President's Annual Report 2011
The Edinboro Experience is the cumulative effect of unique events and ideas that shape the lives of our students. It is a rite of passage: a personal journey toward awareness and understanding. Through this experience, our students acquire the confidence needed to adapt to the multiple jobs that will characterize their future. It molds the character required to assume future trusteeship and leadership in their communities…to succeed beyond their expectations.
ÂŠ Jim Prokell Strength and Value in Higher Education Edinboro University 2011 Annual Report Drs. James Moran and Philip Ginnetti, Alumni House An Enduring Commitment to Student Success Edinboro University, one of 14 Universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has nearly 8,700 students who hail from 39 states and 22 countries around the globe. They include 1,950 graduate students and 850 employees (88 percent full-time), of which 419 are faculty members (82 percent full-time). One in five undergraduate students are over the age of 25; 10 percent are underrepresented minorities and 45 percent of first-year students qualify for federal grants. Edinboro is situated on 585 acres and has an annual operating budget of $93 million. The University offers more than 100 degree programs to students at its Edinboro, Erie and Meadville campuses, while at the same time offering a robust distance education program. Athletic The benchmark by which we – the administrators, faculty and trustees of Edinboro University – measure our performance is student success. Of course this raises the question of what we mean by “success?” Is it the percentage of graduates who go on to pursue careers in their chosen fields? Is it how far they will advance? How well they will be rewarded for their achievements? The answer to these questions is yes. But the connotation of success requires further explanation. Even as we prepare students to pursue careers that hopefully will bring personal satisfaction and financial success, we also strive to cultivate the knowledge and skills they will need to live as productive citizens. In this sense, successful students are those who readily integrate into – and help to shape – their communities. teams compete in NCAA Division II, with Using data such as degrees awarded and career advancement, we measure our performance in preparing students for future careers. We also assess the character of our students: their capability to collaborate, to think independently, to innovate, to empathize and to understand how culture and heritage shape perspective. Education at Edinboro University is about professional competence and achievement. It is also about personal growth and awareness. Our theme, “Great Things Happen Here,” encompasses both connotations of success. Great things happen here as individuals obtain degrees and go on to secure satisfying, rewarding jobs. Great things also happen here as Edinboro students develop the compassion, understanding, awareness and philanthropic spirit to positively impact their communities and the lives of others. Great things happen here because great people happen here! the exception of the Division I men’s wrestling program. James D. Moran, PhD, Interim President 3 Philip E. Ginnetti, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ensuring Academic Quality Accreditation is a key indicator of academic quality and imperative to objectively evaluating a university’s curricula, technology, faculty and facilities as they compare to peer institutions. Presently, more than 80 percent of Edinboro University’s academic majors and departments are accredited by nationally recognized agencies. This is an increase from 62 percent just five years ago and underscores the vitality, relevance and quality of these programs. Edinboro University’s overall accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools ensures adherence to national standards of excellence that range from leadership and governance to facilities and resource allocation to faculty capability and educational offerings. Accreditation is an ongoing process, a benchmark for measuring our progress as we continue to expand our enrollment, facilities and academic programs in the pursuit of continuing excellence. 4 As one of the 14 universities comprising the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), Edinboro is dedicated to creating and shaping policies and programs directed to student success – to making improvements in how students learn, faculties teach, and courses are delivered. Being part of a system enables Edinboro to collaborate in quality assessment initiatives and to evaluate our performance relative to similar schools with shared missions. Edinboro students are able to share the resources of other PASSHE universities. They may take courses from any member university and receive credit at Edinboro; transfer with an associate of arts or science degree from a community college and receive 60 hours of credit toward their degrees at Edinboro; access digital library resources across the System; and have access to joint university programs such as foreign languages and physics. This gives students access to all the resources in the PASSHE, while preserving the uniqueness that is Edinboro. Biology field class, Conneauttee Creek Nursing Simulation Lab, Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building A Vibrant Environment for Learning Ongoing campus development at Edinboro reinforces an environment of learning and strengthens student life and culture. Soon the University will complete renovation The University also offers a nationally and expansion of Cooper Hall, dramatically acclaimed Art program. The opening of the improving the facilities and learning Start-Up Incubator, where art, technology and technologies available to students in biology, manufacturing come together in the Edinboro chemistry, health services and physics. This community, is another step in securing vital renovation is complemented by the newly resources and opportunities for artists to constructed Jeremy D. Brown Human Services develop business acumen as entrepreneurs. Last fall the University unveiled the Building that houses the University’s nursing Fighting Scot Plaza, a symbol of the program, featuring an advanced patient Edinboro prides itself on being an inclusive University’s spirit and a tribute to the entire care simulation laboratories, computer labs, community. In keeping with our mission, Edinboro community – alumni, students, skills lab, classrooms and offices. Edinboro’s the University assists in the matriculation faculty and friends who manifest our values Nursing program is fully accredited by the of international students and fosters and preserve our culture. The Fighting Scot Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. relationships with international institutions embodies integrity, character, resiliency, It is one of many degrees available through to create opportunities for study abroad. tenacity and perseverance. the University that prepares students to meet Last year students from 22 countries attended widespread regional and local needs for skilled Edinboro along with those representing 39 health care workers. states and the District of Columbia. 7 Expanding Accessibility to Higher Education To sustain the economic vitality of our nation, projections are that 57 percent of Pennsylvania’s young adults will need post-secondary credentials. Equally important, the University supports The University sees itself as a resource external learning sites and alternative for community outreach and personal educational services tailored to the specific enrichment, sponsoring camps, non-credit needs of communities within its service area. courses and seminars on such vital social Edinboro University in Erie – The Porreco issues as art therapy, fiscal responsibility, and Center, and Edinboro University in Meadville retirement planning. These courses enable – The Joseph T. Buba Center, offer students non-students to have access to the knowledge an array of degree options as well as specific and insight of Edinboro’s faculty and Edinboro University is committed to achieving courses and programs targeted to regional administration, as well as University facilities this level of educational preparation in our employer needs and designed to improve and learning technologies. region by providing the opportunity for higher individual employability. education to more people than ever before. Edinboro has the largest percentage of students Edinboro’s commitment to student access over the age of 25 in the State System and is is evidenced by our investment in distance nationally recognized for its accessibility and education to serve those students who have accommodation of students with disabilities. time or travel restrictions. In fact, there The University’s participation in the national are now nearly 3,000 students enrolled in Access to Success initiative confirms its distance education, nearly double the number commitment to the success of first generation, of only several years ago. lower-income and underrepresented students by 2015. 8 Classroom building, Edinboro University in Erie â€“ The Porreco Center Computer animation lab, Wiley Arts and Sciences Center A Shared Vision The people of Edinboro University set it apart. The personal passage that we call the “Edinboro Experience” is foremost the product of a shared belief in the promise and possibilities of our institution. At the heart of the Edinboro Experience is our Alumni and friends of the University are faculty, over 400 educators whose commitment also invaluable in preserving our mission, to student learning and development and their philanthropic support ensures epitomizes the value of an Edinboro accessibility and opportunity for current education. Many have achieved regional and and future students. Indeed, scholarships national renown for scholarly research and supported through gifts to the University make achievements within their fields of expertise. “The Edinboro Experience” a reality for many Their ability to instruct and inspire is helping who would otherwise be unable to participate thousands of students secure the knowledge in this transforming event. Over the past few and integrate the values necessary for years, the University has increased its financial successful careers and productive lives. aid by 43 percent, a tribute to the vibrancy of the philanthropic spirit in this community. External contributions not only help students, but also maintain excellence and distinction of Edinboro’s programs. 11 Fiscal Responsibility and Impact In terms of its direct economic impact in Erie County, Edinboro University employs more than 850 people and accounts for nearly $101 million in spending. In keeping with the philosophy of the State Edinboro’s commitment to fiscal responsibility System, the cost of tuition at Edinboro and goes hand-in-hand with its environmental the 13 other PASSHE universities is the stewardship and resource conservation lowest in the Commonwealth for four-year practices. All current construction and institutions. Tuition fees are more than $600 renovation projects integrate advanced below the national average of four-year public technologies, ensuring inherently efficient universities in the U.S. and nearly $2,500 and safe uses of resources and energy, some below the average in the Middle States Region of which include Leadership in Energy and that includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Environmental Design (LEED) certification. In addition, it is estimated that the New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Geothermal heating and cooling, innovative By combining reasonable tuition costs with an water conservation devices and renewable excellent faculty and superior quality facilities, energy sources, such as solar energy panels, Edinboro University ensures optimal value for are among the campus-wide “green” its students. technologies aimed at reducing the University’s University’s presence in the community contributes more than $80 million annually to the local economy. carbon footprint. 2008 1,519 2009 2010 Degrees Awarded 2011 63.5 2008 69.8 82.3 Million 1,526 5.0 90.6 Million Thousand 1,754 1,537 2009 2010 Financial Aid 12 2011 2.5 2008 3.1 2.9 2009 2010 Philanthropy 2011 Geothermal facade, Cooper Hall Admissions staff, Academy Hall Strength in Leadership Presidentâ€™s Executive Council (PEC â€“ as of August 2011) Dr. James D. Moran, Interim President Dr. Andrew Lawlor, Associate Vice President for Technology and Communications Dr. Philip Ginnetti, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan Biel, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Mr. Gordon Herbst, Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Nomsa Geleta, Dean of Education Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Michael Hannan, Dean, School of Business Mr. Sid Booker, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Faculty Relations Dr. Terry Smith, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Donald Dilmore, Associate Vice President for University Libraries Ms. Valerie Hayes, J.D., Director of Social Equity and University Ombudsperson Edinboro University Council of Trustees (As of August 2011) Mr. John E. Horan, Chairperson Mr. Daniel E. Higham Mr. Terry J. Darcangelo, Student Trustee Mr. Dennis R. Frampton, Vice Chairperson Ms. Virginia L. McGarvey Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor (ex officio) Mr. John A. Pulice, Secretary Mr. Harold C. Shields Dr. Raymond L. Dombrowski Mr. Harry K. Thomas, Esq. Mission Vision Edinboro University is a community where intellectual engagement and To become an internationally recognized university known for its innovation, opportunity challenge and empower individuals. We are inspired to serve and lead leadership, and commitment to excellence. as active citizens of our global society through collaborative learning experiences emphasizing campus activities, community outreach, and practical applications. Values These factors combine to ignite the excitement of discovery and create a thirst for Opportunity, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Leadership. lifelong learning and a pursuit of excellence. 15 ÂŠ Jim Prokell Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 (814) 732-2711 www.Edinboro.edu One of the 14 universities in Pennsylvaniaâ€™s State System of Higher Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or other prohibited bases in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA.