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From the President's Desk - Blog

The Myth of "Wasteful Duplication"

April 7, 2015

Upon my arrival in Louisiana during the summer of 2010, I was surprised—in fact somewhat amazed—to hear a few influential folks claim that there were “too many colleges and universities in Louisiana” and that a clustering of universities in one geographic location amounted to “wasteful duplication.”  Perhaps my amazement resulted from my having grown up in North Carolina, where a forward-looking governor in the early 1960s had obtained legislative approval to establish the now-famous Research Triangle Park to take advantage of the geographic proximity of the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and N. C. State University.  To those unfamiliar with the region, those three universities are located in cities that form a triangle in the geographic center of the state. 
           
In addition to those three major research universities, there are at least seven additional teaching universities and community colleges clustered within the 30-mile radius of the Research Triangle, yet never once did I hear anyone opine that the region had “too many colleges and universities.”  When I was growing up, North Carolina was a poor state just like Louisiana.  Why, I find m

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 4

(September 19, 2014)

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

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

To see part three on cultivating a McNeese brand that embraces a culture of innovation, click here.

As I wrap up this blog series on our strategic planning goals I can't help but think of how McNeese has been transformed over the last 75 years from a junior college made up of three buildings to one of the finest regional universities in the south.  As the years have passed, McNeese has expanded both academically and physically.   The expansion and improvement of our physical plant brings us to a discussion of our fourth and final goal: to cultivate a physical environment that promotes a spirit of innovation.

Since 2000, campus construction or renovation projects totaling more than $117 million have been completed and over $72 million in projects are currently in various phases of funding, design, bidding or construction.&

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 3

(September 5, 2014)

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

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

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

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

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 2

(August 27, 2014)

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

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

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

McNeese Strategic Plan Update - Part 1

(August 19, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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