Daily Archives: July 2, 2013
By Guy McClure
Who are we? It is an introspective question that one might ask when on a quest of self-discovery. It is also a question an institution must ask when defining itself in a constantly changing environment. In the 191-year history of Athens State University we have been many things to many constituents, but whether that is an alma mater, a community resource, or an educational touchstone, we each have a personal connection to Athens State that is uniquely ours.The first step in defining ourselves is to do just that – establish a definition. Athens State is an upper-division, two-year educational institution, one of only a handful of such schools in the world. The problem is there is no word or phrase that adequately paints a mental picture of what this means. The other problem is that this causes our colleagues, constituents, and even our neighbors to not clearly understand our purpose.