Strategic Plan Progress Report October 2018

Health Sciences

  • Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • School of Nursing and Allied Health enrollment for fall 2018 continues to grow on both New Jersey campuses:  BSN – 275 students; BS in Health Studies — 106 students; MSN – 408 students; DNP—54 students. The School is exploring a plan to offer a Ph.D. in Nursing.
    • A CCNE re-accreditation visit for the BSN and MSN programs is scheduled for 2021, and the School has begun planning for the preparation of the Self-Study report.
    • Student outcomes continue to be very favorable in the BSN, MSN and Radiography programs. The NCLEX-RN pass rate for January 1 – June 30, 2018, from the National Council of State Boards for Nursing (NCSBN), was 100%. The full calendar year report for 2018 will be released in March 2019. For Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2018, we had a 100% pass rate. For Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2018, the pass rate was 86%. For Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification, the pass rate was 88.7%. And for the Radiography Licensing Exam, the pass rate was 100%.
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
    • The School conducted a recent alumni survey, which indicated that 96% of alumni said that they would choose our program if they were starting over, and 98% of students said they felt that they received a high quality education and that the program’s educational experience prepared them well for their post-graduate careers.
    • The graduating class of 2018 showed a 16.3% improvement on the North American Pharmacist Licensure (NAPLEX) exam, and the highest performance to date for program graduates.
    • The School has begun working with Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health Medical School on a number of interprofessional collaborations, including a series of programs for the fall and spring terms that include opportunities for students to collaborate on the core Interprofessional Education Consortium (IPEC) competencies of foundation, appreciation, communication and collaboration.
    • The School recently added two newly hired clinical faculty at newly established healthcare sites, one within the intensive and acute care units at Morristown Medical Center and the other at a newly formed site at the Hackensack Meridian Health Clinic in Freehold, N.J.
    • The graduating class of 2018 was successful in securing a total of 14 post-graduate residency opportunities at hospitals across the state and region, and an additional six post-graduate fellowship opportunities at pharmaceutical companies across the region. 
    • The School’s leadership is in the process of searching for a program director for the Master of Public Health program, and is currently working with The Learning House to explore the opportunity of conducting the MPH program online to increase the geographic scope for student recruitment.
    • The School has also begun exploring the viability for several new health science offerings in expanding disciplines, including in the areas of occupational therapy, radiation dosimetry and healthcare administration.

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • An updated Pro Forma for the hotel on the Metropolitan Campus has been shared with a second investor group, which met with FDU a week ago. The investor group and another firm are working to reduce the projected cost of construction of the hotel and/or some annual operating costs, with the goal of making the recovery of investment more expeditious and appealing to prospective investors. Once a final model for proceeding has been agreed to, we will engage an architect to finalize the appropriate size, design and cost of the hotel. The goal is to blend the design and construction of the hotel and Campus Union Building on the Metropolitan Campus, which should improve economies of scale considerably.
  • Enrollment in hospitality programs in Vancouver (in the MS in Hospitality Management Studies and BAIS with a specialization in hospitality and tourism management) have now surpassed enrollment in like programs in New Jersey (72 and 54 students, respectively).

Silberman College of Business

  • The College continues to expand its use of the tagline “For a Business Education that is Life Changing” in its messaging. Examples include new T-shirts and brochures with the tagline.
  • The College has revised its board of advisors structure, which previously included a senior board and a “Next Gen” board. The College now has a smaller executive committee (“Management Team”) and three councils, which in total is likely to engage upwards of 50 alumni.
  • The College continues to increase its outreach and visibility through social media.

School of Public and Global Affairs

  • The School welcomed William Bohnett, IPO specialist and early internet investor and philanthropist, as the chief presenter in Comparative Innovation Systems, a new course in the MA in Global Affairs program.
  • Peter Shapiro, financier and former nominee for New Jersey governor, will lead a collaborative research course with Dale Russakoff, author of The New York Times’ bestseller The Prize and former reporter for The Washington Post, on racial integration in New Jersey municipalities.
  • The School has launched a beta version of a new Project-Based MPA, emphasizing group work to research and resolve real-life problems, with the eventual aim of linking together in real time our students on all four campuses in three countries.

School of the Arts

  • The School of the Arts was launched officially with the start of the Fall 2018 semester.
  • The School’s Living-Learning Community is up and running with maximum enrollment this fall (24 students).
  • Bucking a national trend as well as an overall decline in FDU enrollments, the School of the Arts saw an increase in enrollments this fall by 21 full-time undergraduates.
  • The Dance Studio has been completed and students and faculty are thrilled with the newly refurbished facility.
  • Our first meeting with Architects USA to evaluate space options in the Dreyfuss Building took place on October 10.
  • To date, more than $600,000 has been given or pledged to the new School.
  • The School’s annual Words, Arts, and Music Festival (WAMFest) took place on Friday, October 5, and was one of the School’s most successful festivals, with strong attendance at each of the three events.
  • Activity of the School of the Arts Advisory Board is being focused more heavily on fund-raising with an event planned for the spring.

University Advancement

  • Donations to the University for Fiscal Year 2018 totaled $9,995,280.
  • The Helene Fuld Trust has made a $900,000 three-year commitment to fund nursing scholarships in the amount of $300,000 per year.
  • The fundraising effort for the North Arms has exceeded $650,000 with a recent gift of $100,000 from alumnus Norma Salzman.
  • The 50th anniversary dinner of the Silberman College of Business raised $618,000.
  • Ed Hennessy has donated $500,000 to add to the Ruth and Edward Hennessy Endowed Scholarship Fund, bringing his total campaign contribution to $1,750,000.
  • Campaign Commitments to date are more than $42.3 million.
  • The One University Many Dreams Campaign Kick-off Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday night, December 4, at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, N.J.

Other Important Strategic Initiatives

  • We have developed a long-range financial plan, including a five-year enrollment plan, new academic programs and initiatives, facilities and information technology capital plan, and a placeholder for a long-range compensation plan. A draft plan was presented to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee at a special September 27, 2018 meeting, and a summary of the plan was reviewed at the Executive Committee meeting on October 3. In addition, an updated summary of the plan was presented to the full Board of Trustees on October 17.
    • Restructuring

On October 1, 2018, the Advisory Committee met and approved by a majority vote (with no negative votes) the following structure and process.

    • We will establish a number of independent professional schools and unite the remaining units of University College with Becton College into a newly configured college of arts and sciences.
    • The initial professional schools that will report directly to the University Provost will be those currently named the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, and the Peter Sammartino School of Education. These will be in addition to the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the School of Public and Global Affairs.
    • Working groups will be established in October 2018 and will be charged with developing recommendations for common curriculum within like disciplines and for departmental structures in the new college of arts and sciences, as well as structures for the new stand-alone schools. The working groups will provide progress reports and recommendations by the end of February 2019.
    • To further unify the two New Jersey campuses, the separate honors programs, separate first-year writing programs and separate libraries will, in each case, come under one umbrella over the course of this academic year.
  • Online Division
    • This fall we launched five programs under our collaboration with The Learning House. Although we got off to a late start with marketing, each of these programs has a small number of new students (approximately 18 new students in total). A handful of additional students will be enrolled in a second fall start for some of these programs. In spring 2019, we expect more robust enrollment for these programs and will also be launching at least two more programs under this collaboration.
    • The Learning House was recently acquired by Wiley. We are assured continued support at the current level and will continue to work with the same team, but will have the added benefit of Wiley’s experience as a global leader in education for more than 200 years.
  • Retention/Graduation Rates
    • Since undeclared students generally have lower retention rates, we have eliminated this option for students entering FDU in fall 2019. Instead, we have created “Cluster Areas” for students to select from so that they immediately have a discipline area and will receive guidance regarding course selection as they move toward selecting a major.
    • We reorganized recruitment and admissions support for athletics on both campuses, which will enable coaches to be significantly more competitive in recruiting student-athletes. We have met with all coaches and will meet with athletic directors regularly to ensure success.
    • We have worked with the deans on both New Jersey campuses to launch our first on-campus Middle College program for high school students on Saturdays. This new program is designed to develop a feeder program into our degree programs.
    • We launched the Parents Matter video series with 13 episodes highlighting support services for students. As episodes air, they are archived on our website for parents to continue to access and direct their sons and daughters to. This is designed to increase retention, especially of first-generation students.
    • We are in the process of bringing graduate admissions and international admissions onto a technological platform, eliminating paper processing, time delays and high risk of human error.
    • We launched an Early Decision admissions option this fall. A dozen students have already been admitted through this new option. Early financial aid packaging will complement this new option.
    • We have trained employees to assess non-cognitive variables. We launched open training sessions to develop a cadre of readers. We will identify students at risk of attrition and enable targeted support. We have already collected and assessed over 500 freshman non-cognitive responses from the fall 2018 class alone, and this should help us improve retention.
    • We completed a comprehensive marketing study with a consultant and will be launching a new University logo, tagline and campaign focused on an FDU education that is personal, global and transformational, all while highlighting our Centers of Excellence.
    • We engaged a consultant to conduct a study on graduate tuition pricing and our ability to be competitive in the marketplace.
    • We have secured meetings with hotel developers, lenders and government officials in the Caribbean to generate new revenue streams through a workforce and corporate training program provided by the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. We also secured a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Bahamas to, among other things, become their primary school of choice when directing students into the MS in Hospitality Management Studies through the ISHTM.
    • We reorganized division leadership. Now we have a University coordinator of retention efforts who is working closely with academics and administrative units to identify at-risk students, coordinate interventions and assess efforts along a 22-point rubric.
    • We are hiring Equifax to conduct an analysis of salary, field of employment and geographical location of alumni who graduated this year, as well as 3, 5 and 10 years ago. We will examine the data by other sociodemographic factors as well.