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Strategic Planning Responses Part 2

Strategic Planning Responses Part 2

Part 1 can be found here.

  1. What threats should McNeese be guarding against over the next five years?

    • 1) Continued loss of teaching personnel to other universities. 2) Seeing their student base move to other schools. 3) Loss of accreditation of degree programs.
    • 1. Closure of degree programs. 2. Loss of student recruiting/quality of student recruiting. 3. Suffering athlete recruitment. 4. Loss of student retention. 5. Loss of faculty retention.
    • A fear that we lose the personal touch with increased emphasis on online instruction
    • Ability to grow with limited financial resources
    • Ability to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty
    • Academic quality
    • Academics stressed
    • Acceptance of mediocrity
    • Accessibility/Openness of technology
    • ACT scores-many students are having to attend SOWELA because of ACT scores
    • Acts of terrorism; having a better first response
    • Affordability
    • Affordable for local students
    • Against becoming irrelevant to local high schools and community college
    • Alligators
    • Allowing athletic programs to decline
    • Always at the bottom of the budget pool
    • An increase of violence on campuses is of concern. Providing adequate police to respond.
    • Apathy
    • Apathy and suppression of enthusiasm prevent growth
    • Athletics-keeping up with facilities and being able to recruit against schools in Texas
    • Attitudes in the community that professors are lazy, hostile to "traditional" values, and arrogant. This hurts support for colleges & programs (liberal arts)
    • Attrition lessening quality of service
    • Austerity
    • Austerity measures that impose tuition hikes, harmful budget reductions
    • Baton Rouge
    • Be careful not to overreact to naysayers; squeaky wheels regarding football ticket fees gets too much coverage
    • Be sure we have support with our state delegation and in all areas of state and local government.
    • Becoming comfortable with the way things are
    • Becoming complacent
    • Becoming outdated against competitors
    • Becoming too costly to attend
    • Being a top avenue for anything; being on the top of the mind; niche; staying relevant
    • Being perceived as just a local college
    • Being swallowed up by a larger institution
    • Bookstore being leased
    • Budget
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
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    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts
    • Budget cuts from Baton Rouge
    • Budget cuts resulting in loss of programs and faculty attrition
    • Budget cuts that cut student services, learning opportunities and sports programs.
    • Budget issues
    • Budget issues
    • Building departments/programs so we are a destination college
    • Building maintenance
    • Burnout of civil service and administrative staff due to overwork and no raises
    • Charter school-privatization of public schools
    • Competition and degrees that do not require a facility
    • Competition for students
    • Complacency
    • Complacency
    • Complacency
    • Complacency--becoming comfortable with what we have rather than going after more
    • Compromising our academic standards
    • Conflict between perceived value of 4 year vs. 2 year, skills oriented degree
    • Consolidation
    • Consolidation by the state; protecting our regional university
    • Consolidation of smaller universities
    • Consolidation, social promotion to meet legislative goals
    • Continue to protect the cost of education at McNeese; provide affordable education for our community
    • Continued charity work/sponsorship
    • Cut backs
    • Cuts to library resources on a state level
    • Cutting down the trees on neighboring streets
    • Cutting programs
    • Decline in enrollment
    • Declining enrollment
    • Declining enrollment
    • Declining enrollment
    • Declining job market for graduates
    • Declining number of high school graduates
    • Declining salaries as they impact quality of teaching and attracting good teachers
    • Decrease in enrollment due to ACT scores and tuition fees.
    • Decreasing donations-declining economic situation, etc.
    • Demographics; everything feeds into Lafayette; no growth coming into SWLA; take advantage of our location in b/t Shreveport, Houston, etc.
    • Develop a risk-assessment committee to audit possible disasters or emergencies
    • Distance learning
    • Diverting state funding to other campuses
    • Doing away with the consortium, e.g. nursing
    • Don't get lost in the online education being offered; keep up or stay ahead of online education
    • Don't get to the point where we have large online classes
    • Don't lose the computer science degree
    • Don't lose too many programs to Sowela
    • Don't overextend financially
    • Don't try to do everything
    • Don't try to do everything
    • Donors and alumni dues
    • Dorm cost for athletes
    • Economic stability; financial security
    • Emphasizing distance-learning too much
    • Employee complacency due to no merit increases
    • Encroachment by Northern and Central Louisiana Universities
    • Enrollment decline
    • Erosion of programs
    • Even less prepared students
    • Even though times are lean, don't get complacent; can't afford to get complacent
    • Expansion of distance ed programs to the W, N, and East of us.
    • Faculty furloughs
    • Faculty safety and disciplinary support-respect
    • Falling behind in technology and the use of technology
    • Falling behind on online learning
    • Fear of consolidation with ULL, for example
    • Fear to be different
    • Fees for camps
    • Financial cutbacks
    • Financial instability of the state
    • Financial loss because we are not independent of state
    • Funding
    • Further budget cuts
    • Further budget reductions
    • Further loss of degree programs
    • Further reduction in staff and faculty
    • Geographic consolidation with other universities
    • Getting absorbed by LSU system
    • Grade inflation
    • Growth at Sowela
    • Guard against bad press in the community
    • Guard against going "overboard" with online courses. Face-to-face has an important role
    • High moral standards for staff/faculty
    • Higher education funding is not protected; always get the axe to balance the budget
    • Hiring too many of our own graduates to work here
    • Homogenization (with other smaller universities)
    • Homogenization with other smaller universities
    • Hurricane preparedness
    • Hurricanes
    • Hurricanes
    • I believe any attempt to limit or cut majors and/or minors in various departments would be a mistake. I know the quality of the music department firsthand from attending concerts and from interaction with department heads and instructors. I have also read of honors and accreditation that other departments have received.
    • I think we need to look at issues of quality control. As we move to hybrid and web courses we need to ensure that students are getting the same high quality of instruction. Furthermore, with the 40 students in web courses policy (even in hybrid) you are seriously overworking the web professor and either convincing them to NOT do web courses or to have to reduce the number of written assignments in order to grade everything for the double sized class. It is a policy that needs to be rethought. I think that courses that have more objective measures (test based courses) could have more students, but subjectively graded materials are very work intensive and doubling the size of a course that has over 15 written/project assignments is NOT a policy that will keep the quality where it needs to be.
    • Incentivize whistle-blowing
    • Increased bureaucracy (excessive business meetings, forms, surveys)
    • Increases in the student -faculty ratio (i.e. reduction of faculty with increased students)
    • Industry relies heavily on McNeese for quality graduates for employees. Maintaining and improve on those relationships is essential to the future success of McNeese
    • Ineffective instructors
    • Influx of outside universities
    • Instill pride in students
    • Its identity as the Cowboys. That big M with the cowboy riding the horse needs to belong to us, not some Yankee college. They might try to take it from us.
    • Junior College growth-competition
    • Keep graduate programs going for all disciplines
    • Keep high school graduates informed of increased requirements for college entrance
    • Keep programs, beat the duplication argument
    • Keep state accreditation in all curriculums, local organizations, afficiliations, national chapters
    • Keeping state accreditation in all curriculums
    • Lack of hands on experience
    • Lamar and Sowela; Poor salary leads to increased turnover so an increase in turnover.
    • Lamar becoming more nationally recognized
    • Lamar State College
    • Lamar University's and NSULA's alternative PROGRAM offerings. Right now, we can't compete. Offering hundreds of alternatively-delivered courses is futile without programs.
    • Lamar's football team
    • Landlocked; we have watched a lot of property surrounding us be purchased and developed by others
    • Layoffs which could reduce quality of education
    • Legislature decisions and state level decisions affecting us
    • Legislature, legislative negative impact to higher ed
    • Limit number of foreign students
    • Losing common sense
    • Losing contact with state and regional needs
    • Losing faculty members due to low salaries, no raises or incentives, no budgets for equipment needs/technological advances.
    • Losing focus of main goals
    • Losing good professors.
    • Losing international students due to fewer scholarships and other financial assistance
    • Losing local students
    • Losing more programs. This means fewer options for students.
    • Losing our good faculty
    • Losing our masters program to DNP programs
    • Losing qualified instructors
    • Losing quality of service and fiscal responsibility due to increase of online course availability and all the other things that come with it (issuing financial aid for those courses) without an increase in employees and technology to ensure complicance with all state and federal regulations.
    • Losing so many programs that when we emerge we're not recognizable as a university
    • Losing students
    • Losing students to other universities
    • Losing the "personal touch" with increased emphasis in online coursework
    • Losing the ties between administration and students
    • Losing top professors
    • Loss of academic programs
    • Loss of accreditation
    • Loss of accreditation
    • Loss of accreditation due to strain of resources
    • Loss of accredited programs. Loss of students. Other universities providing better course programs (i.e. LSU, ULL, Lamar, Louisiana Tech). Diminished recruitment of students by large corporations (Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Conoco, DOW, BASF, etc.). This greatly diminishes interest in McNeese Engineering if graduates are automatically excluded from employment by major corporations.
    • Loss of degree programs to other universities
    • Loss of degree programs to other universities
    • Loss of enrollment
    • Loss of faculty
    • Loss of funding and emergency money
    • Loss of funding from the state
    • Loss of good faculty
    • Loss of local high school students
    • Loss of office space and lab space
    • Loss of political clout
    • Loss of political leverage (in state)
    • Loss of programs
    • Loss of relevancy
    • Loss of scholarships
    • Loss of scholarships and out of state waivers
    • Loss of science programs due to low-completer criteria
    • Loss of student enrollment to Sowela
    • Loss of student population
    • Loss of Traditions
    • Loss of verbal communication skills
    • Loss of winning football tradition
    • Low enrollment. Seems that MSU has had an increase of more out of country enrollment.
    • Lower standards
    • Lowering academic standards or "the dumbing down of America"
    • Lowering of academic standards
    • Lowering our quality of online education
    • LSU
    • Maintaining student enrollment
    • McNeese winning a national title will attract students and money.
    • Merging with another system
    • Mindset that it is "OK" to cut ULS schools-further loss of degree programs
    • Missing out on the important courses that should be taught, and trying to keep courses because the professors have been there for 30 yrs.
    • Mission creep at Sowela; Mission focus at McNeese
    • Mission creep: need to be comfortable and confident in our role as regional state university that does a few things really well
    • More budget cuts
    • More program cuts
    • Must retain purpose of athletic goals--be the best at what you are
    • Need business program to lead by example
    • Need to expand online education
    • Need to guard against erosion of strong, solid programs; scarce dollars
    • Need to protect our role
    • Never lower the bar of education quality and requirements
    • Not being known for academic excellence
    • Not getting left behind from Texas schools with re: to recruiting; facilities
    • Oak trees
    • Obviously the LSU system siphoning off funds - Community colleges can be a threat to enrollment or a source of future students depending on how it's approached
    • Online classes
    • Online schools
    • Online textbook purchasing is a huge obstacle; competition stiff
    • Online universities
    • Online universities stealing our top students
    • Our jobs
    • Out of state competition for the brightest professors
    • Out of state competition for the brightest students
    • Out of state fees might impact neighboring state recruitment
    • Out-of-state competition for our brightest students
    • Outside perception of what higher education is
    • Over zealous commitment to ADA; Losing the historic murals in Kauffman Hall; Grade inflation
    • Over-reliance on web classes; making web classes too easy.
    • Overuse of web-based content and courses
    • Perception of McNeese being less than LSU or ULL in the eyes of potential students
    • Personnel cutbacks
    • Pressure to reduce faculty for budget considerations
    • Pricing beyond the means of lower/middle income families - an educational elitism that does not serve the community
    • Program cuts
    • Program elimination
    • Program loss
    • Protect against increasing class sizes
    • Protect engineering program
    • Protect our territory for early admissions
    • Protect whatever it is that brings foreign students to our campus
    • Protecting university jobs
    • Purchase the old Charles Cinema property
    • Racial indifference or violence on campus, although I know of no risky students.
    • Racism
    • Raise in tuition
    • Raising tuition
    • Raising tuition
    • Raising tuition
    • Rapidly escalating cost of attendance
    • Recalciatrance for change
    • Recruit more out-of-state students from Texas; reciprocal agreements
    • Recruitment from other universities into our area
    • Reducing standards to maintain retention
    • Reduction in programs
    • Reduction of programs and disciplines
    • Relationship with local business
    • Retention
    • Retention, Budget
    • Rising fixed costs (long term costs)
    • Sacrificing quality for growth
    • Sacrificing quality for quantity
    • Safety
    • Safety issues
    • Safety issues
    • Seeking only qualified teachers
    • Service learning
    • Shutting down engineering and chemistry
    • Some of the people associated with one of the other universities in the UL system project the view that their university is THE University of LA. McNeese, in association with the other UL universities, should be very wary of these views. Public perception is very important not only to enrollment, but, also to funding from the state. There will be an increased pressure from the aforementioned university to position itself in a place of increased importance. It is NOT more important simply because it has a larger enrollment. Another huge threat is the lack of consistent funding for the State of LA. McNeese has done an excellent job of budgeting, but, I think the task will become more difficult.
    • Souring attitude of all personnel.
    • Sowela
    • Sowela
    • Sowela and McNeese need to complement each other not compete
    • Sowela could be both a threat and an opportunity. We should develop a strong partnership while publicizing the features that distinguish McNeese.
    • State politics
    • Strained relations between administration and college of business
    • Student population
    • Student safety
    • Students on campus, more security
    • Suicidal students
    • Swallowed by LSU (or anybody else)
    • Teacher-student ratio
    • Terrorism
    • Terrorism--sports events
    • The damage the police department does in alienating students.
    • The influx of online programs and alternative teacher education programs offered by private providers and providers outside the state
    • The move of state government and Board of Regetns to diminish the role of regional universities
    • The number of high school graduates
    • The pedestrian-auto accident rate on Ryan Street and surrounding areas.
    • The reach of other universities through online education
    • The state government's budget cuts and the focus on Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
    • The talk of too many Universities in the state. McNeese is a vital part of LC that should remain.
    • The threat of being mediocre. Just out there. Help students graduate & find jobs - that's McNeese's best advertising.
    • The Threat of possible losing the Mass Comm Department.
    • The threat of students dropping out
    • The threat would be that McNeese would suddenly grow cold and listless and get tired of helping students in a friendly way! As I have constantly stated, I think that it is important. I treat our faculty this way, other administrators this way, as well as our students!
    • Threat to employees because of no raises
    • To the best of their ability, protecting against budget cuts and increasing tuition would be great.
    • Too high of a student/teacher ratio
    • Too many unexpected power outages
    • Too much emphasis on ACT scores
    • Too much technology
    • Trying to be everything to everyone
    • Trying to be like the "Big Boys". We're not LSU, LATech, or even ULL. Research is not and should not be our focus. We're not sized to handle huge enrollments. Our student "quality distribution" is not the same as the bigger schools. Most of our students cannot handle the relatively uncaring sink-or-swim attitude of the larger schools. Our students require more time, effort, and personal touch to develop them into the same caliber of graduates that the other schools produce. Desperate grasping toward unrestricted (and sometimes poorly considered) growth will only hurt us in the end... Unless, of course, we want to change the very nature of McNeese.
    • Trying to do too much
    • Tuition increases
    • Turf battles with other Universities in our area
    • Two-year technology program
    • ULL and Lamar seem to be growing while McNeese has been stagnant for over 25 years
    • Unbridled growth--adding students to existing classes without expanding staff-facilities
    • Underexposure
    • Use library assessment money as enhancement money, not replacement money
    • We do not need to waste too much money (e.g. eliminating blackboard is good ) So more care with expenses will help us out a lot!
    • We want to grow but financial constraints limit us
    • Weakening graduate programs that online universities take over
    • Weakening of our strong programs
  2. What could McNeese do to improve student learning?

    • 1) Hire native English speaking teaching staff that students can understand. 2) Utilize funding to improve labs, process simulators, etc. to reflect what is currently being used in industry. 3) Expand the campus and build new facilities for labs, teaching, housing, etc.
    • 1. Investment in new technology. 2. Teach more classes more often. 3. Ensure faculty qualtity. The university may not be able to do much to improve student learning, but they can work harder to attract students who are more serious about learning.
    • A dedicated, regular source of scholarships to help students finance study abroad, internships or other opportunities.
    • Ability to visit classrooms without it being threatening; peer review of teaching by opposite disciplines
    • Access to technology
    • Accountability (faculty)
    • Accountability in class and class attendance
    • Add internships in degree area
    • Add more early classes
    • Additional internships
    • Admissions criteria needs to be studied
    • Adopt a fall break (applause)
    • Adopting new instructional techniques such as clickers and concept maps
    • Advising correctly
    • Advising improvement
    • Advisor's training
    • All faculty in all departments need to attend seminars on how to teach and write good test questions. I don't doubt that most faculty are extremely knowledgeable in their field, but this does not always make them a good teacher. All faculty must be able to speak English at a high level so students can understand them. Embrace technology and incorporate it into all classes, not just the use of Blackboard but other emerging technologies.
    • Allow new grades to hide old ones instead of averaging
    • Allow or encourage small classes
    • Also ask people who graduated 10, 20, 30 years ago
    • Alumni hiring McNeese graduates when they have the chance
    • Alumni mentoring
    • And that wonderful personal touch. Teach students HOW to think not WHAT to think.
    • Anything to enhance distance learning to expand student pool
    • Ask a student
    • Ask a student why they are leaving or dropping courses
    • Availability of classes
    • Availability of coaching from day one for any course
    • Basic study skills for entering students
    • Be more creative in how we teach
    • Be proactive, provide voluntary study sessions to students
    • Be willing to let students fail
    • Beef up counseling services for students (student's overloaded with other stressors)
    • Better academic advising
    • Better advising
    • Better advising
    • Better communication between departments
    • Better communication from Faculty and more involvement from faculty outside of the classroom
    • Better communication from teachers
    • Better coordinated tutoring
    • Better curriculum design-vertical alignment so that what you learn in one classes helps as you progress
    • Better equipment in mass comm dept
    • Better faculty advising
    • Better teaching strategies and methods
    • Better technology
    • Better tutoring
    • Better tutoring, more teachers
    • Better understanding of what you do when you "punch the clock
    • Bring in community and business leaders to do workshops
    • Bring in great speakers for students and community
    • Bring more research to the campus - prestige
    • Broaden curriculum
    • Broader guest lecture program
    • Buckle down and apply the resources and support to allow the faculty to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, NOT in the most efficient manner in order to be able to increase enrollment and, thus, revenue.
    • Capstone courses and required internships in all degree granting tracks (internship, coop, service learning)
    • Case-study emphasis
    • Change FFND Director position to Director of Freshman Foundations and Transfer Students to focus on advising, recruiting and enhancing freshman and transfer student experience
    • Checks-Balances for professors
    • Classes with more opportunities for grades
    • Clear concept on what is appropriate coursework for online and what is appropriate in person.
    • Comments made by students on SEIs need to be reviewed more seriously
    • Communication with parents and students is important.
    • Compare and contrast student and alumni responses to this question
    • Concise advising
    • Consider having all students do some kind of career testing, maybe in FFND
    • Constructive criticism (not just a grade)
    • Continue hands on experience
    • Continue to increase dual enrollment
    • Continue to provide undergraduate research experience
    • Cooperation with business and industry
    • Coordinated tutoring center; One-stop tutoring place
    • Create a more rigorous tenure review and promotion process that hones in squarely on student outcomes
    • Create mini study areas
    • Create small learning spaces around campus
    • Critical thinking
    • Decrease student-faculty ratio
    • Dedicate financial resoruces and staff for the library to create an electronic site and service to host faculty and students scholarly research (like UNO's)
    • Develop a culturally diverse faculty that serves the various learning styles of the community
    • Develop faculty curriculum expertise and evaluation
    • Develop student study skills; time management; English and math skills
    • Directing resources to our strongest performing disciplines like Ag Science
    • Do not let students register for big loads when they are working
    • Do something with the results of the data--close the loop!
    • Don't dumb classes or responsibility of student
    • Don't overload classes
    • Don't give so many exceptions to entrance requirement and entrance dates
    • Don't use mymathlab for Math 113
    • Earlier identification of at-risk students
    • Educate students about the difference between high school and college
    • Educational information shared about the Millennial generation
    • Educational link with the school system to alleviate the students having to take remedial classes
    • Elevate ACT requirements
    • Eliminate Facebook
    • Emphases on big picture approach in some courses.
    • Emphasize improving the quality of the library
    • Emphasize the importance of writing assignments
    • Encourage College of Business to create programs that prepare students for the common sense rigors of capitalism
    • Encourage forming "communities of learning" within colleges
    • Encourage innovative teaching
    • Encourage more in-class presentations
    • Encourage open dialogue with employers
    • Ending a culture of passive engagement among students
    • Enforce attendance
    • Enforce attendance policies in the interest of retention
    • Engage academic advisors with students
    • Engage students at every opportunity
    • Ensure all teachers' accents can be understood
    • Ensure student safety
    • Ensure that all teachers can clearly speak English
    • Ensure that our tutoring center stays open
    • Entrepreneurship courses
    • Establish a co-op program in business and engineering.
    • Evaluation of faculty-advisor process
    • Everything on laptops (including textbooks, yearbooks)
    • Expect more from the students
    • Facilitate more experiential learning - more hands-on
    • Facilities
    • Faculty actually embrace personal touch for students
    • Faculty awareness of what the curriculum is in the schools and building on that when the students get to campus here (understanding of Core hs curriculum).
    • Faculty maintaining office hours
    • Faculty reassigned time to tutoring facilities
    • Faculty understanding of digital learners
    • Fertile ground offshore; get remote classes offshore for those working 12/on, 12/off
    • Focus more on quality of content vs. quantity
    • Form a university-wide policy on distractions in class, such as cell phone use and texting
    • Get rid of 8 a.m. classes
    • Get students involved in campus activities
    • Get the students to attend class
    • Give 24-hour student access to technology rooms with card entry
    • Give laptops to incoming freshman
    • Give warm fuzzies
    • Global thinking
    • Go to high schools and tell them what we require of their students
    • Good teachers
    • Hands on learning
    • Hands on learning
    • Hands-on experience
    • Happy employees and teachers make happier students
    • Have a better equipped computer lab. Printer is antique, I am told.
    • Have a college skills course in the summer before students start classes
    • Have a true learning center to help students
    • Have enough faculty to teach classes
    • Help and incentives for students
    • Help fight against course shopping
    • Helping Jrs and Srs -high school-by finding out what they really want to study (whether they come here or not)
    • Higher degree of teachers
    • Higher Education needs to assist the school board in closing the gap so that students entering MSU will be prepared for their entry-level math classes. Math is just one example. This applies to all subjects.
    • Higher entrance standards
    • Highlight career center
    • Hire more PhD's. Give faculty a reason to come and stay. Students can benefit from having more computer labs and an expanded library system to help them in conducting research. Equipment needs are essential to being able to keep up with advancements in the digital age.
    • Hire quality teachers
    • Hold student responsible for their learning
    • I am happy with how McNeese conducts its academic business.
    • Identify professors-instructors who lack commitment and hold them accountable, e.g. connect to pay.
    • Imitate and replicate athletics student support services campus wide
    • Improve class attendance
    • Improve faculty and student relations
    • Improve faculty-student respect
    • Improve FFND; Pay the instructors of FFND better
    • Improve interviewing skills
    • Improve retention rate for freshman
    • Improve study skills for students (orientation)
    • Improve teaching-learning practices and consider the establishment of a faculty excellence center
    • Improve technology in the classrooms
    • Improve technology that teachers need to improve classroom learning
    • Improve technology, Improve facilities
    • Improve the library
    • Improve the website
    • Improve the website
    • Improved teaching, advising, academic coaching, and require English speaking competence of all faculty.
    • Improving faculty-student ratio
    • In relation to athletes, class scheduling flexibility; offering of classes may limit when students may take them
    • Include artists-in-residence
    • Include note taking as part of Freshman Foundations
    • Incorporate more technology into classroom. Reduce students absences and post study techniques on the main website for students. Many students do not know what it takes to do well in colleges classes. They believe that whatever they did in high school is enough, but it is not. Coming to class and completing homework is not going to cut it. That is just the bare minimum, and most students think this is all that is needed to getting good grades and when it does not work they become frustrated and quit. (retention)
    • Increase student research (undergrad) opportunities
    • Increase support services such as tutoring, etc, and collaborations in those areas, early alert, intrusive advising-increase these
    • Increase the number of hours dedicated to Freshman Foundations course
    • Increase the quality of the faculty. Recruiting and retaining excellent faculty should be just as important as recruiting and retaining students.
    • Increase web-based classes
    • Increased building maintenance
    • Increased library hours on nights and weekends
    • Increased reading
    • Increased technology
    • Inexpensive daycare
    • Infuse a global awareness among students so they think beyond the five-parish region
    • Innovation learning-continue down this path
    • Innovation program
    • Internships
    • Internships
    • Internships
    • Internships
    • Internships in all degree programs
    • Internships wherever possible
    • Invest in new technologies that enhance our programs
    • Invite alumni as guest speakers to students
    • Invite alumni into classes to give students a real-life experience
    • Invite former McNeese students who are working in the real world to share experience with classes.
    • Invite Parker Palmer to speak to faculty about alternative methods of teaching
    • Jump start courses, e.g. crash courses before enter real course (week long)
    • Keep good instructors
    • Keep updated with technology
    • Keeping good instructors
    • Language barrier between students/teachers
    • Learn to better communicate with students
    • Learning communities with student/professors
    • Learning experiences relevant to their careers
    • Learning scholarships for students
    • Lecture method may not be hitting home with students; teachers need to adapt to changing students
    • Let them know we do have high expectations-they'll rise to them
    • Liberal Arts faculty teach in other building and don't know how to use technologies
    • Limit class size to 30 students or less. Continue to find quality instructors that are dedicated to education and student learning. Weed out bad or lazy teachers.
    • Limit student's course load
    • Limit the number of withdrawals from classes
    • Link to professors at other universities-web-classes
    • Living-learning communities in residence halls
    • Local business leaders make presentations on campus/teach classes
    • Local organizations affiliations with national chapters
    • Look at admission standards, don't admit based on compass, don't admit student that need remedials
    • Look at current resources and make changes according to student needs; students have requested changes to the writing center
    • Maintain low student-faculty ratio
    • Make student take notes during lectures
    • Make sure equipment purchased has the right instructor to operate the equipment
    • Make them apply what is taught. Teach them to learn. Don't let them forget subject matter. Use what is taught every day all through the semester. Teach them to fish and never give them a fish. In other words, teach them to learn how to learn.
    • Masters programs expanded
    • McNeese should continue to hire the professors to fit the student body. More technology.
    • McNeese should try to incorporate more real life experiences for specified degrees.
    • Mentoring
    • Mentoring
    • Mentoring programs
    • Mentorship
    • Monitor employee and student engagement scores/data
    • More accessible classes; classes offered when students need them; especially during senior year
    • More classes at more times
    • More classes at more times
    • More classes at more times
    • More Engineering instructors
    • More extensive mentoring for students
    • More faculty involvement in student learning
    • More faculty-student collaboration
    • More focused general education
    • More guidance to help students to keep their TOPS scholarships
    • More hands-on activities; mentorships, internships
    • More hands-on learning (research-based)
    • More hands-on opportunities for students to engage in
    • More hands-on or service learning curriculum
    • More hands-on stuff in all areas
    • More intensive supervision in their field-practice site (albeit engineering, science, education)
    • More interaction between advisors and students; more assistance to freshman (from upperclassmen) with scheduling-advising
    • More interactive classrooms (student involvement in the learning process)
    • More interactive classrooms and student involvement in the learning process
    • More internet instruction--post lectures on youtube
    • More office hours
    • More online classes
    • More online classes, more classes
    • More online courses
    • More online courses for masters program--online masters programs in education
    • More online learning
    • More practical learning in the REAL world environment - expand internships and research programs at McNeese to get our young adults involved
    • More problem labs
    • More professors, more equipment avaliable to students, working printers,
    • More Socratic method in teaching-encourage involvement and interaction among students
    • More student support services
    • More teachers to reduce class sizes
    • More technology resources
    • More Technology.
    • More tutoring
    • More tutoring opportunities
    • More web-based classes
    • Motivational talks on personal responsibility needed rather than Freshman Foundations
    • Move the withdrawal date up
    • My student days are long past so I wouldn't know
    • Need for mentoring young students (k-12)
    • No labs
    • Not all areas of campus are collegial like Nursing seems to be
    • Not sure. I do not have any children currently enrolled.
    • Offer 24-hour study space
    • Offer classes at more times
    • Offer discounted rates for alums working towards masters
    • Offer experiential learning courses, not just classroom instruction
    • Offer more campus jobs so students won't seek work off-campus
    • Offer more classes for programs where they aren't offered enough or timely
    • Offer more classes online. Also intersession classes.
    • Offer more classes, have much better teachers, espically ones that the students can understand and offer more of the classes at one time
    • Offer more courses for the non-traditional student at times other than 8-5, night, weekends would be good
    • Offer more online courses for the students who must work during the traditional course hours.
    • Offer workshops or one-shot classes for students (like Leisure Learning) on emerging technologies; Undergraduate research symposium with small cash awards, or some sort of award; Tracking (basic, intermediate, advanced) for core curriculum classes
    • Online and computer based classes
    • Online courses and real-world, practical application courses
    • Online enhancement courses
    • Online learning
    • Online learning for certain courses
    • Opportunities for students-community service projects and leadership training
    • Organized courses
    • Orientation for everybody not just FTF
    • Other methods of learning, other than lecture, hands on
    • Other methods of teaching besides just lecture
    • Outreach courses to high schools so they have more knowledge coming in
    • Parking more accessible
    • Place the reward structure on student learning outcomes for developing faculty
    • Poor attendance policies
    • Practical instructors
    • Produce capable, in-demand students
    • Produce students that are in demand by employers; make a degree their calling card to get into the door
    • Professional development for teaching
    • Professional tutors in the tutoring center
    • Professors' language barriers
    • Program accreditations
    • Progress tracking
    • Promote organizations that are part of national orgs. for students (AMA, Debate, etc.)
    • Promote student organizations and interaction with each other
    • Provide faculty training to be more effective as teachers
    • Provide funding opportunity for peer led mentoring instruction
    • Provide funds for the newest equipment and learning materials
    • Provide good equipment in Nursing-Mass Comm building
    • Provide hands on experience in field of study.
    • Provide lessons to all of the professors on how to teach the students better. There is a dire need for a tutoring center with the Business Department. Improvement with tutoring in the Learning Center-more tutors and located in a bigger facility. Create assignments and projects where the student can focus on his or her desired career. Only hire foreign professors with very clear accents or make those professors take classes on how to improve their accents. Create a mentoring program for each major where freshmen/sophomores in that particular major are mentored by seniors of the same major. Increased recognition on campus in the building of graduates-for example, the engineering dept has profile pics hanging on walls in Drew Hall of recent graduates. Create classrooms that are easier to use for laptops-more electrical outlets. More involvement with Career Services.
    • Provide more opportunities for students to use their major at McNeese.
    • Provide opportunities for faculty to learn how to improve their teaching, and then hold them accountable.
    • Provide student-centered care; be more flexible to our students
    • Providing more and better accommodations for ADA
    • Real life interaction with real world experiences in their field
    • Real world practical application courses, esp education, and business, nursing
    • Recognition of student achievements
    • Recruit and retain competent faculty and make them feel as valuable as the coaching staff
    • Recruit non-McNeese people for faculty positions
    • Recruit non-McNeese people for faculty positions
    • Recruitment--send faculty to outlying areas to teach
    • Reduce class size
    • Reduce faculty paperwork load
    • Reduce number of composition courses taught by graduate students
    • Reevaluate the effectiveness of Freshman Foundations
    • Re-evaluating 40 student/course based on what is actually taught in the course. Also, we need discussions about articulation within our degree plans. We rarely have time to discuss articulation and we need to do that.
    • Reliable internet service on campus
    • Remain current with innovative techniques
    • Require all students to take a course in critical thinking
    • Require convocation-students to attend a certain number of events annually
    • Require economics for all degrees
    • Require freshman and sophomores to do volunteer in the different curriculums that McNeese offers
    • Require hands-on learning experiences in all UG-GR programs (internship, coops, service learning) as a condition of degree completion
    • Require student attendance
    • Require students to take advantage of office hours
    • Required ethics course
    • Research
    • Restructure FFND
    • Retain quality faculty and not keep faculty who no longer have a passion for teaching
    • Review all registration deadlines
    • Review Freshman foundations, note-taking strategies, reading
    • Rigorous evaluation and recruitment of the best instructors
    • Scholarships
    • Semester orientation modules, voluntary
    • Separate registration so drop-add is different from registration
    • Set higher academic standards
    • Set higher expectations
    • Set up a center for diagnosing and treating learning disorders
    • Shorten the fall and spring semesters each by one week. Students and faculty are exhausted by semester's end
    • Smaller class sizes
    • Smaller classes
    • So students understand how their program fits into the community at large
    • Some students have difficulties understanding professors with accents
    • Some students have difficulties understanding professors with accents
    • Some students have difficulties understanding professors with accents
    • Some students have difficulties understanding professors with accents; change hiring criteria
    • Special needs accomodations for on-line students needed to put this into practice.
    • Specific attendance policy
    • Sponsor and encourage group study
    • Start preparing students in high school
    • Stay abreast of current technology changes
    • Stay current on technology
    • Stick to dates even if student and/or parents complains to administration
    • Strategic thinking
    • Strong tutoring programs
    • Stronger relationship with business community (inside and outside Lake Charles)
    • Structured study halls
    • Student advising
    • Student ID cars for locks on rooms with technologies
    • Student-led leadership programs
    • Students invite teachers to lunch-smaller student groups with teachers, informal teacher student interaction
    • Student-teacher communication
    • Study abroad coordinator
    • Study skills center
    • Study-skills training
    • Supplemental instruction
    • Support initiatives that go beyond the traditional lecture format; active learning
    • Survey students-exit interviews-whether they graduate or drop out
    • Survey the students and ask past graduates.
    • Survey your students to find out what they expect
    • Take advantage of technology providing more classes on-line
    • Taking early action to remediate at-risk students
    • Teach our students how to take notes
    • Teach students basic studying skills (especially note-taking) early on so that they can succeed in survey classes
    • Teach study skills to students in a setting like Freshmen Foundations (more than one hour credit)
    • Teach them how to use calculators
    • Technology (as it evolves)
    • Technology needs improvement
    • Tell high schools what we require for our students to succeed
    • That we should vastly improve accessibility both on the web and around campus and within Electronic Learning, and in doing so that we should continue to improve our instructors knowledge of all of the above. Thus in doing so, we are improving our student's learning by improving our instructor's learning in all of these areas.
    • The Mass Communications department could certainly gain from having guest speakers that are well-known come in and share what their job(s) are like in the "real world". Bringing the two worlds (college and life-after college) together.
    • There are some departments on campus that that do not help students with their advising. In the MCOM Department we get help anytime we need. I believe that everyone on campus should get this same attention as well.
    • They could make sure they have the right professors that are willing to make sure that these kids are learning the information and not looking at them as just a number.
    • Tighten up the attendance policy
    • Too much emphasis on science and engineering students and not enough on liberal arts majors
    • Tougher and consistent standards in the classroom
    • Tours of businesses
    • Train faculty to use promethean boards and other technologies & enable students to use them.
    • Transfer advisor
    • Trying to engage students in the material by having them do a whole lot more work for the material
    • Tutoring
    • Tutoring in all programs
    • Tutors
    • Understand professors' accents
    • University-wide policy to limit distracting classroom behaviors--cell phone and so on
    • Up to date technology and equipment for engineering labs. Tools used presently are obsolete and not relevant to current industry standards. Simulation tools limited to expertise of teaching staff and often not relative. Insufficient software licenses to allow all students to use same package. Hire more professors to offer needed classes to allow graduation on schedule.
    • Use a variety of teaching styles
    • Use of Blackboard
    • Use of online and visual learning tools
    • Use professionals guest speakers - mentorship- how real world works
    • Use staff experts in FFND to address issues of financial aid, TOPS, academic regulations, etc.
    • Using the resources available (students)
    • Volunteering in internships
    • We need to encourage them to improve writing skills, read more, and so the QEP helps with this.
    • We produce a lot of good art, music, theatre on campus-get students more involved
    • Weekly small group reviews for freshmen
    • Whenever possible involve the students in: 1. Hands- on learning activities; 2. Group work; 3. Writing
    • Working closer with high school level programs to tell them what students need to have to succeed, esp Language arts
    • Writing Enriched courses (and Livetext) not being utilized effectively or for its purpose
  3. What should McNeese be doing to increase enrollment and retention?

    • 1) Eliminate the SPUR program for recruitment of foreign students. It is inexplicable to understand why a student from Pakistan, India, China, the UAE, etc. be afforded Louisiana resident tuition. 2) Concentrate on hiring better qualified professors. Having a new Phd from China with no industrial experience teach engineering students what is expected of them in today's refining, petrochemical, etc. manufacturing environments is doing a disservice to the students. I understand why Exxon, Chevron, Shell, Conoco, DOW, BASF, Marathon, etc. do not consider hiring McNeese graduates. 3) Recruit more local students or expand the campus so other than local students will have a place to live if they attend McNeese.
    • A group of graduates who are actively looking for more McNeese graduates (and helping them find jobs)
    • A way to document advising university-wide
    • Ability to Clep out of classes
    • Actively seek federal grants
    • Add new curriculum
    • Additional degree offerings
    • Additional web courses
    • Adult education
    • Advertise all over the state
    • Advertise more all over the state
    • Advertise our academic successes
    • Advertise programs that are growing, such as H&HP and their athletic training program; SEED center offerings; focus on our strengths and advertise those
    • Advertise that MSU athletes graduate at double the rates of nonathletes
    • Advertisement
    • Advertising
    • Advertising our quality of education
    • Advertizing for Programs
    • Advising improved
    • Again add more majors and classes
    • Aggressive marketing and recruiting throughout LA, TX and internationally
    • Aggressive marketing outside of 5 SWLA parishes and 2 or 3 SE Texas counties; aggressive international student recruiting
    • Allocate time to faculty to concentrate on enrollment and retention
    • Allowing the high school teams to play on McNeese's field on Friday nights
    • Alternative delivery systems
    • Alumni interaction at college nights
    • Alumni should be speaking with pride for their Alma Mater, and McNeese should not increase tuition, but increase what it takes to get into McNeese. If it's easy to get in, it becomes less valuable of an education.
    • Annual checkpoints with students as they progress
    • Anytime a McNeese student interviews for a McNeese position a career counselor should be in the interview to provide advice on skills afterward
    • Articulation agreements with 2 and 4-year schools
    • Assist local high schools to better prepare students for McNeese
    • Athletic success
    • Attendance and discipline
    • Attending more transition fairs
    • Attention to admission standards
    • Avoid increasing enrollment until you've taken care of present population of students-focus on quality
    • Award financial aid at the end of the term
    • Bathrooms are horrible and not clean
    • Be advertising more about what a great school McNeese is. Let the MCOM students make commercials and interact on the television with local stations to help further their education.
    • Be more active in high schools
    • Be stricter about enforcing existing policies regarding attendance, etc.
    • Be sure our tutors and professors are teaching effectively - ensure quality teaching
    • Become an open college. Offer some type of acceptance for those high school honor students that have worked so hard during those years to maintain honor scores, but can not pass one test, ACT!
    • Beef up counseling
    • Bells and whistles needed when we go out to recruit
    • Best price for local area
    • Better advising
    • Better advising
    • Better and more dorms
    • Better career and academic counseling
    • Better communication; Contraband, campus newsletter, etc.
    • Better integration for transfer credit courses
    • Better mentoring of students
    • Better orientation for online-only students
    • Better quality teaching
    • Better statewide recruitment of students
    • Better student pay based off experience and nature of work
    • Branding and identity
    • Bring alumni into the classrooms
    • Bring athletic teams on campus to our facilities, to bring junior highs and schools at all levels into our athletic events
    • Build a strong academic brand
    • Build more dorms so you can enroll more students.
    • Build the brand
    • Cafeteria
    • Campus expansion
    • Capitalize on literary rallies and ACT-SAT days--have gatherings afterward to recruit students to MSU
    • Career placement for graduates
    • Cast the advertising net far and wide; see ads for other universities here
    • Change mindset of high school students
    • Change the policy of students being able to take so many hours; charge per credit hour
    • Charge per credit hour
    • Charge tuition for all hours enrolled
    • Child care opportunities for nontraditional students
    • Choose McNeese billboards are very good-use alumni to represent
    • Class availability
    • Class size; students like personal touch
    • Collaborating with Sowela
    • College-Career days at high schools
    • Comprehensive marketing plan geared to high school students
    • Continue faculty and staff retreat at the beginning of the semester
    • Continue ties and relationships with high school
    • Continue to add more for the adult market
    • Continue to ensure that student safety-pedestrian safety
    • Continue to lock down this regional area
    • Continue to offer scholastic and financial help to Louisiana students. Work with High School teachers in Math and Science. Sell the teachers on the value of MSU's technical programs. Area teachers should be advocates of encouraging students to attend MSU. Continue to offer classes and seminars for continuing education to the community. Provide parents and outsiders and opportunity to experience MSU. Could help encourage children/grandchildren to attend.
    • Continue to support TOPS; continue to offer Enrollment Mgmt. scholarships and financial aid opportunities
    • Continued involvement in the business community
    • Continuing to build relationships with high school administrations
    • Costs of textbooks (online access, rental fees, lower costs for increased access)
    • Create a testing center for continuing education licensing (CFP, CPA…)
    • Create alternatively-delivered programs. The CALL programs are fine, but they appeal to a small number of students--the community at-large does not know anything about them.
    • Create set of bragging points that everyone (grounds crew on up) can have and keep current
    • Credit recovery, like in Public schools
    • Cross-training between offices
    • Day care center, study areas and other environments to encourage engagement of off campus students
    • Designing facilities for more student events - richer campus life
    • Develop a niche in the state-a key program to distinguish ourselves--Innovative ideas that will last, not a flash in the pan
    • Develop a probation officer for students on probation
    • Develop a startup process for those who want an MBA but may not have the pre-reqs-so an Executive MBA
    • Develop the alumni association and related organizations to facilitate recruitment
    • Developing the four main degree programs: business, nursing, engineering, education
    • Discount on tuition if your parent is an alum
    • Discounted tuition
    • Distance learning programs
    • Do a better job of educating the public about what the University has to offer; housing, daycare, programs, etc.
    • Do a better job of meeting needs of non-traditional students, esp those who work
    • Do a better job of reaching out to the high schools
    • Do coop with larger universities with specialized graduate programs
    • Do more things appealing to the average college student, more trips for rewards
    • Do more to recruit and retain African American students
    • Don't be too restrictive about allowing high school graduates an opportunity to give college a try
    • Dormitories
    • Drop enrollment entries
    • Dual enrollment courses increased
    • Earlier drop date, limit drops
    • Early intervention programs for at-risk students
    • Earn a reputation of being a university cocerned with learning and research. This will attract the kind of students who will stay and graduate because it is a priority for them. We are losing these students to LSU, LA Tech, and ULL because of our small-time, unrecognized, unranked status. we are not even on their radar.
    • Educate the parents to change their perception of a McNeese degree
    • Effective advising is crucial
    • Eliminate out-of-state tuition for Texas students. Establish an outreach program to go into the local high schools to promote McNeese. Revive the TV commercial that illustrated the acceptance into Medical Schools of MSU graduates. Promote the McNeese Foundation and the establishment of endowed scholarships. Survey Junior students with the following questions: 1. What do you need in order to complete your degree at McNeese. Perhaps it is help paying for textbooks. Perhaps that is something that could be provided and the student could agree to "pay it forward" once they graduate.
    • Embrace online education
    • Emphasize the relational connections between students and instructors in their fields
    • Employ professional academic advisors in every college-similar to College of Nursing student services coordinator position and function
    • Encourage counselors to encourage principals to allow McNeese in college days
    • Encourage industry involvement in hiring McNeese graduates
    • Encourage peer study groups and work groups
    • Encourage student activity outside classroom with faculty and other students (focus on off campus residents)
    • Encourage students to visit the testing center when deciding to change their major
    • Encourage students to visit the visiting center when deciding to change their major
    • Encouraging class shopping could increase retention
    • Enforce attendance policies. Only allow WNs under certain circumstances.
    • Engage parents and students with various activities
    • Engagement of faculty with students
    • Enhance the role of our Director of Freshman Foundation and Students in Transition to be more of a resource for students. Develop our writing centers and tutoring centers to be more approachable and less intimidating.
    • Enhanced website
    • Enrollment - figure out how to get community college students attracted to your four year programs. Retention - up your enrollment standards - don't offer remedial classes - in othere words get freshmen who are academically capable of graduating in four years. Build a brand image by constantly promoting the successful graduates especially in the core academic fields - most high school kids and their parents don't know about the really successful graduates from McNeese
    • Ensure clear communication to students
    • Establish a presence on all high school campus
    • Establish one-stop enrollment center
    • Every department should reach out to the kids in high school
    • Exit interviews for drop-outs
    • Expand advertising beyond 5 parish area
    • Expand graduate programs
    • Expand graduate school
    • Expand internet education
    • Explore reasons for retention problems (why and where do students go)
    • Fee structure
    • Festival or cultural events geared toward students
    • Festivals/Events
    • Field trips for high schools to McNeese campus
    • Find a way to get out to Texas or outside of Louisiana to attract students
    • Find reasons for losing students to area universities
    • Finding a niche; research institution, for example
    • First - fight complacency - Help students focus, graduate & find jobs - that's McNeese's best advertising. AND - Build a stronger partnership with SOWELA. If both McNeese & Sowela worked together we could really compete with the schools in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the out of state ones too. A strong parnership like that would really be exciting.
    • Focus internationally and for nontraditional students to recruit
    • Focus on personal touch
    • Focus on strengths
    • Follow up with those who leave before graduating
    • Forge alliances with corporate businesses making our students more competitive
    • Foster the image of student friendly in all colleges
    • Freshman orientation pep talk about the realities of higher education
    • From a retention standpoint: exit surveys could be administered with the Freshman in each college
    • Get an outside opinion on what would be a good campaign for us-focused marketing campaign
    • Get faculty-staff to buy-in to the importance of their roles
    • Get freshmen invested in the University, the area, the community, etc.
    • Get involved with area high school progams host high school events. From all over the state.
    • Get on ESPN
    • Get students K-12 on campus
    • Give more high school students an opportunity to try
    • Go everywhere and sell McNeese to the public
    • Good advising
    • Graduate open house was a good idea; possibly move it to Gradfest
    • Great relationship with Jeff Davis
    • Greater presence with online classes
    • Hands-on experience
    • Have an active presence in the HS starting around 10th grade
    • Have an aptitude test to see if students are inclined to be engineers, nursing, etc.
    • Have an intro class for freshman about pikcing a major, available careers, give them a vision of where they are going
    • Have local pediatricians sponsor "night" care rooms for parents attending classes
    • Have soccer camps during the season
    • Have the faculty and staff be more knowledgeable and accepting of student life initiatives
    • Having excellent courses within the state
    • Help find a way for non-traditional students to make the transition easier
    • Help students connect with other students, with the university, with faculty
    • Help students find housing off campus and work plan with local businesses.
    • Helping students determine what they want to study and major in
    • High school band competition on campus
    • High school night with local bands
    • Highlight success stories
    • I believe McNeese is doing a fine job in this area.
    • Identify students in 2nd -4th semesters who have poor attendance and/or grades or are on academic probation and require aptitude, academic and/or therapy intervention
    • Identify the local market and serve them-focus on local demographic
    • Identifying at-risk students at an earlier date
    • Impressing students with what they now know that they did not have knowledge of before McNeese.
    • Improve academic quality ---> attract higher quality students ---> increase retention ---> increase enrollment. We don't have to bring in any more warm bodies. We have enough already. If we only increase the quality of the warm bodies we have, retention will increase and naturally result in an increase in enrollment.
    • Improve individual campus tours - make it about the student
    • Improve MSU's reputation as an academic institution- prove publicly that we are a fine place to get an education- perhaps highlight successful graduates (and not just faculty) research grants
    • Improve reputation of university so that major corporations will hire graduates. Why attend a community university when employment possibilities for graduates are automatically limited? Concentrate more on local population instead of international community. Offer same incentives to area students and out-of-state students that are afforded to international students.
    • Improve the buildings for student learning
    • Improve website
    • Improved admissions
    • Improved advising
    • Improved information
    • Increase all forms of marketing
    • Increase and improve on-campus housing; student retention improves when they are required to live on campus for at least the first year
    • Increase campus housing
    • Increase college night interaction
    • Increase enrollment = decentralize recruitment and enrollment management to the Colleges. Increase retention = improve classroom teaching, require English speaking competency for all faculty, faculty-student academic mentoring or coaching, curriculum development
    • Increase enrollment standards-requirements
    • Increase enrollment with more personal emails and Instant Messages with prospects who have shown even the slightest interest
    • Increase graduation rates of those attending, follow up on "drop outs". Continue education in non traditional environments Also, explore ways to address child care which is a huge issue and expense.
    • Increase institutional scholarships
    • Increase involvement in high schools, a mcneese presence in junior high too
    • Increase non-trad. student population
    • Increase numbers of off-campus community classes
    • Increase online programs
    • Increase programs in new Fine Arts building
    • Increase scholarship programs
    • Increase student activities
    • Increase student empowerment
    • Increase student support in athletics
    • Increase the merit of a McNeese degree
    • Increase the size of the recruiting team
    • Increase the speed at which students get to see what their major is all about
    • Increase tuition
    • Increased community and school outreach
    • Increased marketing
    • Increased off-campus community classes
    • Increasing number of residential students
    • In-school peer recruiting (send graduates from the school they are visiting)
    • Insist on regular attendance
    • Interactive collaboration with other institutions, via Skype
    • Interactive teaching
    • Interactive website
    • Internship programs
    • Internships
    • Internships and fellowships
    • Investing in traditions
    • Involve campus ministries to recruit students…go to churches in area
    • Just getting the word out-McNeese name in the paper
    • Keep good instructors
    • Laptop for each incoming freshman
    • Larger testing center
    • Larger testing center to accommodate more testing (CLEP, COMPASS)
    • Limit student drops during their career
    • Limit students admitted by exception
    • Linkages to company for job
    • Look at ACT: no remedials, no compass--No exceptions
    • Look outside of this region
    • Lots of LSU presence, need more McNeese presence
    • Low cost on-campus housing; Day care; Offer courses in emerging technologies such as "green engineering," "foreign investments," and hybrid liberal arts classes.
    • Lower enrollment standards
    • Lower enrollment standards and quit worrying about how graduation rates according to the state reports.
    • Lower fees
    • Lower fees
    • Lower tuition
    • Lower tuition
    • Lower tuition
    • Maintain the good things and run the school like a business
    • Make campus friendlier for students--beer in student union; pool hall (rec area)
    • Make faculty sign drop slips before a student can drop
    • Make FFND a dual-enrollment course
    • Make it easier to transfer into McNeese from Sowela or other schools without losing credit
    • Make McNeese a school of choice
    • Make persistent "flunkers" take the career services aptitude test
    • Make scholarship information readily available to students
    • Make students feel at home
    • Make sure employees are offering great customer service to students
    • Make sure our personnel are equipped with a quickfacts to take into schools or other area entities to liaise for the campus
    • Making it more desirable to stay on campus
    • Making sure that McNeese is in the media as often as possible.
    • Market the successes of students
    • Market to elementary and middle schools, get MSU graduates to give talks to them
    • Market to retirees
    • Marketing
    • Marketing
    • Masters degrees/graduate programs
    • McNeese needs to be a school of choice
    • McNeese needs to be thought of as a destination instead of a way station
    • McNeese representatives explain financial aid to community
    • McNeese should have a larger advertising push outside of the local area.
    • McNeese should use the Mass Communication department to increase enrollment and the way the department advises for retention.
    • Mentoring
    • Mentoring for at-risk students
    • Mentoring programs in a variety of areas
    • Mentorships outside the classroom during education process
    • More adult education
    • More advisers
    • More affordable housing
    • More attention to the syllabi-professor accountable for sticking to the syllabi
    • More career-testing to determine best academic/career track for individual students' potential
    • More community outreach and involvement in various areas would likely help with this as well as continuation of remedial instruction where necessary.
    • More competitive academic programs
    • More coordination with Sowela
    • More dual credit courses
    • More effective advising
    • More financial aid options; extended length of financial aid
    • More formal learning programs for community members.
    • More hands-on activities; internships; mentorships
    • More high school visits
    • More in the high schools to encourage them come to McNeese
    • More interaction with secondary schools and McNeese
    • More of a focused retention plan with strategies that can be implemented with measurable outcomes and communicated across campus
    • More on campus housing
    • More on campus job opportunities
    • More on campus social activities for students
    • More on campus student jobs
    • More online classes
    • More online courses
    • More online courses
    • More online courses and programs
    • More online degrees
    • More opportunities for high school seniors
    • More outreach and marketing
    • More outside this area recruitment-visibility-e.g. Shreveport
    • More personal attention, better scholarships and prizes
    • More practical opportunities--interships, co-op projects
    • More presence through online degree programs. Better research and work in ensuring graduates have jobs or numerous job opps. Increase school pride. New library.
    • More publicity in areas outside our community; recruitment strategy
    • More scholarships
    • More seminars and workshops to both faculty and students
    • More student activities
    • More trips-as rewards for grades, involvement, etc
    • More Weekend and night courses
    • Move some new student scholarship funds toward retention of current students
    • Need better campus-wide awareness of enrollment-registration policies
    • Need more evening classes or online offerings; seem to be an 8-5 university
    • Need one-stop shop for transfer students; they get lost in the shuffle
    • Need to be visible in the community. If there is an event, large employers such as Citgo, PPG and others have a team, a booth or whatever. You don't see MSU there or it is only on a departmental level.
    • Night classes directed toward working students
    • Not quite sure where we addressed that the LCAP would not print some honors for MSU. I rec sending it to all local papers in the region. These papers often are looking for info and print most any article submitted. Put the LCAP to shame for shunning some our accolades.
    • Off-campus sites (expand)
    • Offer and promote a structured 3-year degree
    • Offer discounts to students referring other students to offer recruitment enticement
    • Offer flexible learning class schedules
    • Offer in-state tuition for TX residents
    • Offer more 8:00 a.m. classes
    • Offer more classes at various times; night classes
    • Offer more on-campus housing
    • Offer more online courses
    • Offer more unique degree plans, greater advertising across the state and other regional locations
    • Offer scholarships to out of state students to bring them down to the in-state rate
    • Offer Sowela classes on campus to help recruit future students
    • Offer special programs/assistance to veterans (especially wounded)
    • Offer transition mentoring to freshmen
    • On the meal plan-don't keep the students' money, refund the declining balance.
    • One of our more positive things we do
    • One-stop shop of resources for online students; have online forms all in one place
    • Ongoing education for high school counselors
    • Online education
    • Online learning
    • Online program increase offerings
    • Open up events specifically to high schools in SFAA and other similar facilities
    • Orientation for transfer students
    • Orientation needs more excitement
    • Out in the public more-more advertising, television and so on
    • Out of state recruitment
    • Out-of-state advertising
    • Out-of-state recruitment
    • Outreach to area High Schools, Allow high school swim teams to utilize indoor pool for practice or swim meets. Barbe your largest feeder school was denied access for practicing indoors during cold weather.
    • Outreach-education
    • Outreach-McNeese products in other area towns, e.g. Vinton
    • Partner with other state colleges so transfers do not lose hours
    • Pay attention to freshmen
    • Peers listen to peers; get those students to help recruit other students
    • Perhaps the on-line programs should be advertised more to increase enrollment- and possibly we can streamline these programs to increase retention
    • Pick up the cigarette butts or provide "butt" receptacles.
    • Promote a new, younger, fresher, more technological student friendly campus, with future improvements and renovations
    • Promote career services
    • Promote science degrees
    • Promote the honors college--an amazing program that has no current promotion
    • Promoting quality education
    • Promoting student involvement
    • Provide curriculum maps for each student, teach them the meaning and how to read the map
    • Provide more on campus jobs to get students to stay engaged and learn McNeese
    • Provide students in high schools with study skills before they arrive here
    • Push advanced placement in high schools; find a way for universities to accept credit for advanced placement courses
    • Pushing the fact that it is an at home school
    • Put faculty pictures on website
    • Quality education at a reasonable price
    • Raise admission standards
    • Raise admissions standards
    • Raise summer salaries for faculty
    • Ratchet up the selling of McNeese
    • Raw product in product out
    • Recognition of star employees
    • Recruit and mentor
    • Recruit early admissions and at Louisiana School for Math Science
    • Recruit from Sowela
    • Recruit further north in LA. Ensure sufficient dorm space to house any increase in students too. Our top programs (engineering, nursing, etc) should be advertised statewide.
    • Recruit good students! They are out there!
    • Recruit more at the high schools, not just for athletics. Let the high school students know how well respected many of the degree programs are. Encourage and coordinate alumni to talk with high school students about the job possibilities with a degree, expected salary, and the greatness of McNeese.
    • Recruit or advertise McNeese outside the state
    • Recruiters should communicate with parents as well as prospective students
    • Reduce the number of required classes that are on rotation
    • Reevaluating admissions requirements
    • Regional clubs; such as New Orleans club
    • Regional marketing
    • Relevant degree offering
    • Remedy the view that we're a stepping-stone to somewhere else
    • Require at-risk students to go for emergency counseling
    • Require Freshman Foundations for at-risk students only
    • Require students to talk face to face with faculty before dropping a class
    • Retraining
    • "Review each and every curriculum that is offered. Then ask yourself is this class absolutely necessary for the students' success in the future? Maybe ridding unnecessary classes would increase the 35% graduation rate. Better advising and communication between departments so that students are held for additional semesters to complete curriculums.
    • "
    • Review how we orient our online learners
    • Review retention rates by sex
    • Revise summer school by creating two-five week sessions
    • Roll costs of textbooks into tuition
    • Satellite campuses
    • Save the fraternities and sororities
    • Scheduling classes so that students can take more in summer
    • Scholarships
    • Scholarships
    • Scholarships
    • Scholarships, student employment, stipends, professional development, internships
    • Seek alumni help for financial assistance for Freshman-sophomore transition (with jobs)
    • Sell McNeese
    • Sell the value of our education to outside states; compared to Texas schools, we win the battle
    • Send University student representatives to high schools throughout the year to interact
    • Sending students to go to high school from different colleges
    • Service learning
    • Service learning
    • Service learning and service in the university
    • Service to community so that future students see that involvement and remember it. Close ties to the freshman students we do have which means the adviser student ratio should be decreased by placing students immediately with advisers in their majors. Students waiting a month to get in to see their adviser or hours in line during late registration is unacceptable. Students are simply not going to wait and go somewhere else or quit college all together.
    • Set a higher standard for enrollment and continue to promote and encourage student involvement/leadership across campus and in the community.
    • Set higher admission standards
    • Set up drop fees for classes that are being dropped
    • Shadow days; invite high school students to spend the day
    • Share more statistics and facts with the community
    • Short on department pages on web-need faculty bios, photos, other requirements that need to be up, e.g. audition requirements
    • Shorten the length of fall-spring semesters by one week
    • Show the 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. I myself was surprised to find out the "big picture" of how others outside of growing up around McNeese see the university.
    • Showcasing our successful students
    • Significantly increased push in the high schools with regard to dual enrollment and ability to graduate early; carve into that pie more than we currently are
    • Simplify process of enrollment and service oriented
    • Single parent opportunities--night classes, for example; daycare; early childhood education for the children
    • Social networking
    • Some students have said it's too expensive to live here-not enough campus housing and rent is too high on area apartments
    • Some type of financial counseling for juniors and seniors
    • Speaking to students about education and a profession in one
    • Specifically going after students that begin at a college away from home and return home to here-recruit them
    • Speed up financial aid academic appeals process
    • Split summer school into two 5-week sessions rather than one longer session
    • Staff retention
    • State of the art advising and counseling
    • Stated previously, grassroots campaign to attract minorities regardless of socioeconomic status.
    • Streamline the enrollment process
    • Street signs on Ryan
    • Strengthen partnership with Sowela and LSUE
    • Strengthen visibility with local high schools
    • Stress importance of going to class; disparity among departments regarding the value of going to class
    • Student living; events; campus life
    • Student surveys on key issues
    • Students and faculty need to be proud of the University
    • Students have to feel connected in some way and that falls to faculty in some way; personal touch
    • Students like the 8-week summer semester
    • Study why we lose students to Lamar, ULL, etc.
    • Summer career exploration and counseling camps for high school students
    • Supplemental instruction-tutoring center for multiple disciplines with well-trained, supervised tutors
    • Support and encourage professors who spend time with their students or develop new programs
    • Support system for non-traditional students
    • Survey the SWLA area for careers that are in demand and are good paying jobs. Put in major course curriculums for those careers that are needed and are opportunistic. This evergreen course schedule would be attractive to students. For instance, Process Technology is an important course of study for industry bound students. People working in this career can easily make over $100,000/yr and have benefits on top of that. MSU teaches PTech, but there are others that could be added, and yet others that could be culled.
    • Tailor advertisement to help students understand where they want to go to school and career path
    • Take a hard look at college algebra and math113-(student preparation for and remediation of those who fail repeatedly); retention-scholarship to support their staying in classes
    • Take them to career services for better direction in their career path
    • Talk to other universities that have been successful at increasing enrollment and retention
    • Tapping into our resources across the river; East Texas students, not just athletes; waive out of state tuitions
    • Target students who are below a certain GPA for specific mentoring and follow-up
    • Target the best students in the state and offer them the opportunity to test out of classes; one of the best selling tools
    • Teach students how to take notes
    • Teaching to need
    • Tenure and grading of faculty; accountability
    • Test our students on the syllabus during the first or second week of class; make it worth the same as the mid-term
    • Textbooks are too expensive. Maybe electronic textbooks.
    • The website is 60-70% of the outside world's contact with our university
    • Thinking of new ways
    • Thorough exit interviews of students
    • Tie our service learning to areas not as familiar to us; advertise what is being done with relation to service learning
    • Try to have each program identify what it does and what it does better than other programs in the state; why is this program unique
    • Upgrade all areas of student learning
    • Upgrade the appearance of the campus
    • Use alumni and students to recruit; non paid employees
    • Use local successful businessmen to help recruit students
    • Use staff experts in FFND to address issues of financial aid, TOPS, academic regulations, etc.
    • Use students to help recruit
    • User friendly website
    • Using more distance learning tech, like Skype, compressed video in real time
    • Utilize more community input into recruitment
    • Visit high schools
    • Visits to schools and businesses
    • Waive out of state fees for East Texas students
    • We need to do more work in the local schools. We need liaisons to all of the area high schools. We need to have tables at science and social studies fairs. We need to have contests (math and writing) for students and offer scholarship awards (it could be a small book scholarship). For with retention I would say the biggest is admission and registration. It is a pain and difficult for students to maneuver. We also need TOPS sessions not just for Advisors but for parents/students (LSU has those) that teach students what exactly they need to keep TOPS.
    • We should increase Electronic Learning to our non-traditional students, especially trying to encompass the MBA program and other masters level programs. We have lost a great deal of our graduate learners to other schools with online learning programs and we do not have any graduate programs right now except for our Nursing program. Also, I do not know how that we can increase the COMPASS testing program to increase the levels of our non-traditional learners who may not need to take developmental courses and therefore increase their levels of getting into our CALL courses and other undergraduate courses.
    • Website-Search engine optimization
    • Weeknight, evening, Saturday seminars to prep high schools students on admissions procedures
    • Work on improving the value of the degree
    • Work with industries , govts, business communities to retain MSU grads in area; there is an intellectual drain of MSU-trained professionals to other areas of the country. Start at middle school level recruting at-risk students to participate in summer school, camps, programs that effectively combine practical and academic learning, helping students engage
    • Work with school counselors
    • Work with Sowela
    • Work with students that are dropping/failing classes to determine what the problem(s) is/are-and resolve those issues. Is it a bad professor? lack of undestanding of material?
    • Work with the public schools to get them more qualified to be here
    • Work with the school boards to encourage fieldtrips to MSU for junior high and high school kids
    • Working better with high school counselors; promoting McNeese to the high schools
  4. If you could identify one aspect of the McNeese experience that "brands" us as distinct from other institutions, what would it be?

    • 5-parish region served
    • Abusive Police Department that harasses the student body, staff and faculty members.
    • Academic performance and graduation rates of athletes, general student pride in student athletes
    • Access to equipment and technology; labs
    • Access to faculty
    • Access to Opportunity
    • Accessibility of leadership
    • Accessibility to the farms as part of the academic experience
    • Accessible
    • Active alumni
    • Administrative staff credibility
    • Advertise our ability to accommodate people with disabilities
    • Advising
    • Affordable
    • Agricultural atmosphere encourages students to come here; rodeo
    • Alumni contribute to local communities
    • Alumni support; community support
    • Always maintaining our accreditation status
    • Approachable faculty
    • As our motto says "Excellence with a personal touch" The ability to talk to a live person regarding any issues.
    • Athletic program as well as Mass Communication.
    • Athletic recognition
    • Athletically our standards are higher than elsewhere
    • Athletics
    • Athletics
    • Athletics, engineering and other degrees that will lead to jobs in the oil industry. Embrace the culture bc it is so distinct: sportsman's paradise
    • Availability of instructors and staff
    • Band's on the upswing
    • Banner series
    • Banners
    • Banners
    • Banners
    • Banners program makes us unique
    • Banners Series
    • Beautiful environment
    • Being a cowboy
    • Being a small school it's possible to get to know more of your peers and not feel lost among the crowd--this is attractive to many students and the main reason my son attended Tech and not LSU.
    • Being who we are; our identity
    • Best value for the money
    • Better football
    • Blue and gold
    • Blue and Gold
    • BLUE and GOLD. And that wonderful personal touch.
    • Build on our past--esp. publishing successes
    • Cajuns
    • Calcasieu parish
    • Campus size--not too big or too small
    • Can-do attitude
    • Cannon
    • Caring and personal
    • Caring instructors
    • Catch redfish off the civic center wall
    • City-Lake Charles
    • Class size.
    • Classes are taught by faculty not TAs
    • Classroom size
    • Close, almost familial, campus to administration relations
    • Close, everything in a small area makes it easy to get from one side to another
    • Collectively promote an identity
    • College of Engineering has more applied education than other universities
    • College program accreditation
    • Community
    • Community
    • Community clinic on campus
    • Community Support
    • Concentrate on developing a brand and do that without sacrificing other aspects of the university (we can promote a discipline without sacrificing the other divisions)
    • Cowboy Football, Banners, community connections
    • Cowboy Pride
    • Cowboy pride
    • Cowboy, rodeo culture
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys & logo.
    • Cowboys of the South
    • Cowboys/girls
    • Culture
    • Culture
    • Darryl's
    • Debate team
    • Don't become an "At"
    • Ease of adapting to a college environment, its not hard to blend in at McNeese.
    • Easy for commuter students
    • Easy involvement
    • Education with south-Louisiana culture
    • Efficiency of operations
    • Employee loyalty
    • Employment stats for graduates
    • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Entire university is friendlier; bookstore…
    • Establish a particular niche within the ULS system to make us stand out
    • Everything is simplified here
    • Everything is simplified here.
    • Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch
    • Excellence with a personal touch is the perfect "brand" that our motto can give us.
    • Excellence with a personal touch; about as fitting as can be
    • Execellence with a personl touch, McNeese Cowboys
    • Expose engineering students to equipment inventory within the dept
    • Faculty
    • Faculty/student relationships are different than anywhere else
    • Faculty-student relationships
    • Family
    • Family atmosphere
    • Family type experience
    • Fan support for our football program
    • Feeder institution for local industry and businesses
    • Fight song
    • Fine arts programs; Banners Series offered to community and faculty and staff
    • Finish here or go on to anywhere in the world
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Flagship programs
    • Football
    • Football program
    • Football tradition; wig tradition
    • Football, nursing
    • Football; alumni support
    • Friendly
    • Friendly atmosphere and a caring staff
    • Friendly atmosphere and a caring style
    • Friendly/ family atmosphere
    • Friendly; student friendly
    • Get over the perception of being Ryan Street High
    • Go to the horse's mouth is OK policy
    • Good food, good times
    • Good football team
    • Good tailgating
    • Great area to live in; great people that live here, culture, activities, festivals, low crime rate, nursing program, industry, weather, food
    • Great athletics
    • Great education in a small university environment
    • Great education, competitive with the best universities
    • Great library
    • Great tailgaiting, fans travel well
    • Hands-on experiences for students in agriculture
    • Hardship-always some struggle going on here
    • Have more fun here at McNeese
    • Have the most unique fight song in the world
    • High acceptance to professional schools
    • Highly engaged students
    • How comfortable departments are in contacting one another; not hierarchical
    • I can't and maybe that is a problem in itself.
    • I don't know anything unique about McNeese.
    • I don't know.
    • I think McNeese does a wonderful job at executing our motto: Excellence with a Personal Touch.
    • I think our innovation engineering program could work as a brand. If we could integrate it with other colleges and (taking from my enrollment ideas) having innovation fairs that works with students to create new ideas and programs.
    • I think that our community service to our students and our service with a smile and a hug!
    • Individual attention to student needs (academic, career, personal, financial, social, spiritual)
    • Inexpensive
    • Innovation engineering program
    • Instructors care about students
    • Instrumentation technology program; quality students
    • It appears that almost anyone can be accepted (some scores are pretty low), which is not necessarily positive. On a positive note, those students do get an education in the end, however.
    • It should be academic excellence and employable graduates
    • It's an at-home school
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Jolie Blonde
    • Junior college that offers B.S and Masters degrees.
    • Knowing our students
    • Large enough for a good education and small enough to be part of a community
    • Local culture
    • Local support from the community (and vice versa)
    • Location
    • Logo
    • Loyal, large following to out of town sporting events
    • McNeese is family toward students
    • McNeese-brand beef (local product, national sales)
    • MFA program-top in nation; McNeese review
    • More Cowbell
    • More potential for individual attention to students
    • Motto
    • NAIA Basketball Championship - 1956
    • Name (after an educator)
    • Name-McNeese State University
    • National intercollegiate rodeo, Cowboy tradition, only school in state with rodeo team, relatively low-cost athletic program
    • National Rodeo Championships - 1956 (3 years in a row, only time)
    • Need more cowbell!
    • New logo is going to brand us
    • New logo is starting to stand out
    • Nicer
    • No college campus-based terrestrial radio station
    • Not a party school but you can still have fun
    • Not branded for academic excellence and producing graduates with employable skills
    • Not sure
    • Nothing
    • Nursing
    • Nursing and education programs
    • Nursing department
    • Nursing program exceptionally strong and community health clinic. Great music department with outstanding professors, spills over into arts in general
    • Nursing-exceptionally well-prepared graduates, reputation of our graduates beyond SWLA (in Business, education, Engineering, Medicine, Liberal Arts)
    • Oak trees
    • One on one with professors
    • Only Univ in SWLA
    • Open doors-accessible administration
    • Open-door policy by the administrators
    • Open-door policy of faculty and administration toward students
    • Opportunity
    • Opportunity for quality education and to grow as individual with strong support system
    • Our education department
    • Our motto, Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Our name
    • Our name is our brand
    • Our pride, our traditions
    • Our size
    • Our university is named after an educator
    • Partnership with industries and local schools
    • Party
    • People
    • People
    • People here
    • People who care
    • People; accessibility; openness; attention to students
    • Personable
    • Personable
    • Personable
    • Personable
    • Personable side of serving our students-we're the right size
    • Personal interest in students
    • Personal interest in the students
    • Personal professor and student bonds
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch
    • Personal touch with our students
    • Personal touch, open doors
    • Personal, close-knit community
    • Physical therapy program
    • Professors know your name
    • Professors that are instructors
    • Programs that allow students to excel in their majors such as nursing
    • Proximity to outstanding outdoor activities
    • Publicity in local media
    • Quality affordable education
    • Quality education
    • Quality education on a local level
    • Quality of life
    • Recruiting new band members and athletes is working; pick their brain to see how they do it
    • Regional institution
    • Relying too much on past academic accomplishments, and current emphasis on sports programs. I love football, baseball, track ... all of it. But restore some of that energy to the academic side so that McNeese builds on its reputation as a school that consistently prepares people for the professions, business and industry. And use some of that energy on research. That is what universities do.
    • Rodeo
    • Rodeo
    • Rodeo
    • Rodeo in addition to other sports
    • Rodeo team is strong; strong traditions
    • Rowdy
    • School pride
    • School spirit
    • SEED center
    • SEED center
    • Semi-rural setting with focus on learning--fewer distractions
    • Sense of family
    • Significant interaction with students and industry
    • Small and smart
    • Small campus environment. Inexpensive.
    • Small class settings
    • Small class size
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes
    • Small class sizes and individualized instruction and advising
    • Small enough for personal touch; large enough to provide university experience
    • Small enough to be a community but large enough to be a real university experience
    • Small home town feel.
    • Small school
    • Small town university with big time educational experience
    • Small town university with big time educational experience
    • Smaller class sizes
    • "Smaller classes with plenty of interaction between professor and student if that is what the student prefers.
    • We are named after an educator rather than a location."
    • Some of the faculty is very helpful and want to see their students do well, even if that student is struggling. Those faculty members say, "...that is their job." This is something you will not find in a lot of other colleges and universities.
    • Southern, personal
    • Southwest LA culture
    • Southwest Louisiana delegation (positive representation of McNeese)
    • Southwest Louisiana facility
    • Sports, the hook to get people here, but make sure we keep them with great programs-nursing, agriculture and make that our niche
    • Strong educational foundation
    • Strong music department
    • Student ability to obtain references from faculty/good relationships b/t student and faculty
    • Student faculty ratio that provides hands on learning
    • Student interaction, student life
    • Students get hired; into professional schools; grad schools
    • Students get second chances here
    • Students score well on professional exams
    • Student-teacher relationships, Excellence with a Personal Touch
    • Successful placement of graduates
    • Support from local community
    • SWLA hospitality and acceptance
    • Tailgating
    • Take students to visit industry
    • Teacher/student ratio
    • Teachers that care.
    • Teamwork amongst all employees
    • The College of Lake Charles/South Louisiana
    • The community spirit. You can feel McNeese love everywhere you go. I LOVE IT.
    • The considerable number of faculty-staff who really do care and make the university experience personable
    • The horse and rider logo
    • The size and look of the campus
    • This is one problem with McNeese. We really do not have a niche, at least none that achieve real notariety. We may be the only school in the state with a rodeo team. Alright, but is that really special? ULM has pharmacy, LA Tech has engineering. We need a reputable program that is not only the best in the state, but has high rankings in the nation. I would recommend a Natural Resource Research Center. This would be a joint venture between engineering, agriculture, and business. Research could be done on oil/gas exploration, minerals, and alternative energy. This would be the first one in the state and would attract students and gain us prestige.
    • Ties with industry and business. There are so many ties with Alumni in local business and industry.
    • Tradition in strong football program
    • Traditions
    • Traditions
    • Travel well with athletics; football team
    • Unfortunately nothing but the football team comes to mind.
    • Unidentifiable; community maybe
    • Unsure
    • Very family friendly
    • We are a regional university.
    • We are not truly distinct. We have a niche just like some other schools.
    • We are SWLA-that's our main distinction
    • We are well known for our nursing and education programs
    • We beat USL (ULL) at football every chance we get
    • We have a college rodeo team
    • We have a strong alumni association
    • We have great outside support from community
    • We have the "we" concept and not the "I" concept
    • We know students by their name; faculty/student interaction
    • We should work on this
    • We still rely primarily on face-to-face classes
    • We're a strong undergraduate school-focusing on undergraduate stuff-most classes faculty taught (not GA-s)
    • We're on the main street
    • Well-recognized creative writing program
    • Well-rounded university - academics, sports, cultural
    • Winning football program
    • Work across discipline lines
    • You will not be treated like a number here
  5. If McNeese could engage in just one activity that would excite you into wanting to contribute more of your time and/or resources, what would that activity be?

    • 3-D animation
    • A high school "senior day"
    • A mentor program for students.
    • Accept more students. If is awful to think how many average to above average students are not attending McNeese at this time and going to Sowela.
    • Activities for students with families
    • Activities that bring alumni together
    • Activity involving personal interaction with students
    • Add a few PHD programs. Better alumni interaction.
    • Advertise activities that are available
    • All colleges should represent themselves eagerly at recruiting events
    • Allowing high school swim teams access to indoor pool for practice or swim meets. Hosting High School swim meets would bring new interest from area high schoolers
    • Alumni as guest speakers
    • Alumni career day
    • Alumni crawfish boil in LC on a Saturday (to encourage out of state)
    • Alumni networking; alumni mentoring
    • Alumni news in newsletters--job changes, births, marriages, moves, deaths
    • Alumni parties / reunions / get-togethers--maybe one each semester. If this already happens, it needs to be publicly known or better advertised.
    • Alumni recruiting alumni friends
    • Alumni support of McNeese (Alumni Association member)
    • Alumni-Community Service Project (ex: paint the stadium)
    • An event where faculty could mingle together-all faculty events; breaking down disciplinary silos
    • Any project that brings together McNeese and the community
    • Anything creative for faculty
    • Athletic graduate programs
    • Banner Xtender
    • Banners
    • Banners program
    • Basketball supporters increased (boy and girl); booster club that sponsors a bus to attend games; offer food and drink; have boosters sponsor students to attend; add buses as more students participate
    • Being able to track students after they graduate
    • Being rewarded for time spent on students and developing programs, not just on research and publication
    • Better charity events
    • Better education regarding how Foundation funding is used; more information to faculty and community
    • Better opportunities for upper-classmen for recruiting purposes (e.g. for Q&A day-involve graduating seniors to talk to prospective students)
    • Better outreach to community and local industry - we want to be considered for a job and not be a second class graduate.
    • Better recruitment opportunities for upper-level students and organizations
    • Bring back LaBelle pageant
    • Bring professionals to campus to work with students (whether teaching or visiting as consultant, resource for specific programs)
    • Build a new area/complex
    • Building renovations
    • Business/Industry alliances
    • CACREP Accreditation for Counseling Master's program
    • Campus cleanup day
    • Campus improvement projects
    • Campus radio or TV station
    • Campus TV station
    • Campus-community landscaping project
    • Capitalize on literary rallies and ACT-SAT days--have gatherings afterward to recruit students to MSU
    • Career day
    • Career development
    • Cash awards
    • Center for diagnosing learning disorders
    • Christian witnesses among football team
    • College Radio station
    • College TV station--news channel, student-made commercials and entertainment
    • College TV-Radio
    • Combine expertise to come up with an idea to raise money for the university
    • Community development
    • Community involvement
    • Community outreach.
    • Community projects-employees get together and volunteer to beautify campus
    • Community recruitment activities (recruitment fun-day)
    • Community recycling
    • Community service
    • Community service
    • Community service
    • Company picnic
    • Competitive cheer
    • Competitive dance
    • Connect with federal wildlife reserve; Sabine reserve; Lacassine, etc.
    • Connecting with high schools
    • Consider McNeese Athletic Foundation as a separate entity from the general Foundation
    • Cost of living increases
    • Crawfish boil
    • Crawfish boil
    • Creating a daily news show put on by the students at Mcneese in the Mass Comm department.
    • Crosswalk (2 - Ryan/McNeese)
    • Culinary cookoff between faculty, staff, and students--fundraising event
    • Curriculum development that would equip future graduates with real world skills and career marketability.
    • Customer service training
    • Degree audit system
    • Demonstrate need
    • Designate faculty-staff only restrooms
    • Develop an atmosphere of entrepreneurship
    • Develop Contraband Bayou
    • Developing and teaching online courses
    • Distinguished speakers on campus; lecture series
    • Doing more with community, eg. Big Brothers-Big Sisters
    • Donors to see how their money is expended; scholarship brunch
    • Drama school
    • Earnestly working toward improving academic quality.
    • Easier availability of money that students could suggest
    • Educational workshops and seminars relevant to the community (e.g. industrial community)
    • Employee appreciation such as dinner at the President's house
    • Employee recognition of years of service; for a job well done
    • Encourage alumni to get involved in student recruitment
    • Encourage faculty to get involved in student recruitment
    • Encourage those in the community who have real-life experience to get involved in teaching or in the classroom
    • Enhance partnerships with local commerce and industry
    • Environmental stewardship in an interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Establishing downtown campus or presence
    • Expand Banners to year-round and develop a wider variety of activities to appeal to all socio-economic segments of our community
    • Expand Honors College and other programs and activities that promote student learning, rigorous academics, and student success
    • Expand the Banners Series to a year-long series of events
    • Facility master plan
    • Faculty development
    • Faculty development
    • Faculty dining hall to eat with peers; once a month event
    • Faculty get togethers--need more socials with colleagues
    • Faculty intramurals
    • Faculty retreats/appreciation events that are morale-building and less about budget woes. People need to be inspired.
    • Faculty tailgate party on Fridays
    • Faculty-staff homecoming court
    • Faculty-staff-student recognition programs
    • Faculty-student interactions; community-university interactions or service projects
    • Fall cultural series--a balance to Banners
    • Family day where all employees get together with kids, etc.,
    • Family event
    • Field study series; allow professor to design a field study offering; cover transportation and insurance
    • Football
    • Former alumni visiting with students
    • Free beer on Friday
    • Freshman orientation with alumni "Fish camp"
    • Funding for recruiting visits
    • Funding-Support for foreign students
    • Fundraising for scholarships
    • Get more people involved to add to those already involved
    • Get the buildings to look alike so the campus looks like a campus
    • Gigantic blue and gold horseshoe prints coming down all the streets coming to campus
    • Giving students a chance who might otherwise not have access
    • Go viral!
    • Going green
    • Good sound system in every lab-room
    • Graphics studio that would take in pro-bono work from the community (charge to cover costs of production plus 10%)
    • Hands-on learning experience
    • Have live music concert events featuring traveling or touring music acts or local bands that have former students. KMSU radio would be a huge boon to the community with specialized programming for all listeners.
    • Having international program - trips abroad to study
    • Having other scholars visit campus
    • Having time to get excited about something
    • Help students outside of class
    • Honoring Greater Houston alumni
    • Honoring McNeese alumni at halftime of football game
    • Horse steak night
    • Host a hacker space
    • Host events like Rouge et Blanc on the quad
    • Hosting events, festivals
    • Hosting undergrad-graduate conferences here in facilities that are appropriate
    • I already give what I think is 200 percent of my time and energy to McNeese! I work a great deal of time on the weekends and extra time after work that I do not even count-because it really doesn't matter. I really have given my heart and soul to my department and what I feel is giving back to McNeese. I suppose that if I could have someone to help out, that would mean that I could think of even more to do with my department!
    • I am not a joining of clubs, yet, if McNeese sent out a message to Alumni that they were needed I would be there.
    • I think McNeese is already doing that with many activities that people can get involved in.
    • Idea of moving to the next level (away from Regional into a state university)
    • Identify one of the nation' most troublesome problems and launch a program to research, identify solutions and develop an implementation strategy: e.g. literacy, issues related to the elderly, children & family , autism , substance abuse...feeding the nation (agriculture). We have a rich heritage here in sugar cane, rice, cattle, not to mention seafood. Any of these are worthy of a research program at McNeese to get our young adults involved in testing and preparing solutions for the problems facing their future.
    • If everyone was pulling their weight. It is hard to work and work and then see others who are barely lifting their pinky fingers and getting the exact same pay, tenure and promotion.
    • Implementation of tutoring center with ongoing tutor training and support
    • Improving pride in campus
    • In resurrecting the observatory for the university and community.
    • Innovation curriculum
    • Innovation engineering
    • Innovative ways of teaching
    • Integrate civility into campus life
    • Interactivity with industry and business (students with industry and professions)
    • Interdisciplinary cooperation (drama to produce videos; Psychology to produce curriculum)
    • International film festival and multicultural activities and exhibits
    • International films, special films-art films
    • International Programs
    • International student life and engagement
    • Intra-faculty athletic activities, e.g. faculty basketball, softball
    • Introducing disaffected middle school students to the benefits and potential of education
    • Involvement allowed me to be a part of the solution and the success
    • Involvement in potential hurricane museum
    • Involving the students in more community activities
    • Knowing that state funds and donated funds were being spent appropriately
    • Landscaping Initiative
    • Landscaping projects
    • Larger offices
    • Larger service learning project-campus-wide, community outreach
    • Leadership in entrepreneurial development
    • Let community know that you are a graduate of McNeese - as a business leader
    • Live music events-festival on campus
    • Love the Banners Series and theatrical productions.
    • Marathons, Breast Cancer walks, for example; community activities and special events that the University would embrace
    • Market to elementary and middle schools, get MSU graduates to give talks to them
    • McNeese community day where people of swla are invited to McNeese for a day
    • McNeese should organize a running race (5k-10k) with faculty-students
    • Meetings across departments (academic and other) to share information and train
    • Mentoring
    • Mentoring
    • Mentoring students
    • Mock Trial legal team
    • More charity work
    • More collaboration between colleges
    • More community service projects for the University as a whole
    • More competitive teams-dance, raquetball, etc
    • More computer hardware for students to work with
    • More conferences-esp. folklore-oriented ones--on campus in a facility that could accommodate them
    • More cultural events outside of Banners (not just in spring)
    • More events with national scope (not just cultural)
    • More faculty social activities
    • More funding to assist faculty and students to study abroad
    • More in the community
    • More interaction with high schools (recruitment)
    • More money
    • More opportunities for our students to interact professionally in the community (chamber groups need more places to play)
    • More research from the alumni association prior to calling for money--be sure you know who it is you are calling.
    • More resources for MCOM department
    • More rodeo
    • More service learning and activities that partner with our youth and teenagers.
    • More service learning opportunities for our students
    • More social interaction between staff, faculty, and students
    • More visible community involvement
    • More youth (K-12 age) programs
    • Multi-disciplinary tutoring center with ongoing tutor training and support
    • National Championship
    • Nationally known guest speakers come to campus
    • Need a TEAM McNeese; to engage in a community service institution-wide
    • Need presence with Millennium Park
    • No opinion
    • Nothing here. I contribute to LSU.
    • Offer ballet classes
    • Offer my child a scholarship
    • On-campus career day to discuss career paths
    • On-campus entertainment-too many little SUB events, instead book one big one
    • One-stop enrollment center
    • One-stop shops for enrollment management, student life, and related functions
    • Online degree programs need more PR-guard humanities programs--develop online Spanish degree
    • Open our doors to kids at Boys Village, Big Brothers, etc. to come in free
    • Organization resource room for student organizations
    • Our own summer study abroad program that includes all colleges
    • Overload pay
    • Package season or all sports year; give passes at a discounted rate through payroll deduction
    • Partnerships
    • Peer leaders
    • PhD Program
    • Places to do research (where students can go do research)
    • Positioning the University to be a regional institution with a statewide reach
    • Practice room pianos that are in tune
    • Professional conference travel money
    • Programs that link/measure efforts to results
    • Programs that link/measure efforts to results
    • Promote research and development in business and engineering
    • Publish more
    • Receiving materials that explained what all is taking place at McNeese; materials that are of interest, timely, etc. LIKE PILLARS
    • Recognition
    • Recognizing over-achievers
    • Recruiting locally (Houston ISDs)
    • Recruiting more local students
    • Recruiting out of town alumni to come back
    • Recruitment of students
    • Recycling
    • Recycling
    • Renovate planetarium
    • Renovate the observatory
    • Research
    • Research with students
    • Restoring economics major
    • Return historic athletic rivalries--play ULL again
    • Scientific research projects
    • See cheerleaders and student groups pile into the cowboy bus and literally visit every minority school and spark interest in the university. Plant a seed that the university is for everybody.
    • See McNeese's name everywhere in Lake Charles, community support
    • SEED Center
    • Seeing McNeese displays at local businesses; prominent
    • Social functions / mixers for alumni.
    • Some sort of mentoring program for high school students, almost like the Big Brother Big Sister program.
    • Someone asked
    • Soundproofing
    • Special evening programs like international films
    • Sports management program
    • Student contests (when nursing program presents research in ranch), student symposium with awards
    • Student involvement
    • Students have some many issues to contend with; an initiative that might help students with their needs outside of the classrooms; daycare; single parents; reach out effort
    • Students to start their own business
    • Study abroad
    • Study abroad
    • Study abroad programs
    • Study-abroad advisor staff position (start as part-time, then full)
    • Success breeds success
    • Summer high school junior scholars program
    • Taking a lead in the environment of SWLA and trimming the boredom syndrome in our high schools
    • Talking to the high school seniors in our 5 parish area and let them ask questions to our students
    • Teach the concepts, principles, and tools of the Quality process. Teach all the stuff that Deming and Covey taught. How to use statistics, conduct efficient meetings, find and eliminate root causes, how to be a leader of an organization or industry, etc.
    • Technical innovation in the arts 3D graphic design
    • Texas-alumni event to get TX alumni on-campus
    • Textbook trading program
    • The business group that used to exist; business advisory board
    • The drama department
    • The idea of moving to the next level
    • "The McNeese Alumni database should be merged with the McNeese Foundation database to better serve the University and the community."
    • Try to have the best engineering program in the state.
    • Try to move up a tier research-wise
    • Twice a year host a festival and invite public and have art, engineering projects, physics demonstrations, etc.
    • University helping others around us like the community
    • Video game development in DMCS
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Wakeboarding
    • Wakeboarding team
    • We currently give money to girls and boys basketball , the rodeo team, and football program. Both my wife and I are long time members of The Cowboy Club. We enjoy going to the baseball and softball games when time allows.
  6. What ideas do you have about improving McNeese that have not already been mentioned?

    • 1) Have plans to abate all asbestos on campus within the next 7 years. Budget for a systematic removal of all ACM known in all facilities on and off campus. 2) When technology is mentioned most people think of computers and associated hardware/software. An area that is overlooked and very much in need of improvement is mass com. This area is very much behind the times as far as equipment and associated technology. I have had needs to develop training programs for university personnel but do not have the capabilities nor funding to do so. And, mass com has not been able to assist due to inadequate funding and equipment.
    • 12-15 hour disparity between PhD vs non-doctorate faculty has to be addressed (teaching load criteria)
    • A system where the lights turn off automatically
    • A week-long festival centered on or around McNeese that promotes the higher arts and learning of our city
    • Access to more scientific journals in the Library; improvements to Library
    • Accessibility of horse and rider logo
    • Add another day to the week
    • Additional incentives for graduate faculty
    • Additional study areas campus wide
    • Adequate cleaning staff for Kaufman
    • Advertise in SE Texas
    • Advisors should be more involved and encouraging
    • All employees work on customer service skills
    • All faculty need proper office space and functioning equipment
    • Allow high school teachers to apply to register their students for free in order to give them access to the library--hs teachers must bring students to library for introduction
    • Allow staff with dual master's degrees or PhDs to teach classes as adjuncts as part of their normal job functions; Faculty research poster session (greater visibility for faculty success); Continuing education courses for professionals on "fun" topics such as "films in the classroom," "Sciences on television," gaming and education," etc.
    • Always put students first
    • American press-a department each week getting publicity
    • Ancillary careers that are related to football using alumni money donated to football
    • As a faculty member, I live in the McNeese community, and I enjoy it. I grow disappointed, though, when I experience how inefficient some of our processes are and how complicated some simple tasks are (like the process from applying for admission to enrolling the first semester). I STRONGLY recommend roundtable discussions where faculty, staff, and students may express their concerns for situations like these. The strategic planning meetings are not necessarily the appropriate forum.
    • At South Dakota State, no state support is given; it all comes from student fees and contributions; look at the future in how to grow the campus
    • Attract and retain professors that have experiences in American industry and are fluent in English.
    • Avoid bandwagons, buzzwords, and jargon
    • Avoid becoming LSU west
    • Banners series helps to dispel the Ryan Street High idea
    • Beautification of contraband bayou
    • Beautification of contraband bayou
    • Because we aren't quite as competitive with salaries, we have some "inbreeding" we tend to hire our own graduates a lot
    • Become greenest University in Louisiana
    • Believe in ourselves - we are as strong as we want to be
    • Better communication during emergencies (better timing)
    • Better communication during emergencies--use cell phones not just web
    • Better cross-marketing between campus and athletics
    • Better dissemination of information throughout the ranks (not just emergency info)
    • Better improved cross walks. Keep highly educated instructors. Allow community access to indoor pool facilities.
    • Better management and oversight of custodial staff
    • Better opportunities for student work on campus and off
    • Better promotion of EASE program
    • Better quality and dressier "branded clothes" e.g. cardigans, polo shirts
    • Better screening of incoming freshman
    • Better student employment
    • Better student employment pay, based on experience
    • Better student government facilities
    • Better use of student workers
    • Better way for students to be able to pay their tuition; Smith Hall so small; mobile cashiers
    • Between Sale Rd and McNeese on Ryan Street-close it off so it's our campus street (a pedestrian mall; overpass)
    • Bragging points - readily accessible
    • Brand like you brand cattle
    • Bring in visiting speakers from business and industry as adjuncts to familiarize students with problems and information
    • Bring Peer Leaders, Mascot, pizzas, etc. to keep students occupied (one-stop shop for everything)
    • Building a new student center or expanding what we have to be more modern
    • Businesses that will partner with student organizations
    • Camp adventure (program that students go overseas; study abroad like Univ. of Northern Iowa)
    • Campus radio or TV station
    • Caps on clinicals and other successful programs (greater demand)
    • Capture and publish alumni testimonials
    • Care about staff not just students
    • Carry out McNeese's promises to students
    • Change the format for graduation; since we acknowledge all the graduates at graduation, it prohibits us from having a national/keynote speaker; consider recognizing graduates in their individual colleges
    • Class designations should be the same across the state; for example, Geography 200 may be 400-level elsewhere-articulation
    • Classroom instructional IT resources--smartboards, projectors, intranet
    • Clean up
    • Cleaner campus
    • Cleaner restrooms
    • Cleanliness of everything; restrooms, offices, buildings campus, outsource
    • Cleanliness of facilities
    • Coastal research on the Chenier Plain and economic development
    • Coherent signage system throughout campus to guide people-labeling buildings-where and what they are
    • "Collaborate with ULL and Northwestern or even Lamar to provide hybrid graduate degree programs Limited options for master's and doctoral programs in the liberal arts in southwestern Louisiana present a shortcoming to quality of life here for older learners like me. I doubt I'm the only person in the area that wants to be a lifelong learner. I hope that McNeese, working with other, existing programs in the region, can provide more attractive options for me.
    • "
    • Communication
    • Competitive salaries for entry level faculty; current faculty
    • Conduct tours with community members, business owners, etc. Letting people know what is on the campus and happening around the campus
    • Consistency of technology funding for faculty-replacement of machine, etc.
    • Consistent grounds-keeping
    • Consistent upkeep in buildings, facilities and grounds
    • Consolidate all athletic booster clubs into one
    • Constant focus on public relations; get it out there for the community
    • Continually put out good stories about McNeese and what we do for the community--Economic impact
    • Continue community service events on campus
    • Continue renovations--hopefully will stay on track and happen quickly, especially bathrooms
    • Continue this type of dialogue after strategic planning
    • Continued campus beautification projects
    • Continuing education for faculty and staff--admissions process, enrollment procedures, telephone etiquette, Microsoft courses, courses on MSU policy
    • Cooperate with American press to get our own section
    • Cost of living raises; overload pay
    • Course syllabi-university policies made available at least one week prior to classes on a website or automatically loaded onto blackboard-moodle for every course
    • Create a College of Nursing and Allied Health bringing the allied health programs under a common umbrella, expanding health related programs, and offering similar core requirement/prerequisites so students can easily transfer between health/medical programs without losing excessive credits.
    • Create a credit system as the meal plan so that the credits can also be used at local restuarants. More students will be willing to buy meal plan if they can also use the credits around restuarants close to campus. Increase research and degree programs that can utilize the swamp environment of this area. The pool facility is not being used very well. Allow after school programs or swim classes to make use of the pool.
    • Create a culture of town and gown-where everything in the community promotes the university and vice-versa!!!
    • Create a McNeese niche
    • Create a newsletter
    • Create a program (like at UT Austin) for students 6-16 where they preregister, go to classes in different buildings, and get experience with a variety of majors
    • Create an online newsletter
    • Create outreach relationships with LA Works-Unemployment Offices in the 5-parish region
    • Creating a staff-senate (like faculty senate)
    • Creating pride while students to increase alumni connection
    • Credit hour situation-how much work we put on a student-faculty for one credit hour-i.e. how we define credit hour
    • Credit hours for music should better reflect actual workload demands
    • Critical thinking and writing courses for international students
    • Culinary arts program
    • Daily or weekly facebook messages from President and or Provost
    • Database for attendance-electronic sign in-attendance sheet
    • Daycare-managed by nursing and education students for intern credit toward degrees
    • Deciding if it's McNeese or MacNeese
    • Dedicated effort to achieve national recognition (100 best colleges, etc)
    • Department logos
    • Department or program-specific advertisements to highlight their successes
    • Dept. heads have their own parking spot
    • Design a learning curriculum for the gaming industry
    • Designate faculty-staff only restrooms
    • Designated parking for staff
    • Designated smoking areas or enforcement of non-smoking areas
    • Designated time for faculty meetings-training-workshops--no classes during that time
    • Develop a campus master plan for grounds, facilities, signage, vacant property
    • Develop a self-sufficient horticultural system with greenhouses and student labor
    • Develop and implement long term marketing plan
    • Develop and MSU garden group to assist with weeding and maintenance
    • Develop McNeese as an intellectual venue
    • Develop program for senior citizens
    • Different classroom furniture--chairs and tables instead of desks to facilitate group work
    • Directional informational signs on campus and buildings
    • Ditto
    • Diversity initiatives needed
    • Do a Google audit of everything McNeese related--counter all negatives
    • Do a youtube audit for McNeese-related videos
    • Don't change curriculum around the faculty
    • Don't let the tuition get too high
    • Don't study this too long (the mission-strategic plan) just do it
    • Dress code
    • Dress code
    • Driving down Ryan St; Alpha for example, is beautiful; improving the look of campus; first impressions
    • Either improve Freshman Foundations or get rid of it
    • Electronic books
    • Eliminate academic and athletic scholorships for out of state and out of the country students to save taxpayer money which would reduce university costs. Where is the investment going when they leave the state upon graduation? Money saved would help in state students.
    • Eliminate the first week of parking amnesty
    • Emphasize our campus along Ryan Street-to emphasize the campus
    • Employee of the month
    • Encourage all departments to have ties with local businesses and industry
    • Encourage more relations between non-academic departments to share mailing lists or distribute info and promotional activities
    • Encourage production of a video yearbook from student-generated material; encourage student generated media of all kinds; use TASC money to establish editing room and equipment
    • Encouraging networking post-graduation
    • Enforce parking the first week of school
    • Engage faculty across campus socially
    • Enhance McNeese's cultural events to increase its prestige as a University
    • Entertain students at registration
    • Enticing students to come to the 4th floor
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Establish regular window washing schedule for exterior windos, lobby areas, etc
    • Establishing cohort programs
    • Examine our processes to determine if we could streamline anything-reduce red tape
    • Exhibition charity football games vs LSU or the Saints
    • Expand Kirkman hall
    • Expand parking on campus
    • Expand satellite locations for classes in this region
    • Expand student leadership development and multicultural experiences
    • Expand the mailing list for PILLARS. The mailing list should include faculty, staff, donors, alumni AND community members. At present, PILLARS is sent to only 1,800 donors who have contributed $100 or more in the past three years. Lamar State has a distribution of over 50,000 people for their magazine. Appalachian State University's magazine goes to about 35,000 people. It is commonly said that McNeese doesn't "toot its horn" enough and the community doesn't know what goes on here. PILLARS publication is one of many tools that can and should be employed to educate the public.
    • Expand the medical; pre-med program
    • Expanding by attracting nonlocal and international students
    • Expanding leisure learning
    • Expanding the international office
    • Explore staff flex-scheduling (4-day work weeks or Saturday office hours)
    • Extend final exam period so students don't have all on one day
    • Faculty and staff continuing education and training. Freshman Foundation type of course for employees
    • Faculty expansion
    • Faculty input on their schedules
    • Faculty lapel pins
    • Faculty should be present at student orientation
    • FedEx location on campus
    • Financial funding for travel to meetings; conferences
    • Five-year accounting program
    • Five-year education program
    • Floor to ceiling whiteboards
    • Focus retention efforts on first generation students regardless of ACT-SAT-GPA indicators
    • Focusing marketing efforts, materials, advertising squarely on faculty and student achievements; showcasing achievements as a centerpiece of our marketing
    • Follow up to the Freshman Foundations experience with a sophomore experience
    • For every inmate shirt, I would like to see a supervisor shirt
    • Form faculty committees to attend graduation in lieu of 100% mandatory attendance
    • Frasch has a significant area in front on Ryan that could be used for parking
    • Free Wi-Fi on campus
    • Get in touch with those who've dropped out-what went wrong?
    • Get more involved with high schools--what they need to know academically
    • Get more students involved in attending sporting events. When I attended from 1974-1977, many more students attended the major sporting events .
    • Get rid of crosswalk in front of McDonald's
    • Get rid of inmates
    • Getting all the colleges accredited
    • Getting campus addresses into USPS database
    • Getting more of McNeese's name out to surrounding areas
    • Give faculty an extra day for grading, esp finals (time to grade writing enriched course materials)
    • Give out more information about University to high school-prospective students
    • Giving alumni lifetime access to Library online to promote lifelong learning
    • Go green
    • Go into more places and see McNeese shirts and McNeese items
    • Golden Scholars program (alumni)
    • Good customer service
    • Good Faculty advising
    • Graduation at a nicer location with a nationally recognized graduation speaker
    • Graduation attendance
    • Grassroots marketing (ruler with name on it to give out at elementary schools)
    • Great idea for this forum...keep up the good work. Don't be afraid to ask why.
    • Greek life expansion and more Greek housing
    • Grow the endowment
    • Hands-on experience
    • Hard to have meetings on campus (with offsite people) due to parking
    • Hard to navigate website
    • Have a follow-up on strategic planning sessions to update on what progress is being made
    • Have a great fine arts facility and curriculum; take advantage of that
    • Have a identity problem with the surrounding area; getting people to come to McNeese instead of going to LSU or elsewhere; taking our great product for grated
    • Have a presence in Baton Rouge and Washington
    • Have a student speak at commencement
    • Have a true at-risk detection system in place and create a system of support for these students
    • Have an intern at McNeese helping local media know what's going on at McNeese
    • Have brainstorming session in a less "sanitary" place. Open the mind up more.
    • Have healthier food choices around the campus--both on and off campus
    • Have more administrators with the vision, management style, and wide background of Dr. Williams
    • Have professional training for department heads, deans, and administrators
    • Have the students engaged in creating a project they can sell and use it for fundraising (for example, cheese in Wisconsin)
    • Having a central marketing, communication department
    • Having one architectural look for facilities
    • Having our custodial staff late in the day so it's fresh for night students
    • Higher pay for overloads
    • Highlight faculty and where they were educated and continuous education of the faculty and staff
    • Highlight student accomplishments
    • Highlight students and where they go after graduation, which professions they are serving successfully
    • Highlight successful alumni all over the country
    • Highlight the premier programs only available at McNeese
    • Hold all areas to a certain standard of integrity
    • Honoring Sowela's faculty hangtags to facilitate meetings
    • Hotel Management
    • I am always thinking of ideas and I have written grants and I am always willing and able to write more and to do more!
    • I think as a whole this campus looks run down. Landscaping always looks like someone just whacked it off. I think looks instill a sense of pride. I know money is tight but the campus could be improved in small ways that would have an overall greater impact
    • I think we should join the One Book, One Community program.
    • I would like McNeese to continue marketing and promoting itself in the community in every place possible so that parents desire to send their students to MSU. I would like to do whatever it takes to have parents think first of MSU before LSU
    • ID Scanners to track attendance
    • Idea paint
    • If we could be more sensitive-truly aware-of issues and needs of those with disabilities
    • Improve Banner System--student swipe card, updating student contact info, email pdfs to students, register for canceling for graduation, just like class registration
    • Improve customer service in all offices
    • Improve first impression of backside of campus
    • Improve grants accounting process; make forms more logical and easier to use.
    • Improve infirmary through more convenient hours
    • Improve internal communication
    • Improve opportunities for Greek Life
    • Improve our effectiveness in Baton Rouge
    • Improve student experience to make it a true college experience-quad, dorms, library, campus events at night
    • Improve student pride for those students commuting from surrounding areas/small towns
    • Improve traffic flow in and around campus
    • Improved customer service
    • Improving our Freshman Orientation set-up
    • Improving the awareness to students-faculty-community-staff of our student government and its work
    • Increase alumni news by providing updates on alumni job transfers; deaths, marriages, etc.
    • Information signs on each building telling what's inside
    • Innovative Engineering program
    • Institute honor code--become "ethical university"
    • Integrated campus master calendar system
    • Integrated campus master maintenance request tracking and completion system
    • Interactive collaboration with other educational institutions
    • Interdisciplinary programs--esp. among strong application-based disciplines (bus.engineering)
    • International students can't work off campus
    • Intramural facilities
    • Involve students, faculty, and staff in campus community work
    • It is in the best long term interest to have one strong athletic foundation; eliminate all the separate clubs such as Quarterback Club, Petrochem Club, etc.
    • It would be beneficial for you to have one [planning] meeting with people who have NO connection to MSU
    • Join with other international universities
    • Joint online curriculum with other universities
    • Keep alumni actively involved in the school's academic activities - not just the tailgating. Nothing wrong with tailgating but don't let the involvement end there. Excitement is contagious: connect their excitement for athletics to the other areas of the institution and get them ino the real heart of McNeese.
    • Keep Banners forever!
    • Keep Blackboard
    • Keep open ongoing dialogue with all constituencies
    • Keep reforming your leadership culture to have the best instructors (make sure the personal touch is authentic and real)
    • Keep the connection with alumni to McNeese
    • Keeping facilities maintained
    • Keeping the winning tradition
    • Key card access to buildings
    • Landscaping
    • Laptop-technology resource checkout for faculty in case they need to travel, etc
    • Leadership curriculum
    • Leadership speakers
    • Less paperwork; more online forms available
    • Level the old married housing buildings and build an Athletic village--housing, rec, dining--full facilities for athletes
    • Limit students who are readmitted on appeal to 9 - 12 hours
    • Limit withdrawals to three classes
    • Logo with horse and rider on outline of state of Louisiana
    • Look at willmancini.com for ideas about vision
    • Look for innovative creative ways to expand educational instruction using technology
    • Maintain a campus reflective of our pride
    • Maintain strong Greek system
    • Maintain the Quad
    • Maintenance scheduling-certain days for different areas on campus
    • Make career development an integral part of the student experience from prospect to alumni status
    • Make events more family oriented, try to get communities and outer communities more involved. Sorry to say that I don't do much for McNeese, because there is nothing there. Our son is a student there and he says the same things too!
    • Make McNeese the center for international trade, training, etc. for small businesses
    • Make sure phones are answered in every department
    • Make the name McNeese more recognizable nationwide
    • Making Dr. Williams student philosophy contagious to faculty and staff
    • Making our alumni in each city more active/involved
    • Making sure McNeese upgrade the Mass Comm department
    • Making the major boundaries of campus more integrated into the campus
    • Mandatory for professor to use Blackboard-Moodle
    • Marketing, marketing, marketing
    • Mass Comm department has a lot of students and needs more resources
    • Master of Arts in Humanities using existing grad courses in social sciences and history
    • McNeese monorail
    • McNeese should brew their own "micro beer" or make their own cheese- through the appropriate departments- and package it for holiday fund raising.
    • McNeese speakers bureau
    • McNeese spotlight-in paper(s)-all area papers-and on KPLC
    • Meaningful campus jobs for our students
    • Merge all donor names and information into one donor base to increase fundraising reach and improve donor research
    • Merge alumni and foundation databases
    • More accessibility to McNeese items
    • More assistance for research services; particularly with how the money is spent and keeping track of that-accountability; currently many mistakes made and needs to be streamlined better
    • More beautification of student centers
    • More campus events during non-school hours would provide a fuller college experience for students
    • More diversity among faculty and more PhD's. We also need to also decide if we are branding ourselves as a teaching school or a research school. Our tenure requirements make this confusing.
    • More electronic-online--communication with Alumni
    • More facility involvement
    • More forums like this for students
    • More interactive with other cities
    • More leadership and advising in the CALL program. Lower prices of clothing in the book store.
    • More leeway in faculty merit to consider attention to students and for developing programs for them
    • More on-campus employee benefits (food, parking, health services); coupons to be used around town
    • More opportunities for Greek Housing
    • More places to get coffee on campus
    • More recognition to staff and classified workers who impact student success
    • More regular maintenance of classroom technical equipment; be sure it is going to work
    • More research collaboration with other universities
    • More retail products available everywhere
    • More signage on campus; on buildings, in buildings, etc
    • More Sororities
    • More summer teaching pay for faculty
    • More time for faculty to improve, less load
    • More tutors for math and English
    • More uniformity in treating students at all levels
    • More visitor parking
    • Move registration out of Smith Hall
    • Moving the "4th" floor for better visibility
    • MSU staff, administrators need to show up more frequently to build relationships and lend their community resources to the more under-developed areas of SWLA
    • National championship (any sport)
    • National scholar speaker program
    • Need a local access channel and put classes on television
    • Need a major shake-up in thinking of what McNeese is going to do to survive. Right now, the patient is on life support. Neither of us are happy about being so critical of our alma mater, but things need to change quickly.
    • Need an extra day for grading finals
    • Need designated area for big visitor groups to park
    • Need emergency lighting system
    • Need lights on walkway from band hall to auditorium (outside)
    • Need more maintenance (to facilities and lawns) esp around areas where public comes in
    • Need more visitor parking
    • New black slate chalkboards
    • New student union
    • New university police cars
    • Not getting clowded under LSU
    • Notifying professors of the awards received by incoming students
    • Off-campus classes
    • Off-campus location at Ft. Polk for veterans and active duty personnel
    • Offer a class to teach students to be ushers for events
    • Offer incentives to employees when pay increases are not available
    • Offer more higher level degrees
    • Offer more part time positions...
    • Offer political science as a major
    • Offer prize to faculty-staff-student-friend who offers the best quality improvement suggestion each month
    • Office of President facebook page
    • On-campus bank
    • Once a year we have senior games-students need to know about grandma and grandpa on campus
    • One stop shop for all of student needs; registrar, bookstore, police, etc. One big memorial student center
    • Online masters degree program offered
    • On-site daycare for faculty and students; early Childhood could use it as a teaching lab
    • Open courseware
    • Open Rec center earlier than noon
    • Orienting the faculty and staff as to how important it is to make transferring easier
    • Outreach programs (satellite classes)
    • Outsourcing possibilities
    • Paint the town blue and gold--organize former cheerleaders to get the LC community active throughout the sports seasons
    • Parking
    • Parking
    • Parking
    • Parking lot signage
    • Parking on raised structure over the campus bayou
    • Parking passes for football games
    • Parking slots sold by selling names to donors (Lot A)
    • Parking--buy lot across from Kmart
    • Partnerships with foreign universities
    • Partnerships with local businesses
    • Path to citizenship for international students
    • Pedestrian overpasses in several locations
    • Permanent billboards on the approaches into SWLA: I-10, 165, 27, 171. "McNEESE - Excellence With a Personal Touch." Drop the "State" for the official name. Work with the City of Lake Charles to incorporate the logo of McNeese into the new Ryan St. Streetscape. Promote, Promote, Promote. I know there is a budget crunch, however, McNeese needs to market itself.
    • Person should always answer phone in registrar office
    • Petition the city to extend the name Univeristy Drive to cover Ryan St. to Sale Road. It makes sense to have the university on University Drive. Also, Ryan Street High would not make sense anymore.
    • Place to live for international students between terms
    • Plant flowers
    • Post office/mail delivery to departments/pick up
    • Pre-architecture program
    • Preserving the right to worship and support of religious studies.
    • Produce graduates who are in-demand by employers
    • Projects of study for multiple disciplines
    • Promethean boards-use in more places than just in education
    • Promote our relationship with Sowela; we are supportive of each other; sell that out to the community
    • Promoting McNeese should be done in cutting edge vs. Publisher, etc.
    • Promoting student initiatives to the President's executive office
    • Provide another assistant to research services
    • Provide job placement assistance.
    • Provide opportunities for youth (capturing students when they are young)
    • Publicizing good things about the faculty (from both traditional and non-traditional students)
    • Purple buildings
    • Put a gate on Lot A
    • Put in place a non-smoking environment. Not only will it help with numerous health problems associated with smoking, it would be more cost-effective for insurance expenses.
    • Put more people to work on website and give faculty-staff training
    • Putting on our best face all the time
    • Raffle a reserve parking spot
    • Recognition for years of service
    • Recruit the right people
    • Reexamination of course offerings
    • Refresh paper products in the bathroom
    • Refresh the painting of the parking lots to better designate parking areas
    • Registration resource center-cashier, registrar, general-basic studies
    • Regular maintenance of classroom technical equipment
    • Reorganizing, replacing, or removing the McNeese Police Department.
    • Require at least a minimum dress code for employees; no flip flops, no tank tops, no shorts, etc. during working hours. It is not very professional.
    • Reroute the Ryan St. traffic down Common St. to build a better campus; secure campus; safety
    • Restructure MATH 113 to decrease the fail rate
    • Restructure student fees to allow more flexibility with use of fees
    • Review all student fees for appropriateness
    • Roger Miller's Write-on column; pen in his fist
    • Safer street crossings
    • Scholarships and fee waivers for part-time students
    • Secure faculty parking
    • SEED center gives you a foray to have a lot of business activity on campus
    • Sell tobacco and distinct designation of smoking zones
    • Separate the Athletic Foundation from the McNeese Foundation
    • Service learning
    • Shared vision to be undeniably the best university in LA
    • Show more appreciation for classified and staff employees
    • Shuttle bus service from football stadium lot to campus
    • Signage on campus
    • Six slots for 15 minute parking by Smith hall has helped a lot.
    • Size 10 envelope size bragging sheet - updated every 2 months
    • Someone mentioned scholarships...University of Alabama at Birmingham has a link on their website with all possible scholarships, why they were founded and by whom, who would qualify, etc. This would be a great asset in my opinion.
    • Sporting venue centralized on-campus
    • Spread too thin across the board
    • State of the art tech classroom for computer science program
    • Stressing feel good stories
    • Strong student involvement on campus
    • Stronger appeal to non-alumni to get them involved - the community as a whole
    • Student access to technology--ID access to rooms
    • Student chapter of AFP
    • Student exit interviews-surveys for gaining information about ways to improve
    • Student involvement in faculty retreats
    • Student resource room
    • Students should be treated well
    • Study abroad
    • Support all activities that bring citizens on campus
    • Take advantage of fun-loving quality of our local people and blend it into a passion for excellence
    • Take the "I Am McNeese' campaign a step further by picking a project that staff/faculty/student workers could give monetary donations that would equal up to one day's salary. They may could receive a blue t-shirt with the 'I Am McNeese' logo that would signify their participation in the project. This could work somewhat like the brick campaign for the entrance plaza.
    • Take the bugs out of the light fixtures
    • Tastefully landscape in front of the auditorium to increase parking
    • Teach every student in every major a little about what it takes for a business to be profitable (improves their job skills)
    • Teach faculty members to erase the blackboard after class
    • Teach more critical thinking and true emphasis in writing
    • Teach the metric system
    • Teaching responsible journalism
    • Teaching students that there are multiple ways of looking at issues
    • Team travel; cards that can track all expenses
    • Tear every building down and rebuild with southern architecture
    • Technology equipment needs to be adequate and functioning properly and maintained regularly
    • Technology, lunch money, dorms
    • Temperature control in SFAA on Sundays to protect pianos and other instruments
    • The improvements to the campus and student housing since Rita were great improvements and should be expanded as possible. The campus is looking so much better. We think the band program has shown great improvement in the last two or three years and hope that continues. The recent fieldhouse improvement has added a great deal of status to the imagine. All of these improvements will pay off in additional enrollment and a better image.
    • The Mass Communications department certainly needs to be improved (needs a new professor, needs new production equipment, and more). It does NOT need to be overlooked or neglected. These students are an important product of the university and they matter.

    • The McNeese MCOM department desperately needs another professor to help out.
    • There's not a good handicapped parking for this building (SFAA)-designating a faculty spot for that would not be a good solution, but a better spot should be found
    • Thermostats in all rooms
    • Ticket on rainy days
    • Timing our hiring better (faculty in particular)
    • Train all faculty to at least cursorily recognize learning styles and disabilities and work more effectively with students
    • Trash cans for new field house in front lobby. Correct paper towels for all restrooms in field house
    • Travel support for faculty to attend-participate in conferences
    • Travel van with big logo for golf teams
    • Treat each college as a strategic business unit and create profit-sharing based on performance standards designed to reach university goals; give each college autonomy to reach goals
    • Tuition should return to less that $100 per full time semester. Big dollars keep out students that would pay more taxes if they had more education.
    • Two level bookstore
    • University to establish itself for an annual symposium on ______; create a national academic presence
    • Updating our desks in classrooms
    • Upgrade cameras in the art department
    • Upgrade of key facilities
    • Up-to-date equipment
    • Use social media such as Facebook
    • Use students to do custodial work
    • Using the academy of management resources to do that annual symposium
    • Visa card with McNeese logo
    • Visibility of campus
    • Visitors parking that could raise money such as LSU, purchase so many minutes of the hour
    • Warm, fuzzy, feel good stories rather than just facts
    • We can't compete with LSU so we should accept it
    • We need more space
    • Web-based classes
    • Whiteboards that don't hang over blackboards
    • Wide variety of night classes
    • Work as hard as you can and make the students work even harder to learn subjects, and learn to learn. Streamline and optimize the cirriculum.
    • Work on the website; some things hard to find; should be able to find someone's phone number easily; or email; calendar for year; update for changes in a timely manner; old policies still listed