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Faculty Senate Report. Robert W. Schwartz Vice Provost for Academic Affairs June 17, 2010. Office of Academic Affairs. Strategic and Tactical Planning Activities Completed benchmarking study on “level of choice” Formed “Emerging Trends” and “Blue Sky” committees

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Faculty senate report

Faculty Senate Report

Robert W. Schwartz

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

June 17, 2010

Office of academic affairs
Office of Academic Affairs

  • Strategic and Tactical Planning Activities

    • Completed benchmarking study on “level of choice”

    • Formed “Emerging Trends” and “Blue Sky” committees

    • Identified 15 entities to engage in discussion leading to strategic partnerships

    • Link to Strategic Planning and Tactical Planning documents: http://chancellor.mst.edu/stratplan/index.html

  • External Partnerships

    • Presentation to Corporate Development Council (4/22) regarding “Credentialing” – documentation of graduate skills and hiring practices in the changing landscape of higher education.

Office of academic affairs1
Office of Academic Affairs

  • Curriculum

    • Working with five engineering programs to prepare and submit interim reports due for ABET accreditation (7/1).

  • Faculty Activities

    • Third year reviews completed for 12 probationary period faculty members.

    • An informal “4th Year Review” process is being evaluated this spring. The purpose of the process is to determine progress (and provide further guidance/suggestions) on issues that were identified during the formal 3rd Year Review.

    • The committees that review the Curators’ and Curators’ Teaching Professor nominations have met and have provided recommendations regarding which nominees will be asked to submit a full dossier.

Global learning
Global Learning

Distance and Continuing Education:

  • 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics was held in San Diego, CA, May 24-29, 2010 with great success. There were 366

    participants; 366 papers submitted from 798 authors, representing 51 different countries.

    • Soil Dynamics Short course filled to capacity - 80

    • Exhibit Hall filled to capacity - 21

    • Post-Conf Technical Tour filled to capacity - 90

Global learning1
Global Learning

Engineering Education Center:

  • Advertising about graduate classes was sent to all members of the Engineers Club in St. Louis

    (1000 letters).

  • Research and Service: Dr. Birman served as co-organizer of Workshop on Intelligent and Active Protective Systems for Dynamic Load Mitigation (US Army) in Aberdeen, MD on May 27-28th. The workshop was attended by 40 Army, industry and academia participants.

Office of graduate studies
Office of Graduate Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in Management of Sustainable Business has been processed and forwarded to the UM System.

  • Graduate Certificate in Safety Engineering is currently being processed.

  • Pending graduate applications are at an all-time low in the last five years. Kudos to the academic departments for their hard work.

  • Customized webinars for international student market have received many positive comments from prospective/admitted grad students.

Office of graduate studies contd
Office of Graduate Studies (contd.)

  • Student testimonials about our communication channels (Webinars, Grad Email, Grad Chat, Social Media, etc) have been extremely positive and complimentary.

International affairs
International Affairs

  • Celebration of Nations – October 9, 2010

    • This event was born out of the desire to promote awareness, understanding, and the cultural diversity which enriches Rolla and the surrounding community.

    • The event will kick-off with a parade and culminate with a gathering of food and fun at the downtown Rolla band shell.

    • Brewer Science and other local business have

      submitted donations and committed to


Office of sponsored programs
Office of Sponsored Programs

FY10 activities through the end of May and a year-over-year comparison are as follows:

Proposals awarded in total dollars: $43.9M (up 6.9%)

Number of proposals awarded and amendments: 298 (down 11.3%)

Proposals submitted in total dollars: $245.9M (up 50.3%)

Number of proposals submitted: 463 (down 11.5%)

Research expenditures: $38.9M (up 18.3%)

F&A recovered: $6.4M (up 9.3%)

Number of active awards: 615 (down 1.6%)

Hit the ground running hgr
Hit the Ground Running (HGR)

Office of Undergraduate Studies

  • Scheduled for July 11-30, 2010

  • 100 students are enrolled

  • offers new students an opportunity to sharpen and enhance their academic skills.

  • is an excellent opportunity for incoming students to learn about coursework expectations, campus life, and community involvement.

  • helps students develop leadership skills, make new friends and develop constructive strategies for succeeding academically

  • participating students will:

    • take courses in chemistry, mathematics, and English for 3-hour course credit

    • Learn about research and leadership opportunities

    • Participate in team building activities and field trips

      For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at extension 7276

      or go to http://ugs.mst.edu/hgr.html