Thursday, January 3, 2013

Enhancing academic excellence

We continue to make great progress toward the goals of Impact 2015, including efforts to build upon Strategic Issue #1: Enhancing academic excellence. As part of these efforts, let's take a look at a few of our key accomplishments of 2012.

Geisinger Partnership

We have expanded our partnership with Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), allowing for increased enrollment in our existing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with courses offered on the GMC campus beginning in fall 2013. The partnership offers opportunities for further collaboration through research and practice.

School of Health Sciences

Our College of Science and Technology (COST) is developing a School of Health Sciences to meet the needs of medical practitioners and educators in the region and Commonwealth. Richard Angelo, associate dean of COST, is leading the effort to coordinate clinical agreements and programs. The School of Health Sciences is expected to be fully implemented and operational by fall 2013.

Higher Education Modernization Act

Bloomsburg University hosted the PASSHE Entrepreneurial Forum with Chancellor John Cavanaugh on Oct. 16. Chancellor Cavanaugh spoke with BU faculty and staff about the importance of the recently enacted Higher Education Modernization Law (HEMA), Act 132. Act 132 offers faculty the opportunity to be more entrepreneurial. In addition, all 14 PASSHE institutions are now able to develop and offer applied doctorate programs. Act 132 applies to any idea that has merit, including research, commercial projects and the development of non-profit organizations that provide internships for our students.


Here are the top four things you should know about MyCore:
  • BU’s new general education program, MyCore, emphasizes the connectedness of disciplines, knowledge and skills; and recognizes the achievement of general education outcomes outside the traditional classroom and across university divisions.
  • The program applies to all incoming freshmen beginning fall 2012.
  • The current list of approved courses is available here.

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