As budget permits, President Dawood Farahi charges the University Planning Council (UPC) with recommending University projects and programs for special funding as part of the Quality First Initiative. Initiatives must require extraordinary funding beyond customary division or department/office budgets. Further, initiatives must reflect one or more priorities based upon the current Kean University Strategic Plan as identified annually by President Farahi. All Kean campuses, divisions, departments, offices, and student organizations are invited to participate. Collaboration within and among units is encouraged, as is conceptual creativity. Proposed activities may be new or may be expansions of existing successful and effective projects. Initiatives recommended for funding by the UPC must have a strong potential to demonstrate tangible, effective, specific, and measurable results.
Proposals compete for available funds. A Call for Proposals is electronically sent to all faculty, administrators, staff and students prior to the beginning of each funding cycle. Proposals are submitted electronically with a deadline date that provides sufficient lead time. Proposals are evaluated based on merit; ability to address initiative priorities; implementation feasibility within stated time line; and evaluation. Funding may begin as early as July 1 of the funding cycle.
FUNDED PROJECTS 2014 – 2015
Transfer Mentors for Transfer Students Success and Retention
An initial cohort of Transfer Instructional Mentors (TIMs) has been recruited from Kean’s undergraduate transfer student population. Following a careful selection and training process, the TIMs began working in support of new initiatives to enhance the success and retention of transfer students. TIM responsibilities include serving as peer mentors in pilot sections of the new Transfer Transitions course (GE 3000), assisting with Transfer Student Orientation and other events, and participating in the development of additional resources, activities, and interventions to support transfer students. Submitted by Sharon Haussmann, Center for Academic Success
PAR FORE: Golf as a Means to Prevent Gang Membership
Youth who are at risk for joining gangs were invited to participate in an integrated occupation-based prevention mentor program which uses the game of golf to teach necessary life skills. The program is designed to empower at-risk youths to develop a sense of self and resilience, develop respect for self-family, and community, and develop a moral and ethical character through the game of golf. Participants were recruited to participate in a PAR FORE after school program during the Fall semester. Since its original QFI funding in 2012, a total of 87 youth have participated in the PAR FORE program. Submitted by Jennifer Gardner, Department of Occupational Therapy
Utilizing Technology to Manage the Assessment of the 2013-2020 Strategic Plan and Middle States Accreditation Reporting and Documentation
To more effectively track the progress of the 2013-2020 Strategic Plan goals, objectives and actions, assessment management technology -- Campus Labs: Compliance Assist and the Middle States Accreditation tools – is being acquired and systems architecture is being co-developed with Campus Labs representatives. Submitted by Susan Dematteo, Office of Accreditation and Assessment
Transformative Leadership and Diversity and Globalization
A three-fold initiative was designed to recruit a diverse population of high school students with the offer of college credit options while still in high school, provide leadership development opportunities through programs hosted by the College of Business and Public Management, and enhance future employment prospects by creating professional certificates. Linden High School will be the first to enter into partnership with CBPM, activities for students have been planned, and a Human Resources Management Certificate has been created and ready to undergo approval. Submitted by Michael Cooper, Dean, College of Business and Public Management
FUNDED PROJECTS 2012 – 2013
Examining and Addressing Issues in Student Retention: A Kean University
Writing Project Professional Development Program PHASE TWO
Following the success of Phase One (which engaged in a range of activities to promote interaction between high schools and colleges in the interest of student learning, retention, and advancement), Phase Two hosted round table discussions during which high school and college faculty, staff and administrators shared the curricular and pedagogical framework in which they work, discussed students’ readiness for college, articulated specific concerns about retention, and identified instructional and support areas which need improvement. Submitted by Mia Zamora, Department of English
Computational Science and Engineering Summer Camp 2012
Thirty high school students from New Jersey were hosted in a one week non-residential summer camp running from July 16 through July 20, 2012. The goal of the camp was to support efforts to infuse computational thinking into K-12 curriculum. Students participated in daily activities in computer modeling and simulation in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. Campers additionally ran simulations on Kean’s 130-node supercomputer and visualized results in our 3-D CAVE facility. The camp was housed in the STEM building, and taught by NJCSTM faculty David Joiner and Edward Farnum. Submitted by David Joiner, New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics
Math Emporium Model – ATEAM Program
Students enrolled in Math 0901 and select 1000-level General Education mathematics courses were provided self-paced individual and small group learning opportunities utilizing on-line learning resources and supplemental group learning requirements. This approach has since been codified into all GE Math courses. The Emporium model delivery of Basic Algebra was tested in Fall 2013 and modifications have since been implemented with an approach that has been shifted to a more hybrid model. Submitted by M. Bridget White, School of General Studies
Kean University’s Center for Nursing Research Summit: World-Class Nursing at Kean University
The Center for Nursing Research at Kean University hosted its first world-class day-long Research Summit in the fall of 2012 in order to promote and advance Kean University’s School of Nursing, to attract research faculty and nursing students, and to advance the standards of care in the region. Submitted by the School of Nursing
Kean Ocean: Career Opportunities in a Broadly Defined Health Care Team
In an effort to redefine the interdisciplinary health care team, the Kean Ocean Nursing program offered a scholar series for the region’s public, professional and corporate communities to pioneer initiatives for a new health care team paradigm. Submitted by Virginia Fitzsimons, School of Nursing
PARFORE: Using Golf as a Means to Teach At-Risk Youth Life Skills
Youth who are at risk for joining gangs were invited to participate in an integrated occupation-based prevention mentor program which uses the game of golf to teach necessary life skills. The program is designed to empower at risk youths to develop a sense of self and resilience, develop respect for self-family, and community, and develop a moral and ethical character through the game of golf. Participants were recruited to participate in a PAR FORE after school program during the 2012-2013 school year and two PAR FORE summer camps (2012 and 2013), Submitted by Jennifer Gardner, Department of Occupational Therapy
Department of History Honors Program
An honors program in the Department of History was created and the first cohort of students began the Department of History’s Honor Program in the Fall of 2013. The first honors thesis research project was the digitization of the World War II Scrapbook kept by former Newark State Teacher’s College Librarian, Nancy Thompson. The project was selected for the prestigious “Posters on the Hill” Program which shares the best undergraduate research projects with members of Congress in Washington, DC in April 2014. Professors Hyde and Mercantini presented their work in designing and implementing the History Honors Program at the 2013 Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in a presentation entitled “Honors and …History: Building a Departmental Honors Program in a Historically Diverse Public University.” Submitted by Elizabeth Hyde, Department of History.
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