From the Provost
Announcements courtesy of the Provost Office
Recently released data about the UA System Fall 2010 closing enrollment shows that UAS led the system in growth of student credit hours and full-time-equivalent students. All three UAS campuses had increased headcount and UAS increased the number of First-time Freshmen by nearly 20%! Details at www.alaska.edu/swbir/ir/students/closing_reports/Fall2010ClosingEnrollmentReport.pdf
UPDATE--WILSON FUND FOR FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In November 2010 Faculty Senate reviewed and approved a plan to increase funding available to faculty for professional development—up to $1,500 per year. The guidelines and process for requesting such funds can be found at www.uas.alaska.edu/facultyhandbook/faculty-development-fund
FACULTY REVIEW OF COURSE PRE-REQUISITES BY MARCH 1
Faculty are asked to review all course pre-requisites no later than March 1, 2011. A memo sent recently to deans, directors, and department heads/program coordinators notes that beginning Fall semester 2011, UAS will be checking to ensure that students have the required pre-requisites.
UAS STRATEGIC AND ASSESSMENT PLANNING—ALMOST THERE!
The UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan is nearing completion. We expect the final version to be delivered by January 31, 2011; Dr. George Copa will be forwarding the final version to the Chancellor. A plan is under development to share the final version widely with the university community and beyond. For updates about this process, please go to the Provost’s Office website at www.uas.alaska.edu/provost/sap10_17.html
A Faculty Senate committee, led by President Sherry Tamone, is exploring creation of an honors program that would enhance retention of highly-talented students by providing them with increased opportunities.
FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS—DEADLINE MARCH 1
Please consider nominating faculty members for the UAS Faculty Excellence Awards in teaching, research, and service. A new award will also be made for the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member. Details at www.uas.alaska.edu/FacultySenate/faculty-excellence-awards.html