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Title: New Advisory Board Member Orientation October 16, 2003


1
New Advisory Board Member Orientation October 16,
2003
  • John F. Carney III
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

2
WPI The University of Science and Technology.
And Life.
3
Who We Are
  • A university with a core focus on science,
    engineering, and the management of technology
    that grants bachelors, masters, and doctoral
    degrees in 30 disciplines.

4
Undergraduate Program
5
WPI
  • A University of Engineering, Science, Management,
    and Humanities
  • The Two Towers Tradition
  • The WPI Plan

6
The WPI Experience
  • Learning to Learn
  • Incorporation of Outcomes Assessment
  • Real World Projects
  • Appreciation for Social Responsibility
  • Depth in the Humanities

7
The WPI Experience (Cont.)
  • Assume Responsibility in a Professional
    Environment
  • Develop Own Program of Study
  • Non-Punitive Grading
  • Cooperative Environment

8
WPI Degree Requirements
  • The MQP
  • The IQP
  • The Sufficiency
  • Social Sciences
  • Departmental Distribution Requirements
  • Physical Education

9
Engineering Enrollments (Fall 03)
BE CEE CM ECE
FPE ME
10/02
10
Science Enrollments (Fall 03)
BB CHBC CS
MA PH
10/02
11
Other Enrollments (Fall 03)
SSPS HUA Inter
MG EN
10/02
12
Undergraduate Enrollment by Category
13
Student Course Project Units for AY 02/03
10/02
14
Sponsored Program Activity Applications Submitted
Amount (Millions)
230
204
15
Sponsored Program Activity Awards Received
128
Amount (Millions)
93
16
Extramural Support for Academic Sponsored Programs
Sponsored Programs FY02 FY03
Research Center Memberships 1,761,000 1,204,000
Project Center Fees 162,000 154,000
Corporate Sponsored Student Projects 138,000 150,000
Research/Education (ORA) 7,834,000 10,904,000
Research/Education (CFR) 2,225,000 1,787,000
Gifts
Corporate In-Kind Support 1,106,000 5,588,000
Total 13,226,000 19,787,000
ORA is the Office of Research Administration
Federal agencies, industry contracts, some
foundations. CFR is the Office of Corporate and
Foundation Relations Foundation grants and
corporate support for education and research.
17
Faculty Hiring
Academic New Year Hires
Minorities Females
96/97 16 3 5
97/98 11 4 3
98/99 14 7 3
99/00 14 3 5
00/01 14 0 4
01/02 5 1 1
02/03 18 4 2
03/04 7 2 3
Total 99 24 26
18
Faculty Statistics Base Year 1998/1999
  • By 2010/11
  • Faculty Additions
  • 203 220
  • 218
  • Underrepresented Minorities
  • 11 15
  • 12/14
  • Women
  • 13 25
  • 17
  • Faculty Salaries
  • Promotion and Tenure Criteria

19
What Makes Us Different
  • Our pioneering approach to undergraduate
    education through which students learn how to
    learn and
  • obtain professional-level experience before they
    graduate by applying their knowledge to the
    solution of real-world problems,
  • discover how creativity is expressed in
    nontechnical fields by exploring, in depth, an
    area of the humanities and arts,
  • learn to consider the impact on society of their
    professional work through field projects,
    conducted globally, in teams, in close
    collaboration with faculty mentors.

20
Accreditation
  • NEASC
  • AACSB
  • ABET/CAC

21
Faculty Responsibilities
  • Teaching
  • Scholarship
  • Service

22
WPI - Faculty Elected Committees
  • Committee on Academic Operations
  • Committee on Academic Policy
  • Committee on Administrative and Financial Policy
  • Committee on Appointments and Promotions
  • Faculty Review Committee
  • Committee on Graduate Studies and Research
  • Committee on Governance
  • Committee on Advising Student Life
  • Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom

23
Admissions Office Class of 2007 - (633)
Geography
New England . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . 486 (Mass 314) Mid Atlantic . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Midwest .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10 South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . 19 Southwest . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mountains
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2 Far West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 17 International . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
10/02 ??
24
Admissions Office Class of 2007 (633)
Class Rank by Decile.
Decile of Students
1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . 243 2 . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. 128 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 4 . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . 30 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 6 . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 1 7 . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 9 . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . 0 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 No Rank
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . 159
25
Median SAT Scores Verbal and Math Combined
26
Global Perspective Program Enrollment
WPI has sent over 4000 students off-campus since
1974 50 of graduates have an international
experience
27
Strategic Plan Goals
  • Enhance the Quality of WPIs Academic Programs
  • Develop WPIs Position as a National University
  • Establish WPI as a Leader in Global Technological
    Education
  • Improve WPIs Campus Culture and Community
    Presence
  • Expand WPIs Educational Resources

28
www.wpi.edu/Stratplan/Progress/
29
Challenges Facing WPI
  • Reputation (e.g. USNews, NRC, etc.)
  • The Globalization of Engineering
  • Increasing Access to Under-Represented
    Populations
  • Maintaining Laboratory Currency
  • High School Graduates Interest in Engineering

30
Importance of Graduate Research Program to WPI
  • Enhances our national recognition
  • Attracts top quality faculty to University
  • Keeps instruction at cutting-edge
  • Provides opportunities for fruitful interaction
    among undergraduates, graduate students, and
    faculty
  • Enriches the intellectual environment of
    University

31
Degrees Awarded - FY 03
  • Masters Degrees
  • (Includes M.S., M.B.A.,
  • M. Eng., MME) 309
  • Ph.D. 17
  • TOTAL 326

32
Graduate Degrees Awarded
10/02
33
Graduate Student Breakdown
includes IDs, ENs, and Undeclared
34
Graduate Enrollment for Fall 2003
  • Full-time Graduate Students 423
  • Part-time Degree Seeking 390
  • Part-time Non-Degree Seeking 190
  • TOTAL 1003

35
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36
Faculty Perspectives on Graduate Education and
Research
Dave Adams, Ph.D. Professor, Biology and
Biotechnology Chair, Committee on Graduate
Studies and Research (CGSR)
  • Advisory Board Presentation
  • Thursday, October 16, 2003

37
  • Why perform graduate education at WPI?
  • Why perform research at WPI?

38
CGSR Open Forum
  • The Integration of Undergraduate Education with
    Graduate Education and Research
  • Goal stated explicitly by major funding
    organizations like NSF (REU program) and NIH
    (AREA program).
  • Goal stated explicitly in President Parrishs
    Whitepaper-3.
  • Goal stated by President Parrish in his opening
    remarks at the open forum.

39
WPI is Well Suited for This Integration
  • MQP Program
  • Involve MQP students in funded activities
  • Enhances the Ph.D. program by providing Ph.D.
    students with excellent mentoring opportunities.
  • Provides MQP student with up-to-date training.
  • Helps obtain data for future grant submissions.
  • Active environment will help recruit future
    graduate students.
  • Funded summer MQPs would help establish a
    year-round scholarly environment at WPI, and
    greater utilization of our facilities during the
    summer.
  • Challenge Faculty need to design experiments
    related to grants that are actually doable by
    undergraduates, and that are also extendable into
    graduate projects.

40
Factors That Affect School Rankings
  • Faculty Resources
  • Strongly influenced by the number of Ph.D.s
    granted per faculty.
  • Research Activity
  • Strongly influenced by the amount of external
    research support.
  • School Reputation
  • Determined by 2 surveys to engineering school
    Deans, and to practicing engineers. Opinion
    polls, so influenced by familiarity with WPI
    faculty, programs, and alumni.
  • Strongly correlates with acceptance rates.
  • Strongly correlates with per faculty funding.
  • Our competitors listed in the top 50 also have
    graduate programs in the top 50.
  • U.S. News World Report

41
Challenges
  • Our best researchers can sometimes be the most
    mobile.
  • Some of our best researchers already have fully
    funded programs.
  • Some faculty see the undergrad and graduate
    programs as having competing interests, while we
    argue that both are critical for WPIs long-term
    success.

42
How Do We Get There?
  • Increase Faculty External Research Support, and
    Ph.D. Graduation Rate
  • Should engage all departments.
  • We are pleased to note that the per capita
    support has risen from 35K (FY 2000) to 50K (FY
    2003).
  • New Ph.D. and M.S. Programs
  • New one-year post-B.S. M.S. degrees. Could
    expand the MS program with more tuition-paying
    students.
  • New joint Ph.D.s with other universities. Recent
    CGSR motion to the faculty.
  • New joint Ph.Ds with industry. Increase the
    participation of MQP groups in funded research
    activities, including summer projects.

43
How Do We Get There, Continued
  • Increase MQP Participation
  • on projects extendable into M.S. degrees.
  • in funded research activities, including summer
    projects.
  • Increase research topics in the classroom
  • Infuses the latest knowledge into the lecture.
  • Places traditional text information into the
    perspective of rapidly growing fields, or
    changing hypotheses.
  • Energizes the lecture, and helps give it a focus.
  • NSF has curriculum development grants for exactly
    this goal.

44
Conclusions
  • WPI must maintain a quality undergraduate
    program, while expanding and strengthening our
    graduate program.
  • CGSR believes that increasing research activity
    is one of the best ways to raise WPIs
    reputation, and is a model that will support the
    vertical integration of undergraduate education
    with graduate education.

45
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46
WPIs Global Project Program
  • Paul Davis
  • Dean, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies
  • Advisory Boards, 16 October 2003

47
Overview
  • Global
  • 500 students per year at 22 project centers
  • 13 countries
  • 6 foreign exchange programs
  • Projects
  • Student consulting teams solve real problems
  • Exemplify theory and practice
  • Program
  • Projects are required of all undergraduates
  • In humanities or arts society-technology major
    discipline

48
Project centers and programs
  • Hong Kong, PRC
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • NASA Goddard
  • Limerick, Ireland
  • London, UK
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Venice, Italy
  • Windhoek, Namibia
  • Lincoln Laboratories
  • Washington, DC
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Wall St., New York
  • Worcester, MA
  • Silicon Valley
  • Nancy, France
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Boston, MA
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pratt Whitney, CT

49
Real problems solved on site
  • Public response to air quality information
    (Environmental Protection Agency, Australia)
  • Intelligent software for master-worker multiple
    satellite deployment (NASA, USA)
  • Commercial full-duplex speaker-phone feasibility
    (Analog Devices, Ireland)
  • Mode hop suppression in tunable lasers (New
    Focus, Inc, USA)
  • Analysis of Customer Relations Management for a
    brokerage operation (Morgan Stanley, USA)

50
Impact on Thai village of power plant
51
What clogs the canals of Venice?
52
Outcomes of global projects
  • Students
  • Experience global society and culture
  • Integrate theory and practice
  • Sponsors
  • Problems solved
  • Potential employees
  • University
  • Educational vision and leadership
  • Global partnerships

53
Recognition
  • TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award Certificate of
    Excellence (faculty development)
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators, one
    of 10 exemplary programs (International
    education)
  • American Association of Colleges and
    Universities, one of 16 Greater Expectations
    Leadership Institutions (liberal education
    leadership)

54
Some measures
  • More science and engineering students studying
    abroad than any other U.S. university
  • Second-highest percentage of graduates with
    international experience among all majors at U.S.
    doctoral universities
  • About 5,000 students in 1,600 global projects
    over 28 years
  • 50 of undergraduates have international
    experience, more than 70 off-campus
  • Full financial aid, free passport

55
Outcome
If I went to another school I would find out
what I was going to be, what occupation. At WPI,
I am really defining who I am. Anna Matzal,
99 London Humanities Project Venice
Technology-Society Project
56
WPI Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
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