William Law, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Academic Programs
Committed to its mission of providing high quality undergraduate and graduate education, PNW is employing innovative efforts with an eye toward student success and the facilitation of cutting edge, multidisciplinary programming.
During the past year, PNW’s commitment to academic innovation has featured:
- Conceptualization of a Center for Crime, Forensics, and Security Analysis;
- Introduction of a seminar to help first-year students build a solid foundation for academic success;
- Transition of the International Affairs Office into a hub for global engagement; and
- Proposal to develop a master’s degree program in executive leadership, as well as the introduction of other exciting academic offerings.
Center for Crime, Forensics,and Security Analysis
This center will serve as a foundry for cooperative innovation among existing programs in forensic sciences, criminal justice, cybersecurity, and forensic accounting. It also will facilitate the evolution of multidisciplinary opportunities for students interested in the field.
First-Year Seminar for Pathways Exploratory Students
Under the leadership of faculty fellow Paul Hecht and Executive Director of Academic Success and Transition Tara Sullivan, the fall 2017 launch of this seminar equipped some 500 first-year students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary for academic success. The students focused on unifying themes developed by faculty, while academic advisors and related support were integrated into all aspects of the program.
With assessment built into the seminar, improvement is being demonstrated. New development workshops also will help faculty members identify strategies to enable beginning students to transition into growth-minded learners.
The broad expertise, backgrounds, and research interests of our faculty members provide extraordinary and untapped opportunities to collaborate in cross-disciplinary groups during the upcoming year to develop course content that helps students explore academic options.
We foresee continued investment in these areas to ensure that our faculty members are part of a shared, innovative enterprise of facilitating academic success, on-time graduation, and the workforce skills and education needed by our students.
Transition of International Affairs Office
The appointment of George F. Kacenga as Executive Director of Global Engagement, effective July 1, 2018, already has produced proposals for new and innovative initiatives to elevate the office and university in global outreach and activity. These efforts include participation it the new #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign and scholarship program, designed to encourage international students to study in the United States.
Innovative Academic Programs
A task force of faculty from all PNW colleges has developed a proposal for a graduate program in leadership, which could also serve as a springboard to other existing graduate programs at PNW. In addition, exciting new academic programs include a combined bachelor’s and master’s programs in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, a major in Sports Management, a proposed graduate certificate in Cybersecurity, and new graduate and undergraduate concentrations in Business Analytics
Duy Tan University group from Vietnam, visiting campus and showing support of the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign.