Aug. 23, 2012
Northwest marks beginning of academic year with employee meeting, focus on student retention
Northwest Missouri State University employees formally kicked off the 2012-2013 academic year Wednesday morning with their fall All-Employee Meeting, which helped set the University’s course for the year and welcomed back a group of alumni who shared their stories about the impact Northwest has had on them.
While addressing the institution’s 700-plus employees, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski reflected on his first three years as the University’s lead administrator, during which Northwest has experienced record enrollments and an increase in institutional scholarships. Northwest also has completed several course and curriculum redesigns in addition to a series of capital improvement projects in the B.D. Owens Library, Wells Hall and the Horace Mann Laboratory School.
Jasinski also referenced Northwest’s recent reorganization plan that realigned its academic departments from 19 departments to 11 and the Higher Learning Commission’s reaffirmation of Northwest’s accreditation for seven more years with no required follow-up actions.
Jasinski said the University is moving forward in a positive direction and added he is as excited for the new academic year as he’s ever been during his presidency. Jasinski said he is focused on boosting awareness of the quality education Northwest provides, and employees learned of the institution’s enhanced focus on student retention.
“Through 108 years, the constants have been our focus on student success and our focus on being a player in Maryville, in Nodaway County, the northwest region, state and nation,” Jasinski said. “We’re positioned to do some things differently than other institutions because of what we’ve done the last several years.”
Each of the former students expressed gratitude for the opportunities Northwest afforded them and acknowledged the faculty and staff who helped them succeed.
Beason, a Hopkins native who transferred to Northwest from an out-of-state university, found her footing in Northwest’s interactive digital media program in addition to multiple student organizations and campus internships. Today she is a digital analyst at the Kansas City-based marketing and advertising agency VML.
“I couldn’t get over the availability and the quality of the professors and the curriculum, not to mention the campus, which was meticulously groomed and maintained,” Beason told the crowd. “Northwest provided me more opportunities than I ever could have imagined. My organizations, my study abroad trip to Italy, two internships, on campus employment and my curriculum enriched my college experience to its fullest extent.”
About 1,300 freshmen and 300 transfer students moved on to the campus Thursday and will participate in activities throughout the weekend known as Advantage, an annual orientation program designed to help first-year students get acquainted with other students and Northwest. Fall classes begin at the University Monday, Aug. 27.
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