Dr. Bill Pepicello:
One of the things that we understand is that we have to continue to be responsive not just to our students’ needs, but to the needs of employers. And one of the things we really want to do is help connect our curriculum and our education to careers. So there’s been a great focus on us working with employers to help refresh and update our curriculum so that when students do graduate, they have a set of skills that employers will recognize as valuable in the workplace.
So we’ve been working, for instance, with our Bachelor of Science and Business programs to get those refreshed. We have a group of folks who are working directly with employers to help us develop competencies that we will then put into the curriculum. So we’ll be refreshing some of that curriculum. We’ll also be developing new curriculum in areas such as healthcare administration and IT. Some of these will be full programs; some of them will be certificates. What we’re looking for is how to structure that education experience so that it is valuable to our students, not just at graduation, but all along the way they have skills that are valuable to them that employers recognize as being valuable.
So the new programs and the refreshing of the old programs in line with our education to careers philosophy has been a very exciting development at the university.