On Tuesday, the National Research Council released its data-based assessment of U.S. doctoral programs. The results of the assessment, based on surveys from 2006 and 2007, have been long awaited and are derived from an in-depth and complex methodology.
In its official release, the NRC said it expects the rankings will be useful as stakeholders attempt to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs across the country.
“This report provides a wealth of information regarding doctoral programs across the United States,” says W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Case Western Reserve University provost and executive vice president. “We will use this data to assess the strengths of our own programs and identify areas where we should target improvement efforts.”
The assessment covers programs in 61 fields at 222 institutions. Thirty-one programs at Case Western Reserve met the criteria for the study and were included in the assessment.
An early-morning outage at Cleveland Public Power has disrupted Internet and other technological services on campus, but the university’s office of Information Technology Services (ITS) expects to have all systems functioning fully by this afternoon. As of 10:30 a.m., both the Student Information System and Blackboard are inaccessible. Phone calls from outside the university are getting through intermittently. ITS has restored the ability for campus users to make calls within and outside the campus, however. Staff also have re-established Internet service for computers, but connectivity may be slower than normal for the next few hours. The university regrets this inconvenience.
Case Western Reserve University Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick has been honored as Community Broadband Visionary of the Year for his leadership role creating the OneCommunity network and other broadband accomplishments.
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) board of directors in Alexandria, Va., announced its recognition of Gonick as among the recipients of NATOA’s 2010 Community Broadband Awards. Recipients are receiving their awards at NATOA’s 30th annual conference, to be held today through Friday in Washington, D.C.
Gonick is the founder of the OneCommunity network and the visionary behind the Case Western Beta Block — a public interest FTTH (Fiber To The Home) initiative intended to demonstrate how bandwidth and civic-minded applications can be transformative in the lives of Americans in need. Read more.
RePlay for Kids is holding a toy repair and modification workshop 5-7 p.m. Monday in Room 310 of Nord Hall to benefit children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. There are a few toys that need to be adapted so that a child with a disability can use them. There are toys that have already been adapted that need some minor repairs. There are communication devices that also need minor repairs, and there are several switches that are used to operate these toys or communication devices in need of minor repairs. Respond by email or you can just show up. More information is available online.
The Blackboard Learning Management System will be interrupted from 8 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday. This scheduled service downtime will allow Information Technology Services to create a more reliable testing environment that closely mirrors the production environment. During the process, data will be copied from the production server to a development and testing server. Once the procedure is complete, ITS will be better able to conduct testing on future Blackboard updates. If you have additional questions about this outage please contact the ITS Help Desk or call 216.368.HELP (4357).
Case Western Reserve University employees and family are eligible for a discount for meditation classes at the Mood Disorder Program at University Hospitals with Francoise Adan, psychiatrist. The next cycle begins at noon Oct. 11 or 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Each cycle is regularly $125, but with discount is $80. Call 216.844.2400 to register or for more information.
Many study abroad opportunities are available to students over winter, spring and summer breaks. All are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. An information meeting will take place 12:30-1 p.m. Friday in meeting room Euclid at Thwing.
Programs offered through the Department of Bioethics include the following: Winter break in San Jose, Costa Rica (includes an optional week of service learning through the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning before the course) and spring break courses in Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca and Buenos Aires. Go online for more information or contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, at 216.368.5377 or by email.
Programs offered through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences include the following: winter break in Bangladesh (register for fall course); spring break in Guatemala, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, Netherlands and Ecuador (May). With the exception of Netherlands, all are approved as global and cultural diversity electives. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 368.6014 or by email for details.
The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Mandel Center Building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree and can learn at the Open House about financial assistance for university employees interested in obtaining the Center's Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Go online for more information.
Case Western Reserve faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to the Kelvin Smith Library Fall Premier event, Now Showing … At KSL, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Kelvin Smith Library's movie theme has features and shorts on new scanning equipment, databases and journals, live demos, alumni services, and more. Meet the staff, see what's new, take home some giveways, and get a quick lunch in this blockbuster event. Students: Win a very special grand prize in our KSL Treasure Hunt. Read more details on what's showing and when, on the KSL NewsBlog.
Case Western Reserve University presents a choral showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harkness Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Complete schedule is available online.
Lambda Eta Mu is a new Greek Service Honor Society founded by some members of the Case Western Reserve University Greek community. We recognize the members of our Greek Community who give their time to selflessly benefit others and aspire to enhance the quality of service and philanthropy to others. The five founding members include Bronwen Pitchford, Matthew Richter, Justin Fisher, Christina Shen and Alexander Olear. We would like to invite anyone who has been affiliated with a Greek Chapter for at least one semester and who possesses a giving spirit to apply. Lambda Eta Mu will be initiating its first class in mid-October. Applications will be accepted at the Greek Life Office in Yost Hall through Oct. 8. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go online for more information.