Nurturing a Quality Faculty and Staff
Trend Two: The world of academia is constantly changing and will place a premium on those institutions that are responsive to the needs of recruiting and developing a quality faculty and staff.
For today’s academic the world seems like a crush of challenges on time and resources. Everything has changed, is changing, and will continue to change: students, faculty, research methodologies, the processes of teaching and learning, and technologies. Most faculty members did not perceive they would be constantly challenged by waves of adapting to rapid change in their classroom let alone face a new breed of student, “the Millennial.” Today’s student also brings a plethora of social issues to the university that faculty and staff may not be prepared to face. As the academic world swirls seemingly out of control, institutions have to be aggressive to support and nurture their most important resources: the faculty and staff.
Recruit and retain faculty and staff of high quality and support them with developmental opportunities needed to continue their professional growth throughout their career at Slippery Rock University.
SRU Goal: Establish standards for faculty recruitment within the colleges and develop supportive methods that help attract the most highly qualified applicants. The University standard will be that a minimum of 90% percent of faculty will hold a terminal degree.
ACTION Hire fulltime tenure-track faculty with terminal degrees
BASELINE 84.49% of all tenure and tenure-track faculty as reported in 2003
for Fall 2002 data
UPDATE 87.80% (2007)
UPDATE 89.80% (2008)
UPDATE 91.14% (2009)
UPDATE 91.74% (2010)
SRU Goal: Refine and strengthen existing academic degree programs and other learning experiences that contribute to the quality and diversity of an engaged academic community.
ACTION New Accreditations earned this year: School of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) received accreditation. Re-
Accreditation preparation for the self-study for Middle States
Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Maintain accreditations
for 2009: Middle State Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE),
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP), Commission on
Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), National
Recreation and Park Association (NRPA/AALR), Institute for Safety
and Health Management (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology (ABET), Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE), National Association of Schools of Art & Design
(NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National
Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of
Schools of Theatre (NAST), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory
Health Care (AAAHC) The School of Business withdrew from the
AACSB accreditation process and re-joined the ACBSP accreditation
agency and entered the accreditation process with an expected
completion date of November 2011. The Computer Science
department is seeking accreditation for the IT program as part of the
fall 2010 ABET accreditation visit to renew accreditation for the
Computer Science and Information Systems programs. The Student
Counseling Center has been approved for an accreditation field visit
by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
SRU Goal: Expand the library, technology, and research resources available to faculty to provide opportune ways to engage in creative pedagogy, research and scholarly work.
ACTION Enhance the quality of academic instruction by directing additional
resources toward increasing library acquisitions and services (AA)
BASELINE $194,536 of performance funding allocations to expand library
UPDATE $247,897 of performance funding allocation to expand library
acquisitions; allocated $272,577 in 2006-2007); Library received 25%
of the $991,588 allocated to the performance funding initiative line.
Future plans are to renovate Bailey Library to provide the latest
technology to students. (2007-2008)
UPDATE $228,297 of performance funding allocation to expand library
acquisitions, a decrease of $19,600 over 2007-2008. Library
received 25% of the $913,189 allocated to the performance funding
initiative line. The renovation and expansion of Bailey Library has
been included in the Facilities Master Plan and the Capital Budget
and is scheduled to begin after the new student union is finished and
occupied and the library tenants move to the old student union.
UPDATE $205,463 of performance funding allocation to expand library
acquisitions, a decrease of 10 percent from 2008-2009. Although the
Library is no longer required to receive a portion of the performance
funding allocation, the university has continued to designate a portion
of the performance funding allocation to Library operations.
UPDATE $205,467 of performance funding allocation to support library
acquisitions and the development of a Technology Learning Center
(TLC) within the library. (2010-2011)