Academic Affairs

Provost's Report 2006

 

Introduction

As we begin this academic year, UMSL is in a good position to celebrate several academic milestones. This is the 25th year anniversary of the College of Nursing, whose celebrations are being led by their new dean, Dr. Julie Sebastian. The College of Optometry is also 25 years old, and in 2005-06 the College of Education celebrated its 40th anniversary. The College of Business Administration has received a legislative citation recognizing that the International Business undergraduate program is ranked 8th in the U.S. New and World Report college rankings. Our Criminology and Criminal Justice program is ranked 4th in the nation. The former Center for Tropical Ecology has just received a sizable gift and been renamed the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center in honor of the donor and in recognition of its expanding scope. The Express Scripts headquarters building is going up as the anchor tenant of our Business, Technology, and Research Park, which now has a new faculty director, business professor Dr. Julius Johnson. As we continue to move toward the goals in the campus Action Plan, some of which have been achieved, we are preparing for our reaccreditation process in academic year 2008-09. We continue to focus as a campus on issues of student retention, assessment of learning outcomes, program and administrative reviews, research and teaching excellence, and continuous improvement in all these areas.

Faculty

Tenure and Promotion

New Faculty

  • There are 33 new tenured or tenure track faculty hires, including our new dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Juliann Sebastian and new dean of Continuing Education, Dr. Tom Walker.
  • The Center for Molecular Electronics has a new Director, Dr. Jimmy Liu and Associate Director, Dr. George Gokel.
  • Also new to UMSL is Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean of the UMSL-Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. (Dr. Truman has been involved in the program as the Chair of Civil Engineering since the beginning, but this is his first year as dean.)
  • There are 25 new non-tenure track faculty hires.
  • We have made 6 new post-doc hires so far in 2006-07.

Research Activities

Professional Development

Constitution Day

Graduate School

Yr
Graduate Assistants
Tuition
Travel Awards
Insurance
Fellow GRA GTA Other Total N N Amount N Amount
1998-99 42 61 104 0 207 207
1999-00 30 82 127 1 240 240
2000-01 69 105 134 1 309 309
2001-02 78 134 134 1 347 347
2002-03 55 155 138 0 348 348 - - 135 $18,387
2003-04 56 145 141 2 344 344 3 $225 143 $23,236
2004-05 57 168 136 1 362 356 15 $5,230 162 $35,568
2005-06 44 177 155 0 376 363 13 $3,941 171 $39,884

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Grievances

Curricular Changes

Proposal Review Process. Academic Affairs piloted the use of a software program to manage graduate course and program proposals electronically. The staff who manage this process and the faculty chairs of the curricular and program proposal review committees worked together to determine how to set up the process. They now record the progress of proposals through the review process. This has increased efficiency of the process so far.

New programs approved by CBHE

Charter Schools

The new charter school law requires more oversight, but there is also a provision for funding. This will help support a graduate student to assist in oversight of the charter school.

The university now sponsors only St. Louis Charter School. Their MAP scores are improving, and the board and administration have a good track record. College of Education faculty continue to collaborate with the school on grants and student placements. We expect to have better outcomes than in the past when we conduct their mid-term evaluation next spring.

Accreditation

One of the goals in the Action Plan that coincides with accreditation is the requirement that every program specify learning outcomes. The Colleges have now submitted outcomes for most of their programs so that the University now has learning outcomes specified for 78% of all programs.

In addition, many departments are closing the assessment loop by using student data to improve their programs, refine their outcomes, or change assessments. This last step is important to institutionalize the quality-improvement process required for accreditation. Currently 58% of the University's programs have demonstrated an on-going plan for quality improvement.

It is very important that this academic year we complete the development of learning outcomes for 100% of our academic programs, and begin to demonstrate quality improvement actions as a result of assessments for all programs, as well.

College
N Programs
Learning Outcomes Submitted
Institutionalized
Co A&S 46 87% 70%
Co BA 7 100% 100%
Co E 16 75% 50%
Co FAC 9 67%* 0
ENGR 3 100% 100%
NURS 5 0** 0
OPT 3 33% 33%

*Remaining programs working on outcomes for National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation.
**Working on outcomes to meet Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation materials submitted by Departments and Colleges have been summarized and categorized according to the General Education and discipline skills.
Faculty who would like access to the accreditation website should contact their dean or Judith Walker de Felix

Fall Enrollments

Retention Activities

Summer/Year-Round Operations

Academic Dishonesty
200.010. B.1 STANDARD OF CONDUCT

"Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer."

The following summary documents academic dishonesty cases reported to the Office of Academic Affairs from the Winter/Spring Semester 2006 to the current Fall Semester 2006.

200.010.B.1.a CHEATING- (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor, (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic materials, or (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.

The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 7 cases of academic dishonesty involving cheating. Details of those cases are documented below.

  • In addition, students were sanctioned with warnings about the seriousness of the violation (s), a warning about future violations of academic dishonesty and the severity of repeat offenses.

Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating 12 cheating cases.

200.010.B.1.b PLAGIARISM- (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference, (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials, (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 19 cases of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism. Details of those cases are documented below.

Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating 4 incidents of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism, in which one student is a graduate student.
University policies require faculty to report suspected cases of academic dishonesty to Academic Affairs. We assure students of due process and guide faculty through the procedures. Then we keep the names of those charged on file so that students can be monitored.

Please do not try to handle these situations by yourself. Please also bring your syllabus into conformity with official university policies and procedures. No matter what your syllabus says, you could be violating procedures (and legal precedents) if you attempt to punish students yourself. Please be familiar with the policies. If you wish to have a greater understanding of the policies and procedures, please contact Judith Walker de Felix. She is also happy to present information to departments.

390.010 Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students

390.010.A.1 "It is the policy of the University of Missouri to provide equal opportunity for all enrolled students and applicants for admission to the University on the basis of merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability, or Vietnam era veteran status. Sexual harassment shall be considered discrimination because of sex. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a way as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America."

390.010. B.2 "A grievance is the written allegation of discrimination which is related to: A)Recruitment and admission to the institution, B)Admission to and treatment while enrolled in an education program, C)Employment as a student employee on campus, D) Other matters of significance relating to campus living or student life..."
The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 3 formal discrimination grievance cases from Winter/Spring Semester 2006 to the current Fall Semester 2006. The details of those cases are documented below.

390.010.C.6 Complaints Involving Admissions (Graduate) -"Applicants to the Graduate School may ask for a meeting with the academic department head of the program to which the applicant was seeking admission. This official shall explain the reasons for the denial of recommendation for admissions. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the applicant may then appeal to the Dean of the Graduate School or to the appropriate admissions committee. If the denial is upheld, the applicant may appeal the decision to the appropriate administrative officer."

390.010.C.7 Complaints Involving Admissions to or Treatment in an Educational Program or in the Granting of Assistantships "An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the institution who has a discrimination complaint involving admission to or treatment in an educational program or in the granting of assistantships may request a conference with the appropriate department head and with the Dean of the School or College (or the Dean's designee) to discuss the matter informally. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student may present a grievance pursuant to Section 390.010 F."