DATE: March 30, 2004 TO: Julie Furst-Bowe FROM: John Wesolek, Dean College of Human Development SUBJECT: Response to Program Review Recommendations for M.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation There did not appear to be significant recommendations that required the involvement of the dean’s office. I did meet with both the program director, Bob Peters, and department chair, Shirley Stewart, to discuss implications and resource needs related to the recommendations. Some actions I will take to address these recommendations include: 1. Request that the department chair provide an updated personnel profile for her unit indicating what skills and capacities they will recruit for in new positions. 2. Work closely with the PR to ensure that the program will continue to offer new concentrations that reflect employment trends for graduates in the future. One possible area of development that will need to be investigated is assistive technology. 3. I will call for a course-by-course audit in the department of their 500/600 level courses to determine whether there is any significant duplication of course content among those course clusters. 4. I have already met with Dr. Peters to outline a preliminary plan to mount more on-line courses tailored to meet the needs of professionals in the field who are unable to regularly attend campusbased classes. One approach suggested by Dr. Peters is to include an intensive on-campus week of lab/lecture-based work and follow that up with asynchronous classes on-line. This approach would enable the program to maintain its unique lab-oriented, applied delivery that sets it aside as a unique hands-on learning program. 5. A marketing planning meeting with Dr. Peters has already been held. A strategy to use e-mail announcements to targeted faculty at other campuses to sell the program to undergraduates with related degrees has been initiated. Results are already beginning to occur as new registrations are responding to these contacts. Also, a plan to redraft the web site to advertise the program in a more attractive way is being pursued. 6. Dr. Peters will continue to pursue a certification exam (CRC) that would be given to graduates in their last semester. This exam may also be considered as a comprehensive exam for the program in the future. 7. Other changes deemed necessary include: ∙ Adding more situational assessment curriculum to the Vocational Evaluation concentration. ∙ Bring more current work samples that depict today’s work environment into the lab. ∙ Propose a revision for the Plan B/Work Sample development option including the comprehensive exam. ∙ Procure new computers for the assessment lab. New updated computers are being purchased through the use of this year’s excess tuition dollars.