Southeast Invited to Participate in AASCU, Microsoft, EDUCAUSE Conference

 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 20, 2004 – Southeast Missouri State University was among just 12 campuses in the country invited to participate this summer in a conference focused on how member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities can best serve a changing student body.

The conference was developed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Microsoft Corporation and EDUCAUSE, and was held at the University of Central Florida.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said that, over the past decade, changes have occurred across several dimensions, with perhaps the most far-reaching and difficult one to predict being information technology. The conference offered senior leaders the opportunity to consider how they can respond to these changing expectations and new technologies.

Team members representing Southeast at the conference were Dobbins, Dr. Jane Stephens, provost; Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management; and John Weber, assistant vice president for information technology.

Dobbins said a white paper outlining the conference results is being developed and will be forwarded to the presidents and chief academic officers of all of AASCU’s more than 400 institutions.

Costs of the conference were covered by Microsoft Corporation.