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Periodic Review Report to the

Commission on Higher Education

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
June 1, 2005
Bernard M. Baruch College

The City University of New York

President Kathleen Waldron


Commission actions that preceded this report:
Acceptance of follow-up Report: June 2002

Reaffirmation of Accreditation: June 2000
Evaluation Team’s visit: March 2000




Acknowledgements

This report is the product of extensive work done by faculty, staff and students who spent considerable time reviewing the 2000 Middle States Self Study and the report of the Evaluation Team and then assessed the progress that Baruch had made in addressing the concerns and recommendations identified.


We wish particularly to commend the Middle States Periodic Review Report Steering Committee and Working Groups who conducted the analyses and wrote the report. We also acknowledge the contributions of the Office of Institutional Research for the data and analyses they provided, which were critical to the review and the report.

Table of Contents





Acknowledgements i

Table of Contents ii

List of Tables and Charts vii

Executive Summary viii

Overview viii

Summary of Process Followed in Preparing PRR ix

Major Institutional Changes and Developments x

Facilities x

Students xi

Faculty xi

Honors and Recognition xii

Finances xii

Highlights of the Periodic Review Report xii

PRR Certification Statement xv

Chapter One: State of the College 1

Mission 1

Strategic Planning Goals 3

Students 3

Graduation Rates and Retention 4

Broadening the Enrollment Mix 4

Honors Programs 4

Learning Communities 4

The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute 5

Faculty 6

Grants and Contracts 6

Faculty Honors and Accomplishments 7

Faculty Development 9

Whiting Faculty Fellows 9

Faculty and Adjunct Handbooks 9

Additional Faculty Development Support 9

Tenure Clock 10

Alumni Engagement 10

Executives-on-Campus (EOC) 10

Community Outreach 11

Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) 12

Budget and Enrollment 12

Faculty Shortfall 12

Strategic Enrollment Changes 13

Budget Difficulties 15

Achieving Fiscal Stability 16

Budget Outlook 17

Academic Programs 18

Pre-Business Core 18

Applied Mathematics for Finance 19

Joint Program in Public Administration and Nursing 19

BBA in Real Estate 19

Business Journalism 20

International Programs 20

Common Core Curriculum 20

Census Bureau Research Data Center 21

Aspiring Leaders Program 21

Fiscal Archives Project 21

Ethics 21

Academic Integrity 22

Facilities 22

Vertical Campus 22

Newman Library 22

Subotnick Center and Wasserman Trading Floor 22

Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC) 23

Student Technology Fee 24

Baruch Performing Arts Center 24

Support Services 24

Center for Advisement and Orientation 24

DegreeWorks 25

Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC) 25

Writing Center 26

College Now and Baruch High School 26

Career Development Center (CDC) 26

Financial Aid 27

The Baruch College Early Learning Center 28

Honor Societies and Student Clubs 28

Students with Disabilities 28

Student Health 28

Chapter Two: Response to Recommendations from the Previous Team Report and Institutional Self Study 30

Recommendations of the 2000 Middle States Commission 30

Student-Related Issues 30

Faculty-Related Issues 31

Administrative Issues 31

Chapter Three: Analysis of Enrollment and Finance 33

Enrollment Strategy 33

Changes in Admissions Criteria 33

Improvement in Student Quality and Increase in Enrollment 33

Focus on Enrollment Mix 34

Readjustment for Budget Considerations 35

Enrollment Plans and Projections 36

Summer School and Intersession 38

Finances 39

Background 39

Financial Projections 41

Chapter Four: Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Learning 43

Institutional Assessment 43

CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) 43

Technology Enhancement 47

Assessing Performance 47

Satisfaction Surveys 48

Recognition from the Profession 48

Audits 48

Recent Technology Accomplishments 48

Security 48

Spam Control 49

Digital Media Library 49

Infrastructure Upgrade 49

Online Tutorials 49

Blackboard Migration 49

Data Warehouse Scholarship Application 49

WebGrade 50

Student Computing Services 50

Technology Plans 50

Strategic Plan 50

Security Upgrades 50

Productivity Application Development 50

AirBaruch 51

Student Technology Fee 51

Library and Information Resource Improvements 52

Assessing Performance 52

Satisfaction Surveys 52

Recognition from the Profession 54

External Reviews 54

Recent Accomplishments 54

Information Studies Minor 54

Conference on Information Literacy 54

Partnership to Establish Direct Marketing Center 55

Exhibition Program Highlights Faculty Research 55

Enhancements to Online Services 55

Future Plans 56

Strategic Plan 56

Information Commons 56

Archives & Special Collections 56

Service Quality Issues 56

Increase Funds for Acquisitions 56

Web Site Redesign 56

Career Development Center 57

Surveys 57

Technology Support 58

Assessment of Student Learning 58

CUNY Proficiency Exam – CPE 59

Zicklin School of Business – Assessment and Learning Assurance 60

Newman Library Assessment of Library Programs 60

Chapter Five: Planning and Budgeting 62

Development of the Baruch College Strategic Plan for 2005-2010 62

Mission 63

A Vision for the Future 63

Major Goals 64

Process 65

Budgeting for FY 2005-06 66

Submissions and Process 68

List of Appendices 70

Appendix A: Middle States Steering Committee 71

Appendix B: Working Groups for Middle States Periodic Review 72

Executive Summary and State of the College 72

Responses to Recommendations 72

Enrollment and Finance 72

Assessment Processes and Plans 72

Linked Planning and Budgeting 72

Appendix C: Detailed Responses to the Previous Evaluation Team Report and Institutional Self Study 73

General Concerns 73

Recommendations 74

Organization, Administration, and Governance 74

Financial Resources 74

Faculty 76

Arts and Sciences 78

Student Support Services 79

Library 80

Fulfilling a Focused Mission in the Context of a Multidimensional System 80

Teaching and Learning 81

Responsiveness 82

Appendix D: Additional Learning Outcomes Assessment Materials 85

Learning Goals for Tiers I And II Of The Common Core 85

Minutes from BBA Learning Assurance Meetings 88

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of May 10, 2005 88

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of April 19, 2005 89

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of April 5, 2005 90

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of March 8, 2005 91

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of February 22, 2005 93

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of February 8, 2005 93

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of January 25, 2005 94

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of January 25, 2005 95

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of January 11, 2005 96

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of December 21, 2004 97

BBA Learning Assurance Committee Minutes of December 2, 2004 99

Minutes of the November 4, 2004 BBA Learning Assurance Committee 100

Minutes of the November 4, 2004 BBA Learning Assurance Committee 101

Appendix E: Links to Other Relevant Documents 104

Strategic Planning Blackboard Site 104

Zicklin Task Force Reports and Strategic Planning Documents 105

Faculty Handbook Site 107

Other links 108

Appendix F: Alphabetical Index of the Faculty Handbook 110

Appendix G: PMP 2003-2004 Results 118

Appendix H: Accomplishments and Goals for Administrative Units 132

Administration and Finance 132

FY 2005 Accomplishments and FY 2006 Goals 132

Key Personnel Changes 132

Campus Facilities and Operations 132

FY 05 Accomplishments 132

FY 06 Goals 132

Finance and Business Services 133

FY 05 Accomplishments 133

FY 06 Goals 133

Human Resources 134

FY 05 Accomplishment 134

FY 06 Goals 134

Planning & Budget 134

FY 05 Accomplishments 134

FY 06 Goals 134

Public Safety 135

FY 05 Accomplishments 135

FY 06 Goals 135







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