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September 7, 2006

September 7, 2006

AQIP Steering Committee Meeting - UC Mississippi Room

In Attendance: Rick Althaus, Jim Ermatinger, Christina Frazier, Allen Gathman, Adam Hanna, Dennis Holt, Crystal Kaufman, Carolyn Rainey, Bruce Skinner, David Starrett, Jane Stephens

Absent: Christopher Davis and Susan Swartwout

Recorder: Christie Renner

Strategy Forum

Provost Stephens stated to the committee that 12 individuals will be attending the AQIP Strategy Forum in November, including President Dobbins, Regent Gail Rosmarin, Provost Stephens, Dennis Holt, and 8 steering committee members representing the faculty and staff. One faculty steering committee member has been asked to serve as an alternate.

Strategy Forum Homework

The committee discussed the strategy for completing the homework that is to be submitted approximately a month before the Strategy Forum. The committee decided to brainstorm and then have the writing sub-committee (Frazier, Starrett, and Swartwout) draft answers to the questions for President Dobbins and the committee’s review. The AQIP Steering Committee will meet with President Dobbins prior to finalizing the homework. It was also suggested to send out a draft of the committee’s brainstorming ideas to the homework questions to the constituent groups (e.g., Faculty Senate, CTS Council, Professional Staff Council) for their input.

Below is brainstorming ideas from the committee on Part A of the homework.

Completing Your Strategy for Action Workbook

A. Your Present (suggested length: three pages) constitutes a brief descriptive sketch of your institution. The information in this section will help others understand who you are and what makes your institution distinctive. Respond to each of the 8 items in a sentence or two, or a few bullets.

1.Distinctive organizational features. Briefly describe what makes your college or university distinctive or unique. Is your organization not-for-profit or for-profit, private or publicly controlled, and which group governs it? What features of your history, values, or culture make your organization distinctive – different from other colleges and universities? How does your organizational mission and vision differ from those of other higher education institutions?

  • Larger service area
  • Struggling Liberal Arts college and also providing vocational access
  • Moderately selective
  • Competing
  • Regional, moderate selection
  • 25 counties are larger than 7 or 9 states
  • Offering “community college access at regional centers”
  • 4-year institution with 25 county area
  • Servicing the rural Bootheel area and metropolitan St. Louis area - Diverse (urban and rural)
  • Serving the State of Missouri
  • 1st generation students
  • Non-traditional students
  • History of being data driven
  • History of assessment
  • Economic Development in region
  • General Education

2.Scope of educational offerings. What is the scope of your educational offerings? How many different degree programs do you offer? What significant non-credit or non-degree programs or activities do you provide? What are the sizes and locations of your major operations (e.g., branch campuses, distance diversity, etc.)?

  • Associate Degrees to Educational Specialist and Cooperative PhD
  • Continuing Education
  • Regional Professional Development Center

3.Students. Describe your students. What is your student base (levels: full- vs. part-time; residential, commuter, or virtual)? What is your enrollment (FTE and headcount)? What student groups or populations (e.g., by academic goals, age, religion, sex) do you specifically target?

  • Dr. Holt can provide information
  • Regional Centers – Some students don’t meet institution requirements

4.Collaborative or partnership arrangements. List the three most important collaborative or partnership arrangements that exist between your institution and other organizations (businesses, foundations, agencies, other colleges and universities, K-12 schools and school districts, union and bargaining units, etc.).

  • Public Schools
  • Local hospitals and Social Service organizations (community agencies)
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • University Foundation
  • Missouri Research Corporation
  • NASA
  • Community Colleges (MAC)
  • City of Cape Girardeau

5.Faculty and staff. Describe the significant characteristics of your faculty and staff (number, types, full- and part-time status, educational level, and bargaining units).

  • Christina Frazier/Dennis Holt can provide information
  • Include CTS staff who have achieved CPS/CAP certification (education level)
  • Teamsters/Operating Engineers

6.Three operational environment requirements. List three important requirements of your operational environment (regulatory constraints, required specialized accreditations, health or safety requirements, financial rules, essential equipment, etc.) that constrain or limit your actions.

  • Information Technology (infrastructure)
  • Facilities (Physical Plant, older building maintenance)
  • Accreditation – commitment to specialized accreditations

7.Three important competitors. Identify three organizations that are now or might become important competitors with your organization in providing services to students and other stakeholders, and explain in what areas each competes with you.

  • Missouri State (public)
  • William Woods University (private)
  • Three Rivers Community College (community college)


  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Murray State – Kentucky
  • University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou)
  • Truman

8.Three important opportunities and three critical vulnerabilities. Identify up to three of your institution’s most important opportunities (e.g., “we could approach the local secondary schools and form a collaborative effort to get students to succeed in both school and college” or “we could get control of expenses and be proactive rather than reactive when the next economic downturn occurs”). Then identify up to three of your institution’s most critical vulnerabilities (e.g., “we’ve already cut everyone across-the-board 15% and another budget cut from the state would make it impossible for some divisions to continue to operate” or “our falling enrollment trend, if it continues, will precipitate major layoffs” or “most of our administrators are in their 60’s and their retirement will remove valuable institutional knowledge and experience”).

a. Opportunities

        • Strategic Enrollment Management
        • River Campus
        • Regional Centers
        • Online
        • Technological Process (online, wireless, Banner)
        • Research Park and Innovation Center – economic development
        • Career Linkages
        • Alumni Association
        • University Foundation

b. Vulnerabilities

  • **Marketing strategy
  • Budget constraints
  • Faculty & staff recruitment (maintaining quality Faculty and Staff due to salary and benefits)
  • Maintaining competitive institution

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be scheduled sometime the week of September 11 – 15. The committee will brainstorm on Part B of the homework.


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701