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Faculty accepts Strategic Long Range Plan
After nearly two years of
debate, discussion, and revi
sion, the Guilford faculty
approved President Kent
Chabotar's five-year Strategic
Long Range Plan (SLRP) for
the college on Sept. 22.
The document consists of
two parts, a 44-page formal
plan proposal and a 63-page
appendix of supplemental
data consisting of information
ranging from the plan's fiscal
workings to what high school
students look for in a college.
Chabotar said this supple
mental data is what keeps the
plan "tethered to the ground."
Two major areas of concern
remain: increasing the size of
the college to 3300 students,
Petty crime: How a little becomes a lot
It's pretty easy to just go in a
dorm and take a mattress if you
need it," said a student who asked to
remain anonymous. According to many
students, minor criminal acts on campus
However, members of the Guilford staff
have a different perspective. Theft signifi
cantly drains time and resources.
Between Aug. 15 - 31, the college
experienced a rash of thefts. "In some
ways, this has been the worst year ever,"
said Nancy Semones, Director of
Conferences and Events. "We replaced a
mattress eight times in one room in a
That is an expense of SBOO, more than
half the cost of the unlimited meal plan
all for one bed.
While one mattress costs SIOO, multi
ple thefts by different people cost
Guilford thousands of dollars yearly
(exact figures pending an official report
by Public Safety).
"Guilford is not so affluent that it
Volume 91, Issue 6
and focusing academics on
principled problem solving.
During a faculty discussion,
psychology professor Richie
Zweigenhaft expressed con
cern over whether Guilford
could maintain a sense of
community while adding 800
"The college is going to be
a different place," Zweigenhaft
said. "We are making a funda
"Issues of class size and
student faculty ratio are para
mount," Randy Doss, Vice
President for Enrollment and
Campus Life, replied. "Thirty
three hundred students is still
a very small college national
The SLRP dictates that the
student-faculty ratio remain at
16 to 1 and that the average
class size never grow larger
than 20 students.
o^ 9 theft onTam- Taleisha Bowen/g ' 1 "
pus. The $40,000 worth Frequent targets of furniture theft include the
of equipment stolen from Commons and Boren Lounge of Founders hall
Bryan Jr. auditorium last summer is far stolen furniture.
more costly than the expense of replac- The problem goes beyond students
ing over 30 new tables and chairs, such and money.
as those that were removed from King "It's not the administration you are pun
hall in one day this year. ishing, it's the people who are doing their
However, even these less severe thefts menial labor jobs," said employee and
have a tangible impact on the student former student Jack Hilley, scene shop
body. Semones is forced to delay replac- foreman.
ing little things like ping-pong balls and "When you have to scrounge to find
larger items like furniture in dorm
lounges due to the expense of restoring Continued on Page 2
The other major concern
among the faculty involves the
concept of principled problem
solving, defined in the plan as
"students in courses and
teams using their talents and
life experiences with faculty
guidance to address real
The search for solutions
"will be driven by the
College's core values and
Quaker testimonies," accord
ing to the SLRP.
What this means is students
will work together with each
other and faculty members to
solve real world problems.
An example of principled
problem-solving could involve
a local public high school with
a struggling music depart
ment. Education studies
majors could examine the
detrimental effects of poor
music funding; business stu-
September 24, 2004
dents could propose grants
and find additional funding;
and music majors could
implement the program and
serve as tutors for the high
Dean for Continuing
Education and Business pro
fessor Bill Stevens said that
the best part of the long-range
plan is that it is "focuses on
outcomes after graduation."
Chair of the Theatre Studies
Department Jack Zerbe
agreed when he said the plan
would give students several
helpful skills for life after grad
uation such as the ability to
recognize and solve prob
"It brings into focus institu
tional identity," Zerbe said. He
then stated that the plan gives
a degree from Guilford "some-
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