NRC unveils assessment of doctoral programs, including 31 from Case Western Reserve

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.

Learn about the NRC assessment and what it means for Case Western Reserve at a university-dedicated website and at the assessment’s official site. Read more.

Outage Disrupts Campus Communications

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.

Campus News

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 repairs toys for kids in need.

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).

For Faculty and Staff

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.

For Students

Learn about overseas learning opportunities.

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.


The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.

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 or go online for more information.

Sept. 29, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University, OSU get grants to support health care training, Sept. 29, 2010
Case Western Reserve University  will receive about $1.4 million under the Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANNE) program, part of the Affordable Care Act to expand the health care workforce. The ANNE program will provide a stipend of $22,000 per student per year for up to two years.

Men could be the swing vote in this year's statewide races

Plain Dealer, Sept. 29, 2010
Karen Beckwith, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, said the wildcard this election is gauging the intensity with which white men are engaged and voting. Typically, you can count on the majority of black voters–men or women–siding with the Democratic candidates and for more white men to choose Republican candidates, she said.

Microelectronic Circuitry May Restore Healthy Brain Function After Injury, Sept. 28, 2010
Pedram Mohseni, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University, and Randolph J. Nudo, professor of molecular and integrative physiology at Kansas University Medical Center, are leading researchers working to recover normal movement and behavior within patients who have suffered brain damage by creating microelectronic circuitry that will promote the reconnection of neurons and growth of axons.

Tip of the Week: PathCase for pathway data, Sept. 22, 1010
Last week’s tip of the week highlights PathCase, a Pathways Database System from Case Western Reserve University. Wrties Mary Mangan: “This is a  tool I’ve  had my eye on for a number of years, and they continue to add new features and data sets to their visualization and search interface which are very nicely done.”

Higher Ed News

Berkeley Will Eliminate 5 Teams After Faculty Outcry Over Athletics Subsidy

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2010
The University of California at Berkeley becomes one of the most prominent athletic programs to make broad cuts, announcing it  will eliminate five sports teams next year, including baseball. Berkeley’s $13 million athletic subsidy last year sparked an uproar among faculty members, who have called on the university to stop subsidizing the athletics department altogether.