Update from Appalachian State University

Friday, March 8, 2024

As we come to the midpoint of the spring semester, App State is preparing for a visit from delegates from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges the week of March 18. This visit is a part of our reaffirmation process.

During the delegation’s visit, members of the on-site reaffirmation committee will meet with App State leadership and conduct a focused evaluation of the university, including our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — which is an integral component of our ongoing comprehensive planning. The QEP reflects our commitment to enhance overall institutional quality, by prioritizing an issue for improved student learning outcomes and success.

App State’s new QEP, prepared with input from faculty and staff from every academic department and college and led by Dr. Shea Tuberty, QEP director, and Laura England, QEP associate director, is titled “Pathways to Resilience” and is focused on advancing the university’s position as a leader in local, regional and global engagement in climate resilience. This QEP ties into the university’s 2022–27 strategic plan and will prepare students across all disciplines to be career-ready when they graduate, strengthening their ability to envision and implement positive action in their professions and communities.

On Wednesday, App State held its 11th annual iBackAPP Day. More than 2,000 Mountaineers united to show their App State pride and celebrate the many facets of our university that make it so special — and together, we raised more than $1.8 million in support of our students, faculty and staff. We were excited to celebrate with events on our Boone and Hickory campuses, as well as gatherings hosted by alumni chapters across the country. Thank you to everyone who participated by wearing your black and gold, making gifts and sharing your App State stories. Your generous iBackAPP contributions will make lasting and powerful differences for our students, faculty and staff.

This week both our men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to compete in the 2024 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament. It’s been an exciting year for both programs, with more excitement to come as both teams compete in the quarterfinals, beginning today. Congratulations to our women’s team for their victory over Georgia State on Wednesday, and a big congratulations, also, to our men’s basketball head coach, Dustin Kerns, for being selected as the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. Mountaineers continue arriving in Pensacola, and I look forward to seeing the Black and Gold in the stands!

As we head into Spring Break, I hope our students and faculty will enjoy a break from the classroom. Whether you’re working, traveling, spending time with friends or family, or enjoying some Mountaineers basketball, I wish everyone a great week as we cross the halfway point in the semester.

Sheri Everts