At a city corridor assembly Thursday evening to debate Georgia Southern College’s strategic plan, Leandro de la Torriente raved concerning the 62+ program, which provides free lessons for college students age 62 and older.
“To me it’s a beautiful alternative as a result of what else would I do, sit on the sofa and watch TV? Neglect it,” he mentioned.
On the sparsely attended assembly, which was the final of seven city corridor conferences the college held this month to encourage options and suggestions from the general public, Julie Gerbsch, government director of growth and co-chair of the college’s strategic planning committee, listed the 5 pillars the college intends to concentrate on: fairness, range and inclusion; operational effectiveness and sustainability; group engagement; scholar success; and instructing and analysis.
Gerbsch mentioned as a part of the method, some members of the strategic planning committee reviewed the strategic plans of Georgia Southern College’s “aspirational” peer group of universities in different elements of the nation, corresponding to Western Michigan College, Kansas State College, East Carolina College, Illinois State College and Southern Illinois College.
“What we’ve been doing is studying all of these strategic plans,” Gerbsch mentioned. “It’s been very informative to suppose via what are the problems and targets they’re tackling.”
Gary Johnson requested how a lot influence the Board of Regents has had on the strategic planning course of to this point. “Aren’t they form of controlling what universities inside the state do so far as analysis?” he requested.
Gerbsch replied the College System of Georgia does set sure targets, however the strategic planning committee has acquired “zero suggestions immediately from the Board of Regents on this. I feel their expectation is that they’ve employed a president to run the college and the messaging we get goes to return from Dr. Marrero.“
The Board of Regents named Kyle Marrero the brand new president of Georgia Southern College on Jan. 17, the Savannah Morning Information reported. He begins April 1.
When Gerbsch requested individuals, “What does scholar success imply to you?,” Johnson replied, “Getting college students graduated and serving to them get a job they wish to pursue.”
Torriente recommended the college broaden its distance-learning program. “Lengthy-distance studying is the best approach for college students to study,” he mentioned.
To assist appeal to college students all in favour of attending faculty in Savannah, one other participant advisable the Armstrong campus be known as the Savannah campus as a result of college students from out of state gained’t know the place Armstrong is.
Johnson mentioned the college ought to do a greater job of selling itself. “I’m unsure folks in Savannah comprehend it’s 25,000 college students now and it’s a Carnegie College,” he mentioned.
Georgia Southern’s fall enrollment was 26,408, down four p.c from 27,459 in fall 2017, in keeping with the Board of Regents’ fall 2018 semester enrollment report.
The Carnegie Classification of Establishments of Increased Training ranked Georgia Southern an “R2” college in December 2018. That is the second-highest classification for analysis universities, in keeping with info on Georgia Southern’s web site. The rating is set partly by the quantity spent on analysis, and Georgia Southern spent about $17.5 million in analysis final yr, the college mentioned. The variety of doctoral levels awarded is also an element within the rating.