Strategic Plan Progress Report December 2018

Health Sciences

  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • The School hosted its annual career fair and residency showcase on November 4 and had a total of 38 employers and residency programs present for the event. This marks the greatest number of employers participating in the five years of holding the event.
    • New programs in Occupational Therapy (at the doctoral level) and Social Work (at the master’s level) are being developed, providing two new areas for growth in health science offerings that currently show high labor demand.
    • The School has begun discussions with Leo Pharmaceuticals (Madison, N.J.) about developing an innovation competition for students within the program, allowing students to work as teams on developing a branding and messaging strategy around the re-launch of a new dermatological product planned for 2019.
    • The 2019 Pieroni Lecture speaker will be Richard Guarino, MD (President, Oxford Pharmaceuticals and Vice President, Medical Affairs, Validus Pharmaceuticals). Dr. Guarino is an FDU alumnus and will be speaking to students about the future of drug and device development in America.

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Investor meetings are being held this week to discuss architectural and construction plans for the hotel on the Metropolitan Campus, with the hope of reducing construction costs and making the project more appealing to investors.
  • Taiwan and China recruitment efforts have contributed to some of the enrollment increase in Vancouver, as noted in the last update. The School was invited to present lectures and workshops in Taipei (May and July) on behalf of Shih Chien University for hotel executives, and undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of tourism marketing and wine education.
  • The Eta Sigma Delta International Honor Society inducted 32 hospitality students during a formal candle lighting ceremony and reception for families in Hennessy Hall.
  • The School revamped its marketing materials and pull-up displays for educational shows and continues its outreach via social media.
  • FDU was a sponsor at the Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of New York annual dinner to increase brand awareness and secure potential scholarships for students.
  • A new undergraduate Event Planning Certificate will be launched in spring 2019.
  • The School is pursuing a China initiative to offer a hospitality summer camp in New Jersey, which we hope will lead to increased enrollments from China.

Silberman College of Business

  • Silberman welcomed 200 Junior Achievement high school students to the Florham Campus on October 30. This is part of our outreach effort to attract new students—business and nonbusiness—to FDU.
  • The College is more actively engaging alumni, prospective students and the business community through social media. The College also met with one potential employer about using interns supervised by our Director of Social Media to help small businesses with their social media platforms.
  • The College announced the appointment of Dr. Dale G. Caldwell (on October 4) as Executive Director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Caldwell, the author of “Intelligent Influence: The 4 Steps of Highly Successful Leaders and Organizations,” has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and 20 years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach. The mission of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to support, promote and research family, veteran and student entrepreneurship. Over the last 29 years, the Institute has been at the forefront of developments in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. It has attracted to FDU’s campuses speakers of national renown. The Institute has celebrated both locally grown and globally successful companies while raising financial support for students wishing to obtain an education in business and entrepreneurship.

School of Public and Global Affairs

  • To complement the Orefice Family Graduate Scholarship fund, the School has added the Elizabeth and Mark Meyer Scholarship for Global Affairs fund and the Ellen Chapman and Michael Moss Scholarship fund in Public Affairs.
  • The School has brought on board a full-time recruiter for the MPA and MA in Global Affairs.

School of the Arts

  • The first School of the Arts Convocation took place on October 24. It was a great success and included student performances, a student film that introduced the program and presentations by President Capuano, University Provost Small and Brian Gonsar, an alum who spoke about his successful film career since graduating.
  • On November 28, the School’s Living-Learning Community, comprised of freshmen from all of the arts disciplines, presented “Topsy Turvy,” an original musical created by the students.
  • On December 6, the Advisory Board will participate in a visioning session led by the Angeletti Group. The focus of this session will be on setting fund-raising objectives and how to build a donor base.
  • The theater program’s second production of the season, Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” runs from December 5-9.

University Advancement

  • The One University Many Dreams Campaign Steering Committee met on November 14 to review campaign progress, which totaled more than $46 million.
  • More than 300 guests attended the campaign kick-off dinner at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4.
  • Campaign commitments announced at the kick-off dinner brought the total committed thus far to more than $60 million.
  • Moreover, the official goal of the campaign was increased from $75 million to $100 million.
  • Cash contributions received by the University through October 31, 2018, were $3,143,760, an increase of 178% compared to October 31, 2017.
  • Several crowdsourcing fundraising initiatives are planned for early in 2019 to address decreasing numbers of alumni that give to the University.

Other Important Strategic Initiatives

  • Restructuring Across the New Jersey Campuses
    • The University Provost has held a meeting with the deans, chairs and directors of University College and Becton College and has developed a plan for working groups of faculty and administrators.
    • The working groups are now meeting and will make recommendations on restructuring to the University Provost by the end of February 2019.
    • The University Provost has also started discussions about revising the faculty review process and other changes to the Faculty Handbook, in accordance with anticipated changes.
    • A plan for better aligning the class times on the two New Jersey campuses has also been developed. Changes to class times will be effective beginning in fall 2019.
  • New Academic Programs
    • Newly developed programs include a fully online Master of Social Work, Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Associate of Science in General Science for Latino Promise students, which will provide opportunities in STEM for Hispanic students in our region. Following Board approval, these programs will be submitted to the state for approval.
    • Below is a timeline for rollout of some of the new programs we have developed or are in the process of developing, assuming all are approved by the FDU Board of Trustees and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council:
      • August 2019        Master of Public Health (fully online with TLH)
      •  August 2019       Associate of Science in General Science
      • January 2020      Master of Social Work (fully online with TLH)
      • August 2020        Doctor of Education
      • January 2021      Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
      • August 2021        Master of Education
      • January 2022      Doctor of Occupational Therapy
      • August 2024        Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Vancouver Campus Expansion
    • Under the leadership of the new Campus Executive, Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, enrollment continues to grow at the Vancouver Campus, with just over 900 students enrolled this fall and a planned enrollment of 940 students for spring 2019. We plan to continue growing in Vancouver by expanding to new space and establishing additional programs.
  • Revitalizing the Metropolitan Campus
    • Recognizing that there is a need to revitalize the Metropolitan Campus, we are addressing this from many aspects, including facilities, academic programs and marketing. We are also excited about rolling out a Sustainability theme at the University and better focusing many of the associated activities and programs at the Metropolitan Campus, making the new Campus Union building a focal point for such activities and programs.