Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2003 Action Plan Progress Report - Academic Programs & Faculty

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

Publicized rankings demonstrated progress in establishing Georgia State as a nationally recognized institution. In total research expenditures (2001), economics was ranked 8th nationally, psychology 23rd , sociology 26th , political science 67th and the social sciences 35th .

Georgia State continued to elevate its regional, national and international reputation among urban research universities. Georgia State became the lead institution for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, which the National Science Foundation site visitation team "unanimously and enthusiastically" endorsed for $17.3 million in funding through 2009. The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA), which brought on-line 4 of 6 telescopes in its Mt. Wilson array during the year, was the subject of a feature article in Discover magazine entitled, "The Very Best Telescope." The highly respected Leiter Report ranked the Department of Philosophy the 2 nd best in the nation after a 3 rd best ranking the previous year. US News & World Report ranked the J. Mack Robinson College of Business FLEX MBA program 5th in the nation and the undergraduate business programs 24th among public universities. USN&WR ranked the risk management and insurance program 1 st among public universities, the management information systems program 6 th and the real estate program 8th . The inaugural Entrepreneur magazine ranking of entrepreneurial colleges and universities placed Georgia State in the "First Tier." The College of Law, which celebrated its 20 th anniversary, was the youngest law school listed in the top 100 by USN&WR . The Department of criminal justice received the 14th ranking in the nation from the Journal of Criminal Justice .

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 2002-2003. The College of Law and Georgia Institute of Technology developed a joint degree program in law and city planning.

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

Faculty Support & Development

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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