Accreditation Visits/Reports coming in AY 2016-17
• NAEYC – Seeking reaccreditation for Human Environmental Studies (University School for Young Children) – visit: May 16-June 3, 2016.
• ACEJMC – Seeking reaccreditation for Mass Media (BS Mass Communication) – visit: October 9-12, 2016.
• CIDA – Seeking initial accreditation for Human Environment Studies (BS Human Env. Studies: Interior Design) – visit: November 12-15, 2016.
• NASAD - Seeking initial accreditation for Art (BA art, BFA Visual Arts) – visit: Spring 2017.
• ACS – next 5-year report due in AY 17 for Chemistry (BS Chemistry: ACS Certified Biochemistry, BS Chemistry: ACS Certified Chemistry, BS Chemistry: ACS Certified DNA Analysis, BS Chemistry: ACS Certified Forensic Chemistry.
Collaborations with Colleges (beyond supporting Dean's individual college goals):
• Work with HHS Dean to create a financially sustainable plan for the university childcare centers.
• Work with COLA Dean to secure funding for opening of the new downtown media center.
• Work with HCOB Dean toward implementation of Business Experiential Lab.
• Work with HCOB Dean to explore and possibly implement splitting the Department of Management and Marketing.
• Work with COE Dean for marketing "Redhawk" online student-teacher management system.
• Work with COE Dean to establish a full-time Associate Dean.
• Work with COSTA Dean to identify funding and hire a Department Chair in Computer Science.
• Work with COSTA Dean to create and/or implement the following new degree programs:
Academic Affairs/Provost Office:
• Continue working with Institutional Research refining program/department retention data.
• Lead discussions with Deans for using retention data to improve program/department retention as the University progresses toward an 80% freshman to sophomore retention rate.
• Work with Academic Advising to establish a "master advisor" program and faculty credential.
• Complete an initiative for every department to review tenure, promotion, and annual merit guidelines.
• Standardize and streamline the cyclical program review process, including the use of external reviewers for non-accredited programs.
• Enhance, implement, and standardize the annual program assessment process continuing to work for a culture of continuous improvement.
• Collaborate with the University Studies Council to review and revise the University Studies Program.
• Expand and continue implementing the Entrepreneurship initiative across Academic Affairs.
• Create and implement an internal grant program supporting student research with faculty mentors.
• Investigate additional resources for promoting and expanding the faculty sabbatical program.
• Pursue and implement plan to reorganize Provost's Office operations, including the addition of two Associate Provost positions.
• Continue working with Enrollment Management and Student Success to organize, publicize, and implement international study abroad and faculty exchange agreements.
• Work with Deans to envision academic program partnerships with universities in Central America and the Caribbean (i.e. Cuba, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico).
• Initiate, search, and successfully hire new Dean for the Harrison College of Business.
• Contract with and begin using Hanover Research for collecting and reporting benchmark data and best practices among peer institutions.