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Issue: Winter 2010


  ISSUE: SPRING 2010  

International Efforts Ramp Up

The Office of International Affairs, led by Associate Provost David Fleshler, has established several working groups to broaden its impact, including Strategic Planning, Infrastructure, Undergraduate Education Abroad, International Undergraduate Student Recruitment/Retention/Campus Life, Technology, Research, Outreach and Partnerships, and Funding/Resources.

In addition, the office held its first Visiting Committee meeting on March 25. Visiting Committee members include:

  • Robert Herbold, the Herbold Group LLC
  • Hemant Kanakia, Columbia Capital LLC
  • Mario M. Marino, Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Herman Pirchner Jr., American Foreign Policy Council
  • Ross J. Pillari, BP North America (retired)
  • Richard W. Pogue Esq., Jones Day
  • Ronn Richard, the Cleveland Foundation
  • Anthony Yen, ABC International Inc.

Infrastructure and study abroad plan implementation is expected to begin this summer.  The strategic plan should be complete by the end of 2011. 

For additional questions or suggestions, contact Fleshler at 216.368.2397 or



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 information about fiscal year 2009 progress, the fiscal year 2010 action agenda, the alliances, leadership retreats or to offer feedback, visit the Office of Planning and Institutional Research’s web site.  




Making Strides


BUDGET UPDATES: The Budget Systems Review Committee has surveyed the deans of each college and school for input on the current system. The committee will use this feedback to inform its improvement strategies and expects to have a final draft of its recommendations to the provost and chief financial officer early this month. Recommendations will be discussed with the president’s Cabinet, deans and Faculty Senate Budget Committee before an implementation plan is developed and announced.

SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Social Justice alliance will debut its first collaborative research initiative in East Cleveland. Mark Chupp, project director and assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will establish the overall direction for the project, which aims to expand cooperation between the university, city and other organizations. Learn more about the Social Justice alliance.



ENERGY: The Energy alliance is looking to hire new faculty in the area of energy economics and policy. Expanded expertise in this area helps the university create stronger grant proposals with more quantitative data on commercial potential for research and supports other collaborations with state, regional and national partners. Learn more about the Energy alliance.

LEAD ON: A leadership development program designed for department chairs will be fully implemented this year. It includes an orientation for new chairs, as well as programming for seasoned chairs regarding conflict resolution, change management and other administrative best practices. The next forum will be June 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Richard Boyatzis, a professor of organizational behavior. Boyatzis will discuss leading with emotion, the cycle of leadership sacrifice and renewal, and renewing the passion for leading. Direct questions to Susan Karaba in the Office of the Provost. Call 216.368.4346 or email


DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR: The Office of the Provost has revamped the way it appoints distinguished university professors by developing a new set of nominating criteria. Learn more about how to nominate a faculty member for this honor.

ACTION AGENDA: The action agenda for 2011 is being drafted. It will include several new initiatives, as well as continuing action items from this year. The draft will reflect outcomes from the November Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat and subsequent Plan Action Committee meeting in January. Read about the current action agenda.




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