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President Nick J. Bruno

2014 Dear Colleagues E-mails

May 29, 2014

A message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

Allow me the opportunity to inform you about a new initiative in keeping with our strategic plan’s long-term objectives of financial sustainability and new revenue streams.

Strategic growth of online enrollment will help ULM achieve these objectives and expand our regional impact.  The population of traditional college students in our area is declining and has been forecasted to remain low for the foreseeable future.  Relying solely on that population will result in further downsizing, something none of us want. 

The establishment of the eULM office as a central point for online activities earlier this year and the naming of Paula Thornhill as its director were our initial steps in growing our online enrollment.  Paula has been developing a plan to achieve this growth based on best practices.  When I first arrived, I asked Dr. Ron Berry to head a committee to assess our processes in the development, delivery and services related to our on-line programs and courses.  With those findings as a guide, a task force from all divisions of the university has been formed to move a plan for growth of our on-line programs forward.  The factor most influential in determining where a student enrolls in an online program is the ease with which they can navigate the processes involved.  An 8-week model for registration, enrollment, and instruction is preferred by online students, so the  task force is charged with making this happen for eULM (formerly GOLD) programs by Spring 2015. 

We expect that enrollment in eULM programs will grow significantly over the next several years, especially with the good publicity ULM has received recently for its academic quality.  I want to assure you that this growth will not be at the expense of our quality.  

eULM has two advantages at the state and national levels and we will use them to our benefit: no other university in the state uses this model for their online programs and our tuition and fees will be significantly less than many providers of online programs. 

Some of the revenue produced by eULM growth will be invested in the infrastructure needed to support those programs.  Faculty, advisors, financial aid counselors, registrars, and others will be hired to make sure our processes work well.  But I expect that, even with our lower tuition rate, funds will also be available for investing in our face-to-face programs and the rest of the campus. 

I have repeatedly stated that we must seize every opportunity available to help ourselves given that we continue to face the State’s economic challenges.  The growth of our on-line programs is one such prospect. 

As we advance our strategic plan, I want to make sure you are informed of our upcoming efforts. Please look for additional emails from me as developments occur and thank you for the work that you do.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President


April 11, 2014

A message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

Kiwana Sutton in public information provided me this link today regarding ULM being recognized as the most underrated university in Louisiana.

As president I have said many times we are the best kept secret in Louisiana.  It is through your work and dedication that such recognitions occur.

I am proud of ULM employee that works at this great university. Spread the word! 

More information can be found at ulm.edu/news/2014/0414-underrated.html  

Sincerely,

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President


 

February 5, 2014                                                                                                             Notification to campus about Don Smith, Dean of the Library, to be SACSCOC Liaison

A message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

The university’s last reaffirmation by SACSCOC took place in 1999.  Since that time the Fifth‐Year Interim Report was developed to respond to the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements (1) that accrediting bodies continuously monitor institutions to ensure compliance and (2) that accrediting bodies have a mechanism for reviewing multiple sites initiated since last reaffirmation.

I have named Don Smith, Dean of the Library, to be our SACSCOC Liaison.  In that capacity he will oversee the collection of information and the preparation of the fifth-year report.  Since this is an activity that cannot be performed by one person, Dean Smith will be creating a committee to help in managing the process. 

Everyone at the university is doing so much, but you may be asked to do more.  He will be contacting various individuals over the next few weeks to serve on the coordinating committee.  Others will be contacted to participate on sub-groups to collect and draft reports supporting the abbreviated compliance certification.

A copy of what is expected of each institution’s report can be found at http://www.sacscoc.org/FifthYear.asp . 

I want to thank in advance those of you who will be in contacted and asked to participate in the very important activity.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President

 


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