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					Kean University
Faculty Senate
  ________

White Paper Report:
Academics at Kean
    University



   Ad Hoc Committee:
 Dr. Thomas Banit, Chairperson
        Dr. Jon Erickson
    Dr. Rose Mary Gonnella
      Professor Pat Ippolito
     Dr. Christopher Lynch
     Dr. Fran Stavola - Daly




       April 21, 2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction                                                        1


General Summary Statement                                           3


Vice President`s /Dean` Reports
Dr. Kenneth Sanders, Associate Vice Present for Academic Affairs
Kean Honors Program: Proposal                                       6

Dr. Robert Cirasa, Dean
Kean University - Ocean County College                             11

Dr. Kenneth Dollarhide, Dean
College of Humanities and Social Sciences                          13

Dr. Holly Logue, Acting Dean                                       15
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Alfred Ntoko, Dean
College of Business and Public Administration                      18


Dr. Susan Polirstok, Dean
College of Education                                               20

Dr. Kristie Reilly, Dean
Nathan Weiss Graduate College                                      23

Dr. Jeffrey Toney, Dean
College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences                   24

Other Reports
Dr. Steven Kubow, Director
Center for Academic Success                                        26

Mr. David Farrokh, Director
Office of Scholarship Services                                     27

Dr. Roxie A. James, Director
General Education Program                                          28

Dr. Jack Sargent, Chairman
University Curriculum Committee                                    34
                                 INTRODUCTION
The Faculty Senate White Paper Ad Hoc Committee is submitting the following report
based on its charge by the Senate President to gather written reports from the various
deans and administrators who recently spoke before the Faculty Senate, analyze the
information provided, and offer summary comments concerning the statements.


White Paper Ad Hoc Committee: Charge and Implications
The White Paper AD Hoc Committee was announced at the January 27, 2009 Faculty
Senate meeting by Dr. Barbara Lee, Senate President. Once the committee was
organized, it was charged by Dr. Lee on February 19, 2009 with the following statement:

       “…to summarize all Deans’ and Division reports for the purpose of describing
       and analyzing their academic implications for making recommendations to
       President Farahi. I have requested that the committee have this report ready for
       presentation to the Senate Executive Committee by April 21st.”

Shortly after, the Ad Hoc met and ultimately developed the following three topics for the
deans and administrators to consider.

       1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a
          positive impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

       2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
          programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
          program certifications, etc.

       3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve
          the academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

A number of speakers had already presented their comments to both the Faculty Senate
Executive Committee and then to the entire Faculty Senate. As a result, these speakers
were contacted and asked to revise their comments into a written format following these
three points. Speakers who presented after these points were created used these points to
organize their presentations.


Report Organization
The report will begin with a summary statement by the Ad Hoc Committee analyzing
general findings from its work including recommendations for future reporting and
general conclusions drawn from the reports overall.

From the beginning of its work, the Ad Hoc Committee decided that it would not make
comments on specific reports since this was the first time in the memory of the
committee members that all of the deans and a large number of administrators were asked

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to formally report to the Senate. With this consideration in mind, the committee decided
instead to develop overall conclusions on the state of academics at the university from
these reports. The committee also decided to follow this guide because the reporting
format was greatly modified from an initial general statement approach by each speaker
to the three-question model midway during the presentations. The committee believed
that this major change might impact speakers in different ways especially those who
originally did not use the three-question format as a basis for their comments.

Individual reports will be presented in the three-question format followed by most of the
respondents. Statements that did not follow this format were edited in clear cases where
the information was mixed – this occurred especially between questions 2 and 3. In
several cases, the statements were left in their submitted form, as time was short to
prepare this final report.

Several speakers did not submit a written report to the Ad Hoc committee in time for
inclusion in this report. These people were contacted at least several times by e-mail
from the respective committee member charged with gathering their statement, normally
asked via telephone or in person for the work by that committee member, and finally,
asked by the committee chairman either in person, via telephone or telephone message
for a response. In at least several cases, Ad Hoc Committee members sat directly with
individual presenters and helped to organize their respective report so that it could be
completed for this summary. In the cases where no appropriate written reply was offered,
the three question areas are listed as the committee awaits the appropriate statements.

The committee wishes to thank all of the speakers for their responses and especially those
who had to reorganize their ideas into the present format. We recognize the great time
restraints that they operate under and we respect their efforts for participating in this
initial attempt to compile and analyze / evaluate the academic offerings at Kean
University by the Faculty Senate.




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                    GENERAL SUMMARY STATEMENT


General Conclusions – Reporting Format And Presentations
1. The Senate should continue the process of vice presidents, deans and other key
administrators reporting to the Senate on a yearly basis concerning their plans etc. that
impact the academic character of Kean University. These presentations aid in the
exchange of ideas with the faculty and professional staff of ways to improve the
university’s academic quality.

2. The reports to the Senate should be presented during the fall semester of each
academic year in order to create a timely mechanism for discussion of the academic
concerns of the university.

3. The fall written reports by the deans and administrators should be compiled by the
Faculty Senate, forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for his / her
examination, and extended comment / discussion with the Faculty Senate during the
Spring semester of each academic year.

4. All presentations made by the vice presidents, deans, and other administrators should
adhere to a uniform format and be submitted in writing on the day of the presentation for
the senators’ review and comment. An electronic copy of this report should be sent to the
Senate’s secretary for inclusion on the Faculty Senate’s website.

5. The written and oral reports by the vice presidents, deans, and other administrators
should adhere to the following format – or another agreed upon format by the Senate.
This format should be formally sent to the future presenters by the Senate President to
allow them an appropriate amount of time to prepare their respective statements.

       1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a
          positive impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

       2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
          programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
          program certifications, etc.

       3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve
          the academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

Since this process was started at the beginning of this year and the reporting format was
adopted as the semester continued, the statements varied in organization and style and
sometimes found the speakers “telling” about their respective area of responsibility
without seriously analyzing / evaluating the information. The Ad Hoc Committee looks
forward to the improved reporting procedure next spring semester as building on an

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innovative idea and resulting in a more informative and substantive basis for dialogue in
the Senate.

6. Each dean or administrator should include in their respective yearly report updates on
their previous year’s proposals, challenges, and recommended solutions.

7. The academic reporting procedure to the Senate should continue even though the
university is facing new challenges due to budgetary constraints in a weakened economy.
The Senate, which represents the faculty and professional staff, is deeply invested in
working with the university administration by studying the situation and developing
effective means to maintain and improve the academic quality of Kean University.

8. Future presentations by the vice presidents, deans, and administrators should be
recorded and stored by the Faculty Senate for detailed study by members of the
university.

9. The Vice President for Finance should be included in future reporting. He / she should
speak specifically on the financial condition of the university as it impacts the school’s
academic offerings.

10. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs should be the initial speaker
during each fall semester and provide an overview of academics at the university both for
the present and the future.


Specific Conclusions Based on the Reports
1. A number of speakers provided exciting ideas and plans in various stages of
development. These conclusions reflect a university that is engaged in continual
improvement and renewal even in the face of a declining economic situation for the state.

2. Kean University functions under a Strategic Plan and currently has a Strategic
Planning Committee. Surprisingly, none of the vice presidents, deans or administrators
mentioned or cited in their reports any mention of the plan or committee. The Ad Hoc
Committee recommends that future reports to the Senate cite aspects of meeting specific
areas of the Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the Ad Hoc Committee believes that the
university should consistently rely on the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Planning
Committee as it moves forward to improve its academic offerings and quality. This
recommendation is especially important during times of fiscal restraint when the
university could lose sight of academic goals while fighting to meet a declining financial.

3. The faculty and staff are working extremely hard in a number of areas to improve the
academic offerings and supporting operations of the university. However, several deans
and administrators noted that the professors and professional staff in the respective
colleges are working much beyond their normal capacity and, in some cases, are
suffering from “burn out” due to the many tasks that they assume to help ensure and
improve the academic quality of Kean University.

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4. New and exciting programs are being developed in a number of areas. However, in a
number of cases, these programs are drawing from current faculty and programs at a time
when the present faculty is working at full pace and, in some cases, in limited or
declining numbers. The result will be a greater reliance on adjuncts to fill current
teaching loads while the current professors move in whole or part into new roles. The Ad
Hoc Committee looks to the vice presidents and deans to examine ways to continue
improving the academic quality and offerings of the university while not drawing from
the current faculty, which creates a greater reliance on adjuncts.

5. The reliance on adjuncts was cited a number of times. While many of these instructors
are qualified and offer diverse insights especially in selective professional areas of
instruction, the growing reliance on them was considered detrimental to the academic
quality of the university. In some cases, it was listed as a critical situation in such General
Education areas as English 1020 English Composition, History 1000 American Civil
Society, and GE 2023 Research and Technology where the academic foundations for
more advanced academics are established. While recognizing the current fiscal
considerations, the Ad Hoc Committee believes that the vice presidents and deans must
work closely with the university president to find ways to decrease the growing reliance
on adjuncts and to maintain and increase the number of full-time faculty. Moreover, as
the university relies on more adjunct instructors, a greater emphasis must be placed on
effectively assessing and training the adjunct instructors especially where they teach large
blocks of classes in order to assure that only the highest quality teachers are retained on
an on-going basis.

6. While not listed as a specific concern, the Ad Hoc Committee considered the impact
of a number of senior faculty in several areas. The pending retirement of this group from
the university will happen in the near future, which can result in a negative impact on the
institution’s academic planning, instruction, and advisement. The Committee
recommends that further study be made of this group by the respective vice presidents
and deans as to their home departments in order include this data in their considerations
for faculty lines.

7. A future question to be addressed by the vice presidents and deans in their
presentations is the role of the liberal arts as part of the basic education of every student
at Kean University especially during a time of fiscal constraint. They should consider
what is meant / included in a liberal education in their respective areas of responsibility
and develop academic recommendations if necessary to support the liberal arts as a basis
of a quality education for our students.

8. Finally, the Ad Hoc Committee is sure that added ideas and comments will flow from
these reports, especially considering the limited time that the group had to gather and
assess, and present the materials. These thoughts should help serve as an ongoing
discussion for the future direction of Kean University, an institution for which we all
deep a concern.



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                 KEAN HONORS PROGRAM: PROPOSAL

                              Kenneth Sanders
                Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs: none reported

B. Planned Programs

The proposed Honors Program would be housed in the Office of the Academic Affairs.
All courses in the Honors Program would have their own prefix, KHP. The curriculum is
a general education-based design that would serve students from any major. The program
would be administered by a faculty Director who would receive compensation similar to
that of a department chair. The Director would work with the Kean University Honors
Council, a committee to provide direction, support, and interdisciplinary oversight to the
program. This group will work on the development of interdisciplinary curriculum.

Admissions Criteria
Only first-time freshmen would be admitted to the program. First-time freshmen
admissions to the Honors Program should be a holistic assessment based upon high
school cumulative GPA, top 20% standing in the high school class, SAT scores, 3 letters
of recommendation, essay, and interview. The recommendations and essay must be
specifically to the Honors Program Director based upon Honors criteria and essay
prompt. Ideally, applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, or a
combined SAT score (Reading and Math) of 1150 or higher.

Recruitment
Recruitment should begin in the junior year of high school, focusing on both our
traditional high-yield feeder high schools as well as those high schools generally
recognized for significant academic achievement. Recruitment activities would be
composed of contact with high school counselors, direct mailings, posters, school visits,
follow-up phone calls, website presence, as well as Face Book and My Space presence.

The ideal freshman cohort size is 48 so that three sections of each Honors course could be
offered per semester, allowing for ease of course scheduling as students move into their
majors. The minimum freshman cohort size is 16. When fully enrolled, the program
would serve between one hundred fifty and two hundred students.




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Advisement
Freshman cohorts would receive academic advising from the Honors Director through the
end of their second year at which point the advisors in the major would assume that
responsibility. Honors students will be allowed to register early

Continuance in the program would be based upon a 3.3 cumulative GPA calculated at the
end of each spring semester. Students below a 3.3 would be placed on Honors Probation.
Students would be dismissed from the Honors program after two semesters on Probation.
At the point of Dismissal from the Honors Program, students would be subject to
academic standing criteria of the general student population.

Departmental Honors
According to page 31 of the 2006-2008 Kean University Undergraduate Catalog, there
are nine Honors Programs offered at Kean: Biology, Earth Science, English, Philosophy
and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration, and
Music. Most of the programs have no published criteria for admission, retention, or
completion.

There is a strong interest in honors opportunities from honors students transferring from
the county college system. Kean University could maintain the practice of departmental
honors programs, provided those programs meet a common set of criteria. Common
criteria would include admissions to the departmental honors program (i.e. 3.3 CGPA)
retention in the program (i.e. continued 3.3.CPA), and curricular structure (i.e. 15 credits
of honors classes in the major). Curricular standards to define what constitutes an honors
class or honors section in the major would need to be established in order to maintain
rigor across disciplines.


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

Current challenges lies in developing the honors courses and working through the
curriculum process. Interdisciplinary curriculum teams have been identified and
contacted. They will to begin developing the KHP courses this spring. These courses
would be taught by faculty who would otherwise be teaching a service or major course in
their home departments. Therefore, the primary future challenge lies in staffing the
honors program courses as well as staffing those courses in faculty members’ home
departments. Since we would be attracting new students to Kean, we would be generating
revenue that would offset the costs of the program. In addition, the Honors Program
would need a physical home. Facilities needs include office space and resource space(s)
for the students. In additional to staffing courses, a program director/coordinator would
be necessary.




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3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

The initial curriculum development process will be complete by Spring 2010. The
program director/ coordinator will be responsible for developing and maintaining
relationships with faculty teaching in the program. This program is designed to attract
higher performing, strongly prepared students to Kean. These students would participate
in a more challenging general education experience, and in turn, take those perspectives
into their courses within the major.




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Honors Program Curricular Framework
      Foundations*
            Calculus (MATH 2411)
             or
            Liberal Arts Math 1                            (3)               KHP 1101
            Liberal Arts Math 2                            (3)               KHP 1102

              Composition 1 – Essay-based **     (3)                         KHP 1001
              Composition 2 – Novel-based        (3)                         KHP 1002
              T2K for Honors                     (1)                         KHP 1000
              Professional Oral Communications**(3)                          KHP 1201
              Research and Writing (Qualitative) (3)                         KHP 1202

      Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary*** (12 of 18)
             Humanities-based 1                    (3)                       KHP 2001
             Humanities-based 2                    (3)                       KHP 2002
             Social Sciences-based 1               (3)                       KHP 2101
             Social Sciences-based 2               (3)                       KHP 2102
             Science-based 1                       (3)                       KHP 2201
             Science-based 2                       (3)                       KHP 2202
                    Sub-total                     (12)

            Quantitative Research                          (3)               KHP 2301
            Health and Wellness                            (3)               KHP 2302
      Concentration
            Junior Research Project 1                      (2)               KHP 3001
            Junior Research Project 2                      (2)               KHP 3002
            Junior Cohort Seminar 1                        (1)               KHP 3101
            Junior Cohort Seminar 2                        (1)               KHP 3102
      Capstone
            Senior Research Project 1                      (2)               KHP 4001
            Senior Research Project 2                      (2)               KHP 4002
            Senior Capstone Seminar 1                      (1)               KHP 4101
            Senior Capstone Seminar 2                      (1)               KHP 4102
            Total Credits                                  49

      * Honors Program Students would have to demonstrate second language proficiency,
      complete four (4) semesters of the same language on the college level, or complete a
      study abroad component.

      **Taken as linked courses.

      *** Students complete 12 of the 18 credits in this component of the curriculum that are
      outside their major area of study, i.e. humanities majors take the Science-based and
      Social Science-based courses.




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Typical Four-year Course of Study – English Major – Kean Honors Program

First Year
       Fall Semester
              Liberal Arts Math 1                  (3)    KHP 1101
              Composition 1 – Essay-based          (3)    KHP 1001
              Professional Oral Communications     (3)    KHP 1201
              T2K for Honors                       (1)    KHP 1000
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (6)
       Spring Semester
              Liberal Arts Math 2                  (3)    KHP 1102
              Composition 2 – Novel-based          (3)    KHP 1002
              Research and Writing (Qualitative)   (3)    KHP 1202
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (7)
Second Year
       Fall Semester
              Social Sciences-based 1              (3)    KHP 2101
              Science-based 1                      (3)    KHP 2201
              Quantitative Research                (3)    KHP 2301
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (7)
       Spring Semester
              Social Sciences-based 2              (3)    KHP 2102
              Science-based 2                      (3)    KHP 2202
              Health and Wellness                  (3)    KHP 2302
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (7)
Third Year
       Fall Semester
              Junior Research Project 1            (2)    KHP 3001
              Junior Cohort Seminar 1              (1)    KHP 3101
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (12)
       Spring Semester
              Junior Research Project 2            (2)    KHP 3002
              Junior Cohort Seminar 2              (1)    KHP 3102
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (12)
Fourth Year
       Fall Semester
              Senior Research Project 1            (2)    KHP 4001
              Senior Capstone Seminar 1            (1)    KHP 4101
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (12)
       Spring Semester
              Senior Research Project 2            (2)    KHP 4002
              Senior Capstone Seminar 2            (1)    KHP 4102
              Major, Minor, or Elective Courses    (12)




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           KEAN UNIVERSITY - OCEAN COUNTY CAMPUS

                                Robert Cirasa, Dean

1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs

The Kean-Ocean campus, established in Fall 2006, now (as of Spring 2009) offers
seventeen undergraduate degrees (with at least one additional degree expected to start
next spring semester) and four graduate degrees (with one more scheduled to start in next
spring semester). See http://www.kean.edu/keanatocean/ for a listing. The primary
purpose of the Kean-Ocean campus is to increase the access of Ocean county residents to
the university’s established programs.

B. Planned Programs

Kean-Ocean classes need to match those at the Union campus in the proportion of
sections staffed by full-time faculty, with at least one full-time faculty member in
residence for each Kean-Ocean program.

2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

The Kean-Ocean operation faces three significant challenges: faculty staffing, facilities,
and community life.

Faculty Staffing
 Eleven full-time faculty are now stationed at the Kean-Ocean campus, and several more
from the Union campus routinely teach a portion of their loads at Ocean. For the next
several years, the growth in Kean-Ocean classes will significantly outpace that of classes
in Union.

Facilities
In addition adding full-time faculty, the Kean-Ocean program will need to establish a
physical plant of its own, both to accommodate the simple physical functions of the
program and to establish a credible institutional identity (an essential component for the
program’s growth).

Community Life
Another challenge is the task of developing the community life of the Kean-Ocean
campus.



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3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

Faculty Staffing
Proportionately more new lines for full-time faculty will need to be dedicated to the
Kean-Ocean program, based on the university’s overall fiscal state of affairs.

Facilities
Revenues from the Kean-Ocean program are self-financing and are projected to be more
than enough to underwrite the addition of full-time faculty and staff and the construction
of new facilities. To this end, the university is partnering with Ocean County College and
the Ocean County Board of Freeholders to finance and develop a separate but contiguous
Kean-Ocean campus. Planning for the first building of that campus is underway, and that
building will open with the Fall 2012 semester. Additional buildings, which together will
surround a Kean-Ocean mall overlooking the present OCC campus, will follow soon
thereafter.

Campus Life
The university office of Student Life and Leadership in Union has begun working with
the faculty of the Kean-Ocean programs to organize discipline-based student clubs and
student activities such as visiting speakers and outings to a nearby minor-league ball
park. Student Organization leaders are also seeking now to establish a student caucus
and to develop student leaders for the Kean-Ocean campus. Such efforts will need to be
greatly amplified in the next several years if the Kean-Ocean program is to provide a full
measure of university life. A resident staff member will probably soon need to be posted
to the campus in order to facilitate that further development.

Note: Dr. Cirasa offered an enrollment data guide for the Kean University – Ocean
County College campus during his presentation. These figures include Total Head Count
by semester:

FA 06 = 366
SP 07 = 349
FA 07 = 581
SP 08 = 678
FA 08 = 885
SP 09 = 963




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        COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

                                 Kenneth Dollarhide, Dean


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs
There has been an increase in faculty research and publications.

The National Writing Project is a grant-funded program housed in the English
Department for the advancement of student, faculty and professional writing. It involves
an outreach to area public school teachers.

There are four new graduate programs:
    M.A. in Holocaust Studies

      M.A. in Social Justice

      M.A. in English (will admit its first class in Fall 2009)

      Psy.D. (will admit its first class in Fall 2009)

Outstanding young faculty have been hired in the college

B. Planned Programs
    Creation of an Asian Studies program

      Creation of a Classics program

      Creation of a M.A. in History


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

The College desperately needs new faculty lines. In Fall 2008 there were 2959 students
declaring a first major in the College. In Fall 2008 there were 105 resident faculty; this is
down from 111 resident faculty in 2005. The College has 264 adjuncts in the fall
semester and 250 adjuncts in the Spring semester.

More senior faculty need to be involved in research

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The greatest challenge is dealing with a decreasing budget.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

A solution is to have more faculty lines, to reorganize the College, and encourage more
outside grants.




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                 COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

                             Holly Logue, Acting Dean


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs
    Premiere Stages – Professional Theatre in Residence
    Concert Artists – National and International musicians on Faculty
    Purple Violet Film Festival – Annual film competition and festival
    Thinking Creatively – Annual Design Conference
    Design Studio – Graphic Design
    Design Center at Kean – Product Design
    Artist Workshops, Master classes, Guest composers-in-residence
    University Galleries – CAS, Howe, Dryfoos, VE Student Gallery
    Kennedy Center Theatre Festival
    Travelearn
    Live video streaming concerts and performances
    WKNJ Radio
    Media and Film Diversity Channel
    Center for Digital Storytelling
    High School Video Contest
    Kean Theatre on Tour
    Music Student Honors Recital
    BFA Senior Theatre Showcase
    MA and BFA Thesis Art Shows
    Media and Film Student Showcase
    Collaborative Arts Project (Theatre, Media and Film, Premiere Stages)
    Furniture Design project (Interior and furniture design of CSTME 6 th floor)
    Design Pedal Car Project

B. Planned Programs
    Partnership with the Union County Academy for Performing Arts – dual
       enrollment programming that combines HS senior year with KU freshman year
       on the Kean Campus. Theatre, Dance, and Music students will complete three
       years of a rigorous high school arts curriculum, then will be dually enrolled at
       Kean for a combined senior year of high school/freshman year of college.
       Enrollment impact will be significant starting 2011.
    Revision of Fine Arts Foundation courses
    Updates to Art History curriculum


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      Review of possible graduate (MA) programs and/or further integration of VPA to
       the MALS program
      Musical Theatre Summer Institute
      Bachelor of Music - Performance and Pedagogy
      Kean Preparatory Symphony Orchestra
      Kean Pep Band
      KU News – 30 minute news and weather segments
      MFA in Design
      Graduate Certificate Digital Media
      ASTA 2 week summer chamber music festival
      Cranford High School Arts Academy partnership
      Direct Reciprocal Exchange programs in planning stages
           o Media and Film – China
           o Theatre – London
           o Music – Spain

2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

Number of F/T Faculty
More faculty members are needed serve the growing population of arts students.

Staff
More staff members are needed to service and maintain laboratories and studios.

Technology
Technology improvements include classroom upgrades, software upgrades, MAC
service, access to digital technology, regular and assured connectivity to wireless server.

Facilities
Arts facilities are highly specialized. In addition to traditional and smart classrooms, and
computer laboratories, the arts programs require:
     Studios
     Performance spaces
     Discipline specific laboratories

Each of these facilities requires unique specifications. Kean's facilities (other than Enlow
Hall, scheduled to open Fall 2009) do not compare favorably with sister institutions,
community colleges, and some area high schools.




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Recruitment
The VPA programs require a specialized admission process to assure that basic arts
proficiencies are met. We are working with the new Director of Admissions to assure
that students are well informed of the entrance requirements for all VPA programs.

Public Relations
VPA presented 85 events between September 2008 and May 2009. Public relations for
these events is severely lacking. The arts and athletic programs provide unique
opportunity for raising the visibility of the university. Potential donors often measure a
university based on three areas; Academics, Arts, and Athletics. A dedicated arts
publicist would provide the support needed to assure that all events receive the
necessary internal and external attention.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

Efforts are underway to improve admissions process, which will, in turn, result in better
matches between student and program, higher retention rates (though SVPA’s retention
is already good), and higher 4-5 year completion rates.

Proposals have been submitted for facilities improvements and requests for classroom
technology upgrades. OCIS/AT offices have been involved in the assessment of the VE
and TECH classroom technology. Telemeasurements, Inc. has prepared quotes for this
proposed project.

Facilities needs have been documented with the Office of Campus Planning/Facilities
and the Offices of the President and Provost.

Added Information
Fulltime Faculty = 49 Adjunct Faculty = 150

Number of Majors = 495
   Design
   Fine Arts
   Media and Film
   Music
   Theatre

Accreditations
    NAST (Theatre)
    NASAD (Art and Design)
    NASM (Music)


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    COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

                               Alfred Ntoko, Dean

1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs
    MA in Criminal Justice is a new program, which is being implemented this year.
      It was written to provide graduate work for the large number of students
      graduating from our undergraduate program in Criminal Justice.
    The College of Business and Public Administration has recently begun offering
      the BS in Accounting, Management, Marketing and the B.A. in Criminal Justice
      at Ocean County. Enrollments in these programs show signs of robustness. The
      B.S. in Finance should start in fall 2009.

B. Planned Programs
    BS – MS in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is in the planning stage. It is
      meant to meet a need in business during the age of globalization. It will be a 5-
      year BS – MS program that will link undergraduate degrees in Management,
      Marketing and possibly Information Technology with a graduate degree in
      Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    BS – MS in Applied Finance and Banking is in the planning stage. It is meant to
      be a 5 year BS – MS program that will link undergraduate degrees in Economics,
      Accounting (sic) with the graduate degree in Finance.

In addition to the new programs, the College of Business is involved in accreditation
activities as follows:
     The Department of Public Administration just recently completed a review visit
         for the maintenance of NASPAA accreditation for its MAP Program.
     The Business Program in CBPA and the GMBA are in progress of applying for
         AACSB accreditation.

The new programs will:
    Increase enrollments for Kean University and bring in much needed revenues.
    Meet the pubic service mission of the university in providing educational
      opportunities for residents of the State of New Jersey.

Accreditation initiatives will:
    Make Kean University more competitive in the State of New Jersey.
    Improve and maintain the quality of university programs.




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2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

There are three main challenges that face the College of Business and Public
Administration regarding the initiatives mentioned above.

      There will be a need to increase the number of full-time faculty in the college in
       order to meet increasing enrollments and accreditation standards.
      There will be a need to increase the level of intellectual contributions (research)
       from the faculty of the College of Business and Public Administration in order to
       meet accreditation standards. The problem is more acute with the senior and
       experienced faculty of the college. Recent additions to the college faculty are
       quite productive in research activities.
      The college has a poor record of assessment for assurance of learning.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

      The College of Business and Public Administration is currently developing a
       comprehensive assurance of learning (assessment) plan.

      Plans are being developed to assist senior faculty increase their level of
       intellectual contributions (research) so that they can meet accreditation standards.

      The Vice President for Academic Affairs has committed to provide some
       additional faculty resources in order to meet sufficiency and adequacy standards
       for accreditation purposes.

      The recently completed CBPA Strategic Plan is proposing a capital campaign for
       the CBPA in order to increase resources in support of programs, faculty
       development and the improvement of facilities.




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                         COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

                               Susan Polirstok, Dean
1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

(Note: Current and proposed programs were listed together.)

Academic Programs and Services
   The approval of a conceptual paper by the Administrative Council that proposed to
   create a School of Global Education and Innovation that will offer teaching
   certificates as well as Bachelors and Master's Degrees

   College of Education and the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness
   is developing a new undergraduate major in sign language interpretation to be offered
   at OCC.

   Autism Graduate Certificate Program – multidisciplinary program in collaboration
   with the Graduate school and Colleges across the university

   Enhancing the Child Care Center Program on Campus – Faculty will be going to Italy
   this summer to study the Reggio Approach to Early Childhood Education, which
   originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy. This approach is based on the belief that a child is
   competent and capable; and able through exploration, self-expression, problem
   solving, and investigation; respect for self, others, the school environment, and the
   world to construct knowledge. The program emphasizes the importance of both the
   child developing relationships outside the home and the participation of family in the
   daily program.

   On-going meetings with each of the academic arts and sciences departments to
   confirm academic content

Professional Development
    Expanded scholarship opportunities for faculty with the implementation of School
       Connections as a referred journal published by College of Education
    Created a College of Education Research and Writers Group beginning Spring
       2009
    Academic Programs Text Book Fair: April 2, 2009
    Grant received by the College of Education from the Tourette Syndrome
       Association to conduct a workshop on Tourette Syndrome on Wednesday, March
       11, 2009
    Submitted grant proposal for Transitions to Teaching Program in collaboration
       with William Paterson University


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      College of Education Teacher Education Council formed to link liberal arts
       colleagues with COE
      Expanded NCATE Faculty Training
      On going preparation for NCATE
      Powerful Learning Practices for Educators Program (PLP) – a long-term
       professional development program built around web-based social networking
       technologies.
      Implementing a Community of Practice Group – designed to engage full-time and
       part-time adjunct faculty who are teaching field based courses in the community.
      Teacher of Record Program – identifies a full time faculty member as a lead
       teacher for adjuncts who are teaching the same course.
      Athletic Training Program is scheduled for an accreditation visit in March 2009.

Outreach
County and State
    Meeting with NJ School District Superintendents to get "feedback" on the
      impressions and performances of Kean graduates/recent faculty hires.
    Participation in the Union County Professional Development Board


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

The primary challenge facing the College of Education is maintaining and enhancing the
quality of meaningful educational opportunities that will benefit students, the university
and community in financially challenging times and to continue to not just meet but
exceed the NJ State Teaching Standards.

      Increasing COE faculty needs: Because of current economic conditions the
       College has not been able to replace non-tenured faculty who have not been re-
       appointed. The creation of new academic programs to meet NJ State Learning
       Standards that places an emphasis on Global Education and Technology
       applications does require additional faculty. Replacement of existing faculty due
       to retirement is projected to be an additional need in the future.
      Faculty are needed for Ocean County as the programs offered there are
       increasing.
      Increase in the number of student teaching field placements has created
       challenges in finding quality placement sites (Fall 2008: 800 students, Spring
       2009: 850 students). Overall, 1,300 students are involved in some form of
       fieldwork this spring.
      Finding new grant opportunities and funding sources for new program initiatives
       and programs where funding is ending
      Seeking funds to expand current successful initiatives, such as, The Professional
       Development School Model


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      Increasing current faculty involvement in technology and related services
      Recognizing that adjunct faculty play an important role in the quality of the
       education our students receive, enhancing the quality of adjunct faculty
       instruction and finding well-qualified adjuncts represents an important challenge.
      Increasing faculty scholarship opportunities
      Praxis Content Area Passing Rates
      Recent New Jersey SED emphasis on early childhood has resulted in the Early
       Childhood Department offering its 15-credit endorsement online beginning
       Summer 2009.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

The COE has embarked on a number of initiatives as identified above to address these
challenges. The Teacher of Record program, the community practice group, PLP, the
Research and Writers Group are examples of solutions that can be done with existing
resources.

COE is increasing community outreach and collaborative efforts within the university
and with community partners. These efforts are reflected in involvement in the Transition
to Teaching Program with William Patterson, the grant from the Tourette Syndrome
Association and the Union County Professional Development Board.

COE continues to support Praxis Training Sessions for Students and 2007-2008 scores
indicated a significant improvement.

COE is also continuing to seek new grant opportunities and encourage faculty research
and grant efforts.

The administration is aware of the COE faculty needs and continues to work with the
College to address these needs during difficult financial conditions.




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                 NATHAN WEISS GRADUATE COLLEGE

                                Kristie Reilly, Dean
(Note: Dr. Reilly spoke with the Faculty Senate but did not submit a written report based
on the three question areas.)

1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.




2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.




3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?




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COLLEGE OF NATURAL, APPLIED, AND HEALTH SCIENCES

                                 Jeffrey Toney, Dean


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Programs

       No current programs were reported.

B. Planned Programs

       As described in my PowerPoint presentation, we are developing the following:

      Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science
      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Chemical Instrumentation Option
      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Chemical Instrumentation Option and
       Masters of Science in Chemistry with Chemical Instrumentation Option with the
       New Jersey Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
      Proposed School of Environmental and Life Sciences – to include the Bachelor of
       Science in Sustainability Science and the Institute for Urban Ecosystem Studies
      Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program (funded summers 2009-
       2011). The purpose of this program is to promote interdisciplinary research at the
       interface of chemistry and biology.


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

Since the fall 2008, CNAHS full-time faculty have been reduced by 5 due to planned
retirement, resignation or non-reappointment of tenure-track faculty. Currently, the
college has 76 full-time faculty and 153 adjuncts. Despite this significant reduction in
full-time faculty, our enrollments have increased from 1,539 (fall 2004) to 1,729 (fall
2008). We currently have two searches for full-time faculty members for fall 2009.

A reduction in financial support has also been a challenge – the original allocation for
discretionary use in the Dean’s fund was eliminated in early fall 2008. The Department
Chairperson of Occupational Therapy has resigned this spring and we were not granted a
replacement faculty line for this position. This brings the Department of Occupational
Therapy to only three full-time faculty that currently supports 79 Master’s level students.
Our current ACOTE accreditation for this high quality program is thus at risk. Support
for Graduate Assistants has been unchanged for both academic years 07/08 and 08/09

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with ten funded positions out of a total of 193 graduate students enrolled in CNAHS
degree programs for the current academic year.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

The reduction of three full-time faculty since Fall 2008 will require an increased reliance
on adjunct faculty to teach the additional sections required for our increased student
enrollments. I have reached out to industry for highly qualified adjunct faculty, and have
been successful in hiring a number of industry scientists with Ph.D.’s in their field to
teach selected sections within CNAHS. Of course, this is a temporary solution. As our
new degree programs grow, we must hire additional full-time faculty to ensure stability
and a high quality of academic instruction. To improve our financial challenges, I am
working very hard with both the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the
Kean University Foundation to garner external funding. It is clear that we cannot rely on
state support to grow programs or even to maintain status quo.




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                   CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

                             Steven Kubow, Director

(Note: Dr. Kubow spoke with the Faculty Senate but did not submit a written report
based on the three question areas.)


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.




2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.




3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?




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                  OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIP SERVICES

                              Dave Farrokh, Director


The Office of Scholarship Services (OSS) is responsible for all scholarship processing for
undergraduate and graduate students. OSS works closely with the Kean University
Foundation, Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Admissions, academic departments and
all student services departments in creating and maintaining student scholarships.

1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

      Over 300 students received KUF scholarships totaling in excess of $500,000.
      The scholarship competition is better advertised through Keanwise, Cougar’s
       Byte, and email correspondence.
      Over 700 students applied for 08 / 09 awards.
      The Scholarship Handbook offers greater specificity by providing listings by
       academic division and includes a separate section for graduate scholarships.
      A record number of external scholarships were received in 08 / 09.
      The “Transforming Lives” capital campaign, reported by Connie Alexis-Laona
       from the Kean University Foundation, has raised scholarship support.


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.

      With more and better-qualified students applying for scholarships, the financial
       need to meet the demand becomes greater.
      Scholarship opportunities to historically underrepresented areas (i.e. College of
       Business, Graduate College) must be increased.
      Attracting and retaining high achieving freshmen through scholarship support
       must be achieved.
      Developing fully electronic application(s), including faculty reference forms and
       related security issues, must be resolved.
      Provide increasingly positive experience for donors to ease their gifting process.




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3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

These challenges are being addressed currently with short-term and log-term strategies
for completion. Several are dependent on complementary campus resources.

      KUF fundraising and campus campaigns address the increasing financial needs of
       students as part of the overall assistance provided by Financial Aid. Need is a
       function of the student body, cost of attendance, and the variable commitment of
       state support.
      Campus Campaign has identified the needs of underrepresented groups.
      For 2009-2010, a new freshman merit scholarship program commenced, offering
       far more support to better-qualified students.
      The Office of Scholarship Services is exploring electronic application options
       with OCIS for cost effectiveness, security, and ease of use for stakeholders.
      The Fall Scholarship Reception for 2009 was the best attended to date. Several
       small luncheons with donor and students were held successfully subsequent to the
       annual reception.




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                        GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

                                 Roxie A. James, Director


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.

A. Current Program: Rationale for Change

The General Education Committee proposed an Academic Revision within the General
Education (GE) Program Structure. The rationale for the revision was based on the New
State-Wide Transfer Agreement approved by the New Jersey President’s Council (NJPC)
Executive Board on December 22, 2006. The following recommendations to revise the
current general education program will align Kean University’s programs with
requirements at two-year colleges, ensure compliance with New Jersey transfer
legislation and maintain the integrity of our academic programs. The approval process
went from Department Curriculum Committee, University GE Committee, University
Curriculum Committee, and Faculty Senate.

The academic revisions were formulated from discussion, advisement, recommendation
and deliberation to consider broad impact to facilities and resources by Dr. Vinton
Thompson (former Provost/VPAA), Dr. Steve Kubow (Director of the Center for
Academic Success), Dr. Roxie James (Director of General Education), Dr. Linda Best
(Chair of the English Department) and Dr. John Dobosiewicz (Chair of the University
General Education Committee).


B. Planned Programs

Revision 1
Separate general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of
Science (B.S.) degree students are proposed. All B.S. degree programs are advised to
evaluate the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree requirements of local two-year colleges
to align their programs to accept all transfer credits especially at the intermediate level
(1000-2000). This issue is of particular importance for programs currently accepting the
transfer of 2000 level courses at the 3000 level. These programs should evaluate their
courses to provide alignment with the A.S. degree requirements and reduce the number of
transfer credits accepted at the 3000 level. The general education requirements for
students transferring with the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree are well aligned with our
proposed revisions. However, B.A. degree programs are recommended to also evaluate
current practices of accepting transfer credits for upper level courses. We need to
maintain the integrity of the major discipline.




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Revision 2
Concentrations will no longer be required for general education; therefore each academic
program must consider the placement of the current concentration on their respective
guide sheets. Some recommendations include the following models for transitioning the
concentration:

      No impact for students with dual majors (i.e.: Education)
      Open concentration: Move 6 credits to free electives or reduce the total number of
       credits in your program (not less than 120 semester hours)
      Encumbered concentrations: Move to ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (This
       may help resolve issues with A.S. transfer students) or reduce the total number of
       credits in your program. Students should be encouraged to complete minor.




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          The proposed general education guide sheets (effective Fall 2009) are as follows:

                                   Revised General Education Requirements for
                                     Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs

Minimum 46-48 Semester Hours (S.H.)
Foundations Requirements 13 S.H.
GE 1000 Transition to Kean ______________________                1___
ENG 1030 Composition _________________________                   3___
*MATH 1000, 1010, 1016________________________                   3___
COMM 1402 Speech Communication ______________                    3___
GE 202X Research & Technology _________________                  3___
*Individual programs may designate an appropriate freshman level math course.

Disciplinary & Interdisciplinary Distribution Requirements:
Humanities 9 S.H.
**ENG 2403 World Literature ____________________                3___
Select two different courses from below:
Fine Arts / Art History___________________________              3___
Philosophy or Religion __________________________               3___
Foreign Languages (must take I & II for credit)_______          3___
Music or Theater _______________________________                3___
Interdisciplinary _______________________________               3___

Social Sciences 9 S.H.
**HIST 1000 Civil Society in America ________ ____              3___
Select two different courses from below:
Psychology __________________________________                   3___
Economics or Geography________________________                  3___
Political Science ___________________________ ___               3___
Sociology or Anthropology ______________________                3___
Interdisciplinary __________________________ ____               3___

Science and Mathematics 10 or 11 S.H.
MATH 1010;1016;1054 or CPS 1031;1032;1231_____                  3 ___
Lab Sciences ________________________________                   4 ___
Science course _______________________________               3/4 ___
(Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Astronomy; Geology;
Meteorology; Earth Science; Interdisciplinary).

Health & Physical Education 2 or 3 S.H.
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health ____________              3___
Or
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society           3___
Or Two one-credit P. E. D. courses _________________            2___

Capstone (3 credits) To be counted in the major or as GE
GE Major Capstone ____________________________                  3 ___

**Required course




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                                   Revised General Education Requirements for
                                    Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs

Minimum 35 Semester Hours (S.H.)

Foundations Requirements 13 S.H.
GE 1000 Transition to Kean ______________________                 1___
ENG 1030 Composition _________________________                    3___
*MATH 1000, 1010, 1016_________________________                   3___
COMM 1402 Speech Communication ______________                     3___
GE 202X Research & Technology _________________                   3___
*Individual programs may designate an appropriate math course.

Disciplinary & Interdisciplinary Distribution Requirements:
Humanities 6 S.H.
**ENG 2403 World Literature ____________________                  3___
Select one course from below:
Fine Arts / Art History___________________________                3___
Philosophy or Religion __________________________                 3___
Foreign Languages (must take I & II for credit)_______            3___
Music or Theater _______________________________                  3___
Interdisciplinary _______________________________                 3___

Social Sciences 6 S.H.
**HIST 1000 Civil Society in America __________ __                3___
Select one course from below:
Psychology __________________________________                     3___
Economics or Geography________________________                    3___
Political Science _______________________________                 3___
Sociology or Anthropology ______________________                  3___
Interdisciplinary _______________________________                 3___

Science and Mathematics 7 S.H.
MATH 1010; 1016; 1054 or CPS 1031; 1032; 1231                 3___
#Lab Sciences ________________________________                4___
(#Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Astronomy; Geology; Meteorology;
Earth Science)

Capstone (3 credits) To be counted in the major or as GE
GE Major Capstone ____________________________                    3 ___

**Required course




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The above changes will affect almost all undergraduate programs on campus.
Departments should contact the GE Committee for assistance and guidance to provide for
as seamless a transition possible. In addition, departments should encourage faculty to
teach Research & Technology (GE 202X) and appoint a GE liaison to review GE
foundation courses and align Capstone courses with major concepts and theories and
general education skills and cognition. Departments may still use the capstone as either a
General Education Requirement or a Major Requirement.


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.
    Advisement of freshmen in GE 1000 courses needs improvement.
    90% of all GE courses are taught by adjuncts
    Evaluation of faculty teaching GE 1000 and GE 202X needs improvement.
      Evaluation and professional development of faculty teaching all GE courses also
      needs improvement.
    Research and Technology course curricula is not consistent across all sections.
    Student assessment is not uniform across all GE courses. In GE Foundation
      courses students are required to take the pre- and post-online survey during the
      first and last week of classes respectively. The survey takes about 5 minutes.
      Survey results are available to professors during the dates specified on the
      Assessment Calendar. This information provides a profile of student attitudes and
      experiences with which can enhance teaching methods and materials.
    Uniform assessment models need to be developed and implemented across all GE
      courses.
    The failure and repeat rate is very high for challenging courses such as College
      Algebra (MATH 1000) and English Composition (ENG 1030-31, 32, 33, 34).

3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?
    All GE Faculty will be trained in use of the Degree Audit EVAL system during
      Annual Summer Workshop.
    An evaluation schedule began Fall 2008 and will continue Spring Semester 2009.
    The number of resident faculty must be increased since more than 90% of most
      GE classes are taught by adjunct faculty.
    A liaison is needed from each College to assist in Research and Technology
      course development and faculty training to help ensure a consistent curriculum.
    To help resolve the low retention rate in Math 1000 and English Composition, the
      GE Department has proposed hiring and training of part-time Math and English
      Composition Instructors to assist in teaching first level courses. These instructors
      would also be responsible for advisement and tutoring.




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               UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

                             Jack Sargent, Chairman


1. Identify and describe the current or planned program(s) that will have a positive
impact on Kean University’s academic offerings.
     The UCC procedures manual and all transmittal forms are now located online.


      The approval of new guide sheets is in process.


2. What current and / or future challenges do you foresee in implementing these
programs? Please consider areas that may include staffing, financial, facilities,
program certifications, etc.
    New programs are being created, but there is no process to hire support faculty for
      new programs.
    Bridge classes are classes that are part undergraduate and part graduate student.
      The requirements for each group are different. The courses are offered to allow
      students in both groups to find the classes they need. Recently, these classes have
      been cancelled. This creates a problem, especially for smaller programs, that need
      this type of class to fulfill course requirements and prevent classes from being
      cancelled. The faculty wants input in this decision.
    There is concern that Kean is compromising its mission of a Liberal Arts
      Education. Right now major requirements are limited to 40 credits per major.
      However, over half the programs on campus currently require 40- 75 credits to be
      taken within the major.


3. How do you propose to overcome or resolve any challenges to improve the
academic quality of Kean University based on your plans?

No recommendations were provided for #3.




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