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Administrators, faculty to discuss innovation in higher education in roundtable discussion

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Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:12

Sam Houston State University administrators will discuss aspects of creating an innovative university with faculty and staff in the third President and Provost Roundtable Discussion of the semester today in the Lowman Student Center.

The discussion will focus on topics such as incorporating innovation into the university’s core values, aspects of an efficient university and ways to achieve it.

This roundtable comes after dissention arose among faculty members and administrators during the first roundtable discussion in September, which focused on applying customer service principles in higher education to be innovative.

Faculty members voiced their challenges with balancing innovation with budgeting issues, communication between departments and defining roles for faculty and students.

According to SHSU President Dana Gibson, the roundtable discussions are important in shaping university goals and expectations for the strategic plan.

"These roundtables were important last year because we heard a lot of discussion on several different topics," Gibson said. "…It helped drive those vision and value statements [in university goals]."

The last Roundtable Discussion: An Entrepreneurial University II will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in LSC Room 320.

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