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.
� 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 teams compete in NCAA Division II, with the exception of the Division I men's wrestling program. 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. 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! James D. Moran, PhD, Interim President Philip E. Ginnetti, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 3 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. 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. 4 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. Last fall the University unveiled the Fighting Scot Plaza, a symbol of the University's spirit and a tribute to the entire Edinboro community � alumni, students, faculty and friends who manifest our values and preserve our culture. The Fighting Scot embodies integrity, character, resiliency, tenacity and perseverance. Soon the University will complete renovation and expansion of Cooper Hall, dramatically improving the facilities and learning technologies available to students in biology, chemistry, health services and physics. This vital renovation is complemented by the newly constructed Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building that houses the University's nursing program, featuring an advanced patient care simulation laboratories, computer labs, skills lab, classrooms and offices. Edinboro's Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is one of many degrees available through the University that prepares students to meet widespread regional and local needs for skilled health care workers. Edinboro prides itself on being an inclusive community. In keeping with our mission, the University assists in the matriculation of international students and fosters relationships with international institutions to create opportunities for study abroad. Last year students from 22 countries attended Edinboro along with those representing 39 states and the District of Columbia. The University also offers a nationally acclaimed Art program. The opening of the Start-Up Incubator, where art, technology and manufacturing come together in the Edinboro community, is another step in securing resources and opportunities for artists to develop business acumen as entrepreneurs. 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. Edinboro University is committed to achieving this level of educational preparation in our region by providing the opportunity for higher education to more people than ever before. Edinboro has the largest percentage of students over the age of 25 in the State System and is nationally recognized for its accessibility and accommodation of students with disabilities. The University's participation in the national Access to Success initiative confirms its commitment to the success of first generation, lower-income and underrepresented students by 2015. Edinboro's commitment to student access is evidenced by our investment in distance education to serve those students who have time or travel restrictions. In fact, there are now nearly 3,000 students enrolled in distance education, nearly double the number of only several years ago. Equally important, the University supports external learning sites and alternative educational services tailored to the specific needs of communities within its service area. Edinboro University in Erie � The Porreco Center, and Edinboro University in Meadville � The Joseph T. Buba Center, offer students an array of degree options as well as specific courses and programs targeted to regional employer needs and designed to improve individual employability. The University sees itself as a resource for community outreach and personal enrichment, sponsoring camps, non-credit courses and seminars on such vital social issues as art therapy, fiscal responsibility, and retirement planning. These courses enable non-students to have access to the knowledge and insight of Edinboro's faculty and administration, as well as University facilities and learning technologies. 8 Classroom building, Edinboro University in Erie � 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 faculty, over 400 educators whose commitment to student learning and development epitomizes the value of an Edinboro education. Many have achieved regional and national renown for scholarly research and achievements within their fields of expertise. Their ability to instruct and inspire is helping thousands of students secure the knowledge and integrate the values necessary for successful careers and productive lives. Alumni and friends of the University are also invaluable in preserving our mission, and their philanthropic support ensures accessibility and opportunity for current and future students. Indeed, scholarships supported through gifts to the University make "The Edinboro Experience" a reality for many who would otherwise be unable to participate in this transforming event. Over the past few years, the University has increased its financial 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 addition, it is estimated that the University's presence in the community contributes more than $80 million annually to the local economy. In keeping with the philosophy of the State System, the cost of tuition at Edinboro and the 13 other PASSHE universities is the lowest in the Commonwealth for four-year institutions. Tuition fees are more than $600 below the national average of four-year public universities in the U.S. and nearly $2,500 below the average in the Middle States Region that includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. By combining reasonable tuition costs with an excellent faculty and superior quality facilities, Edinboro University ensures optimal value for its students. Edinboro's commitment to fiscal responsibility goes hand-in-hand with its environmental stewardship and resource conservation practices. All current construction and renovation projects integrate advanced technologies, ensuring inherently efficient and safe uses of resources and energy, some of which include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Geothermal heating and cooling, innovative water conservation devices and renewable energy sources, such as solar energy panels, are among the campus-wide "green" technologies aimed at reducing the University's carbon footprint. 1,754 Thousand Million 90.6 Million 5.0 2.5 3.1 2.9 1,526 1,519 1,537 63.5 69.8 82.3 2008 2009 2010 2011 2008 2009 2010 2011 2008 2009 2010 2011 Degrees Awarded Financial Aid Philanthropy 12 Geothermal facade, Cooper Hall Admissions staff, Academy Hall Strength in Leadership President's Executive Council (PEC � as of August 2011) Dr. James D. Moran, Interim President Dr. Philip Ginnetti, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mr. Gordon Herbst, Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Student Affairs Mr. Sid Booker, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Faculty Relations Dr. Donald Dilmore, Associate Vice President for University Libraries Dr. Andrew Lawlor, Associate Vice President for Technology and Communications Dr. Alan Biel, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Nomsa Geleta, Dean of Education Dr. Michael Hannan, Dean, School of Business Dr. Terry Smith, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 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. Dennis R. Frampton, Vice Chairperson Mr. John A. Pulice, Secretary Dr. Raymond L. Dombrowski Mr. Daniel E. Higham Ms. Virginia L. McGarvey Mr. Harold C. Shields Mr. Harry K. Thomas, Esq. Mr. Terry J. Darcangelo, Student Trustee Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor (ex officio) Mission Edinboro University is a community where intellectual engagement and opportunity challenge and empower individuals. We are inspired to serve and lead as active citizens of our global society through collaborative learning experiences emphasizing campus activities, community outreach, and practical applications. These factors combine to ignite the excitement of discovery and create a thirst for lifelong learning and a pursuit of excellence. Vision To become an internationally recognized university known for its innovation, leadership, and commitment to excellence. Values Opportunity, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Leadership. 15 � Jim Prokell Edinboro University 219 Meadville Street Edinboro, PA 16444 (814) 732-2711 www.Edinboro.edu One of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania'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.