Strategic Plan Progress Report December 2017

Health Sciences

  • Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • The 2017 NCLEX-RN pass rate, through November 30, 2017, is 90.7%.
    • The School expects to enroll additional MSN students at both New Jersey campuses this spring.
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Began development of a Master of Public Health program, which will include tracks in Global Public Health, Healthcare Analytics and Health Outcomes, and Public Health Policy. The three tracks will closely align with the University’s global mission and other programs within the University.
    • Actively searching for a program director to lead the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, with pre-accreditation expected in Fall 2019 and first enrollment expected in Spring 2020.
    • Formally entered the accreditation queue for the MS in Physician Assistant Studies, with pre-accreditation expected in Fall 2020 and first enrollment expected in Spring 2021.
    • The School recently held a Pinnacle Society event, featuring a panel discussion on the future of healthcare, including Dr. Thomas Carlough (Head Informaticist, Atlantic Health Systems), Dr. John Colaizzi (Specialty Pharmacy Lead for Walgreens), Dr. Craig Dolan (Vice President for RxO Outcomes, McKesson), and Dr. Nancy Palamara (Director of Pharmacy, Holy Name Hospital).
    • The School has begun pursuing continued initiatives around addressing the epidemic of opioid abuse and misuse, including a number of key initiatives with PublicMind (conducting public opinion research on the perception of opioids and addiction), the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J., and several other key partners.
    • Pharmacy students have now logged over 5,000 collective service hours during the 2017 year, as part of their Service Learning courses at several partner sites, including Give Kids the World (Kissimmee, Fla.), New Jersey AIDS Services (Morristown, N.J.), and The Morristown Abbey Assisted Living Facility (Florham Park, N.J.).

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Discussions between a major hotel group and the prospective owner/developer of the proposed hotel on the Metropolitan Campus are under way and should conclude by the end of the year or soon thereafter.
  • New Jersey’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development awarded the School with a $1.2 million grant to create a Talent Development Center for Retail, Hospitality & Tourism to facilitate employment and training opportunities in New Jersey. FDU was the only private institution out of seven colleges to receive state funds under this initiative. A total of $2.5 million has been awarded to the School from the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development since 2013.
  • A record 35 students were inducted into the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Honor Society. A recognition ceremony was held at Hennessey Hall on November 19, with invited parents and family members in attendance.
  • Wroxton: Six students admitted and three pending applications for the first MS cohort in Spring 2018.

Silberman College of Business

  • The College’s application to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards for approval of its curriculum has been accepted. This means that students who graduate from the specialization in Wealth Management and Financial Planning are eligible to sit for the CFP exam. This is a big boost to the College’s wealth management program, which will be the College’s signature academic offering and will create a halo effect for other Silberman programs.
  • The College has reached the $250,000 target in its short-term fundraising challenge, which will enable the College to hire three key staff positions for its wealth management initiative: one in placement, outreach and fundraising; one in social media and website design; and one in instructional design.
  • A list of major prospective donors is under development, with the goal of raising $17 million for the College as part of the upcoming capital campaign ($9 million to support programming in wealth management and $8 million to support the renovation of the science building at the Florham Campus, which will eventually become the College’s new home).

School of Public and Global Affairs

  • The School is introducing a new MA in Global Affairs to consular and diplomatic personnel in New York City with the support of many consuls general. This program is expected to draw more enrollment among diplomats and UN staff than the MAS with a concentration in Diplomacy has drawn historically.

School of the Arts

  • The marketing plan for the MFA in Film and the MFA and MA in Animation is in progress with Spark 451 and will be launched in early December.
  • Krystine Doerfler and Rosemary Espanol have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the School of the Arts Advisory Board.
  • With the help of Chris Johnson, a preliminary meeting has taken place with the builders and architects of the space formerly occupied by the Madison Theater to explore a possible relationship with their new project and the School of the Arts.
  • The course in Entrepreneurship designed for arts majors and taught by Silberman College’s Dom Celentano has been very successful.
  • A new hire in Animation will be in place for Fall 2018 to serve the increasing student demand for this program.
  • Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” is being presented by our Theater program commencing December 6.

University Advancement

  • As of December 1, 2017, capital campaign commitments are now in excess of $37 million.
  • With the purchase of Classy, University Advancement now has the capability to conduct crowd-sourcing fundraising for specific projects throughout the University, which should increase alumni participation significantly.

Other Important Strategic Initiatives

  • Restructuring – The contract with our external consultants (Lismore Advisors) has been signed and they are working on determining best practices for restructuring and potential efficiency gains. The consultants met with the internal Advisory Committee on November 9, 2017, to discuss various issues. Initial recommendations from the consultants are expected before the March Board meeting.
  • Online Division – A plan is close to completion to determine which existing online programs at the University The Learning House will take over marketing and recruitment for beginning in Summer 2018, as well as which new programs they will develop for online offering. Final details, including tuition and fees for all online programs at the University, will be determined soon, and we hope to sign a contract with The Learning House by the end of the month (December 2017).
  • Retention/Graduation Rates – Concerning the initiative to improve retention and graduation rates at both New Jersey campuses, the recommendations of the Task Force are due on December 18, 2017. We will work to implement some of Task Force’s recommendations beginning in Spring 2018.
  • Business/Applied STEM Academy in Englewood, N.J.
    • The Englewood Superintendent of Schools submitted a proposal for our joint-school concept to LG, who we previously met with to discuss financial support. Other corporations will be receiving proposals as well, including ADP and several others.
    • Our AVP for Government and Community affairs spoke to Senator Weinberg this week and had a chance to describe the joint-school concept. She was very excited at the prospect. The Englewood Superintendent of Schools and our AVP will meet with Senator Weinberg and Assemblyman Johnson in January to present the concept more thoroughly and seek their feedback. Once it is tailored, we will advise the New Jersey Governor-elect’s office as well.
    • The Englewood Superintendent of Schools has budgeted close to $200,000 for FDU student teachers. He is asking for as many student teachers as FDU can provide to be bused to Englewood to perform two functions: 1) student teach in classrooms to fulfill their practicum requirement and 2) tutor students in a 2-on-1 setting.