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the external environment to professional and career performance, and the changing expectations for the education of 21st century students.

Among the principal findings, these are some of the most noteworthy:

  • Political barriers are disappearing as the world evolves toward efficient markets that reward quality and service at the lowest price;

  • World population is aging and there is a growing and significant shortage of knowledge workers;

  • Career opportunities are being created but students are being educated for “obsolete” jobs;

  • Technology literacy is fast becoming a career competitive advantage;

  • Multicultural skills including language proficiency will be in high demand;

  • Written and oral communication skills will be critical ingredients of success;

  • Creative problem solving and leadership skills will be highly sought attributes;

  • Continuing education and lifelong learning will be essential to personal well being and professional success;

  • Collaboration, networking and team building are replacing hierarchical, top down leadership qualities.

In higher education there is a proliferation of news that has accelerated during 2007 that describes how colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, comprehensive research and liberal arts teaching, are developing strategies and making resource commitments to meet the educational demands of globalization. Some of this information was also widely distributed among those who have been involved with the strategic planning process thus far.

Comment 9: Thank You

Thank you Rick, Scott, Jerry and others who have taken the time to comment on the Strategic Planning Process! I find it refreshing to serve on a university board where we can have an open dialogue about the issues and opportunities we face going forward. We have so many positive things going for us at UIU and they are a President who has a passion for the universities customers both internal and external, a BOT's that are passionate about this university and are willing to make tough decisions (we are listening) and a faculty and staff that are the cornerstone of this university, just to name a few. Betty (my lovely wife) and I have held several discussions with students over the past year and the one common theme discussed is how much the faculty and staff cared about their well-being and education.

Betty and I have been involved in the planning process from the beginning and we have learned so much about our university because the students, faculty and staff were willing to share their thoughts and ideas. Keep in mind there is no strategic plan until one is

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