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Academic Convocation Towson University. James F. Brennan Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs September 28, 2006. Themes. Enrollment Growth Programmatic Enhancement and Development Academic Reputation Moving forward. Enrollment Size and Mix.

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Academic ConvocationTowson University

James F. Brennan

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

September 28, 2006

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  • Enrollment Growth

  • Programmatic Enhancement and Development

  • Academic Reputation

  • Moving forward.

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Enrollment Size and Mix

Enrollment Size and Mix: Our planning tells us that we will grow by about 3,000 students between now and 2010. We have planned our growth and how we will make it happen. Our plan tells us we will grow by another 4,300 students between 2010 and 2015. That's an average increase of 600 students each year for the first five years and then 1,000 students each year for the following 5 years taking us from 18,000 students today to 21,000+ in 2010 and 25,000+ in 2015.

(President Caret, Fall Address, 7 September 2005)

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How we are accommodating growth: FY07

  • 28 new FT, TT faculty positions.

  • 12 new staff positions.

  • Operational funds increased by an additional $56,000.

  • Health benefits to lecturers, $750,000.

  • New adjunct positions, plus raising stipend by $100 (to $2,450) for total of $500,000.

  • Grad Assistant budget moved to state-side, $500,000.

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Enrollment and Program Growth: Guidelines

  • Growth should be intentional and carefully planned,

  • Growth should be targeted to match identified needs (current and future) of the metropolis (local, regional, national, international) with the institutional strengths determined through a systematic assessment of our areas of excellence, uniqueness and highest potential.

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Guiding Goals within Mission

  • Build on existing strengths,

  • Consider discipline-based job and career projections as well as interdisciplinary innovations,

  • Maryland’s identified workforce needs.

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Funding Variables: FY 07 and FY08

  • USM proposal for FY07: 7% general increase; 2% enrollment growth.

  • Towson proposal: fund the new growth at a $5,500 subsidy; move the funding base of the rest of the enrollment core to $5,000.

  • Towson’s “0-based” budgeting, FY08; Delaware Study benchmarks.

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Enrollment mix keeps graduate students at 20%,


Currently 3,439 (104% capacity)

75.9% of FT Freshpeople (up from 67.6%, F1999)

Goal to add 600 beds, F-08 (i.e., FY09)

Accreditation: AACSB, NCATE, Middle States,

Pragmatics: Growth

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Pragmatics: Space

  • Capital Plan

    • $54.3M Center for the Arts renovation and addition: completed.

    • $117M CLA Complex and Power Plant expansion: Design completed; Phase I construction, February 2007.

    • $5M Child Care Center: January 2007 completion.

    • Lida Lee Tall demolition: January 2007.

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Pragmatics: Space

  • Capital Plan (continued)

    • $1.5M upgrade to Library 3rd floor and entrance: completed Fall 2006.

    • $1.4M renovation of 1st and 3rd floors of 7800 York Road to accommodate Math: completed, Fall, 2006.

    • $1.3M Union renovations and creation of parking office in Union Garage, under construction.

    • $10.6M addition of 550 spaces to Towsontown Garage, design completed.

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Pragmatics: Space

  • Capital Plan (continued)

    • $6M Towson Center Arena improvements, design underway.

    • $24.4M Campus Site and Safety Improvements, design underway.

    • $36M Union Expansion, planning underway.

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An interdisciplinary Model for Programmatic Growth and Enhanced Scholarly Productivity

  • pursues an interdisciplinary context consistent with the metropolitan mission,

  • builds on an integrated set of parallel Institutes that intersect to support innovation in teaching, research scholarship, and service,

  • support closely aligned new programs and nurture other interdisciplinary offerings ,

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An interdisciplinary Model for Programmatic Growth and Enhanced Scholarly Productivity

  • centered on 3-fold objectives in research/scholarship, extramural support, and collaboration,

  • serve as a platform to promote innovation and cutting-edge scholarship while supporting the program,

  • host a nationally and internationally renowned scholar to provide intellectual and programmatic leadership.

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Interdisciplinary Model: Institute Themes

  • Metropolitan Issues

  • Entrepreneurial Issues

  • Human Development

  • Writing

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School of Technology

  • Incubated with FCSM.

  • Programmatic interface with Workforce Needs; Articulated with CCs.

  • Possible existing: Project Management, IT & Assurance, Actuarial Science, BTPS in Allied Health, Media Convergence, Instructional Tech.

  • Possible future: Comp Engineering Tech, Health Tech/Management, Industrial Design, Animation, 2+2+1 in Engineering.

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Longer Term Enrollment Growth

Community College as Partners

- dual admissions,

- dual advising,

- Towson programs taught on CC sites,

- Clearly articulated learning outcomes in general education: Faculty development implications.

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A Note on Distance Education

  • Targeted pilots of 2005-06.

  • Implemented, fall 2006

    • Graduate: HRD, Graphics Design, Homeland Security/Risk Assessment, fall 2006.

    • Undergrad: BTPS in Allied Health, fall 2006.

    • Graduate: Computer Science track, and AIT, spring 2007.

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Academic Reputation

  • January Conference

  • Student Surveys, particularly National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

  • Academic Support

    • Achievement Center

    • Intentional Advising

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Towson’s Reputation – RacesHow to Build It

Reputation with students and potential students – the recognition that Towson is a great place for an undergraduate education: small classes, contact with FT faculty in lower and upper division courses, strong liberal arts/majors, teaching (student/faculty interaction) is prized as a core value.

Reputation with other organizational/bureaucratic entities – more problematic and often not as salient as the first and is validated through more variable and ambiguous sources.

The Honors College.

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Concerns Races

  • How does Towson sustain and grow quality as it moves toward 25,000?

  • Of the 717 full-time faculty, 19.4% are lecturers; if add Visiting and Clinical, 29% of full-time faculty are other than tenure-track or tenured.

  • Of the 5,163 sections now taught, 20.1% are taught by adjuncts, who represent the equivalent of 129.88 FTE faculty

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Moving to the Future Races

  • New Academic Programs.

  • Growth:

    • 40 new TT faculty positions (pending appropriations)

    • funding for part-time and lecturers

    • operating budgets

    • Undergraduate need-based financial assistance

    • Graduate Assistantships.

  • Budgeting process.

  • Research Intensive status and funding.

  • Student Satisfaction and Reputation Measures.

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Moving to the Future Races

  • General Education: Planning the Process in 2007-08.

    • Core values in the liberal foundation for an educated person,

    • Civic engagement, citizenship, and leadership,

    • Service learning,

    • Diversity and multiculturalism

    • Globalization.