From the Dean

DeanA Message from Dean Tarhule

I am pleased to announce positive progress on Graduate School initiatives and strategic priorities. Our staff grew this past summer and they are highlighted in this issue.

We are pleased to welcome Gretchen Mahler as associate dean and I hope you will join me in thanking Sarah Lam for her tireless effort in contributing to the growth of the Graduate School. In addition to new faces, we now have a modern and renovated office space to welcome new students to our University. The renovations are consistent with our goal of providing excellent service to students through this more functional and friendly space.

Our implementation of DegreeWorks is proceeding as planned, beginning with the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Amber Stallman and Dakota May from Student Records will continue the process, working with the School of Management. Additional schools will be added within the next eight to 14 months.

The now defunct Grad-Link portal was phased out in October and the information it housed has been replaced by Slate. It adds functionality while offering students the ability to make payments online. This update expedites the degree completion process and provides departments near real-time access to information.

Our recruitment efforts have included strategic domestic recruitment in New York state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. International recruitment included trips to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Vietnam. Supplementing in-person efforts are new Slate campaigns, including text messaging, live webinars and enhanced email communications. I graciously acknowledge the role the Office of Communications and Marketing has played in these efforts.

As part of the Preferred Destination Project, the Graduate Student Ambassador Program launched with 28 graduate students from 10 countries and 28 programs. Our goal for the next two years is for at least 90 percent of incoming students to receive personalized emails from an ambassador, offering a student perspective and acting as a resource for admitted students.

Looking toward the upcoming year, I am pleased to be cochairing, with Professor Sara Reiter, the Joint Task Force on Graduate Education and Scholarship. This group provides the University a real opportunity to review, evaluate and recommend innovations to practices and procedures in graduate education. I have also been working closely with the Office of Advancement to develop our Graduate School priorities as part of the University's is fundraising campaign. Among our priorities are a Graduate Student Life Center and graduate student travel grants.

We have come a long way together over the past year and I am excited for what the new year will bring!

Aondover A. Tarhule, PhD
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School