University update outlines important projects

Commerce – A number of major projects and updates at Texas A&M University-Commerce were discussed during the first of a series of university community updates for the fall.

President Dan Jones and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Mary Hendrix addressed faculty, staff and students Thursday, covering a number of items, including the implementation of a four day week for students.

What the university refers to as an accommodating schedule is aimed at being responsive to the needs of an increasingly complex and diverse student body,

The complexity and diversity of A&M-Commerce students is based on a number of factors that include the amount who commute to class from more than 50 miles away and the percentage of those who work part time or full time jobs, in addition to having a heavy class load.

The accommodating schedule is being pursued based on the results of a recent survey issued to both faculty and students.

Also addressed during Thursday's gathering, an update of three major goals put forth by Dr. Jones during the fall faculty and staff meeting last month. They include the implementation of a Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, Budget Review and Development Council, and Service Excellence Task Force.

All of Dr. Jones and Dr. Hendrix's comments, as well as a lengthy question and answer session with A&M-Commerce Deans can be heard in its entirety Saturday at 2 p.m. on KETR.

This first of a series of university community updates will also soon be available on our website under our podcasts link on the KETR homepage.