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Issue: Spring 2011


  ISSUE: SPRING 2011  

University Budget Committee Formed

Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III has selected individuals to launch the newly formed University Budget Committee (UBC).

Formed at the recommendation of the Budget System Review Committee, the UBC will serve as an advisory body to the provost and chief financial officer on the big-picture budget-planning process.

To form the committee, the Faculty Senate Budget Committee collaborated to work out the details of forming such a committee, and then endorsed the establishment of a UBC on a trial basis in January.

This winter, the provost appointed members based on their university expertise. The following individuals were selected:

  • Chris Cullis (College of Arts and Sciences), UBC chair
  • Jerry Goldberg (School of Dental Medicine), dean representative
  • Karen Powers (Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences), school business officer representative
  • Liz Madigan (Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing)
  • Ken Ledford (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Alan Levine (School of Medicine)
  • Julia Grant (Weatherhead School of Management)
  • Bill Leatherberry (School of Law)
  • Ken Loparo (Case School of Engineering)
  • Chris Ash (Provost’s Office)
  • Ermin Melle (CFO’s Office)



In This Issue



  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty, staff and students informed about implementation of the university's strategic plan. For more information or to offer feedback, visit the Office of Planning and Institutional Research's website.  




Making Strides


NEW website: The Office of the Provost has a brand-new website. Check it out online.

IAIG Competition: This year, the Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant (IAIG) Competition involved two levels: one focused on small, innovative pilot projects ($50,000), and the other on five invited proposals that received seed funding last year. The alliances selected 24 concept papers to move to the full proposal stage in the pilot competition, to be reviewed by a team composed of 12 faculty members. A team of five faculty members will review the invited proposals. Awards will be given at the end of May. The five invited proposals are:

  • Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security (Ethics Alliance)
  • think[box]: Education, Design, and Entrepreneurial Activities (Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance)
  • School of the Earth: Toward a Campus Ecology of Sustainability (Sustainability Alliance)
  • The Art Museum Research Collaborative (Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance)
  • Improving Awareness and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in High-Burden Cleveland Neighborhoods: A Collaborative, Community-Based Approach (Infectious Disease Alliance)



Graduate certificate program: The Faculty Senate approved a new certificate program that grew out of one of the 2010 Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants. The program, offered by the School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management and the Technology Transfer Office, blends legal, scientific and management disciplines to drive thought leadership and guide students through the commercial potential of complex scientific discovery. The program is targeted at students enrolled in the MBA, JD, MD and PhD in science/engineering programs.

International affairs Update: The Office of International Affairs (OIA) hired a new director, Molly J. Watkins, formerly the manager of international education at Mississippi State University. She will join the team July 1, just in time for the opening of the OIA and International Student Services' new offices in Tomlinson Hall. Additionally, the OIA is putting the finishing touches on its strategic plan, due in May, and has completed an American Council on Education (ACE) site visit, which will provide input on the plan. This peer review by leaders in international education is a service provided by ACE for participants in its Internationalization Laboratory.



diversity strategic plan: The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), in conjunction with the Diversity Leadership Council, launched a formal strategic planning process and hopes to have a first draft available in May. Also, OIDEO invited Caryn McTighe Musil, vice president for diversity and global initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, to address the campus community on diversity and inclusion from a national perspective, pointing out what peers and aspirants are doing and where CWRU has opportunities to improve. In addition, OIDEO and John Fitzgerald Gates' Criticality Management Consulting (CMC) firm are conducting one-on-one and group interviews with faculty, staff and students at all levels to gather information to understand campuswide engagement in diversity.

department chair forums: A forum for department chairs featured guest speaker C. Kristina Gunsalus, director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, discussing techniques for handling complaints from or about colleagues and dealing with difficult people in the academic environment. This seminar was part of a series of leadership development opportunities supported by the Office of the Provost.



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