Envisioning Our Academic Future

“We have two unique opportunities to rethink what structure will best meet the needs of our students and achieve our ambitious Collective Impact strategic goals. With recent state approval for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center and our new downtown campus, the time is right to consider how our academic programs align and what we can do to elevate the programs, faculty, staff, and students in the colleges involved. … That’s why I am pleased to share with you the launch of two new task forces charged with exploring new innovative academic structures around health and clinical professions and programs advancing new media and urban innovation. …”
7/31/17 campuswide email submitted for A. Dale Whittaker, provost and executive vice president

Q&A With the Provost
Sept. 29, 2017
3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Teaching Academy, Room 117
This is the first of three sessions planned. Each will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to talk about their concerns and ask questions. There is no formal agenda.

Academic Health Sciences Center Task Force

UPDATES
8/31/17 AHSC Committee Communications: This email includes a list of the individual task force members and their email addresses. “… the task force asked that they … serve as ambassadors to the university community to receive input and share that input with the entire task force.” Also, “We will be scheduling open fora on different campuses …” — Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine

8/14/17 AHSC Meeting Minutes excerpt: “The group expressed a desire to make certain that input from students, faculty and staff be included. Strategic planning, transparency, process efficiency, space, timeline, dollars, data, and resources, were some of the areas discussed as key to the project.”

CHARGE  “Explore how we create an Academic Health Science center that will bring together our expertise in health and clinical fields ranging from nursing to physical therapy while focusing on Central Florida’s distinctive needs and opportunities.” — 7/31/17 campuswide email

MEMBERS  Deborah German (chair), Deborah Beidel, Juan Cendan, Michael Deichen, Bari Hoffman Ruddy, Marcia Katz, Elizabeth Klonoff, Patrick Pabian, Griffith Parks, Bernardo Ramirez, Suha Saleh, Jeanette Schreiber, William Self, Mary Lou Sole, Jeffrey Stout, Linda Sullivan, Bonnie YegidisRichard Zraick (links go to contact information for COHPA representatives)

MEETINGS  Weekly meetings up to 12/18/17 (except 9/4).
“There will be open forum and town hall meetings.” — 8/14/17 meeting minutes

Urban Innovation Task Force

UPDATES
(To include monthly emails to faculty and staff)
August Monthly Update

CHARGE  “Build upon the work of our downtown academic planning committees who have imagined which academic experiences will be made better because they’re located in an urban environment. Together, this group will identify a cohesive academic structure and alignment among programs at the new campus.” — 7/31/17 campuswide email

MEMBERS  Elizabeth Dooley (co-chair), Thad Seymour (co-chair), Tim Brown, Maribeth Ehasz, Nancy Ellis, Mary Ann Feldheim, José Fernández, Tameca Harris-Jackson, Lynn Hepner, Su-I Hou, Mike Johnson, Mike Kilbride, Elizabeth Klonoff, Paul Lartonoix, Robert Littlefield, Rudy McDaniel, Jeff Moore, Ben Noel, Alisa Smith, Ross Wolf (links go to contact information for COHPA representatives)

MEETINGS  First meeting on 8/14. Retreat for members on 8/30.

Other Resources

TRAILBLAZERS TEAM
This team is meeting monthly “… to investigate opportunities specific to the programs planned to be moved to the UCF Downtown location and discover ways to increase each program to a higher level of prominence, establishing a 21stCentury urban campus that hires the best faculty/staff and recruits the best students.” — 6/2/17 presentation at orientation for team members

The team is led by Paul Lartonoix. COHPA representatives are Kerry Gajewski, Reid Oetjen, Alisa Smith and Bonnie Yegidis.

7/28/17 TT Meeting: PowerPoint presentation

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