We awoke this morning in middle Georgia to the real first feel of Autumn. Typically, at MGA we measure this seasonal change and the end of the first quarter in three ways: academically, operationally, and personally.
As we continue our focus on the imperatives of our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, “Elevating Middle Georgia,” we turn our attention to Building Shared Culture. Our shared culture is one of learning. As we prioritize learning, we strengthen the core of who we are and what we offer this region. This past week I was struck Continue reading
As students prepare for midterm exams and projects, how are we each “owning” our responsibility to support their success? As they look ahead toward the next semester, how are we each “owning” our duty to help them make wise choices? With more than 80% of our graduates remaining in Middle Georgia after graduation, the investment of time and energy we make in our students results in success not only for each of them, but for all of us in this region. Thank you for keeping that in mind and our students’ success at heart as we reach the midpoint of our Fall semester!
In the coming years we must rigorously apply this principle of intentionality in knowing what purpose we are addressing with every student we recruit, retain, and graduate here at Middle Georgia State.
Today is the first step on a journey for many of our students, reminding me of that Chinese proverb that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. I hope this day’s step for our students is a happy and joyful one too, and I congratulate you on being there with them as they take this first step or continue back on the pathway of learning
Since I published my last blog, three important enrollment initiatives have occurred. Last weekend many of us met on our Cochran, Eastman, and Macon campuses to welcome hundreds of students and their guests to our first ever fully-fledged Open Houses. I thank the many staff and faculty who did an amazing job, with many of our Facilities staff even coming in at 5 am that morning. For several weeks many of us prepared for this occasion, and it was clearly a great success.
As the new fiscal year gets under way, we engage in a summer tradition—preparing for the start of the academic year. On Friday, August 4, we will hold our fourth Convocation for faculty and staff, our third as a university.
The USG recently announced a Comprehensive Administrative Review. We look forward to sharing the amazing transformation that has made MGA a model of lean operations. Learn more here.
We have received approval from the SACS Commission on Colleges to begin admitting students into our first face-to-face graduate program, the Master of Science in Management (MSM) offered by our School of Business. Learn more about our continued expansion here.
Volume of enrollment is a critical economic fact that impacts us mightily. John F. Kennedy once described himself as “an idealist without illusions.” When it comes to projections for our enrollment and financial future, let us operate from that same place of realistic and optimistic striving. Read more here!