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...every effort will be made to seek maximum input from the University community on the final self-study report in the most transparent way possible.

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The University-wide Self-Study: An Update
By Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D., vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School

The University is moving expeditiously in its preparation to seek reaffirmation of accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This process requires the University to conduct an institution-wide self-study of its systems, policies, operations and resource allocations within the context of its mission and goals, as well as Middle States’ Characteristics of Excellence. To address the Middle States accreditation standards and conduct the required self-study, the University has established 15 work groups and appointed a self-study Executive Committee and Steering Committee comprised of administrators, faculty, staff and students.

In fall 2009, Middle States will send an evaluation team to the campus to meet with various stakeholders and visit our facilities and examine pertinent documents and data. To date, significant progress has been made to prepare for the 2009 evaluation team visit. The aforementioned work groups have completed their extensive reviews of each standard and submitted their reports to the self-study staff. The Office of Institutional Assessment and Evaluation administered a pilot survey study in May 2008 to administrators, faculty, staff and students to assess their perceptions and opinions of the University with respect to several aspects of institutional effectiveness. An additional survey will be conducted in spring 2009. Also, several interviews were conducted with University officers and select board of trustee members to ascertain their views. As chair of the self-study, I have met with the faculties of all schools/colleges and provided them with an update of the process and encouraged their participation.

Currently, the first draft of a composite self-study report is being finalized which takes into account the input from the various sources described above, and which will be reviewed subsequently by the Executive and Steering Committees. The draft report will then be circulated electronically to the University community prior to several town hall meetings that will be scheduled in spring 2009. The meetings will be designed to seek reactions and suggestions on the report from as many individuals and groups within the University community as possible. In addition, the self-study staff will use several technology-based solutions to maximize opportunities for faculty, administrators, students and staff to provide feedback on the draft report, including a blog and webcasting of key events. In sum, every effort will be made to seek maximum input from the University community on the final self-study report in the most transparent way possible.

For further information on the self-study, contact Dr. Ronyelle Bertrand Ricard, self-study coordinator, at or visit the Web site at

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WHUR 96.3 FM, WHUR-WORLD and the University,
in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), sponsored the annual  “Food2Feed” radiothon/fundraiser to help feed families in need for Thanksgiving, raising over $70,000 in donations. The broadcast collected both monetary donations and non-perishable food items that were donated to the CAFB, the largest, public nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. area. The 12-hour radiothon was the culmination of a six-week campaign by the stations to educate listeners about the plight of the hungry in the D.C. region and abroad.
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Alton B. Pollard III, Ph.D., is the new Divinity School dean. He most recently served as the director of Black Church Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. (Shown in photo)

Michael Harris was appointed associate vice president for Administrative Services. He has over 30 years of experience in both corporate and university settings.  Harris previously served as director of Architectural and Engineering Services, before joining Bowie State University as director of Facilities Management.

Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D., vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, co-chaired a recent roundtable discussion on voluntary cost sharing for the Strategy and Budget Task Force of the National Science Board (NSB). The roundtable discussion was part of a larger NSB discussion on the “Implications of Mandatory and Voluntary Cost Sharing for Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering.” Taylor’s presentation focused on the potential bias created in the minds of reviewers in favor of financially strong institutions in the peer review processes, thereby placing minority serving institutions and financially weak institutions in a disadvantaged position even when their proposals are otherwise meritorious.

Howard received $250,000 from the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) to establish the Center for Excellence in Advertising. Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean of the John H. Johnson School of Communications, and Laura Fleet, Ph.D., co-director of Howard’s Professional Development and Leadership Academy, will direct the grant that is part of a $5 million partnership between the AAAA and the University to create a comprehensive center to address challenges, eliminate barriers and identify opportunities for achieving a more diverse and inclusive advertising industry workforce at middle to senior management levels.

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“Four Decades of Excellence: The Life and Work of Starmanda Bullock at Howard University” is a 40-year retrospective now on display in the Gallery of Art located in the Lulu Vere Childers Hall. The exhibition will run until January 9, 2009. Bullock is a proud alumna, has taught at the University for 40 years and is an undergraduate faculty board of trustee member. (Shown in photo)

2008 Bison Yearbook Wins 1st Place Award
The 2008 Bison Yearbook was one of five first place award-winners in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual yearbook competition. The Bison Yearbook received the first place award in the category of colleges/universities with 2501+ enrollment from the American Scholastic Press Association for excellence in the fields of writing, photography,
and page design.

Faculty, alumni and students of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders captured a total of 10 awards at the 2008 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Chicago this past November. Associate Professor Kay T. Payne, Ph.D., garnered recognition for her contributions in multicultural affairs in honor of her distinguished achievement in research, education and clinical service. Payne directed 17 federal grants totaling $7 million, which have supported more than 75 students at Howard. Twice a Fulbright Fellow, she has traveled to 22 nations conducting study and research. Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D., associate professor, and alumna Patricia Cole, Ph.D., received the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (NSSLHA) Editors Award for their recent article, “A Mentoring Model for Success in Graduate Education.” Cole also received the highest honors of NSSLHA. Alumnae Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke, Ph.D., and Deirdre Trent, Ph.D., were inducted as fellows, one of the highest honors of ASHA. Alumnus Tommie Robinson, Ph.D., has been elected 2009 President of this 130,000-member organization. Current doctoral students Nayda Torres, Alayna Townsend and Miguelina Zapata were selected for the Minority Student Leadership Program.

The Howard University Staff Organization’s (HUSO) 13th Annual Adopt-a-Student for Thanksgiving dinner was held on November 28 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Reading Lounge.  Students that remained on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday were the special guest of HUSO. Members of the HUSO Executive Committee and other volunteers served Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 100 students. Students and HUSO volunteers were honored to have unexpected guests for dinner. They were greeted by former alumni and their families and by prospective students who were visiting the campus. HUSO is truly grateful to the entire Howard community for its contribution to this cause. We also wish to extend a special thanks to the Department of Alumni Relations for their generous financial contribution and to Sodexho and the Office of Special Student Services for their support and contribution.

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