Strategic Plan Progress Report March 2018

Health Sciences

  • Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • The 2017 NCLEX-RN official report was released on March 5 and FDU’s pass rate was an impressive 91.38%, among the highest in New Jersey.
    • The MSN program at the Florham Campus now has 31 students. We are currently reviewing applications for the summer intake.
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • The School has established its first-ever Post-Graduate Fellowship program, in partnership with Becton Dickinson and in the area of health economics outcomes research (HEOR). This competitive fellowship program, open to our graduating students, will provide a one-year, fully compensated post-graduate training opportunity alongside world-class leaders at BD who are exploring health outcomes for the products and services they provide.
    • The School continues to establish new partnerships with industry, including an extensive suite of student placement opportunities at Sanofi, Westward Pharmaceuticals, and several new topic areas within Becton Dickinson.
    • The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program has been developed and evaluated by an external consultant, in hopes of receiving state authorization to grant the degree this spring, and recruitment of an inaugural MPH class by Fall 2019. This program will be built around several key areas of strategic opportunity and synergy with existing health science offerings, including health analytics, health policy, and population health in addiction and recovery.
    • Three students from the School have been selected to participate in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical rotations. This highly competitive opportunity is open to all students at pharmacy schools nationwide.
    • The School has continued to deepen its partnership between the Lewis Center for Healthcare Innovation and Technology and the Accreditation Council for Health Care (ACHC), specifically in aligning continuing education offerings and services in the area of sterile compounding best practices. An exploration into the potential for a curriculum focused on best practices in alignment with ACHC’s Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is being developed, with initial offerings scheduled to take place this summer at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
    • The School has received a $10,000 Diversity and Inclusion grant from Walgreens for the purpose of providing funding to the School’s service learning initiatives and scholarship funds for participants in the program.
    • The School has also received a $10,000 gift from CVS Health for the education and training of Hispanic students in the health sciences.

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • A meeting with a major hotel group and a prospective Metropolitan Campus hotel investor took place on January 19, 2018. The meeting went very well and a new pro forma, including anticipated FDU business for the hotel, is being developed. We hope to meet again soon to review the new pro forma and determine next steps.
  • Several students have been admitted for the summer and fall terms in Wroxton, but only two have deposited thus far. At this point we are deferring all applicants to a fall intake with the hope of enrolling our first class.
  • A new culinary course (Quantity Foods cooking class) has been added to the fall 2018 curriculum, as part of the School’s Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) accreditation requirement. FDU Student Union cafeteria kitchens will be utilized as learning labs.
  • An Events Management specialization/minor will be introduced in fall 2018.
  • Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science program is up 3% from spring 2017.

Silberman College of Business

  • Building on efforts to brand Silberman around wealth management, the College held three speaker’s breakfast events in New York City at the Union League Club during fall 2017. About 25 people attended each. The College will continue the series in spring 2018, only with three lunchtime events.
    • March 1, “Blockchain and Cryptocurrency” (Marc Baskin, Founder and CEO, Cryptokist)
    • April 12, “Will AI Take My Job?” (George Pace, Director – IT Infrastructure, Prudential Financial)
    • May 3, “Understanding the New Tax Law” (Neil Tipograph, Tax Partner, Imowitz Koenig & Co, LLP)
  • Silberman continues to invite high school students/prospective FDU students to campus to attend “Business and Beyond” sessions that include sitting in on a business class. In fall 2017, 292 students came to our campuses compared to 261 students in fall 2016. We have nine similar events scheduled for spring 2018, compared to just five for spring 2017. We are adding a special dinner event on March 13 to all admitted business students on the Florham Campus that will include breakout sessions by major with alumni, faculty, and current students. If successful, we plan to repeat the event at the Metropolitan Campus.
  • Silberman held nine Professional Development Program (PDP) events in fall 2017 with 390 students attending. Eight similar sessions are scheduled for spring 2018, including a session on workplace issues. Motivated by the “Me Too” Movement, these sessions are intended to help our students understand how to handle workplace harassment issues. PDP sessions are open to all FDU students.
  • Four Silberman Global Faculty Fellows are teaching again at the IESEG School of Management in Paris and/or in Lille during March: Scott Behson, Burcak Ertimur, Li Qin, and C. Michele Scott.

School of Public and Global Affairs

  • The Executive Council members of the School’s Advisory Board will collaborate on a 12-week Seminar in International Trade for the students in the MA in Global Affairs program.
  • The inaugural Advisory Board consists of nine members: Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, USMC, ret.; Mark Campbell, former National Political Director, Cruz for President; Tim Castano, President, New Start New Jersey; Loredana Cromarty, Director of Government Affairs, Allergen; Madelyn Ferraro, Vice President for Government Affairs, Atlantic Health; Paul Fishman, former US Attorney, DOJ; Col. Michael Hitchcock, CEO, Spartent Global Solutions; Kevin Ryan, CEO, Covenant House; and Rick Thigpen, VP for State Government Affairs, PSEG.
  • A study of alumni and current student satisfaction in the MPA program has been completed, which included recruiting former students for testimonials about the University and their graduate program.
  • New websites for the MPA and the MA in Global Affairs have been launched and newly printed materials have been published.
  • New specializations within the Master of Public Administration have been created, in Public Policy and in Global Affairs.
  • To step up recruiting for the MA in Global Affairs offered at consulates in New York City, we presented at a meeting of Latin American Consuls General and hosted Mexico’s Consul General on a campus visit.

School of the Arts

  • Spark 451 has launched the marketing plan for the MFA in Film and the MA and MFA in Animation on Facebook, Instagram, and AdWords. Brochures for the School have been completed as well.
  • A gift of $500,000 over five years has been made to the School by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The first installment of this gift, in the amount of $150,000, has been received and will go towards the creation of a Dance Studio, a Writers’ House, the purchase of motion capture software, and student scholarships.
  • Bill Stephney, founding CEO of Def Jam records, has joined the Advisory Board.
  • The Board was presented with an overall fundraising goal of $3 million by June 2023. It is expected that this goal will be reached prior to that date and additional dollars added to it.
  • This semester, a pilot section of the course in marketing for arts majors is being taught by Silberman College’s Ann Huser.   
  • The Barn Theater’s production of “Be a Good Little Widow” ran from March 2 through March 5.
  • The spring musical, “Sister Act,” starts on Friday, March 23, with an evening of “Dinner and a Show” on Friday, March 24.
  • “Scatterbrains,” an original musical by FDU student Julian Bliss, will be performed in the Dreyfuss Theater on Sunday, April 15.
  • Our Senior Thesis Film Screenings will be held at the Morris Museum on Tuesday, April 24.
  • Our Images Student Arts Festival will be held on Wednesday, April 25.
  • The final production of our theater season will be Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” from May 2 through May 6 in the Dreyfuss Theater.
  • The Senior Thesis Animation and Video Games Showing will take place on Tuesday, May 8.

University Advancement

  • University Advancement has secured more than $478,000 in expendable scholarships so far this year.
  • In FY 2018, cash donations received to date have increased by nearly 20% and the number of alumni donors has increased by 5%.
  • Total commitments to One University, Many Dreams is in excess of $37 million, including the recent commitments of several trustees totaling more than $1 million, a $1-million gift from alumnus Marye Ruzila for scholarships for the Silberman College of Business and support of the Career Development Center, $850,000 from alumnus Paul Schmidt for the new Campus Union Building on the Metropolitan Campus, and an anonymous gift of $500,000 for the proposed School of the Arts.
  • With the purchase of Classy, University Advancement has a new on-line platform to better engage alumni through social media crowd-sourcing and peer-to-peer fundraising. Several targeted projects are expected to go live beginning in mid-April 2018.

Other Important Strategic Initiatives

  • Restructuring – The consultants (Lismore Advisors) have been collecting additional FDU data and their report should be finalized in March 2018.
  • Online Division – We have recently signed a 7-year contract with The Learning House to partner with us on instructional design, marketing, and retention of students for a number of programs. The Learning House will begin marketing a number of our existing online programs for enrollment in fall 2018, and will also be working with us on offering some of our face-to-face programs online. Initial programs are mostly in business, nursing, and some programs in Petrocelli College.
  • Retention/Graduation Rates – Following up on the recommendations of the Task Force on the First-Year Experience, we are currently investigating the best way to test incoming students for placement in math and reading courses. We are also hoping to launch our first Honors Academy class for high-achieving students in fall 2018. The goal is to take up to a total of 20 students across both New Jersey campuses in the inaugural class; we are currently screening applicants.
  • Career interest assessment is being provided to freshmen prior to orientation to improve academic advising.
  • Traci Banks will be leading intervention initiatives based upon predictive indicators that students are at risk.
  • Non-cognitive assessment is being conducted on a large number of second semester freshmen to identify who is at risk of not persisting
  • Completion micro-grants were provided in the spring and will be provided again to students in the summer – namely to students nearing graduation who have outstanding financial balances.
  • Currently restructuring the admissions process at the undergraduate, graduate, and international levels to expedite decision making, create efficiencies, and reduce labor.
  • Centralizing the disbursement of private and endowed funds for students through the Financial Aid Office to improve leveraging ability, reduce the discount rate, and expend funds allocated for the year.