At Texas A&M-Texarkana we’re heading for a record year in enrollment, with numbers trending upward by 10-12 percent as we head into the fall. Much of the growth is coming from our continued “downward expansion,” i.e., our move to enroll freshmen and sophomores (up until 2010, we had only admitted transfer students as upperclassmen seeking bachelor’s degrees). To accommodate the new students, we are building two state-of-the-art facilities: a recreation center and an academic building. In the fall, we will open the Red River Innovation Laboratory for the Humanities, which will provide an intellectual hub for student-faculty research and community partnerships.
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At IU South Bend in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we’ve been working to improve retention and student success. Last summer, the Associate Deans and I read Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Granny, et al. and designed campaigns around it’s key principles. One of our important successes was the significantly increased use and understanding of our academic early warning system.—Elizabeth Dunn, ACAD Board Member, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Indiana University-South Bend
The best book that I’ve read in the past few months has been Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. I enjoyed Harari’s provocative history of our species and the conversations that it has generated among colleagues and friends.—Del Doughty, ACAD Board Member, Dean, College of Education and Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University-Texarkana.