Strategic Plan Progress Report June 2017

Health Sciences

  • Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • The NCLEX pass rate for 2016 was 88.52%.
    • Have 55 deposits for incoming nursing majors (BSN program) and 10 deposits for the BS in Health Studies at the Florham Campus (33 and 21 deposits for the same programs at the Metropolitan Campus, respectively); also anticipating our first transfer students in nursing (sophomores and juniors) at the Florham Campus, half of whom will enroll in the RN to BSN program (those who have completed associate degrees in nursing at a community college).
    • Anticipate that enrollment in the MSN program at the Florham Campus will increase to 35+ students in the fall of 2017.
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
    • Students from the School’s graduating class in May included 12 students securing post-graduate residencies and four students securing post-graduate fellowships.
    • The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is teaming up with the School to host a two-day USP <800> compliance workshop at the School, which will be attended by national leaders in sterile compounding and will mark the first step in a joint venture between the School and the Accreditation Commission for Health Care—the parent organization of PCAB.
    • The School’s Dean and University Provost will be attending a workshop and symposium to formally begin the pre-accreditation process for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This session will be part of the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual meeting in Boston, MA.
    • The School held its first annual research symposium, which featured ongoing research projects presented by the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty, students, and local area residents and clinicians. A total of four platform presentations and 25 research posters were presented during the event.
    • The School has piloted a series of longitudinal experiences to provide students an immersive learning environment that is focused on understanding the social, cultural, economic, and psychological challenges associated with healthcare and the treatment and management of disease.  
    • The School is leading a statewide effort to create a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas, research, and holistic approaches to stemming the dramatic increases in opioid abuse and its consequences.

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Agreement with a corporation for a major commitment should be finalized soon.
  • Anticipating first class of 20 students in hospitality management studies at Wroxton this fall. This will be the first full degree program offered at Wroxton College in more than 50 years. Offering study grants to first 10 students who enroll.
  • Fundraising campaign to support the renovation of the North Arms is underway.

Silberman College of Business

  • Engaged in a Leadership Development project with the Silberman Board of Advisors to cultivate the Board and other key alumni as future leaders who will assist Silberman in developing and accomplishing strategic goals going forward. As part of this process, the Board commented on and expressed support for developing wealth and risk management as an important strategic initiative that will become the College’s signature program and will drive a $9 million capital campaign. The boost to Silberman’s reputation in the marketplace will create a halo effect on all academic programs within the College, which should support increased enrollment in traditional majors and should attract more employers to our campuses as well.
  • Developed a dual degree undergraduate program with a partner in France, the IESEG School of Management. Five Silberman faculty taught one-week intensive courses at IESEG this spring as part of the Silberman Global Faculty Fellow and Ambassador programs, which are supported by fundraised/discretionary dollars. Two other Silberman Global Faculty Fellows are teaching and/or doing joint research with universities in the UK and Germany.
  • As of May 8, 2017, freshman deposits in Silberman are up by 73% and 62% at the Florham and Metropolitan campuses, respectively (year to year). We attribute much of the enrollment success to the extensive outreach done to connect us with high school faculty and students. For example, we met with 41 high school teachers to present our programs; had 145 students attend “Business and Beyond” events on both campuses that included being able to sit in on live classes; hosted Junior Achievement events on both campuses attracting over 275 high-achieving high school students; and hosted Virtual Enterprise International’s (VEI) first NJ regional business plan competition, which brought over 150 high school students to campus. Our Placement and Outreach staff and/or key alumni visited six NJ high schools to discuss information literacy and reached 228 high school students.
  • Our placement efforts remain strong. Over 88% of eligible juniors and seniors who were prepared by our Placement staff received internships this past year.
  • We hosted an “Apprentice”-like event on campus for honors students in all majors in Becton and Silberman. An alum who is part owner of Bran (Dracula’s) Castle ( presented a business problem to the students who then worked in groups of six to provide solutions. They then presented to the alum and the Archduke (remaining member of the royal family of Romania), who will adopt many of the ideas/recommendations from the students. We have already begun planning a similar interdisciplinary event for incoming honor students (for fall 2017) with another alum. This effort is a win-win for FDU: it engages students from multiple disciplines on a project that can produce observable outcomes and it engages successful alumni who are looking to reconnect with the University in a way that benefits/adds value to them and to our students.
  • Silberman hosted its second “Shark Tank” event that included student participants from Vancouver as well as from disciplines outside of Silberman. Rachel Catena (Florham Marketing major, junior year) and her company, “The Buzz,” won first place and advanced on to the UPITCH college entrepreneurship competition in Princeton where she won the Audience Choice Award.
  • Fifty faculty who have achieved “scholarly academic” status per our application of AACSB guidelines have published 40 papers and two conference proceedings, and presented at 28 conferences during 2016-17.

School of Public and Global Affairs

  • Secured a commitment from a major philanthropic and public service figure to spearhead the effort to raise money for the new School from new donors, and to help recruit members to the Executive Council of the Advisory Board for the new School—members with significant giving capacity.
    • Completed charge to the Executive Council of the Advisory Board to raise $20 million, the profile for Executive Council members, and the charge to the Advisory Committee more broadly.
    • Drafted a “Case for Support” for the new School, which is to be used in recruiting prospective donors.
    • Began a search for a new Dean of the School in early January 2017. An appointment is anticipated in June 2017 or soon thereafter.
  • Mapped out a plan for expansion of the MPA to Wroxton and Vancouver with transnational classes.

School of the Arts

  • Between spring 2016 and today, we have attracted 18 members to the Advisory Board, all of whom are making philanthropic gifts to the University. A number of them are successful alumni who previously had never been engaged with the University.
  • The cultivation event planned for May at the home of Krystyna Doerfler took place May 17th. Forty people attended, including individuals who have the potential to become Advisory Board members, provide internships for our students, have corporate contacts, and/or are committed to philanthropy in the arts.
  • A professionally produced five-minute video introducing the school to potential donors and industry contacts was shown for the first time at the Doerfler event.
  • Plans for two cultivation dinners in California are being firmed up and will take place on June 26th and 27th.  Garry Kitchen, an alumnus, an “elder statesman in the video game industry,” and a member of the School of the Arts Advisory Board, will be serving as host for both events.
  • The proposals for an MA and MFA in Animation and an MFA in Film are being presented to the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.
  • Internship planning and relationship building continue.
  • The entrepreneurship course created in collaboration with the Silberman College of Business is being offered in Fall 2017, as planned.
  • Planning for a section of UNIV 1002 for Spring 2018 continues.

STEM Education

  • President Capuano initiated a conversation with the superintendent of schools in Englewood, N.J., concerning the establishment of a business and applied technology academy on the campus of Dwight Morrow High School. Public and corporate officials have been informed and meetings to discuss funding to support the proposed academy will commence soon. Congressman Josh Gottheimer has visited FDU three times since his term began in January and is very interested in the project, as are others. The plan is to offer a 7-year program to underrepresented students in Bergen and neighboring counties, which would allow students to begin college coursework during their senior year in high school and earn a bachelor’s degree in business or applied technology at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in just three years following high school.

University Advancement

  • Private and Endowed Scholarships
    • A new $25,000 scholarship from Allergan Pharmaceuticals has been established for pharmacy students.
  • Private Giving to the University
    • Giving is down slightly, year-to-date, although several donors have indicated their intention to include FDU in their estate plans for a total of $11 million.
    • Michele and Dan Logan have committed $335,000 in new funds to the Compass Program.
    • Katie and Ralph Campbell have donated $100,000 to support Wroxton College renovations.
    • Peter and Karen Marmaras have committed $50,000 for the North Arms renovation.
  • Capital Campaign
    • Not including bequests, commitments to One University, Many Dreams are approximately $14 million at this time.
    • Several trustees have already committed large gifts to the upcoming capital campaign, which is encouraging.

New Strategic Initiatives

  • OO4.1 – We have completed cost analyses and SWOT analyses for each program. The University Provost has recently formed an Advisory Committee composed of faculty and administrators who have been charged with analyzing these reports and additional data in order to make recommendations regarding effectively combining, eliminating, or expanding programs and/or resources to ensure efficiencies that will support the overall strategic direction of the University and ensure a sustainable model for our New Jersey campuses.
  • OO6.1 – After meeting with and reviewing a number of vendors as potential partners for increasing our online offerings, we have narrowed it down to two candidates, Wiley or Keypath. We are inviting each back to discuss plans in more depth.  Our goal is to decide on one of these vendors and rapidly move forward so that we can potentially start a few new online programs in the spring of 2018.