Program Review is an Artform
The MS in Arts Administration program housed in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Students from all different backgrounds come together through their shared love of art to develop the skills that it takes to be a leader in the art industry. These skills range from marketing and fundraising to management and policy. The arts industry has changed considerably since the 2008 Recession, so the program recently went through a complete curriculum revision that included all the necessary stakeholders. This revision process was kicked off by the program’s participation in the Periodic Review and Alignment PAR program that is run by the Office of the Provost.
Creating Communities Across Campus: Faculty Learning Community in the College of Nursing and Health Professions
Teaching a course online can be a difficult transition for any faculty member whether they be a beginner/veteran or full time/part time. Online teaching is often thought of as a completely separate form of instruction when in reality you can use many of your current pedagogies from face to face, and then supplement with digital courseware. Just like any other technology, training and support are critical for the early and continued success of every instructor. If you have strong, defined resources, any faculty member can offer a quality course from the very start. But how do you ensure that the right resources are available? The College of Nursing and Health Professions has created a 3 week course called Online 101 that helps to answer many early questions and provide resources, but it only goes so far. Dana Kemery and Joanne Sermebus have developed a Faculty Learning Community to support Online 101 and make resources and discussion points available and accessible at any time.
When Altruism Meets Ingenuity: A Drexel Co-op Success Story
Drexel University is different. You have heard this before but what makes it different? It is the students who are ready to jump right into a working environment while also obtaining their degree through Drexel Co-op. It is the blending of academics and career aspirations by students completing 1-3 cooperative education experiences. No one student exemplifies that Drexel difference than soon to be graduate Mansoor Siddiqui who is going has been described as “very prepared, inquisitive” “innovative” and “wise beyond his years.” Mansoor used his three co-ops wisely, including his last one where he developed a learning software platform that will hopefully help students and faculty ease the learning process for students and also faculty with instructional delivery.