Last week, we received the draft report from the Higher Learning Commission site visitors that were on campus in April. Their report was excellent; they indicated that SVSU demonstrated that it meets all criteria for re-accreditation. The team praised the institution for its fine work on the preparation of the self-study and the visit itself. There were no significant concerns, and the team has recommended re-accreditation for the next 10-year cycle, with a monitoring report on our program review processes in 2016. The team recognized that program review is a new process for SVSU, and while they felt we are on the right track, they would like to follow up after two more years of implementation. In their consultant role, the team has recommended several possible opportunities for advancement of our operations, and we will consider these carefully. My thanks to all of you who played a role in this effort, especially the more than 70 faculty, staff and administrators who worked on this project directly.
We received a lot of favorable feedback regarding our May Commencement ceremonies. Many of our students were very pleased that so many of their family members and friends were able to join them on Friday and Saturday, and the new photo backdrops backstage worked well in terms of providing a place for graduates and faculty of each college to gather. We also had many individuals who enjoyed the visit by SVSU alumnus Pat McInnis. If students’ Twitter and Facebook posts are to be believed, they genuinely enjoyed his talk. So many of you have made a meaningful difference in the lives of your students in similar ways. That’s why this is such a special place to come to work every day.
Enrollment for the spring term met our projections. We have more than 3,000 students taking classes. The total number of credit hours is virtually unchanged from a year ago, but the desired method of course delivery is changing. Student demand for online courses during the spring and summer sessions is particularly strong. This is a trend that bears watching and merits further conversation.
For several years running, we have been recognized as a “military friendly” university, and recently we became just the 6th institution in Michigan to be recognized as meeting the requirements for the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Veterans Affairs’ “8 Keys To Veterans’ Success” initiative, which designates institutions providing outstanding services to active and reserve service members, veterans and their dependents. My thanks to Denise Berry in our Military Student Affairs office and everyone who provides our veteran and military students with the level of service they deserve for their service.
Our Cardinal Formula Racing team sped to its fifth-best finish ever during the annual Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series competition this past weekend. We finished 36th overall, including first in the acceleration category. The May 14-17 event at the Michigan International Speedway featured 120 schools across the globe competing in categories including design, cost, acceleration and endurance. The 16 member racing team features a mix of students from various fields of study. Our racing team does us proud every year, and is led by Brooks Byam, SVSU professor of mechanical engineering, who has been the Cardinal Formula Racing advisor since 1998.
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