As we begin the new academic year, I want you to be aware that College of Education faculty, administrators, and staff are working very hard to enhance the quality of our programs and their visibility in the Chicago and national marketplaces. Evidence of our hard work can be found in many places, but these four recent developments are the ones of which I am most proud:
I also want you to know that we are absolutely committed to providing our students with the best possible climate for learning and study. Toward this end, we have opened the “round room” in the main office in Schaumburg to all students for use during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition, the college has installing two new computers--one Mac and one Windows--in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building. The Student Resource Center has comfortable chairs, tables for writing, and a small curriculum library; it, too, is now open to all students during normal business hours. Last but not least, the college is preparing for the transition to Tk20 in Fall 2015. This new assessment management software will replace TaskStream, and students will be able to use it for free in the future to submit assignments and other artifacts required by their programs.
The above developments are important, and represent the core values and priorities of the college; however, to achieve our goal of helping our graduates to make a demonstrable impact within their chosen professions, we need to do more. Here are just a few of the ideas for additional college-wide improvement that faculty, administrators, staff, and a small group of talented alumni and community partners discussed last month at our annual fall retreat:
My best wishes for a very successful new semester and school year. Enjoy!