Photos: ASU EDUCATION & RETENTION SUMMIT 2014
This week, members of the ASU leadership team engaged in a Retention and Education Summit to help chart a course through the changing environment in higher education. One of our facilitators, Dr. Stephen Portch, referred to the “seismic changes” that have occurred in higher education in the last few years to describe the changing face of education. Many of the public historically black colleges and universities like Albany State are the ones most affected by these changes. A recent article posted on Highered.com detailed the challenges faced by our institutions including reductions in state and federal funding and enrollment declines. The summit also allowed us to identify additional topics such as the standards for accreditation and the proliferation of online programs.
Today, Albany State University has to reposition itself to address these challenges head on. We must reframe our lens to ensure that we are the best in recruitment, retention and the graduation of students. Our senior administrators have done an excellent job in identifying strategies to address challenges, but it will take each and every person on campus to bring them all to fruition. I encourage you to talk with your division head to seek details about our new plans and to chart your own individual plan that will support our efforts to succeed. Together, we can have a seismic wave of success!