SPOKANE, Wash. – The University of Washington School of Medicine has named Dr. Darryl Potyk assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Ohio State University will convene a panel of five national higher education leaders to help select its next president, and the group includes Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd.
“This is truly an all-star assembly of leaders in American higher education,” said moderator Richard Chait, professor emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of education.
The search committee intends the panel – scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30 – to set the tone for the search process, which is anticipated to take a year. In a conversation among colleagues, panelists will consider the challenges and opportunities facing leaders in higher education.
The purpose of the gathering is to help the search committee better understand “the larger environment for research universities and the challenges their presidents face,” Chait said. The leaders’ counsel and perspectives will help shape how the search committee thinks about the presidency and the search.
The panel will conduct a public discussion of questions such as:
* Are research universities in crisis?
* Is the business model broken and, if so, what must change?
* What keeps me awake at night?
* Is presidential leadership bold and visionary, subtle and organic or some combination of both?
* Is shared governance still a vital, viable concept?
* Are there essential attributes and/or behaviors of successful university presidents?
The panel will participate in a closed executive session with university trustees and search committee staff to focus particularly on Ohio State. They will consider such questions as:
* What are the most and least attractive aspects of this presidency?
* What will candidates take into account in assessing this board of trustees as a prospective partner?
* What worries new presidents about their predecessors? Can these concerns be mitigated?
Leaders joining Floyd on the panel are Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts University; Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University; Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina system; and Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia.
Ohio State is expected to have a new president selected by fall 2014. Former president E. Gordon Gee retired on July 1, about a month after jokes he made about Catholics, other universities and a rival athletic conference last year were made public.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Turea Erwin has been appointed to serve a two-year term on a national diversity task force organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Erwin, director of WSU’s Women’s Resource Center, will provide leadership on AAUW’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The group will evaluate AAUW programs and initiatives and make recommendations to achieve or broaden diversity and inclusion practices.
“Being selected is a true honor,” Erwin said. “My real motivation in applying was getting recognition for the state and WSU.”
The AAUW sought professionals in leadership roles at the branch, state or national level who have significant experience in launching diversity and/or inclusion programs, projects or initiatives.
Michael J. Tate, WSU’s chief diversity officer and professor, said Erwin fits the bill perfectly.
“Given the Women’s Resource Center received national recognition this year and is approaching its 40-year anniversary, it is very fitting that Turea is being recognized in this way,” he said. “The WRC has progressed significantly under her leadership.”
The WRC received the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award from the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and Erwin traveled to New York in March to accept it. The council recognized WRC for its diversified leadership, programs and advocacy for people from underrepresented groups.
Erwin also received the 2013 NCRW Trailblazer Award for her “solitary steps toward improving the status of women and girls in our world,” according to NCRW president Áine Duggan.
The recognitions caught the eye of AAUW’s Washington chapter co-president Kelvie Comer, who encouraged Erwin to apply for the AAUW task force.
“Turea Erwin’s commitment through her position at the WSU Women’s Center, her national awards and her commitment to AAUW’s Start Smart Program, along with her service to the AAUW Washington Board, certainly qualified her for the task force,” Comer said.
”Turea’s efforts to connect young women – particularly young women of color – with the work of the AAUW have been groundbreaking, and I’m delighted that her expertise has been recognized by the national AAUW board,” said Melynda Huskey, WSU dean of students.
WRC programs for women include transit service, etiquette dinners, salary negotiation workshops, a computer lab, a resource library and more.
Erwin has served as director of the WRC for almost six years.
Fraire has worked for 30 years in the field of higher education, primarily in admissions and enrollment. Previous to WSU, he worked at Truman State University in Missouri, Western Michigan University, Brooklyn College/City University of New York, Pace University (NYC), the community colleges in Chicago and Harvard University.
The Board of Regents heard reports on the recently passed state higher education budget and the university’s upcoming budget-reduction plan at a special meeting held Wednesday.
The Washington Legislature has approved a biennial budget that includes a net reduction of $54.16 million, or 10.38 percent, in WSU’s state allocation for the biennium. It is built on the assumption of a 14 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition in each of the two years. As a result, for the 2009-2010 academic year, resident undergraduate tuition would increase $870, from $6,218 to $7,088.
President Elson S. Floyd briefed the board on the process that the university has followed so far in reducing expenditures; Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly outlined the details of the legislative budget; Executive Budget Director Joan King discussed the impact of the tuition increases and Vice President for Enrollment Management John Fraire talked about how increases in financial aid and federal tax credits could lessen the impact of the tuition hikes on individual students and their families.
The university will announce its preliminary budget-reduction plan Friday. University administrators will gather feedback on that plan throughout May, with a goal of finalizing it June 1. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
The Board of Regents is scheduled to consider the tuition proposals at its May 8 meeting at WSU Spokane.
King explained the university’s tuition plan, which includes different percentage rate increases for different classifications of students. She said the rates of increase varied to better equalize the impact in real dollar terms on different classes of students.
Floyd said he has already heard from many students who are concerned about the increases. He said the university will do everything it can to provide financial aid and to encourage contributions to support scholarships to offset the impact.
The university has set up a Web page to allow for comments on the proposed tuition increases. It is available at http://regents.wsu.edu/tuition/.
In putting together its budget-reduction plan, the university is working to minimize layoffs, Floyd said. He said WSU plans to provide at least three months of pay for any full-time administrative professional or civil service employee who is laid off.
The idea of performance contracts, or funding according to results, is part of a recently released draft of a state strategic master plan for higher education.
“There seems to be a gradually evolving interest by more people in coming to some kind of agreement or relationship” between legislative appropriation and higher education accountability, said Jane Sherman, WSU vice provost for academic policy and evaluation in Olympia.
The idea prompted WSU to prepare a performance agreement prototype in February 2005. It outlined potential increases in enrollment, degrees granted, nonstate research funding, student research experiences and more as returns for increasing state investment through 2011.
Some months ago, Sherman said, state Democratic leaders held a one-day showcase with higher education leaders that included discussion of performance agreements.
The recent strategic plan draft by the state Higher Education Coordinating Board includes sections on monitoring and funding higher education for results. It advocates replacing the common method of funding higher ed — according to enrollment — with a method that increases per-student funding. It also would strengthen higher ed accountability and allocate at least some of the funding as rewards for desired outcomes.
The board will present the final 10-year plan to the 2008 state legislature for consideration.
Pros and cons
The benefits — or not — to WSU of performance contracts would “depend on the shape of the idea,” Sherman said. Right now, “everybody has a different take on how it might look.”
She mentioned two concerns that WSU has raised in considering performance agreements:
• If the state expects improvement when it increases funding, then it must be ready to accept less achievement if it cuts the higher education budget.
• It’s difficult to present all that a university of WSU’s size and scope is doing in a simple package to legislators. But that’s necessary so everyone can determine if WSU is doing what legislators want it to do.
“It would be helpful for communication and accountability,” Sherman said, “but it’s difficult to articulate — succinctly — that we’re doing a good job.”
So, it’s likely WSU will keep working on it.
“Performance agreements seem to be emerging as a somewhat more viable idea,” Sherman said. “They may eventually emerge in a useful shape — if we all can decide what that would be.”
A fundamental premise of Michael Pavel’s history of higher education course is that “American higher education cannot be adequately understood, nor can informed decisions be made, without the benefit of a historical perspective.”
Tonight, graduate students in his ED AD 572 class will be giving poster presentations on the history of myriad topics and issues in higher education, including college affordability, women’s colleges, intercollegiate athletics and assessment. The public is invited to the presentations scheduled for 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Atrium at the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. Refreshments will be provided.
Pavel, an associate professor in the department of educational leadership and counseling psychology, said ED AD 572 is not a recitation of what happened before, but more an analysis of how we got where we are and where we might go from here. Further, students are encouraged to better understand the whole by focusing on one part and understanding how it changed over time.
Opinions about issues in higher education are often deeply held and connected to one’s own experiences, Pavel said, so keeping discussions open, respectful and honest can be a challenge. But, he said, that immediacy and relevancy also makes it an exciting class to teach.
“It’s very important that folks at this level see themselves as change agents,” he said.
Paul Weed, a fiscal specialist in the WSU Office of Research, will be presenting his research on the history of land-grant universities. Weed, who earned his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, said as an employee of WSU he recognized many of the differences between the two universities, but his research helped him better understand the reasons for the differences.
As a required course, The American College and University didn’t sound like a particularly exciting class, he said, but it has exceeded his expectations “by far.”
PULLMAN – The WSU College of Education will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 29, for those interested in graduate programs in such fields as teaching, counseling, school administration, higher education administration, and sport management.
Students or graduates from any major are invited to the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third floor of Cleveland Hall.
Current graduate students will be on hand from 10-10:30 a.m. to answer questions about their experiences at the College of Education. They include representatives of the Educational Graduate Organization, and Future Teachers and Leaders of Color. Both students and faculty be available for questions during a “mix and mingle” reception from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Information about scholarships and the application process will be provided during two sessions, scheduled from 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Tours of the college, which includes the latest in innovative educational technologies and classrooms, will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m.
For additional information about the event, contact Sarah Penney, director of recruitment, at 509-335-4864 or email@example.com. For information about College of Education graduate programs, visit the college Web site,http://education.wsu.edu/graduate/.