Fisk University two weeks ago got the reprieve it wanted from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Now, writes Pierce Greenberg, administrators' priorities are clear: Raise more than $8 million by the end of June and keep up the size of their student body.
“Fisk is a market leader among HBCU in annual fundraising. But it doesn’t help to have raised $5.1 million in the annual fund every year if the kids who are coming here can’t really afford it and need larger scholarships,” O’Leary said.
Belmont University officials announced Thursday that the school's part-time MBA program has achieved a Top 50 national ranking in BusinessWeek’s 2011 report on “Top Part-Time MBA programs.”
Belmont’s Massey School program ranked No. 45 in the U.S. — sandwiched between Orlando-area Rollins College (No. 44) and Wake Forest (No. 46). In its region, Belmont ranked ninth, joining highly ranked notables in the South, including Emory University and the University of Arkansas. Belmont’s program was the only Tennessee-based part-time MBA to be ranked.
Nationally, Elon University was ranked No. 1, while, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Nevada, and University of California-Berkeley rounded out the top five. Bloomberg began ranking part-time MBA programs in 2007 in an effort to recognize the best MBA programs designed specifically for working professionals. Belmont first made the prestigious list in 2009.
“The student satisfaction rankings and curriculum metrics indicate that our Massey professors are doing an outstanding job in delivering a high-quality MBA program,” said Dr. J. Patrick Raines, dean of Belmont’s College of Business Administration. “And to be in the company of this group of national peers is simply tremendous.”
The BusinessWeek report singled out Belmont for highest marks in “curriculum,” and the Nashville-based program ranked 19th in the U.S. in overall student satisfaction. The school was also rated highest for “career switchers.”
The Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation recently awarded Tennessee State University four grants totaling $1.3 million to support research and education activities in cyber security and incidence management. The primary objective of the five-year funding opportunity is to develop programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students at Tennessee State University who are majoring in STEM for homeland security-related careers.
Dr. Sachin Shetty, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will spearhead the activities related to these grants. The DHS grants are offered through the Scientific Leadership Awards for Minority Serving Institutions grant program. Two of the DHS grants, totaling $800,000, will be used for supporting undergraduate and graduate research and training activities in the areas of cloud security and incidence management. The NSF grants, provided by the Research Initiation and Targeted Infusion tracks from the NSF HBCU-UP programs totaling $500,000, will be used for vertical integration of cyber security material throughout the undergraduate computer science and electrical and computer engineering curriculum and cloud security research opportunities for two undergraduate students and Dr. Shetty to travel to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY.
“This award will enable TSU to provide students with the requisite skills and expertise needed to enter the homeland security workforce,” said Shetty. “As we prepare to open the new TIGER Research lab, the timing couldn’t be better in terms of ensuring that both the capital and operational resources are in place to not only offer our students scholarships, but quality training for cyber security, incidence management and other STEM-related high-skill, high-wage careers.”
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has formalized plans to start a department of physical medicine and rehabilitation that will be housed inside Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Leading the venture starting next April will be Walter Frontera, a veteran of Harvard Medical School and other prestigious institutions who has since 1996 led a similar program at the University of Puerto Rico.
“As a member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Frontera is truly one of the pioneers in the discipline of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “As the founding chair for our new department, we have recruited a true leader — highly regarded on the international stage and with a wealth of experience in developing clinical and academic programs.”
David Scobey is slated to assume on Friday, Nov. 4, the role as chair of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees.
Scobey, a former president and CEO of AT&T Southeastern Region, will succeed Hilton Dean, the former New York City-based vice chairman of Ernst & Young, LLP. Dean is concluding an eight-year run as board chair.
Scobey, who joined the LU board of trust in August 2007, is not related to the late Nashville mayor of the same name.
LU officials declined to comment until the transition is finalized.
Scobey serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Auburn University School of Electrical Engineering and the President’s Council at Harding University.
Scobey holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Lipscomb University is ramping up its four-year-old involvement with the Tennessee Prison for Women and growing an 18-credit hour slate of liberal arts courses into a full associate of arts degree. Since the launch of the LIFE program, TPW inmates have compiled three literary journals and staged a theatrical production.
Lipscomb's Associate of Arts degree will follow the Tennessee Board of Regents general education requirement of 63 credit hours. Unlike most of the college programs offered in prisons nationwide, Lipscomb's coursework is not offered by correspondence. Lipscomb faculty travel to the prison once a week to teach the courses. In addition, Lipscomb's traditional students travel to TPFW to attend classes with the inmates and also receive credit.