Provost Update Sept. 14, 2018

09/14/2018

 
Provost Update
September 14, 2018
 
 
As a follow up to a suggestion by the University Council Communication Committee, here is another update so that all faculty, chairs/directors and deans have the same information on matters of importance to our academic mission. If anyone has other areas that might be addressed in future communications, please email them to provost@uakron.edu for consideration. View previous Provost Updates here.
 
 
TAGS recognition
 
Chancellor John Carey recently wrote:   
 
“We thank you for your support and the work of your institutional faculty members, who continue to assist us with transfer course and program reviews. Faculty involvement and panel participation help facilitate progress and implementation of statewide initiatives. Their guidance and valuable knowledge of subject matter continue to strengthen courses and programs for the students and citizens of Ohio. 
 
As of fall 2018, we have roughly 105 faculty panels with more than 1,010 faculty serving on individual panels statewide. Many faculty volunteer their time and services on multiple panels. Your institutional contributions in faculty course and program review are an integral part of Ohio’s efforts to provide students with quality, affordable postsecondary education opportunities that also assist with reaching Ohio’s 2025 attainment goals.”
 
We are pleased to recognize and thank the following faculty for their work in these very important initiatives:
 
Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) Faculty Panel Members:
 

FIRST

LAST

PANEL

OATN PANEL AREA

Ann

Usher

TAG – Music

TAG

C. Michele

Turner

TAG – Chemistry General

TAG

Christopher

Hoot

TAG – Fine Arts

TAG

Craig

Menzemer

TAG – Engineering

TAG

Dennis

Ragins

TAG – Fire Science

TAG

Dimitria

Gatzia

TAG – Philosophy

TAG

Elizabeth

DuWaldt

TAG – Business

TAG

Heather

Walter

TAG – Communication Studies

TAG

Janette

Dill

TAG – Sociology

TAG

John

Matejkovic

TAG – Business

TAG

John

Peck

TAG – Geology

TAG

Kumiko

Tomita

TAG – Japanese

TAG

Lynn

Kline

TAG – Education

TAG

Marcia

Belcher

TAG – E. Tech Civil/ Construction

TAG

Matthew

Wyszynski

TAG – Spanish

TAG

Michael

Nelson

TAG – Economics

TAG

Michael

Shott

TAG – Anthropology

TAG

Pei-Yang

Liu

TAG – Dietetics

TAG

Scott

Dilling

TAG – E. Tech Mech/ Manufacturing

TAG

Tim

McCarragher

TAG – Social Work

TAG

 
Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) Faculty Panel Members:
 

FIRST

LAST

PANEL

OATN PANEL AREA

Irina

Chernikova

OTM – Math

OTM

James

Sperling

OTM – Social Sciences/ TAG – Political Science

OTM and TAG

Robert Joel

Duff

OTM – Natural Sciences

OTM

 
Career Transfer Assurance Guide (CTAG) Faculty Panel Members:
 

FIRST

LAST

Panels

Panel 2

OATN
Panel Area

Francis

Broadway

Introduction to Education Panel Member

 

CTAG

Enoch

Damson

Programming Panel Member

 

CTAG

Sabine

Gerhardt

Early Childhood Education Development Panel Member

 

CTAG

Dennis

Ragins

Emergency Medical Services Panel Lead

Fire Science Technology Panel Lead

CTAG

 
Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTP) Faculty Panel Members:
 

FIRST

LAST

PANEL

OATN PANEL AREA

Alfred

Daviso

Education

OGTP

Christin

Seher

Health Sciences

OGTP

Christine

Graor

Health Sciences

OGTP

Dennis

Ragins

Public Safety

OGTP

Heather

Walter

Communications

OGTP

Marcia

Belcher

Engineering Technology

OGTP

Mary

Verstraete

Engineering Science

OGTP

Nancy

Marion

Public Safety

OGTP

Paul

Levy

Social and Behavioral Sciences

OGTP

Stephen

Weeks

Math and Science

OGTP

Susan

Hanlon

Business

OGTP

Tim

McCarragher

Social Work

OGTP

 
Secondary-Career Transfer Alignment Initiative (SCTAI) Faculty Panel Members:
 

FIRST

LAST

PANELS

OATN PANEL AREA

Craig

Wise

Construction Technology

SCTAI Development Team

Jim

Slowiak

Performing Arts

SCTAI Development Team

Susan

Ramlo

Renewable Energy

SCTAI Development Team

William

Fiala

Health Information Management; Medical Terminology

SCTAI Development Team

 
 
Enrollment
 
As you probably know, our enrollment projections for fall 2018 were accurate.  This is due in part to our full implementation of our undergraduate admissions rule. We need to work together to improve student retention and to continue to recruit new students in order to stabilize our enrollment in the future.
 
 
Five-Star events
 
The web calendar makes it easy for students to see what’s scheduled each Friday during fall semester. We will also promote events on social media and elsewhere. We want students to have time to plan their schedules to get the most out of every Friday this fall.
 
We will send a special edition of Zipmail each Wednesday to all students to highlight some of the upcoming Five-Star Friday activities. If you haven’t yet submitted your Five-Star Friday activities to the web calendar, or need to add more, we invite you to do so - be sure to select "Five-Star Fridays in the last question "Submit to Calendar" dropdown.
 
 
Applied Bachelor’s Degree in Management Accounting
 
The Ohio Department of Higher Education reviewed the second round of RFI submissions from the five community colleges to offer applied bachelor’s degree programs. UA (with Kent State) opposed Stark State College’s (SSC) proposal of a bachelor degree in Management Accounting; Dr. Susan Hanlon, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, testified in Columbus; as well, every business dean in Ohio signed a letter of opposition.
 
Basis of opposition:
  • Duplication of existing programs (11 in Northeast Ohio)
  • Market assessment was inaccurate 
  • Body of knowledge and academic rigor

View additional information.

Even though we disagree with SSC on this one issue, we are actively collaborating on many new initiatives with them, including a dual enrollment/dual admission agreement. Together, our two institutions will be able to provide even better educational opportunities for the citizens of Northeast Ohio.

 
Interdisciplinary Council

Summary: Work of the Interdisciplinary Council 2017-2018 involved:

  • Putting together the Interdisciplinary Council (IDC)
  • One semester of biweekly meetings
  • Information provided to Deans on RTP including interdisciplinary activities
  • Development of initial version of information to advisors
  • Collection of information on combining and cross listing
  • Reviewing SCH and faculty load for interdisciplinary activities
  • Initial work on communication materials

Attached find a more detailed report of the initial year of Interdisciplinary Council here and a report to Advisors here

 
Academic Issues and Student Success Reports to the Board of Trustees

Here are the reports that were presented to the Academic Issues and Student Success Committee of the Board on August 15, 2018: 

 
Rules Committee Reports to the Board of Trustees 

  1. O.A.C. 3359-24-01 - Bylaws of the graduate faculty.
    The proposed revisions to the rule have been recommended and approved by Faculty Senate. The revisions expand the categories of membership to the graduate faculty from two to three. The revisions also expand and clarify the membership criteria for each graduate faculty category, the duration of membership, and the scholarly performance necessary to maintain membership in a category.
     
  2. O.A.C. 3359-60-06.2 - Graduate student standards; and
     
  3. O.A.C. 3359-60-06.4 - Doctoral degree requirements.
    The proposed revisions to these two rules were recommended and approved by the Faculty Senate. The revisions to these two rules modify what constitutes full-time enrollment for doctoral students who are in their final semester of study and have only to complete their dissertation, and, for international students, who have only to complete curricular practical training. Going forward, these students, who have completed all required courses, will be required to enroll only for one academic credit, in order to maintain their student status as they complete their non-course requirements. These revisions make the University's academic registration practice more consistent with that of other institutions of higher education.
     
  4. O.A.C. 3359-43-01 - Constitution.
    John Messina, Vice President for Student Affairs, and members of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) are recommending the revisions to this rule to clarify the recusal obligation for members of the judicial branch, and to further detail meeting process and the reasons for executive session during Undergraduate Student Government meetings.
 
 
Institute for Teaching and Learning
 
The Institute for Teaching and Learning supports faculty by focusing on improving teaching and enhancing student learning. ITL offers workshops, information sessions, and training related to professional development, general education, student learning assessment, course design and development, and implementation of technology to enhance teaching. View additional information.