It's back to classes, which means it's back to updating the blogs - I keep an eye on our student blogs, but did not do a good job of keeping my own updated. So here's the news that's fit to print:
As you may have seen, Suffolk University just announced a new president. I can only speak for myself, but I'll be VERY glad to have a new person in the President's office. I am not going to complain about the acting president - he's done a fine job. It's simply that without someone with the title of "President" and the constant impression that one would be coming, there were a lot of things that felt like they were in a holding pattern. There was great stewardship during the period of presidential search, but the presidential job involves emphasizing priorities and there was understandible reluctance to go too far in setting those for the long term.
There's also change here in the Graduate Admission office - back in the summer we said goodbye to one of our long-term professional staff, and in the coming weeks we'll say 'bon voyage' to our current director. As any time there's a changeover in leadership, there's an opportunity to do things differently. We don't quite know yet what that "doing things differently" may entail, if anything, but higher ed doesn't really ever stop changing so I'm sure there will be something.
The PhD in Clinical Psychology application period finished up with our highest number of applications in my tenure. The faculty have read them all, met and made their assessments, and invitations should start going out today or Monday.
We're very excited that our Finance program is moving from a quarter system to a semester system. While there are certainly benefits to the quarter system, moving to the semester system allows students in joint programs to schedule more easily (and importantly to international students who would be on an F1 visa, it allows them to do the MBA/MSF program, which was unavailable to them when finance was on quarters - the disconnect between the quarter and semester system would take an F1 out of visa compliance). It also makes more finance courses available to students in other programs, and allows Finance students to choose from a wider range of electives. The Finance program moves to the semester system for Fall 2012.
Other big news? Well, we're experimenting with online information sessions, like the one coming up at the end of January with our accounting program. So far, the students who have attended have really seemed to like them and find them valuable. I hope to schedule more with other programs through the spring.
For those outside of the Boston area, we've finally been getting snow on a somewhat regular basis - we had a couple of inchest when we woke up this morning, and expect some more over the weekend. You can even see some snow on the ledges of the building outside my window.
That's all for now! More next week, including (hopefully) some more podcasts.