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									Strengths of UNC Asheville (generally internal to the University)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Staff--hardworking, dedicated Fast growing region Community atmosphere; people know each other Faculty Faculty care for students and alumni Campus community's willingness to help and engage with others Dedication of staff and faculty Size of campus and class size One-on-one relationships (staff/faculty/students) Geographic location--mountains Research potential for undergraduates We have a developing culture of inclusion Innovation, "non-stagnation", "growth without expansion" Quality of students we attract Happy staff Student affairs--quality of education outside of classroom Strong academic departments Very talented and dedicated faculty and staff, wonderful students Small size enables better interaction Internal cooperation rather than competition Liberal arts focus Location and natural resources of the area Campus size enables us to know each other Faculty and staff genuinely like working with students Support from ITS We live the liberal arts tradition with our students Undergraduate research We are here because we want to be here--size, approach, communication, interaction Mission--liberal arts enables other strengths (quality of students, interaction) Resourcefulness--we do more with less Unique personality of the institution and the students we attract Opportunities for learning we create for our students inside and outside the classroom Eclectic nature of Asheville (including us) I love my job--this is the best place that I've ever worked We need to continue recent improvements in atmosphere and transparency There has been great improvement in the last 16 months

Weaknesses of UNC Asheville (generally internal to the University)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Most underfunded institution imaginable Student retention rates are too low Lack of diversity (more pronounced in particular disciplines) Funding Inability to carry projects to completion--we have lots of ideas but need more follow-through Funding Need a "one-stop shop" for registration, admissions, financial aid, etc.--central location Communication across campus about projects (both to update the campus and to avoid replication) Funding, esp. for scholarships Paranoia among some staff and faculty Awkward size: we are in-between small and large, sometimes with the worst of both Lack of communication Funding for building maintenance and upkeep Communication about who is responsible for what area. Who do I call? Funding--"we do so much with so little for so long" Need more flexibility about policies and procedures Need to articulate clearly what it means to be a public liberal arts institution (to students, faculty, community) Funding Lack of diversity in faculty, students and staff Very lean institution--funding Diversity in student body Need to be more proactive about 21st century technologies in infrastructure and classroom Mission is not well understood by students, families, faculty, staff (identity crisis) Efficiency--we could use our personnel dollars more wisely We are now working with students in groups rather than as individuals, sometimes inappropriately Lack of planning for future technologies Lack of connectedness to Asheville and WNC community Getting to know new people--need a facebook and a place for people to get together informally We no longer know each other as individuals Funding--contributes to these other weaknesses Facilities, esp. for those who work in older buildings Funding Funding, esp. staff salaries Diversity in students and faculty "Culture of no conflict" makes it difficult to have open conversations Confusion about ILS program; we need more training Could enhance the bridge between academics and learning outside of the classroom Awkward size; if we lose one person in a division, there is no backup How do we compete for funding when we don't grow (in a growth-oriented environment)? Funding

Opportunities for UNC Asheville (generally external to the University)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 New people moving to Asheville--different from the historical population Technology could enable us to get by with a smaller staff Mentoring for new employees--to learn about the university and its mission; improves morale Grants enable us to do more, but limited by space To get more involved with the local community and their concerns People know Asheville and want to live here; we should tap their uniqueness LSIC courses could be proactive about citizenship and community; cocurricular education; survival skills Be an environmental role model for the region (transportation, landscaping, diet choices)--need an Environmental Director Build on health and wellness program to eliminate cigarette smoke outside of buildings Opportunities to lead in the community and use our knowledge and commitment To lead in progressive areas (domestic partner benefits, employee student tuition, etc.) Change and disequilibrium give us a change to be intentional about where we're going

Threats for UNC Asheville (generally external to the University)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 As students are more academically credentialed, we lose our nontraditional student body Lack of funding is a threat to our mission and size Lack of affordable housing in Asheville makes recruitment difficult Other universities offer liberal arts education online--what is our value-added? We need to keep our mission in mind as we consider new initiatives in programs or procedures We need to adequately fund the programs that we have before we start new ones Don't lose sight of who we are and what our strengths are Make sure that we protect university resources, esp. land and environment

Feedback on University Values draft
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Learning is the most important value Engaged citizenship must be present We are weak on trust (with each other) (or have been in the past) If you don't have trust and integrity, none of the others can happen "learning for every community member" feels insipid and meaningless The values need to be acted upon rather than merely stated Student learning is paramount We need to be sure that we understand the meaning of "diversity" Creativity in thinking, planning, and processing is easily lost but is foundational Creativity and trust are closely related Integrity can't be forgotten--it implies that we all pull our own weight Integrity also implies that we are accountable We need to help students, faculty, and staff together--everyone needs to be kept in mind. Never lose sight of small student/faculty ratio as foundational for student learning experiences

Feedback on Strategic Planning Process
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Keep the campus voice in the process--it's been great so far We need to be patient to carry through strategic planning before passing judgment Keep the process inclusive and allow time for it to be complete This process has made me excited about the future of the institution This process leads us toward being a bigger family and community I hope that some concrete positives come from these meetings Thanks for a creative and empowering process

What is the most important thing we could do with $100,000?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 Chancellor: Adjust compensation for lowest-paid staff Chancellor: Scholarships for underfunded students Fleet of bicycles to be checked out for transportation Hire a star fundraiser Physical plant and housekeeping Fund faculty and staff retention through housing assistance, etc. Buy time to allow faculty and staff to think and be creative Do something that affects morale as a whole--day care, etc. Salary inequities Use it to generate more--seed money Salary inequities, esp. for longer-term employees Hire a star fundraiser Scholarships for underfunded students Updated websites for marketing purposes Technological updating Scholarships Salaries Parking Salaries and scholarships Scholarships for graduates from Asheville City Schools Updated technologies consistent with what is used in the working world Partner with Asheville and Buncombe County to increase enrollment from the local community Student assistance Stock more medical supplies on-campus so students don’t have to go off-campus to a pharmacy Scholarships Boost morale immediately through staff salaries Mentoring program with the community Parties and gatherings to know each other better Celebrate our accomplishments Hire a star fundraiser Get legislators to understand our mission and uniqueness Summer grant program (need-based) pairing students with faculty on research projects Campus technology Technology refresh (desktops, labs) Scholarships Benefits for part-time employees (partial) Adjust salary inequities Instruction for faculty in classroom technologies Repair HVAC in all older buildings Ceiling fans for efficiency and comfort Summer programs for high school students (esp. from underfunded schools)

What would we do with a billion dollars?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Fund every student with one semester abroad Target hiring of star faculty and staff Replace all of our outdated technology to have wireless in all buildings and laptops for all students and employees One-stop calendar and reservation program Scholarships for all students who are succeeding academically Professional development Travel and study abroad for staff and faculty Populate the Broadway corridor to connect us with downtown All food organic and trans-fat free Fine Arts facilities, perhaps as part of Broadway corridor undergraduate research for everyone upgrade recording studios (and other studios) Endowment to fund all of the things that we want to do over time Renovate and repair every existing building State-of-the-art child care facility Fund all of those experiences that we believe our students need to have Fine arts, performing arts, and civic center making Asheville the cultural center for the region Build green buildings New tools and equipment, transportation, stockpile materials Salary inequities, then buildings, then scholarships, and go from there Tuition-free campus (makes fundraising easier) Offer all employees free and better health care benefits Build buildings with a "wow!" factor to match other buildings in the region--architectural distinctiveness Arts center Employee health center Fine and performing arts center One building with admissions, financial aid, registrar, business office, etc., in on place with a parking garage BIG FAT RAISE New residence halls Funding student and faculty travel to conferences A technology coordinator and planner Buy a rainforest refuge for preservation and research Rebuild the campus completely to enable self-sufficiency in energy as a model for others Buy the Biltmore Estate and start over--a whole new campus All offices private, well-ventilated, with natural light Commons area in all buildings International experience for all Increase the faculty size but not the student body Provide textbooks for all students Build a primary health care facility on campus to serve students, faculty, and staff Money and time for professional development for faculty and staff alike Salaries and benefits for faculty and staff (including leave and other professional development) Hire enough faculty to have a 2-2 load Conference center with professional staff Pub on-campus Endowment Endowment; 2-2 teaching load; reduce class size Buy buildings in Asheville and the area to get UNCA into the community


								
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