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Goal 2Gain a National Reputation Through Key Academic Programs and Scholarship

Objective A

Identify and enhance funding for programs of special prominence or that are deserving of continuing support

  • Identification of 10 programs as prominent/promising.
  • Discontinuation of 2 programs
  • Initiation of three new programs and a new department (Modeling, Simulation and Visualization)
  • Merger of 4 programs to form 2.
  • Revisit each program every five years to ensure that resources are properly directed to prominent and core programs.
  • Prominent/ promising programs:
    • A&L: GPIS and MFA, Creative Writing
    • CBPA: Maritime and Supply Chain Management and Public Administration
    • DCOE: Counseling and Communication Disorders
    • BCET: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • CoHS: Online Graduate Nursing
    • CoS: Oceanography; Physics
  • Discontinued: MA in Recreation and Tourism and Master of Engineering in Motorsports Engineering
  • New programs: undergraduate program in Modeling and Simulation, PhD emphasis in Biomedical Engineering, MA in Communication
  • Mergers: Ph.D. programs in Literacy Leadership, Early Childhood and Curriculum and Instruction part of Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with 3 tracks; separate PhD programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering are now combined.
  • Annual reviews of programs and five year review cycle of all graduate programs, effective fall 2012. Seven doctoral and eleven masters programs will have completed external reviews by summer 2013.

Objective B

Coordinate and enhance promotional and recruiting activities; increase alumni and community engagement

  • Endowment size; growth of 23% from 2008-2009 to 2011-12-at $168.1 million.
  • Increased mention of ODU in national and international media.
  • Increased national rankings of programs by 2013.
  • Increased availability, dissemination, and web use of recruitment materials drawn from surveys of newly enrolled students.
  • Improved financial aid packaging to allow for earlier notification of awards.
  • Increased alumni activities and involvement, private donations, annual giving, and number of donors, using 2008-09 as baseline.
  • Increased percentage of top quality graduate students, along with top freshman and transfer undergraduate students, as measured by SATs, GPAs class rank, etc.
  • Development:
    Total gifts, pledges, and expectations: increase of 148% from 2008-09 to 2011-12-at $30,500,034
  • MS in Accounting students won Association of Governmental Accounting National Case Competition in 2012 (repeating their 2011 win).
  • Four ODU students created and marketed a student time-management app, "College TA."
  • International Association of Marine Economists (IAME) ranked ODU 8th in the world in port research.
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering Prof. Dean Krusienski produced a film of a robotic arm controlled by steady state visually evoked potential (SSVEP), creating international interest including a Russian television program.
  • Math Prof. John Adam received the 2012 Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the American Mathematical Association and Peter Bernath received the 2012 Benedict Spectroscopy Award.
  • FY 2011 BCET was ranked #88 in NSF rankings (same as previous year) overall, #70 in civil engineering (up from #74 in previous year), #29 in electrical engineering (up from # 39 in previous year), and #29 in mechanical engineering (remained in top 30 as in previous year)
  • DCOE earned the #65 spot (from #113) in the U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools.
  • MBA program earned the 121st spot among 295 part-time MBA Programs in Best Graduate Schools, by U.S. News Media Group, 2012 edition; CBPA ranked 100 in Public Affairs Education by U.S. News & World Report, based on analysis of more than 1200 graduate programs.x
  • GMAT scores of incoming MBA, MS in Accounting, and PhD in Business students increased over previous year; GRE scores of incoming PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy increased over previous year. Increases in SATs, GPAs, and class rank recorded in Engineering and Education.
  • Increase in activity on FB page and Twitter feed; over 6,300 "likes" on Facebook, and almost 900 followers on Twitter.

Objective C

Attract and retain quality graduate students

  • Increase retention of graduate students in first two years of program, by college and department.
  • Decrease average time to degree completion by college and increase in number of PhDs awarded.
  • Increased number and percentage of graduate degree recipients providing job and/or academic placement information.
  • Time to degree for master's students decreased from 3.1 (2008-09) to 2.8 (2011-12); for educational specialists from 9.2 to 7.4; and for doctorates, an overall increase from 4.6 to 5.0.
  • CBPA: 90% of Ph.D. students employed in 2011-2012; DCOE: 100% of Ph.D. recipients provided job and/or academic placement information; BCET: 87% employment among doctoral degree recipients; CoHS: 71% of 2011 Family Nurse Practitioner graduates and 100% of 2011 graduates in Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Administrator, Women's Health Nursing Practitioner, and DNP programs employed within 6 months of graduation; 90% of 2012 Nuclear Medicine graduates employed within 6 months.

Note: Enhanced tracking of A&L and CoS graduates, as well as those graduating from Masters programs will be conducted in coming terms.