Working groups aim to make academic, financial improvements for university

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 3:45 PM

On Jan. 23, Edinboro University President H. Fred Walker held a training session for the three working groups on campus, which are currently conducting a “thorough review of university operations, finances and academic programs,” according to a statement from Walker.

“You cannot do work like this with all of these different communities without bringing into play virtually everybody that’s a part of this constituent group,” Walker said.

The working groups are currently working in phase one of a two phase project. Phase one is the collection and analysis of data, including enrollment numbers and finances. Phase two is the SCOT analysis (Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, Threats), which will reflect the data that is gathered and analyzed in phase one.

Eventually, Edinboro will send this data to a consulting firm to analyze the results. Once that is complete, Walker plans to bring the community back together and discuss with the working groups how the university should proceed from there.

Walker said, “Now the question becomes what specific choices take into account all the different interests that are going to be here, and how do you pick the best path for the university?”

He continued: “My wife and I would never have come here if we were not optimistic that there’s a bright future. Now the work we’ve got to do is significant, but there is a bright future here.”

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