The AU Strategic Plan calls for increased graduate enrollments in order to continue our momentum of investment and planning. Specifically, the plan calls for a modest growth of 100 graduate students, campus-wide, each year over a ten year period. Unfortunately, over the past two years, we have not met these targets. Therefore, in order to better ensure our academic and financial future, we now need to provide our graduate programs—particularly our certificate and master’ s programs—with the infrastructure and best practice approaches that we have executed at the undergraduate level.
Accordingly, a new position has been established for an Associate or Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. The incumbent will assist with building graduate enrollment and will support implementation of the graduate enrollment management system described later in this announcement. As an initial step, we will conduct an internal search for this position. Applications received by May 15 will receive priority consideration. The position description is attached.
The Associate or Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies will report to Jonathan Tubman. Vice Provost Tubman’s current title will be amended to Vice Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies in order to align with this new reporting structure.
In addition, I am pleased to report that the campus will invest in a new graduate enrollment management system. This system will assist the university—particularly the academic units on the main campus—in reaching its overall goal of expanding graduate recruitment, marketing, and enrollment. This central system will replace the outdated enrollment management system that is currently being used by three of the schools and colleges. A campus-wide planning committee will be charged with oversight of the implementation and the sub-committees in each academic unit established to ensure their respective needs and objectives are met. Additional support and training will be provided to the schools and colleges in the use and implementation of the system.
Faculty and staff with interest in graduate education and the desired qualifications outlined in the position description are encouraged to apply.