Eastern President David Glassman is set to give the university’s annual State of the University Address 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dvorak Concert Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.
According to a press release from the university, the address will cover topics such as the university’s FY18 budget, enrollment and recruitment trends and strategies, some organizational and individual accomplishments over the past year, an update on the ongoing vitalization project and the university’s plans on moving forward with initiatives from its Pathway to Success campaign.
At Glassman’s state of the university speech from last year, he first announced the vitalization project, which tasked nine workgroups with analyzing different areas on campus to see which could be given more resources, which programs were stable, which needed to work out a plan to become more efficient and which could be deleted or outsourced.
Glassman’s 2015 speech was where he first outlined his “Pathway to Success” campaign. According to an article in The Daily Eastern News, in his speech, he said to achieve the Pathway, the university needs to be able to make changes in their operations and procedures and become flexible to an adapting environment.
“We must urgently explore altering our existing programs when appropriate, as well as developing new programs,” Glassman said. “In order for us to plan our university’s future, we must realistically define our optimal enrollment size given current demographics, market-place competition, and our own interests in financial sustainability.”
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