Academic Affairs

Text: Provost's Perspectives, An Update from Provost Sheerer

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

November 4, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Fall has certainly arrived, and all things academic are moving ahead in excellent fashion. I am continually impressed with the quality of our faculty and staff and their commitment to our students at all levels. UNCW has had it right for many years!

Visits to Faculty Meetings

The Chancellor and I have begun our round of visits to departments on campus. Because many departments schedule their faculty meetings on Friday afternoons, you’ll find our Friday schedules focused on dialogue with faculty in their home environments.

The meetings serve as a wonderful format for raising issues of concern and sharing our perspectives on resources, future plans and challenges. The visits also allow us to view the physical facilities and get a sense of place in terms of the full academic scope and function of each department.

One-Time Allocations

The Provost's Office and Business Affairs worked closely together to push out one-time money much sooner in the semester than was done before. This success allows much better use of these resources instead of people having to buy things last-minute to simply use the money.

Some of the items that are slated for one-time money are as follows:

  • CMS wet lab
  • Replace Dobo Hall environmental chambers
  • Scientific and non-scientific funds allocated to colleges
  • Military Affairs lounge renovation
  • Field experience placement database
  • Projectors/screen for campus tours/recruitment
  • ACEware costs
  • Golf cart repairs/maintenance
  • Orchestra pit cover, expanded seating, sound board
  • Equipment to support research at CREST campus
  • Grant proposal software
  • ADA compliance: video captions, etc.
  • Blackboard upgrade

Additional money should be coming to each college later in the semester, which will allow targeted purchases for equipment and software.

Academic Degree Program Productivity Review

UNC-GA implements a biannual program review process that identifies programs whose productivity is low and asks campuses to carefully review the programs.  At its October 14, 2016 meeting, The UNC Board of Governors approved the use of updated threshold criteria for the biannial reviews.  The criteria are as follows:

Bachelor's degrees:

  • Authorized to enroll students for at least eight years
  • Number of degrees awarded is fewer than 35 over the past five years (7-year average)

Master's degrees:

  • Authorized to enroll students for at least six years
  • Number of degrees awarded is fewer than 35 over the past five years (7-year average)

Research Doctoral degrees:

  • Authorized to enroll students for at least 10 years
  • Number of degrees awarded is fewer than 10 over the past five years (2-year average)

Professional Doctoral degrees:

  • Authorized to enroll students for at least eight years
  • Number of degrees awarded is fewer than 40 over the past five years (8-year average)

UNC-GA anticipates sharing the data with each institution in November and requesting response forms in February 2017.

A Note of Congratulations!

We honored the $10 and $5 million dollar club members at the October Board of Trustees meeting, and in case you missed it, their names are listed in our 'By the Numbers' section to the right.  These are faculty who, over the years, have produced over five or ten million dollars in grants. This takes a great deal of effort and their hard work and dedication to research are to be commended.

Thank you again for your feedback on Provost's Perspectives.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Sheerer signature

Marilyn Sheerer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
provost@uncw.edu