— Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD
The beginning of the new academic year always brings a sense of excitement, anticipation, and optimism as students, faculty and staff return to campus. And I want to share my optimism about Dyson College’s future with you.
As you can see in this issue, our students and programs continue to excel: a record fifth Dyson student was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship; our doctoral program in School-Clinical Child Psychology and our Physician Assistant program have been reaccredited; and our graduate program in Publishing just hosted its first publishing executive training with 18 executives from China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group. I congratulate all the students, faculty and staff on their stellar accomplishments.
Improving the experience of Dyson majors
Additionally, enrollment figures are looking good and we are working with our new president to resolve the university’s fiscal issues. Although we face ongoing budget constraints this year, there will also be opportunities to continue building excellence in the College. A major goal for the coming year will be improving the experience of Dyson majors so we can retain them until they successfully graduate. We have several initiatives already underway to support this goal:
- a learning outcomes assessment of the Core Curriculum;
- a survey of students’ perspectives in civic engagement/AOK1 courses;
- a study of our placement processes and the related freshman courses;
- a faculty development event, “Dyson Day,” dedicated to the theme “Improving Student Learning;” and
- the self-study for the Middle States Association accreditation site visit in spring 2009.
I greatly look forward to working with everyone this academic year to continue to make Dyson a highly attractive center of excellence and interest for our entire academic community.
Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD