The core of any university is its academic programs; it is on that base that
everything rests. The quality of our academic programs greatly influences the
reputation of our university and the value of a JWU degree.
When we launched our current strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, I charged
University Provost Veera Gaul, PhD, ’91 MS to work with our faculty and
academic leaders to attain and maintain excellence in all programs, nurture
high-quality instruction, re-engineer experiential education and ensure we remain
current by pursuing new program development and leading-edge delivery
mechanisms that are mission-centric. In this issue’s FOCUS 2011 section, you will
see examples of how we are accomplishing these lofty goals.
JWU is a leader in career-focused education and justly proud of the quality and
variety of its offerings. But, there are always opportunities for improvement, and
improvement is essential if we are to continually elevate our position. Our academic
program reviews continue to direct our attention to those programs that support
industry and provide our students an appropriate return on investment as evidenced
by career progression. Over the course of FOCUS 2011 we have conducted 13
program reviews and committed more than $7.8 million for experts and resources
to support these reviews.
Our academic community is enthusiastic. They know stronger, industry-relevant
programs attract the students we wish to serve. They mean better retention and
enhanced career opportunities for our graduates. Our degree programs are as good
as those who teach them. As a former culinary faculty member, I am proud to say
that JWU has, and will continue to increase student learning through faculty
evaluation and development.
These are long-term investment goals. To ensure program changes and
enhancements meet a high level of quality, rigor and excellence will require time
Across the system we are challenging ourselves every day to raise expectations of
quality for our students and ourselves. We’ve achieved much and plan to achieve
more. As we approach the holidays and reflect on what we’re thankful for, I hope
you are thankful, as I am, for being part of our vibrant JWU community. I wish
you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season.
Chancellor John J. Bowen '77