Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ vision for Appalachian State University
At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.
- Appalachian’s identity is built on the university’s tradition. Since inception, the university has had one vision – putting students first by providing access to a quality education.
- Conceived by the Dougherty brothers over a century ago, this vision has been built upon by each successive chancellor. Chancellor Everts honors this tradition by working with the entire Appalachian Community to continue building upon Appalachian’s distinctive identity and core values.
- From her earliest days at Appalachian, Chancellor Everts has stated the vision for the university is defined by the Appalachian Community. She sees it as her responsibility to facilitate this vision and help the community move forward.
- Chancellor Everts continues to find opportunities to hear the needs of faculty, staff and students, and develop ways in which to facilitate support for the critical work of our institution of higher learning.
- In the 2015 fall faculty staff meeting, Chancellor Everts laid out her vision for how she could support the larger university vision moving forward. Provost Kruger spent his first year facilitating discussions for continued input into the vision and future of Appalachian. This practice of transparency and inclusion is critical to our success as an institution, and will continue.
- As a community, Appalachian has articulated a vision for the future: inspired by the ideal of sustainable community, we seek to deliver the Southeast’s best comprehensive, progressive education. Our stellar faculty and staff prepare students to lead purposeful lives as engaged citizens. We do the important work of realizing this vision every day, through discussions that take place in groups large and small, public and private.
News to Share
Some of the recent milestones we’d like to share that reflect this vision are:
- This year for the first time ever, Appalachian’s six-year graduation rate topped 70 per cent.
- Our first-to-second-year retention rate is 86 percent. African-American retention rates are higher than university's average.
- Chancellor Everts and her leadership team allocated more than $2 million from renovation and restoration and carry-forward funding to upgrade the old Presbyterian Church, which the university took possession of more than six years ago. It will now be called Howard Street Hall and house two, new, 80-seat classrooms and 21 faculty offices. Additionally, PanHellenic Hall will house a new fermentation sciences facility.
- Chancellor Everts and Provost Kruger allocated 14 new tenure-track faculty positions. These positions are critical because of slow yet steady enrollment growth, which has averaged 1.5 percent since 2008.
- Appalachian increased merit-based financial aid for students by $500,000 this year, which represents a 33 percent increase.
- Chancellor Everts has prioritized merit pay raises for the past two years. Faculty will see another raise in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
- In 2016, the diversity of the first-year class reached an all-time high of 15.2 percent. Historically underrepresented students now make up 14 percent of the total student population.
- Chancellor Everts’ commitment to budget transparency and responsible resource allocation led to the university’s first-ever public budget presentations, held in spring 2016.