While Appalachian struggles with budgetary cuts and many faculty and staff are fatigued, we must be resilient and creative in making sure that this is accomplished as the “potential benefits of global interdependence are extraordinary.
I envision an exciting future with opportunities for entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University as we continue to emphasize and build programs focused on global opportunities, cross-disciplinary collaboration, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, industry engagement and experiential learning.
Appalachian is a truly comprehensive university offering a diversity of majors. We should remember we are not just consumer-oriented purveyors of siloed knowledge. A rigorous higher education provides an inquiry-based experiential journey through which students develop not only a major discipline but also a robust and extensive worldview.
Comments from employers on how Appalachian graduates stack up
September 17, 2013
Employers endorse the concept of a liberal education. 74% would recommend the concept of a liberal education to their own child or a young person they know. Liberal education is similar to the liberal arts tradition; however, it is geared even more toward empowering students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in the 21st century.
Under the guidance of the University of North Carolina’s strategic plan for 2013-18, we are developing a strategic plan that will guide the institution’s vision, mission and service to the people of North Carolina. We want to continue along a progressive path, which improves the student experience and creates an educated citizenry. Our students represent our future, and we believe the strategic plan will serve as the roadmap for continued excellence.
Appalachian also provides a stabilizing influence on the regional economy. While no region is immune to economic downturns, the university’s presence provides a buffer to recessionary pressures and a platform for economic recovery and growth.
We at the university hope to prepare students for life by empowering them to navigate the ever-shifting economic and social landscapes. An increasingly high-tech and global economy makes job market shifts a certainty, and that means one’s first job after graduation is only the first hurdle in what promises to be a lifetime of career changes, continuing education and geographic moves.
Hope is a word donors Ronny and Patsy Turner use often when they talk about Appalachian State University and their daughter Nicki. Hope was high for them when they moved her into a residence hall in fall 1988, with the dreams so many parents have for their child’s bright future. And hope for others drives their desire to give today.
Dr. Marty Meznar thinks so and believes the world is our classroom.
August 9, 2013
Is it possible to assign value to a four-year education? We all have to make decisions about how to invest our limited funds. We all need food, shelter, clothing, transportation and have a host of other financial obligations. A college education is in a different category of expenses; it is discretionary. Potential students, and often their parents, must decide if the cost of college is a good investment.
Appalachian State University has educated generations of students in the liberal arts tradition. What does this mean for our graduates, who likely do not learn the same skills acquired in a trade school or technical college? How does this kind of education prepare our graduates for success in the job market and in life?
Creativity, sacrifice and determination make the difference
July 31, 2013
The headlines stir anxiety on an almost weekly basis: “Sticker Shock,” “College affordability is a struggle as state aid drops, tuition rises” and “Students battle college costs, one paycheck at a time.” There is no doubt the cost of earning a college degree can be daunting for students and their families. Tuition, fees, room and board, book rental fees and incidentals quickly add up.
Total student loan debt outstanding exceeded credit card debt in 2010 and auto loan debt in 2011, and reached the $1 trillion mark in 2012. While these milestones are impressive, it is more important to consider the impact of student loan debt on individual borrowers.