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Provost's Update

Sept. 2014


I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and productive summer. We are looking forward to a very busy and rewarding fall. As we welcome our students back to campus, here are some enrollment highlights:

  • With an enrollment of approximately 2600, we are welcoming the third largest freshman class in the past decade of the university.
  • Approximately 500 freshmen are enrolled in the Honors College this fall. This is a new record, representing a 17% gain over last year’s historic high.
  • Currently our ACT composite is tracking at 22.25, making this freshman class the most the academically prepared freshman class in EMU history.

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Review experts focus on General Education Program

Just as major curricular programs undergo periodic review, Eastern Michigan University is reviewing its General Education Program.

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Retention and graduation plan will help students finish strong, earn degree

Eastern Michigan University, under the leadership of the Office of the Provost, has developed a comprehensive plan designed to enhance its student retention and graduation rates. The plan was completed after campus discussions and faculty input over the course of the last academic year.

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ORD Expands Support Activities, Moves to Boone Hall

The Office of Research Development is continuing its efforts to make ORD a full service "one-stop shop" for researchers. In addition to traditional proposal preparation and submission services, ORD now provides post award management support. These services include preparing PAFs, hiring students, and processing P-Card and travel expense activity through CONCUR. To recognize these expanded services, the Office of Research Development will be renamed the Office of Research Development and Administration (ORDA). To facilitate these expanded services, ORDA has moved to 200 Boone Hall, along with the Office of the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate School, and the new Office of Research Compliance. We will have an open house this fall to celebrate the move.

New Office of Research Compliance

The Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research has established an Office of Research Compliance, to oversee University compliance with federal research regulations, the Responsible Conduct in Research training resource, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, and provide outreach and education to faculty, students, and staff. Sonia Chawla has been hired as the Research Compliance Officer. Sonia comes to us from Boston University, where she worked for the Institutional Review Board reviewing human subject research for compliance purposes and conducting education sessions for the research community.

Graduate Research Conference Moves to Fall

The Graduate Research Conference has been moved to the Fall Semester, to more effectively highlight graduate student research at EMU. The new date is November 14, 2014. Pre-conference workshops on effective oral presentations and poster design will be offered. A Graduate Open House will be held the following day.

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Changes to the COT

The College of Technology has undergone a significant reorganization to support growth in the enrollment and reputation of their outstanding programs. During 2012-2013, the COT faculty and administrators performed a self study to clarify the college's mission, vision, and goals.  During 2013-2014, they imagined organizational structures to further support the college's newly adopted strategic plan.  In the end, four new schools were created from the previous two. Though the web site still reflects the former organizational structure, programmatic information is generally correct, and an updated web site will be launched later this semester.

The new schools with their leadership are as follows:

School of Information Security and Applied Computing
Dean Wade Tornquist, Interim School Director

School of Engineering Technology
Dr. Bob Lahidji, Interim School Director

School of Technology and Professional Services Management
Dr. Pam Becker, Interim School Director

School of Visual and Built Environments
Dr. Deb deLaski-Smith, Interim School Director

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