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Provost’s Report on Undergraduate Education


-1Advances in SAT scores, greater minority and international enrollment, and higher national rankings for 2013 are among the highlights in the Provost’s Annual Report on Under­graduate Schools. Each school sought to strengthen academic excellence while tailoring programming to their cohorts.


Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH): Enrollment 3,649 (fall 2013)

provost-4During 2013, Fordham College at Rose Hill focused on four goals, two of which were advancing the University’s Jesuit mission and improving recruitment, advising, and retention of students.

The college collaborated more with the Jesuit Community and University Mission and Ministry, expanded service learning, and began a spring break “Urban Immersion” service experience. Eight core and elective courses with a Bronx-based service learning dimension were offered.

Science programs expanded, with Fordham’s membership in the Bronx Science Consortium giving students research opportunities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and The New York Botanical Garden. Also, 315 students and 95 faculty mentors took part in the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

International programs in Pretoria and London enjoyed strong participation, and a pre-health study-abroad program began at Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia.

Pre-law enrollment increased and student interest surged in pre-health education.

The college offered “Faculty E-Grants” to promote digital instruction of liberal arts courses, an initiative that continues this year.

By the numbers, FCRH saw an average SAT of 1265, a minority percentage of 24.5 and a 25 percent increase in international enrollment.

Gabelli School of Business: Enrollment 2,001 (fall 2013)

provost-5Among the Gabelli School’s priorities for 2013-14 were globalization, personal and professional development, and pedagogical innovation, all within the philosophy of “business with a purpose.

Applications for the new program in global business at Lincoln Center surpassed expectations, and the inaugural class yielded an average SAT score of 1310. There was higher enrollment of Gabelli School students at the Fordham London Centre, new study tours were added in Tokyo and Turkey, and 30 percent more students reported some kind of international experience.

The school strengthened its hiring pipeline among mid-tier and smaller firms, and 75 percent of 2014 graduates received an employment or academic admission offer.

Innovations in teaching included more consulting-style projects and business simulations. The school also joined with Stanford University to develop the University’s first MOOC (massive open online course).

By the numbers, the Gabelli School saw an average SAT of 1277 and a minority percentage of 27, and rose two points to No. 38 in Bloomberg’s Businessweek rankings.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center: Enrollment, 1,765 (fall 2013)

provost-6Fordham College at Lincoln Center expanded students’ research activities and exposure to the neighboring community. It offered a new Arts and Research Showcase for students, a career fair, and the pre-business council, all which demonstrate the value of a liberal arts degree.

The college developed new performance opportunities at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The college also began preparing for new majors in new media and digital design and in humanitarian studies, and several faculty positions were approved to support the influx of new students. Applications to the college grew 57 percent, to 12,260.

The FCLC Mock Trial team placed 2nd among 15 in regional competition, and the student-run Observer newspaper took several awards from the New York Press Association.

By the numbers, FCLC saw an average SAT of 1240, a minority percentage of 41, and a 30 percent increase in international enrollment.

Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies: Enrollment, 950 (fall 2013)

provost-7Enrollment grew at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, particularly among veterans, who now make up 25 percent of the student body. Eight percent are in the post-baccalaureate pre-med/pre-health program, a new growth area.

The school prepared for the fall 2014 launch of its first graduate-degree program, a master’s in cybersecurity.

Under the auspices of the Graduate School of Social Service, the school has a collaborative agreement that will allow undergraduates from China Youth University to complete the undergraduate social work curriculum and receive a bachelor’s degree. The school is also fostering stronger collaboration with other Fordham schools to develop new projects.


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