New academic initiatives and technology upgrades to Lincoln University’s classroom are still in the works, but the university could move forward with a change in campus residency policy.
In preparation for the last Curatorial Council meeting of the calendar year, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Lincoln University Curatorial Council met on Tuesday to discuss academic affairs with Jennifer Benne, vice-chair by Interim Academic Affairs and Provost; and Zakiya Brown, Dean of Student Success.
Benne said LU has new academic programs in the works, but it remains at the department level as faculty and staff work out the details.
The School of Business, for example, is reviewing a market analysis report produced by Hanover Research, an external research and analysis firm that the university hired in 2020 to conduct several studies, including regional market analysis. and national business programs offering certificates and a bachelor’s degree. degrees.
The School of Business is considering where to expand its offerings and will use the report to focus those efforts, Benne said.
Once a department approves its academic programming plan, it goes to the LU Faculty Senate to approve new courses and degree options.
The committee will receive an update from the School of Business at its next meeting.
Technology in the classroom was another topic of discussion for the committee on Tuesday.
Lincoln convened a faculty committee to assess current classroom technology and sent a small group of faculty and staff to Columbia College to tour its classroom technology.
“Like us, they have many small classrooms and a few larger classrooms. classroom and distance learning, ”Benne said.
She said Lincoln is still planning how to equip classrooms with similar technology.
Curator Stacia Bradley Brown, who chairs the committee, suggested technology upgrades could help attract more students looking for distance learning options.
“We think there are different ways to use it to help us gain students,” Benne said.
On the student affairs side, the committee approved a recommendation to update the University’s rules and regulations regarding on-campus housing.
Lincoln policy requires students living on campus to be full-time students taking at least 12 credit hours.
Zakiya Brown suggested that the university lift this requirement to allow senior graduates to live on campus, even if they don’t take the full-time 12 credit hour course load.
The move would also require the university to create a Residence Life Review Committee to review any appeals students make regarding housing requirements.
Lincoln residences are half full this year.
“Dean Brown recommends it, President (John) Moseley recommends it, so I agree with them,” said curator Terry Rackers.
The suggestion is now going to the full Conservative Council for approval at its next meeting on November 11.
The Academic and Student Affairs Committee is also forward-looking.
As Lincoln leads his search for a permanent president and provost, Stacia Brown has asked all academic and support departments on campus to create a status update to provide the president once selected.
The reports would provide quick information on every area of the campus, such as strengths, weaknesses, goals and targets, wish lists and budgets, and are expected to be completed by February 10, when the new president is appointed.