Academic Programs and Student Success Through Assessment
Dr. Becky Verzinski, Center for Academic Programs Assessment, Activity Director
Dr. George Acquaah, College of Arts and Sciences, Activity Director
Dr. Lawrence McNeil, College of Business, Activity Director
Assessment employs a variety of measurements to determine whether the University and its academic programs are achieving stated programmatic objectives. Results from student learning outcomes, evaluation, and standardized testing are vital components used to provide specific recommendations, changes, and feedback. This will enhance and strengthen university business processes, curriculum design, pedagogy, advisement, course delivery, and tutoring. Furthermore, assessment results guide practice at the course level, program level, department/college level, and university level. Assessment data offers an advantage to university administrators, chairpersons, and faculty members, where strategic and targeted decisions/changes are needed. Ultimately, this will have a direct impact on student learning outcomes and an indirect effect on student retention and graduation.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Anika Bissahoyo, Activity Director
This activity's mission is to expand the University's infrastructure for research by utilizing the best practices for research compliance, supporting faculty in developing and managing their research plan. It is also to expand opportunities for cross-collaboration and student engagement in research. The activity provides faculty and staff consultations and workshops on an individual and group basis regarding appropriate research design, methods, evaluation, and grants management and support. The activity also enhances teaching and learning and student success by providing opportunities for student research and exploration. Office services are expanding to build a comprehensive research compliance program to support the responsible conduct for research training and to begin oversight of the internal review board. Personnel works collaboratively to provide in-depth research support to faculty and staff participating in training and managing research projects and grants that impact students. Students gain hands-on experience and instruction that includes real-world examples from the training and research projects, and students learn best practices in seeking research opportunities.
Enhancing Library Resources and Services
Marian Rucker-Shamu, Activity Director
The Enhancing Library Resources and Services activity supports the funding of appropriate print, electronic, audiovisual, serial/periodical, and microform resources. This enhances the academic mission of teaching and learning at Bowie State University. These resources are available to the University community both on-site and remotely.
Technology Innovations, Telecom and IT Infrastructure
IT Institution Support
Marivic Weiss, Activity Director
To support all facets of teaching and learning at Bowie State University, the technology infrastructure must be enhanced and continuously secured. The technology infrastructure is the underlying element that allows the Division of Information Technology (DIT) to provide back-end support services for students, faculty, and staff. This activity provides support for the following units: Academic Affairs, Recruitment and Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising, Registration, Institutional Research, Facilities, Student Affairs, and Student Life, Financials, Human Resources, and Procurement.
Faculty and Student Support and Access to Technology
IT Academic Support
Marivic Weiss, Activity Director
The Division of Information Technology (DIT) supports and maintains the technology infrastructure and technology services for Bowie State University. This activity aims to support the strategic plan to expand, enhance both faculty and student educational support services.
Academic Support to Enhance Student Performance (Tutoring)
Dr. George Acquaah, Activity Director
The mission of the Academic Support unit is to serve as a centralized location as well as a discipline-based peer mentor resource for learning assistance. By providing holistic support, the structure allows students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their degree program. The aim is to support a comprehensive approach to closing the gap between the retention and graduation rates of Bowie State University students and other students nationwide. The program also offers the reinforcement of knowledge through a two-tier experiential learning experience in which Upper-Level Peer Mentors (ULAs) trained by Discipline-specific instructors to work with lower-level students and course instructors in courses inside and outside the classroom.
Improvement of Institutional Advancement Operations
Brent Swinton, Activity Director
This activity promotes interaction with community groups to encourage collaboration with the University.
Dr. Tonya Swanson, Activity Director
The Four-Year-Experience Counseling Program provides comprehensive academic support from the freshman to the senior year through individual counseling and small-group workshops. The aim is to support an all-inclusive approach to closing the gap between the retention and graduation rates of University students. The activity supports an environment that helps students to make a smooth transition into the institution. It provides activities and programs that enhance their academic and leadership skills. Counselors assist upper-level students with career exploration and transitioning skills needed to be successful in graduate school, professional school, or the world of work.
Financial Literacy Programs
Deborah Stanley, Activity Director
The Bowie State University Financial Literacy Initiative is aligned with the University's current strategic initiative to increase student retention and graduation rates.
Student Enrollment Management Enhancement
Shirley Holt, Activity Director
The Division of Enrollment Management takes a reliable and communicative, student-centric approach to ensure the success of Bowie State University students. Student assistants funded by the activity provide front-end customer service to faculty, staff, and students and process documents to ensure that the office files are accurate. This activity provides support for the following units: Admissions, New Student Orientation, Financial Aid, Registration, and Advising.
Multicultural Services/Diversity Inclusion
Keadrick Peters, Activity Director
The new Office of Multicultural Programs and Services at Bowie State University will support our campus' commitment to diversity, cultural inclusivity, and social justice. The purpose of this office will be to address the needs and concerns of BSU's varied populations through student-centered advising, advocacy, and research, as well as provide extra-curricular experiences designed to enhance collaboration and engagement amongst BSU's students, faculty and staff.
Mililani Sinclair, Activity Director
Faculty development at Bowie State University is a central expression of the University's commitment to the faculty to help them maintain the highest standards of teaching and scholarship. Through its support of such opportunities, the faculty development program fosters the pursuit of educational teaching and scholarly excellence.
Title III Program Administration
Mililani Sinclair, Activity Director
The purpose of the Title III Program Administration Office is to serve as a resource to Bowie State University and as a liaison to the United States Department of Education. The Title III Administration Office's mission is to assist the Institution President in securing Title III grant funds. It supports the strategic plan and encompasses strengthening a variety of targeted initiatives. This mission is accomplished by providing the required oversight and direction in compliance with the federal guidelines to deliver a positive impact through the development and implementation of strategic program activities.