Enhance areas on campus where students can relax, study or just hang out. More green areas, less concrete.
    • Go to schools with strong academic loyalty and figure out what they do so we can draw in our students and keep them active and loyal
    • Graduate programs that no one else has
    • Graduating students with the skills to enhance the economic expansion in LC
    • Graduating students with the skills to enhance the economic expansion in LC and who are employable throughout the US
    • Greater involvement in scholarly activities
    • Growth of the SWLA area
    • Growth potential of land acquisition
    • Have McD move on campus! That would solve the street crossing problem. In CA, high schools had several fast-food counters in dining area. We can't even get one on a college campus?
    • Helping Chennault become an aviation center of excellence
    • Highlighting students in their hometowns while marketing McNeese
    • Hire really good professors
    • Hotel management degree
    • How can we recruit without a web presence?
    • I do not know well enough of any opportunities for me to recommend to seize.
    • I think that we should seize every opportunity to improve the electronic learning environment on our campus. I think that many of our faculty are actually welcoming it with open arms....
    • I think they should seize the opportunity to upgrade equipment. The Newsroom can use upgrades of equipment because that is an area that can help attract more students to the university.
    • I think we may have a dangerous "opportunity" addiction. We seem to be flying off into so many new and exciting directions (without a commensurate increase in manpower) that we seem to be pulling away from our core mission and responsibilities. So, my suggestion here would be to take a breather from new opportunities until we take the time to decide which ones are REALLY going to make us a better institution (not looking only at revenue streams or enrollment numbers) and then ante up the investment in time and resources to make sure we do it right.
    • I'm not sure about what opportunities exist that McNeese should seize. Again, I would like to see McNeese reaching out more to individual area schools, not forgetting those across the Calcasieu River.
    • Image building
    • Improve academic advising!!; faculty advisors particularly; connecting advising with the high schools
    • Improve admission standards
    • Improve math, science, engineering, and the technical degrees like process technology, computer science, etc. Check around the area and find out what careers are in demand and in need. Address the ones that fit your bill of goods. Focus on teaching students to learn the subjects, and how to learn. The ability to learn when they get into a job is critical. Many students don't make the cut because they have only studied for the tests, and have not learned the subject matter. In industry and business there are no tests.
    • Improve online presence
    • Improve opportunities for service learning and interdisciplinary studies
    • Improve our relations with aircraft industry
    • Improved placement assistance for graduating students
    • Improving academics could have a trickle down effect on the local high schools
    • Improving graduation rates since redesigning the programs
    • In the mass communiations department, we are in need of new equipment, especially a printer in the computer lab. We also need new professors. It's becoming a pretty popular major at McNeese and it's getting harder and harder for students to register into the classes they need without having to have permission and creating new problems for the department head.
    • Increase collaboration with transfer institutions-community colleges, recruiting, articulation, etc
    • Increase enrollment to 15K
    • Increase funding for graduate programs
    • Increase graduate studies programs offered
    • Increase in technology (online learning, etc.)
    • Increase professional development opportunities for staff
    • Increase scientific degrees offered
    • Innovation Engineering
    • Innovation...we need it in our students curricula, in our courses and in our faculty development...we need it in our community.
    • Innovation-Community development
    • Innovative academic programs and delivery methods at undergraduate-graduate levels to meet diverse student needs
    • Innovative classroom for students with disabilities
    • Innovative syllabi
    • In-state tuition of students who parents live out of state
    • Intern process for each degree the student's senior year
    • International recruitment of students
    • Internships
    • Internships with small business not just large corporations
    • Involvement with digital humanities
    • Involvement with service in community
    • Its brand
    • Keep "personal touch" through less online classes, students want face-to-face contact with their professors
    • Keep the personal touch with students
    • Lake Charles is perfectly situated for something that services the industry between Lafayette and Houston; set up an oil services curriculum; teach directional drilling fluids, land leasing, etc.; high potential income for students with perks; it would pull students from our surrounding areas; Nichols tries but that don't have our geographic advantages
    • Land
    • Land acquisition
    • Land acquisitions
    • Law Program
    • Leadership for sustainability
    • Leveraging alumni success stories
    • Link better with LSUE, LSUA, etc.
    • Lobby BOR to change criteria for what constitutes a low-completer program
    • Local business cooperation
    • Local business cooperation and connections to local companies
    • Local TV advertisements to "support the Cowboys"
    • Maintain affordability of a McNeese education
    • Major in forestry
    • Make available McNeese professors to the people of Lake Charles as consultants and resources-use our intellectual capital
    • Make current programs the best so no one takes them away
    • Make it easier for students to cross at McNeese and Common
    • Make itself more visible in print, radio, tv, and internet media
    • Make ourselves known as a resource to community
    • Market school as a way to get a job in a down economy
    • Market to elementary and middle schools, get MSU graduates to give talks to them
    • Marketing higher education's value
    • Marketing in current economy and to non-traditional students
    • Marketing ourselves in conjunction with the city
    • Marketing to non-regional students
    • Marketing to people who are unemployed
    • Marketing toward transfer students
    • Match curriculum with needs of marketplace
    • McNeese is moving ahead with the Chamber of Commerce and small business center. It is time to involve our student organizations in more civic minded activities and publicize it.
    • McNeese should be an open college. It should not be for students achieving a 21 or above on ACT scores….McNeese tuition is doubled that of Sowela!!!
    • McNeese should seize the opportunity to use the Mass Communication department for McNeese television production.
    • Mentoring children--at-risk youth in grades K-12
    • Military students-Veterans
    • More certificate programs (undergrad and grad)
    • More classes
    • More classes at non-traditional times to recruit more working people
    • More correlation between our programs and workforce needs
    • More efficient budget (e.g. keep paper in computer labs, etc)
    • More E-learning programs
    • More equipment for the mass comm department
    • More evening classes
    • More extensive use of social media and internet
    • More in "high school" information sessions with actual college students
    • More international opportunities for students
    • More name recognition on interstate 10
    • More on-campus housing to facilitate learning communities
    • More online classes and assistants to E-Learning
    • More online courses
    • More online courses
    • More online courses-degrees
    • More opportunities for non traditional, working persons; folks that are underemployed
    • "More opportunities for non-traditional students and adult learners, perhaps with a Master of Liberal Studies. LSU-Shreveport has one. Texas Christian University has an interesting one. Many schools offer such degrees.
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    • More positive publicity
    • More publicity about things we do and have to offer
    • More recruiting
    • More technology and less use of paper
    • More televised athletics
    • Need more faculty in high demand areas
    • Need more faculty interdisciplinary dialogue; faculty club
    • Need more faculty members; more resources ($)
    • Need to grow our RN to BSN program
    • Need to grow the masters (Nursing) program
    • Need to strengthen our global stretch-linkages
    • New concentration of food science technology
    • New links to the community and future students. Opportunities that accomplish this goal should be top priority.
    • New SEED Center
    • Niche academic programs not offered or are weak at competing institutions - strengthening faculty in strongest core academic areas (e.g. engineering, nursing, education, business) and eliminating or marginalizing weakest academic areas. Maybe actively recruiting foreign students especially from Asia, Mexico or South America
    • Not letting teachers go
    • Offer advanced degrees online
    • Offer more international business courses
    • Offer more majors. Better teachers
    • Offer online education programming
    • One stop shop for admissions, financial aid, scholarships, etc.
    • Online classes
    • Online classes and programs. Partnerships with the new casino that will be built. Increasing use of the new Art building...i.e. using the facilities we already have to generate extra revenue.
    • Online classes in Spanish help non-traditional students come back
    • Online degrees
    • Online dual-enrollment courses for high school students
    • Online education opportunities
    • Online educational programs--seminars, lectures, etc., both credit and non-credit offerings
    • Online Learning
    • Online marketing with social media
    • Online meeting program
    • Online offerings
    • Online recruiting expanded
    • Opportunities?
    • Opportunity with more in refinery area-technology and engineering
    • Organization of Doctors for Cowboys or Cowboy Doctors
    • Outlaw use of cell phones, texting, & other distracting activities in the classrooms when class in in session (severe university -wide penalties
    • Parking
    • Parking garage
    • Parking garage
    • Parking solutions
    • Parking, affordability, technology
    • Partner more positively with industries; hiring McNeese grads over other, bigger schools
    • Partner with another state institution on a Ph.D. program
    • Partnering with Sowela and other institutions within the community
    • Partnering with the SEED center
    • Partnership with Sowela
    • Partnerships
    • Partnerships with SOWELA and other community colleges
    • Physical improvements - increased and improved space for classrooms, offices, labs,etc.
    • Pipeline for transfer students from SOWELA and LSU-Eunice. LSU-Eunice is a fully SACS-accredited institution, and McNeese has not really created a presence there like ULL has. LSU-Eunice WANTS to work with McNeese, but very little effort has been allocated to that relationship.
    • Possible money from new casinos-tap into financial help from lake area industries
    • Post-bacc pump certificate
    • Programs for retirees (Elderhostel, continuing education, arts, cultural, etc.)
    • Progressive retirement program (reduction in load and salary as retirement approaches)
    • Promote entrepreneurship
    • Property
    • Property acquisition
    • Protect the Library better against budget cuts; expand LOUIS abilities
    • Provide scholarships
    • Put as much emphasis on academics as you do on football
    • Put great effort and resources toward Innovation curriculum and SEED Center synergies with local business and government organizations
    • Put together a PR package to rally support in SWLA
    • Quality teachers for Gov. Jindal's program
    • Raccoon proof the power grid
    • Raising academic standards-retention
    • Reach out to prospective student to Increase the enrollment and retention rate as the economy is going slow.
    • Reaching out to area High Schools, improve cross walks.
    • Real estate around campus
    • Realistic building maintenance
    • Recognition of students that are working, have a family, and still try to complete in four years
    • Recruit from the 5-parish area
    • Recruit globally for students
    • Recruit in Houston, TX area ISDs
    • Recruiting
    • Recruiting better students
    • Recruiting in Texas where programs are cut
    • Recruiting within the high schools
    • Recruiting/Exclusion of Texas "Top 10%" students
    • Recruitment
    • Recycling
    • Recycling
    • Recycling
    • Recycling
    • Reinforce quality
    • Reinforce the foundation of Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Re-introduce a PhD program
    • Relationship with Sowela
    • Renovation of student union
    • Reschedule fall semester-fall break
    • Retain as many programs as possible
    • Retention for Freshman Foundation students
    • Retention with higher standards
    • Revenue from new casino; more revenue from plants, etc.
    • Revenue generating partnerships with other community entities
    • Review scheduling to ensure timely progression to graduation
    • Rotate/ elect department heads
    • Satellite campus
    • SEED Center
    • SEED center
    • Seed Center programs
    • Seizing new technologies
    • Smart classrooms in all buildings
    • Smoke-free campus with designated smoke areas
    • Sowela classes hosted on campus
    • Sowela partnerships
    • Specialized masters programs
    • Sports championships
    • Start an RN to MSN program
    • Start recruiting early
    • Strategies for increasing admission requirements
    • Strengthen relationship with Sowela
    • Strong job market in Lake Charles area
    • Student days in the President's suite in the sky ranch
    • Student Health Center Renovations
    • Student health services
    • Student preceptorships with mentors
    • Student recruitment by current (college) students in the high schools
    • Summer school pay
    • Supply updated facilities
    • SWLA has great potential for research within the departments at both undergraduate and graduate levels
    • Take a lead role in SWLA in environment and public education
    • Take advantage of looking at a downtown campus
    • Take what we are best at and really excel in that; concentrate on that and be superior
    • Taking a lead in the environment of SWLA; marshes, etc.
    • Taking care of facilities/updating
    • Target nontraditional students (older, unemployed, etc)
    • Targeted advertisements (especially agriculture)
    • Teaching student skills to students effectively
    • Technology in the classrooms
    • Textbook rentals
    • Textbooks rentals
    • The economy of SWLA is projected to lead the state of LA. McNeese needs to aggressively market itself with the goal of attracting 10,000 students by the end of 5 years. With the help of area legislators, McNeese needs to eliminate or reduce the out-of-state fees in order to attract more Texas students.
    • The explosion in online degree programs
    • The new performing arts building provides the opportunity to enhance and emphasize the performing arts departments, as well as vocal and instrumental education programs.
    • The real estate surrounding the campus is riddled with too many vacant buildings. Places of business could thrive merely on the support of students. Specialty shops, like movies or entertainment related places should be supporting the local economy. It is almost unheard of to have that many buildings for lease near a college campus, it should be prime real estate!
    • To reinforce our Foundation
    • To remove, reorganize, or replace the McNeese police department
    • Traditions
    • Traditions
    • Training for the rest of us to put our departmental materials and faculty pages online
    • Transferring credits to/from another university
    • Trickle-down effect on high schools to improve programs
    • Trim some of the oak trees
    • Try to grow the student base. with growth, many things can be obtained.
    • Two way-interactive distance learning
    • Two-year degrees
    • Unique environment for Agriculture; available research; some overlapping disciplines; work with private landowners, industry, students, etc.
    • University can't grow if current students are retained
    • Update technical equipment
    • Updating the student health facilities
    • Upgrading computers
    • Use of Racca for teaching-marketing
    • Use technologies for content delivery
    • Use the art department's graphics people to promote the university
    • Use the web more effectively
    • Using resources to actively recruit new, non-traditional students and promote economic development in the least developed neighborhoods of city
    • We should raise academic standards
    • We should seize the opportunity to expand our distance education especially an on-line Spanish concentration; or the FL degree
    • Web course increased
    • Web-based classes
    • Web-based classes
    • Web-based degrees
    • Why don't we have dental hygiene program?
    • Work toward changing student culture
    • Work with 5-parish areas middle schools to identify low income students who would benefit from participation in summer programs
  6. Is there anything about McNeese that is so fundamental that we should protect it against change?

    • 80-mile radius; need to protect our boundaries; need to continue to hold our own and support that area
    • Access to faculty by students
    • Accessibility
    • Accessibility
    • Accessibility; affordability
    • Accreditation
    • Accreditation record
    • Agricultural background
    • Agriculture
    • Agriculture-based
    • An open exchange of information and opinions between students, faculty and administration.
    • Athletic traditions
    • Athletics
    • Athletics (football) = name recognition
    • Attention to teaching
    • Availability of staff and faculty to students
    • Baccalaureate and masters degree granting authority
    • Banners series
    • Banners series
    • Being swallowed by our state's larger schools.
    • Blue and Gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue and Gold
    • Blue and gold
    • Budget cuts
    • Campus size
    • Cannon
    • Change to mold ourselves for change sake is not good
    • Chemistry
    • Class instruction size
    • Class size
    • Class size and teacher ratio
    • Class sizes
    • Class size--student-teacher ratio
    • Closeness to the community
    • Colors
    • Colors
    • Colors
    • Colors
    • Colors of Blue and Gold
    • Colors!
    • Community connection, Football
    • Community connection; Athletic programs; quality education that is affordable
    • Concept of Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Contracts
    • Core humanities programs
    • Course offerings
    • Cowboy logo
    • Cowboy name
    • Cowboy Tradition and Theme, School Spirit, Importance of Role in the Community, ties with business and industry
    • Cowboy-Cowgirl name
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys & logo.
    • Cowboys; Blue and Gold
    • Culture
    • Degree programs
    • Develop a rule of student focus and not the fear faculty has to publish research or perish
    • Diversity policy
    • Do not change how McNeese needs improvements
    • Do not grow so large that the personal touch is gone
    • Don't lease the bookstore
    • Don't lose classroom experience as we move toward more distance learning
    • Don't lose the personal touch aspect
    • Don't want to be UL Lake Charles
    • Don't lose accreditation
    • Education Department, Nursing Department
    • Education, nursing, engineering
    • Educational programs that support the diversity of life in SWLA
    • Emphasis on teaching-learning partnership
    • Encourage and reward internships
    • Engineering
    • Engineering and nursing are two programs that can attract students because of the local job opportunities - don't let these programs wither
    • Enrollment is dropping!
    • Ensure that students get answers on campus-don't direct them elsewhere but be receptive to visiting with students
    • Environment matters outside as well as inside: preserve & protect live oak trees on campus, & use native plants in landscaping
    • ESLI Program
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch. Particularly ACADEMIC excellence with a personal touch. Many of the faculty who came here from outside the region chose McNeese because of its teaching opportunities. We came because of low student:faculty ratios and the opportunity to teach a variety of courses (not just the same 2 or 3 semester after semester for 20 years). We came because we felt we could really contribute to each individual student's growth and development. Therefore, anything we do to compromise this personal touch is a step backward, IMHO.
    • Face to face learning
    • Faculty's ability to do scholarship while teaching
    • Faculty-student ratio
    • Faculty-student ratio
    • Family atmosphere
    • Feeling of community among students
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Flagship programs
    • Focus on teaching-not trying to be both a research and teaching institution
    • For an urban campus, it's very nice-esp. oak trees
    • Freshman Foundations-First year experience
    • Friendliness of the campus
    • Go back to core value of why McNeese was formed-for people of SWLA
    • Good relations with local community
    • Good reputation we have in the community
    • Governing system alignment (ULS)
    • Graduate programs
    • Guard against BOR taking emphasis off of regional universities
    • Have nearly as many students not in Ag on the rodeo team as those in Ag
    • Here to serve our region
    • Historical foundations of the University
    • Homecoming.
    • Horse and rider logo
    • I am glad that we don't have to publish to keep our jobs
    • I believe the class sizes and attention to the students is paramount. I also believe that outreach to the community is important.
    • I do not know.
    • I don't know.
    • I think that we should never get away from helping out the learner in any small way that we can and to make it seem personal and friendly. Students really appreciate this!
    • Identity
    • Increase academic rigor
    • Individual approach to student learning and student development
    • In-person advising for Transfer students
    • Its degree programs
    • Its name
    • Its name
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Keep costs for students reasonable
    • Keep expanding
    • Keep LiveText
    • Keep minorities on the mainstream of campus activities. Also I notice there are no African American Cheerleaders.
    • Keep open relations with industry, business and community. McNeese provides most of the teachers and nurses in the area. We need these areas to continue to be strong and over continuing education opportunities
    • Keep Rowdy
    • Keep the name
    • Keeping our connection in the community/alumni
    • Leave it as McNeese; don't pull into LSU system
    • Legacies
    • Library
    • Live oak trees--they're beautiful and provide sound buffer
    • Location
    • Logo
    • Logo
    • Logo
    • Logo identity
    • Logo; keep the Cowboys; we have earned that identity
    • Logos; cowboy logo
    • Logo-use of horse and rider for alumni
    • Low tuition fee
    • Maintain a high graduation rate for athletes
    • Maintain connection with student-parents while growing
    • Maintain enrollment to ensure quality
    • Maintain the Greek system
    • Make stronger what we are already strong at
    • Mascot
    • Mascot
    • Mascot Cowboys
    • Mascot of Cowboys
    • McNeese community
    • McNeese name
    • McNeese seems to be good at helping people one-on-one ...cutting thru the red tape. examples - Helping adults returning to school after having kids; Helping guide young adults whose parents don't have the efficacy to steer them. That's what McNeese seems to have & needs to keep. VERY IMPORTANT
    • McNeese State University name
    • Mission
    • More faculty functions--maybe by the deans and a mixture of whole faculty
    • Motto, Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Music
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name
    • Name and mascot
    • Name: McNeese State University
    • Name-identity
    • Name-McNeese State University
    • NCAA Division 1 status
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • No, change is necessary probably in most areas.
    • No, McNeese needs to change a lot of things
    • Nope
    • Not that it would be an option, but, NEVER allow McNeese to have lower admission standards than other universities of the UL System.
    • Nothing. I have seen no improvement in McNeese since my wife and I graduated in 1976. She graduated with a BS in Business and I graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. If anything, the quality of professors has declined. Also, both of my parents attended John McNeese Junior College after World War II and both completed their degrees at LSU. If major changes are not made at McNeese, I question if the institution will even be around in 20 years.
    • Oak trees on campus
    • One thing that should remain is McNeese's strong presence in the Lake Charles area and surrounding areas. It certainly brings people in.
    • One-on-one interaction with students
    • Only game in town and due to that, guard against competition; upper Iowa is moving in from the North (Alexandria and Ft. Polk)
    • Our identity
    • Our logo-our brand
    • Our motto-excellence with a personal touch
    • Our name!
    • Our new logo
    • Passionate administration
    • Peer Leaders
    • Personal attention
    • Personal attention for each student. Help with solving problems, schedule, etc.
    • Personal interaction with our students
    • Personal relationships between faculty and students
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch that faculty and staff have
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy-faculty and staff are here for the students; students are not here for faculty and staff
    • Protect against getting swallowed by LSU
    • Protect core humanities programs and courses
    • Protect library and core humanities
    • Protect the cost of education at McNeese State; affordable
    • Protect the McNeese name
    • Protect the people
    • PROTECT THE TREES! Keeping our good name and integrity.
    • Protect winning football tradition
    • Provide support for faculty that are engaged in research
    • Putting students first
    • Quad
    • Quality
    • Regional university status focused first on high quality teaching and learning with undergraduates
    • Relation to community officials
    • Remington cowboy
    • Reputation
    • Reputation (hometown university)
    • Retention rates need to continue to be looked at and improved
    • Rodeo team and Ag dept. critical to McNeese
    • Safety of students
    • Scholarship recipient-donor brunch
    • Scholarships
    • Science programs
    • Slow, methodical decision making process regarding spending projects
    • Small class size
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes-more direct interaction with students and faculty
    • Small classes
    • Small town feel provides a good environment for students to feel at home
    • South Louisiana culture
    • South Louisiana culture
    • Staying 1AA
    • Strong undergraduate programs-nursing, engineering, education
    • Student/faculty relationship
    • Student-faculty ratio
    • Studio arts--can't be taught via distance tech
    • Support for research
    • Teacher to student ratio
    • Teacher to student ratios in discipline programs.
    • Teacher/Student ratio (keep it low)
    • Teacher-student ratio
    • Teaching focus
    • Technical knowledge
    • Tenure protection and academic freedom
    • That we're a university-that we offer degree across the entire spectrum of disciplines
    • The cannon
    • The curriculum
    • The fact that faculty are not required to publish
    • The Farm
    • The feeling of community and the culture of Lake Charles that spills into the university. Strength in our engineering, athletics, and nursing programs. The focus being on the professors teaching and not researching.
    • The horse and rider
    • The individual attention
    • The logo(s) for the university is going through changes, but the logo for the community should not. The cowboy on the horse with his hat in his hand with the big "M" on it is a symbol that everyone in the community instantly associates with McNeese. It is the symbol that is synonymous with the community. It serves as the link between McNeese and the community.
    • The look of the campus; we have beautiful trees, grass, buildings, esp. Quad
    • The mascot
    • The motto, "excellence with a personal touch," the school colors, and the seal with torch.
    • The name
    • The Name
    • The name
    • The name
    • The Name, McNeese
    • The name, the brand - cowboy, and the essence it stands for.
    • The name--McNeese
    • The personal touch of the faculty
    • The personal touch that teachers have with the students. They need to meet the students where they are and teach the HOW to think not WHAT to think. A more traditional style of teaching.
    • The school name-McNeese State University
    • The Writing Enrichment program is very helpful.
    • Tradition
    • Traditional feel
    • Traditions
    • Traditions
    • Traditions - athletic
    • Trees
    • Trees
    • University status
    • University status.
    • Up-close and personal relationships with students
    • We are still a liberal arts college at our core but I would also certainly protect the professional programs that are so successful- Nursing, e.g.
    • We cannot afford to outsource agriculture
    • We should always keep the attitude that we need each and every student and sports booster and keep the home town feel/attitude.
    • We should not lose any more major programs.
    • We should protect our size, warmth, and unified faculty
    • Welcoming attitude around campus
    • Yes we should help enhance our fundamentals by getting better equipment.