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2012 President's Report - page 2

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Academic Excellence - How will MSU develop, deliver and maintain superior academic programs?

  • Morehead State received reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • The College of Education received full accreditation by NCATE in April 2012 with the next scheduled visit in 2018.
  • Space science faculty, staff and students delivered a Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite for launch with NASA.
  • The social work, music and theatre programs were reaccredited by their respective accrediting bodies.
  • A new arts administration minor was created to serve students pursuing degrees in any arts related field or interested in administrative work in the arts.
  • The newly developed Bachelor of Arts in Music (Traditional Music) degree was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, making it the only NASM accredited program of its kind.
  • The faculty in the School of Business Administration redesigned the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with new courses in leadership development, entrepreneurship/innovation, international business and ethics.

Student Success - How will support services fulfill student academic and co-curricular needs?

  • MSU opened a new Veterans Resource Center in Breckinridge Hall.
  • The MSU Chamber Singers won the gold medal in the Mixed Chamber Choirs Open Competition of the World Choir Games, held in Cincinnati.
  • During 2011-12, overall tutoring increased 76 percent from 2010-11 reflecting an additional 991 student tutoring sessions.
  • Eagle Athletics was awarded the 2011-12 OVC Institutional Academic Achievement Award, a league record 12th time.
  • The institution established a Sexual Assault Response Team at a regional university. 
  • MSU departments collaborated to create the Road Map to Student Success, a step-by-step checklist, taking students from applying to MSU through degree completion and graduation.
  • The University enrolled 122 international students and has multiple agreements with institutions in China, Costa Rica and Brazil.

Productive Partnerships - How will we utilize partnerships to benefit the people, communities and economy within the MSU service region?

  • Following the tornadoes that hit areas within the service region on March 2, the Center for Regional Engagement led the campus and community in disaster relief efforts on weekends and daily throughout spring break. Each day, between 50 and140 volunteers left campus on relief trips providing 5,800 hours of service. 
  • The Kentucky Folk Art Center brought arts educational outreach programming to more than 9,200 students in 17 counties across Kentucky. 
  • MSU’s Small Business Development Center, through offices in Ashland, Morehead, Paintsville and Pikeville, counseled 250 clients during the past year in its 25-county service region, assisted with 21 new business start-ups, and helped clients receive more than $7 million in business loans.
  • Nine teams competed in the third annual Kentucky Space Movie Project, which introduces high school and middle school students to careers in astronomy, applied engineering, computer sciences, satellite telecommunications, physics and astrophysics. The project is a partnership between MSU’s 21st Century Education Enterprise, Center for Regional Engagement and Kentucky Dataseam.

Improved Infrastructure - How will we effectively manage human, capital and fiscal resources?

  • Operational efficiencies were gained in reorganizations in the Division of Student Life in the areas of Student Activities, Inclusion & Leadership Development and University Center & Conference Services.
  • MSU has completed the $5 million renovation of East Mignon residence hall, the fourth project in the University’s Comprehensive Housing Master Plan.
  • Construction has been completed on the $3 million renovation of the new home for the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
  • Planning for an intramural field on the site adjacent to the athletics complex has been finished. Construction will begin in November 2012.

Resource Enhancement - How will we maximize public and private revenue opportunities?

  • Alumni participation in annual giving rose to 8 percent, the highest ever for MSU.
  • The Little Foundation provided a $2.5 million grant to support music, theatre and dance at Morehead State and the communities the University serves.
  • MSU entered into a contract with Siemen’s Inc. to conduct a $9.7 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance study on campus.
  • The comprehensive campaign reached $20 million in the silent phase.

Enrollment and Retention - How will we reach optimal student enrollment and retention goals?

  • MSU had its largest total head count in history last fall when 10,971 students enrolled on campus, online, at its regional campuses and at 38 area high schools participating in the “Early College” program.
  • SOAR attendance for advertised programs totaled 1,827 students.
  • The Class of 2016 is the largest freshman class in the history of Morehead State with more than 1,650 first-time, full-time students.
  • While the size of the freshman class grew, the academic profile also improved. The average ACT composite score for this year’s freshman class is 22.1, up from 21.8 last year.

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