Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

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Environmental Scan Open Forums and University Environmental Scan Update

On behalf of the University Environmental Scan Team*, I would like to provide some information on the environmental scanning process. The goal of conducting university and planning unit scans is to identify the trends that we believe are most likely to influence our continued progress over the next six years. 

Open Forums

Please note that open forums on the draft University Environmental Scan Report will be held as follows:

Members of the university community are encouraged to read the draft report (available by clicking here, OAK ID and password required) and attend one of the forums to participate in a discussion of trends that the university and its units will face in the course of the next six years.  The University Environmental Scan Team needs your assistance in ensuring that the most significant trends are identified.   

Planning Unit Scans

Planning units were asked to conduct environmental scans for their areas.  Drafts of those scans are now available by clicking here (OAK ID and password required).

On Sept. 16, the leaders of Administrative Senate, Chairs and Directors Council, Classified Senate, Faculty Senate, Graduate Student Senate and Student Senate were sent a copy of the draft University Environmental Scan Report.

On Sept. 21, the University Environmental Scan Team met with the leaders of the constituent groups and members of their executive committees to receive initial feedback on the draft report and answer questions about the process. On the same day, the draft report was placed on the University Environmental Scan blog.

Constituent leaders were asked to consult with their membership and forward input to the scan team by the end of September. That input was collected and reviewed by the scan team in early October. An addendum containing constituent feedback has been added to the draft report. 

*University Environmental Scan Team:  Pam Benoit (Chair), Executive Vice President and Provost; Terry Conry, Associate Vice President, Finance and Administration; Ralph DiCaprio, Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences; Rich Greenlee, Dean, Eastern Campus; Christine Knisely, Athens community member and retired College of Osteopathic Medicine staff member; Randy Leite, Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions; Joe McLaughlin, Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor, English; Kent Smith, Vice President, Student Affairs; and Scott Titsworth, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Studies. Ex Officio: David Descutner, Executive Vice Provost and Ann Fidler, Executive Associate Provost.