Dr. Anika Bissahoyo
The Undergraduate Research and Entrepreneurship Experience provides comprehensive support for undergraduate learning to meet the University's goals to increase student preparation for the workforce and graduate studies. This activity will prepare students to engage in critical research and design thinking skills and support their involvement in mentoring faculty experiences during the academic year and during the summer. The Undergraduate Research and Entrepreneurship Experience will offer professional exposure in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, entrepreneurship, and other areas traditionally underrepresented by Black Americans.
Professional Studies Undergraduate Nursing Support Program
Dr. Jacqueline Hill
Prepare students for success in their majors, promote lifelong learning, and provide a foundation for personal and professional success after graduation.
Classroom Upgrades to Enhance Student Learning
An enhanced classroom is a traditional lecture-style teaching space with technological equipment that can be used to aid the instruction of a course. The classroom upgrades feature a smart podium with a touch panel control system, PC and laptop connection, projector, and screen. Classroom upgrades also include renovations needed to develop active learning environments. By allowing students and faculty, the use of state-of-the-art instructional technology equipment will expose them to what will be used in the future. Each year, upgrades are made to any building with a need. The aim is to significantly and positively impact the instructional capabilities of the campus.
Academic Student Advisement
Dr. Yvette Galloway
Academic advising is the process between a student and an academic advisor exploring the value of general education by reviewing the services and policies of the institution, discussing educational and career plans, and making appropriate course selections. The Academic Advising Center allows students to work with professional academic advisors to help develop academic schedules and instructional strategies compatible with career goals and intellectual skills; this aids in meeting the graduation requirements. Advisors provide accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, and programs.
Enhancing Teaching Education Preparation
Dr. Lynn Long, Activity Director
On April 23, 2019, the SBOE approved the adoption of the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) and Pearson's educative performance assessment, edTPA. Either of these tests will replace the current Praxis Principles for Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessments as the performance-based assessment required for ALL teaching licensure areas. We chose edTPA because Maryland developed a state-wide collaborative known as the MD edTPA Collaborative, where support is given to those Universities new to edTPA. Also, we have been using Lesson cast for the past five years, which is a similar model to edTPA. The purpose of this framework is influenced by several factors, including State policy, support systems for mentors, faculty, teacher candidates and supervisors, and professional development for each entity and curricular changes.