Summary of Principal Actions Accomplished in 2014-2015
GOAL 1: Increase Academic Excellence and Distinctiveness: Promote Active and Engaged Learning
- We added new programs: in physician assistant, creative writing, health care management, a minor in American history and an undergraduate major in theatre arts.
- The McLeod Center for Interactive Learning has been established in the Martire Center. The Office of Digital Learning offered more than 20 workshops this past year as well as the annual Digital Learning Seminar in June 2015.
- A director of Assessment was appointed to coordinate University-wide assessment of student learning outcomes. A University-wide Assessment Committee with representation from each college was appointed to work with the director of Assessment. The committee is intended to establish best practices across the colleges and to map learning outcomes to University-wide learning outcomes.
- The College of Arts and Sciences will implement an overarching framework for the systematic assessment of the core curriculum. Director of Assessment of the Core Curriculum and director of Assessment of Academic Programs have been appointed to accomplish this. The Farrington College of Education appointed an assistant dean for Assessment.
- Faculty institutes and convocations during the year highlighted our continued emphasis on scholarship-based, high-impact educational practices to promote active and engaged learning. In addition, Colleges(s), the Office of Digital Learning and the Global Affairs Office offered workshops, mentoring and training on the implementation of high-impact practices.
- There has been a significant increase in total number of honors students. The class of 2018 has 105 students and overall, and there are 281 students in the Honors Program. The honors curriculum and eligibility criteria have recently been revised to be more selective and rigorous.
- We have continued efforts to incorporate affiliate/adjunct faculty more deeply and more broadly into the institution’s academic programs. Adjuncts are invited to all faculty institutes and convocations. The college(s) offer orientation events for their adjuncts. The Office of Digital Learning is available to help adjuncts.
GOAL 2: Develop a structured, mission–driven student development plan that intentionally educates the whole person within a campus-wide living and learning community and is a seamlessly integrated extension of classroom learning
- The number of students studying abroad has increased over 100% in the past five years and continues to increase each year. There are overall increases in the number of students going to Luxembourg and Ireland each year. This year, there will be two full semesters offered in Dingle, Ireland, for SHU students. The College of Nursing has developed semester abroad programs for freshman and sophomore students in Ireland and a mental health clinical immersion experience in Ireland.
- We have modified the organizational structure to enhance and introduce effective student services for all new and returning graduate students. The Department of Graduate Student Affairs was established, and director of Graduate Student Affairs position was created.
- Collaboration between Student Life and Academic Affairs on programs such as Freshman Reading Program, use of MAP-Works retention and the Student Affairs Lecture series continues.
- CAS has revised the freshman academic advising system. A designated faculty member will work with Student Affairs to ensure that freshmen academic advisers are trained in and utilize the MAP-WORKS software.
- WCOB has created the BU121 intro to business course for freshmen.
- CHP freshman advising has been restructured & a process has been developed for advising, along with a redesigned program for freshmen orientation.
GOAL 3: New Facilities and Upgrade/Maintain Existing Infrastructure
- The Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center is open with great success.
- The Student Success Center is completed and open.
- We broke ground on a new building to house the Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. The building, named the Center for Healthcare Education, has been awarded and initial construction has started.
- New residence hall is under construction and will be ready before classes in 2016.
- Architectural plans are being finalized for WSHU/Public Safety Building and a free-standing garage providing incremental 250 parking spaces.
- Capital Reserve Sinking Fund has been established for ongoing maintenance need.
- Cisco WebEx Virtual Classroom deployed in 20% of all general purpose classrooms and on track to complete 40% by the close of FY16. Instructors will have the ability to prepare and manage a virtual classroom environment and effectively use collaboration tools to maximize student participation and comprehension.
- We have completed a new backup Data Center in the Frank and Marisa Martire College of Business & Communication building that mirrors the infrastructure of our main Data Center and has enough space to be outfitted with network, processing and storage capacity as the University’s needs grow.
- We significantly expanded the University’s NetAPP secure data storage environment with a continued focus on green initiatives anchored by our use of virtualization technologies in our server environment.
- We upgraded the University’s fiber optic cable plant, which resulted in a tenfold increase in data transmission speeds.
- A Risk Management Matrix has been developed to cultivate a systemic approach to risk identification and management that assists in better, more risk-informed, strategic decisions
GOAL 4: Strengthen the Long-term Financial Stability of the University
- Exceeded undergraduate and graduate enrollment goals. New UG goal was increased to 1,250 new (1,125 freshmen; 125 transfer); and 1,290 freshmen and 111 transfer students enrolled.
- FY15 graduate revenue increased 12% over FY14, international student headcount (UG and grad) is 440 for FA15 vs. 354 for FA14.
- Made significant progress towards achieving freshmen retention rate and overall graduation rates goals.
- SHUOL: overall growth target met.
- Increase of almost 200% over FY14 in the philanthropic support to the university.
- Significant increase in undergraduate alumni participation and overall alumni participation.
- The Office of Human Resources continued successful training and development program titled Management Training Program to University directors and executive-level directors.
- Successful implementation of digital marketing strategy across multiple programs that included programs in the Jack Welch College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Professions.
- Process initiated for the next generation of the University website.
GOAL 5: Deepen the Commitment to the Mission and Catholic Identity
- The annual goal of 54,000 service and volunteer hours exceeded.
- Developed plans for the assessment of the CIT component of the core; faculty recruitment; and faculty development workshops for CIT Seminars.
- Enhanced service and volunteer hours are planned with the new executive director of Pastoral Services to begin a conjoint formation exercise with Volunteer Services to underline the deep Mission dimension.
- New liturgical, sacramental, and theological (catechetical) programs are offered to enhance and enrich the spiritual experience of our students.
- Inaugural Curtis Lecture series implemented for Fall ’15.
- New mini-seminars for past Presidential Seminar members will be established to deepen and prolong their vital engagement with the tradition.
- New services for both non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian communities are offered in conjunction with new space arrangements for worship and available ministerial and spiritual leadership.