Update from Appalachian State University

Friday, February 2, 2024

This afternoon, we held a well-attended Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting in the Grandview Ballroom on the Boone campus, with a livestream viewed by many of our Hickory faculty and staff in the Hickory campus library. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Heather Norris shared key findings from the University of North Carolina System’s Return on Investment study; proposed UNC System policy manual updates related to the Foundations of American Democracy project discussed at last week’s UNC System Board of Governors meeting; plans for collaboration with the UNC System’s Project Kitty Hawk; ongoing work with the NC Innovation initiative; and an update on our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation process that is underway.

Members of the Academic Affairs leadership team also provided information on the Academic Programming Strategic Plan, Student Success initiatives, the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Strategic Plan and the institutional Quality Enhancement Plan. Additionally, Associate Vice Chancellor Nick Katers provided an update on academic facilities construction and renovations.

For those who were unable to attend, I hope you will read the full remarks by Provost Norris and her Academic Affairs leadership team. I would like to highlight some key accomplishments from the academic colleges that Provost Norris included in her remarks:

Yesterday, App State was proud to host the Watauga Leadership Challenge class — part of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce’s Watauga Leadership Institute — which is designed to develop informed and educated leaders in our community. I am pleased our university can be a part of this important program that builds partnerships and engages leaders throughout the High Country.

Thank you all for making App State a premier public undergraduate institution.

Sheri Everts