Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Academic Programs & Faculty

Publicized rankings demonstrated progress in establishing Georgia State as a nationally recognized institution. Economics was ranked 7th nationally by NSF in federal research expenditures. In total research expenditures (2000), economics was ranked 9th nationally, sociology 18th, psychology 19th, political science 28th and the social sciences 21st. The College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the 12th percentile among similar units in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

US News & World Report ranked the J. Mack Robinson College of Business flexible MBA program the best public program nationally, fifth among all universities and in the top ten for seven consecutive years. US News & World Report ranked five undergraduate programs in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business among the top 25 nationally, including Insurance, Real Estate, Electronic Commerce, Management Information Systems, and Management. The Insurance program was ranked second and the Real Estate program eighth among like programs nationally. The CPA Personnel Report ranks the School of Accountancy 19th best graduate accounting program. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveys (a world wide organization of real estate professionals numbering 100,000) accredited the Masters Programs in Real Estate at Georgia State as one of only two accredited schools in the Western Hemisphere. The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students rated the PhD program in English in the top ten nationally. The Leiter Report ranked the Philosophy department in the top three nationally, and the joint JD/MA program (Law and Philosophy) in the top two

In integration of technology with teaching and learning, National Jurist Magazine listed Georgia State as the 11th most wired law school in the nation. The Georgia State student trial lawyers team swept past 22 teams to win the National Trial Advocacy Competition, and likewise a team consisting of three women enrolled in the part-time law program won the Information Technology and Privacy Law Moot Court Competition over 29 teams.

An indication of support for academic programs through library acquisitions is given in Table 16. The library has responded to the rapid expansion of journals available in electronic format and to a high rate of inflation for serials through a series of strategies. These strategies include cooperative purchase of some online databases (Dow Jones, Science Direct, Web of Science, and Wiley Interscience), transfer of paper subscriptions to electronic, reduction of book budgets, and cancellation of serials through a comprehensive serials review process.

Georgia State launched or extended several interdisciplinary and collaborative programs during 2001-2002. The Modern and Classical Languages department graduated its first student in the joint Foreign Language/Master of International Business degree program and added the option of a Japanese and Asian Studies major which can be combined with the MIB program. For the first time College of Law students studied in the same classrooms as Emory University medical students and Georgia Institute of Technology city planning students to introduce students to the intersection of law with medicine and ethics and law with growth management. Groundwork was laid for a potential joint degree program in law and city planning. An Institute of Public Health was established that draws on faculty from all of the colleges. Its first offering is a certificate program in public health. The departments of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and mathematics & statistics collaborated in establishing an interdisciplinary Bioinformatics M.S. degree and for a concentration in Bioinformatics at the Ph. D. level.

Georgia State University successfully nominated three of its faculty for the Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scientists program.

New collaborations between Georgia State University and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention have resulted in new programs in the Social & Behavioral Sciences, as well as Infectious Disease. A number of our faculty have participated in the recent proposal to the NIH for the Region IV Regional Center for Excellence For Bio-defense and Emerging Infections. With the recruitment of the first Director of the new Institute for Public Health, there will be significant opportunities for new public health research that involves faculty from all our colleges.

Faculty Support & Development

An outcomes analysis of internal grants programs has been made to decide how best to allocate these funds. Recommendations of two task forces on advancement of women and on recruitment and retention of under-represented faculty have been refined by various Senate committees and are being implemented. Efforts continue to be spearheaded by Senior Faculty Associates dedicated to each area and working on behalf of the Provost office. Table 17 indicates faculty diversity.

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