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A Season for ReflectiON and AppreciatiON

by Vera Zdravkovich, Vice President for Instruction

With fall semester ending and 2001 rapidly becoming a memory, please take time to reflect with me on the distance we have traveled intellectually, technologically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our intellectual prowess and expertise have been nationally recognized and appreciated with an assortment of awards.  We received state and national awards for exemplary programs in online training and instructional leadership.  We have forged partnerships and stronger relationships with the other 15 selected institutions participating in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Greater Expectation Consortium.  We have received new grant awards from the National Science Foundation (NFS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other agencies.  A number of our faculty members hold positions in state and national organizations. One faculty member was elected vice president of a national association.  One of our adjunct faculty members represents adjunct faculty statewide on the Faculty Advisory Council to the Maryland Association of Higher Education.

Our online course offerings continue to increase as faculty complete online training and put up excellent online courses.  We offered 18 online courses in fall 1999.  This fall we offered 70 online courses.  We are now able to offer six degrees and four certificate programs online.

We have been and will continue to address the content and rigor of our courses.  We started by rewriting master syllabi in assessable terms.  Departments have prepared course assessment plans to implement during the spring semester.

We have five more classrooms equipped with multimedia lecterns.  More and more faculty are incorporating Blackboard and PowerPoint in their courses.

We are physically more accessible to our students.  The Metro Center, in its second year, continues to thrive.  We opened the Laurel Center this spring in partnership with Howard Community College.  Our International Center here on campus, while still virtual, is established and growing.

Emotionally and spiritually, we drew together as a community to cope with the tragedy of the September 11 attack.  We mourned and still mourn for innocent victims.  We recognize the blessing of each day that we are given, and understand that tomorrow is not promised.  We have gained greater appreciation for our families, each other, and our country.

Please take time to reflect, enjoy, and rejuvenate during this special time of year; and accept my best wishes for the season and the New Year.


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 2

Fall 2001