Magis: Always Seeking Excellence
"Our students chose this place, the unique learning environment that is the University of Scranton. We have a responsibility to raise the bar."
~ Dr. Vincent Carilli, Vice President for Student Affairs
In 2010-11, the Division of Student Affairs completed an intensive review and update to its divisional tactical plan. This new plan, which will guide the work of the division and its departments for the next several years, is structured around a series of student learning outcomes within five key areas of student development: practical competence, cognitive and interpersonal mastery, character and identity development, civic literacy and engagement, and collaborative excellence. This new and innovative plan, along with the realignment of the division's administrative structure to the Office of the Provost, creates a tighter connection between what students learn both in the classroom and outside of it. Click here to view the model.
Academic planning and assessment is providing renewed focus and vigor to Scranton's learning environment. Each of the three undergraduate colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, and the Panuska College of Professional Studies - the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, and the Weinberg Memorial Library - have all developed new strategic plans. These plans help guide their support of the University's strategic plan and identify means for continuous improvement and focused growth. With the establishment of the new position of Director of Assessment and Accreditation within the College of Arts and Sciences, each of the undergraduate colleges have a position dedicated to student learning assessment support.
In 2010, several academic and administrative offices worked together through the University's newly-created Internship Task Force. The Task Force, coordinated by the division of Student Affairs, the group clarified the definitions and requirements of various types of experiential activities.
In 2010, the number of internships completed by students in the College of Arts and Sciences increased by 12%. In the Kania School of Management 36 students completed an internship and 128 took part in the college's mentoring program; the college's ten-week internship program in accounting continues to offer an outstanding learning opportunity for students, and as a model for the development for other academic programs. In the Panuska College of Professional Studies, emphasis on experiential learning opportunities continues to grow though practicum, internship, traineeship, and other learning applications. Over 485 such opportunities were completed in the 2010-11 year by PCPS students. The College of Graduate and Continuing Education has developed a comprehensive guide to support mentoring opportunities for graduate students. The guide outlines a philosophy and vision for mentoring at the graduate level, the College's role in the mentoring process, effective mentoring practices, and guidelines for establishing partnerships for successful mentoring.
The Office of Alumni and Public Relations has developed initiatives through several alumni groups - including the President's Alumni Liaisons, The Medical Alumni Council, the Council of Alumni Lawyers, and Beyond the Commons to cultivate mentoring opportunities for Scranton students. The Office has developed its own internship program to offer students learning opportunities in news & media relations, social media, marketing communications, and conference and events services.
In addition to creating opportunities for Scranton students to be mentored, opportunities for students to be mentors themselves are also expanding. This past year, the Office of Career Services partnered with the University's Community Outreach Office to secure a grant of $14,000 to assist underserved local students with career related issues; eight University students were trained to serve as career mentors as part of this program.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The University has a long history of cultivating students of exceptional ability who go on to achieve prestigious scholarships. In 2010-11, six Scranton students were awarded Fulbright Fellowships, two were named Goldwater Scholars, and one was named a Truman Scholar. The University hosted four Fulbright language teaching assistants from the nations of Japan, China, France, and Argentina in its Department of World Languages and Cultures, and three visiting Fulbright fellows from China. And, the University's Assistant Director of Career Services, Betty Rozelle, earned and Administrative Fulbright Award to study the delivery of career services within the German system of Higher Education.
The scholarship activities of our faculty continue to be a hallmark of excellence. Helping to support these activities, over $40,000 in research funding was distributed through the University's Provost Office in 2010-11. External grant activity in support of improved programming, new research, and educational support grew by leaps and bounds this past year, with over $1.3 million dollars in funding awarded to University faculty. Some grant highlights:
- $40,000 Confucius Institute Teaching grant to support instruction in the Mandarin Chinese Language Program, a new joint program between the University and the local Abington Heights School District.
- $2.8 million in federal funding to fund the creation of new laser technology through a joint venture of the University's Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering and SCHOTT, a local glass manufacturer.
- $29,344 in funding to support advanced education nursing traineeships, and $21, 498 to support the University's Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program with the Wyoming Valley Health Care System.
- $132,000 from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation to expand faculty within the University's Nursing program.
- $39,995 to fund scholarship in international healthcare management education
- $99,000 to improve equipment for nursing and allied health care programs, a joint venture of the University's Occupational Therapy and Exercise Science programs.
Over the past year, the University has been carefully examining the living and learning components of the freshman experience. Following extensive review by University faculty and academic and student services leadership, a new freshman seminar has been developed, which will be piloted in fall 2011. The new program is designed to welcome freshman fully into the academic life of the University, introducing them to our Ignatian heritage and mission, with a focus on Jesuit pedagogy involving context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation.
In July 2010, the University joined with the region's Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) to offer a dual degree of Doctor of Medicine and Health Administration (MD-MHA). This program provides a host of academic opportunities for Scranton and TCMC students, and will also help to serve the growing demands for primary medical care in our region through residencies with local health care facilities. In 2010, fourteen research faculty at TCMC were provided adjunct faculty status at the University to further develop collaborative relationships between our institutions and grow professional mentoring relationships between TCMC faculty and Scranton students.
In 2001, the University offered a new Entrepreneurship minor in the Kania School of Management. In conjunction with this academic program and the University's Small Business Development Center, the University's Women's Business Center opened this past year. The Center offer undergraduate internship opportunities to serve as consultants to small businesses in the area and to women clients seeking to open businesses of their own. The Panuska College of Professional Studies has introduced a LPN to BS degree in nursing. University students can now explore three new academic concentrations: Community Health Education, Peace and Justice, and an interdisciplinary concentration in Asian Studies became fully operational in fall 2011. In its first year, the Asian Studies program has offered 36 courses, and has served 850 students. The program has served to introduce a number of cultural fora and events to campus, including performances of the Taiwan Bangi Opera Company in April 2011.
2010 was a big year for Scranton athletics. The University invested considerable dollars in growing operational budgets for sports programming and coaching development, and developed and launched a new web site and social media feeds featuring news and information about Scranton athletics. Over $100,000 was raised for athletics through the inaugural Carlesimo Awards Dinner to help continue these investment efforts. To help guide our student athletes in their learning experience, the Athletics Department created a new student athlete handbook in 2011.
- Applications to the University of Scranton for fall 2011 increased by 15% from the previous year.
- Enrollment in online programs increased by 31% from fall 2009 to fall 2010.
- 93% of the class of 2010 was either employed or pursuing additional education full-time.
- 79% of those in the class of 2011 who applied to medical, dental, and other health professional schools were accepted.
- 16 of the original 20 enrollees in the University's University of Success Program graduated in 2011; all but one have been accepted into higher education for fall 2011.
- 2nd place finish in the Landmark athletics conference President's Cup for all-sports athletic excellence
- 207 University students studied abroad during the 2010-11 academic year.
- 10 faculty members taught a faculty led course abroad.
- 9 students awarded President's Fellowships for Summer Research Awards in 2011
Other 2010-11 Indicators:
- 39 new faculty hired in 2010-11
- Total graduate applications increased by 31% from the previous year.
- Increase in applications to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program rose 442% from 2010 to 2011
- Increase in applications to the MBA and Health Administration programs increased by 37% and 28% respectively
- Successful affirmation of accreditation for all business programs from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)