We will provide a more detailed progress report on campus projects identified in the August Senate report within the next week to 10 days. As a few illustrations, we have issued a request for proposals for consultants to assist with the development of a university wide strategic plan; consultants have had one visit and will return this week prior to a report reviewing current enrollment management strategies; the foundation board has concluded a retreat concerning strategies for developing support for university initiatives; the resources council has met to begin the process of developing institutional need case statements (which we will the review with Senate membership) -- present conversations focus on chair support, student scholarship support, program support grants and endowments, and some capital support. An RFP is also being prepared for consultation on marketing/imaging for Clayton State. This RFP was developed by the Image Council, whose membership was expanded (in consultation with Provost Crafton) to reflect a larger number of university faculty in the membership. In each of these projects, the Senate will clearly be consulted at various times during the review process.
Regent visits left them impressed with the faculty with whom they met, remarking on the level of dedication and commitment to student success. In each instance, there were discussions about the need to continue our institutional commitment and “intentionality” to increase and improve retention rates and graduation rates.
No new information on budget beyond previous information discussed is available at this time. There is a greater likelihood of moving to the 8% reduction plan (already shared with the senate during the first round of budget reductions).
All campuses report some challenges with ADP implementation -- thanks to all of you for your patience with this system software implementation
We are happy to attempt to answer any questions you might have