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USciences Restructures Graduate Programs and Research Infrastructure

Following the board of trustees meeting on May 8, 2014, USciences provost HEIDI M. ANDERSON, PhD, announced that the board had approved disbanding the University’s College of Graduate Studies (COGS) in favor of a new structure that aligned the graduate programs with the remaining colleges and simplified the research structure. The changes became effective July 1, 2014. The move was intended to be more efficient and add a better alignment to the existing structure. COGS was created in 1997 from the existing graduate school when the institution became a university.

In September 2013, Provost Anderson convened an advisory group consisting of constituents from across campus as well as a smaller working group. An exhaustive review was conducted that included an analysis of internal recommendations, input from external academic consultants, and a review of all pertinent data on hand.

The resulting analysis led to the recommendation to the president that USciences discontinue COGS and assign responsibility for oversight of graduate degree programs to college deans in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. The research infrastructure would also be streamlined. This new structure was approved by the cabinet and the president prior to being presented to the board of trustees. The recommendations were formally presented to the board of trustees at their May meeting, which concluded on May 8, 2014.

As part of the new structure, two new positions that replace the former leadership will be created:

• an associate provost for university research and graduate education who will be the chief research officer of the University and provide leadership in the development, maintenance, and growth of the University’s research and graduate program infrastructure and capacity.

• a director of graduate support services who will work with the associate provost for university research and graduate education as well as the deans and faculty to coordinate all graduate programs to ensure the timely recruitment, retention, and graduation of qualified students.

“We strongly believe that this new structure will be more efficient, align us with many institutions that already use this structure, and help to eliminate areas of duplication while at the same time strengthening our University,” Provost Anderson wrote to the community. “I am excited about these changes and feel the University, along with our students and faculty, will be best served by them.” read more.

DrOT Program Receives Seven-Year Accreditation

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The doctorate of occupational therapy (DrOT) program at University of the Sciences was granted a seven-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) after recently receiving a two-year extension of the accreditation term previously awarded last spring. “This awarded extension reflects our department’s effort to further build the program and continue to develop it for our students,” said MICHELLE E. COHEN, PhD, interim chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. University of the Sciences sports one of only six direct-entry DrOT programs in the United States, as well as the only one based on the East Coast.

International Researcher, scholar Honored at USciences' 193rd Founders' Day Ceremony

To the applause of the University of the Sciences community, HARKISHAN SINGH, PhD, professor emeritus at Panjab University in India, received an honorary doctor of science degree during the University’s 193rd Founders’ Day ceremony on Thursday, February 20.

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USciences Quits Tobacco Cold Turkey: Now a Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus
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In a move toward improving the health of its community, University of the Sciences announced it is officially a smoke- and tobacco-free campus as of May 1, 2014. “As an institution devoted to healthcare and science, USciences is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment,” said University president HELEN F. GILESGEE, PhD. “This is an exciting and milestone announcement for USciences. Having a smoke- and tobacco-free campus is best for the health, wellness, and environmental sustainability of USciences and its community.” The USciences campuswide, smoke- and tobaccofree policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on all campus property, in owned or leased and operated buildings, recreation areas, and outdoors. It extends to all faculty members, staff, students, visitors, contractors, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit. With this new policy in place, the University joins a growing list of other colleges and universities who have made a commitment to banning smoke and/or tobacco products on campus, read more.

Online Bookstore Provides New Opportunities for USciences Community

Blackboard_230Students at USciences will no longer head to the campus bookstore to purchase their textbooks. Instead, they will be greeted by made-to-order food monitors and grocery aisles as they enter the updated space on Woodland Avenue in September 2014.

The University shifted its campus bookstore to an online system via Blackboard on June 2. The move came as a result of listening to students who wanted access to affordable textbooks and more on-campus dining options. In return, the bookstore space will be transformed into a convenience store that will offer a variety of hot and cold food selections as well as a selection of University memorabilia, read more.

The 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival

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For the fourth year, University of the Sciences was again proud to sponsor the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology, held from April 25 to May 3. Faculty and students were involved in a number of events throughout the festival from a discovery day in Clark Park to neighborhood and library showcases to a Phillies game. It all culminated in the Science Carnival on Benjamin Franklin Parkway where USciences was among the 175 exhibitors. Best of all—almost all of the activities were free and geared toward families.

Exercise Science and Wellness Management Program Earns Full National Accreditation

Wellness_mgmt250_182The University’s exercise science and wellness management program has received full 10- year national accreditation by the National Wellness Institute Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education. This recognition signifies that this program has met the high standards of quality and integrity set forth by the National Wellness Institute. The program earned its provisional accreditation in 2011, read more.

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Sports in Short

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A fixture on the USciences campus for  years, men’s basketball coach DAVID PAULEY, MEd, was inducted into The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, City All-Star Chapter on April 1, 2014. 

The City All-Star Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was formed in 1992 to perpetuate the memory of athletes, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to Pennsylvania through their athletic achievements.

Pauley’s squads earned the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award three times over a four-year span from 2008 to 2012. Recently completing his 14th season as coach, Pauley has guided the Devils to the CACC playoffs 10 times, advancing to the CACC Tournament Championship game in 2007. His 177 wins are the second most in program history.


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Following one of the finest seasons by any USciences men’s basketball player, GARRET KERR
DPT’17 will need a new shelf to display all of the postseason recognition he received. The crowning achievement was being named the Basketball Times Division II National Player of the Year. Kerr, a forward, also became the first player in school history to become a unanimous All-American by earning first team honors from:

  • Basketball Times Division II First Team All-America
  • Daktronics (D2-SIDA) Division II First Team All-America
  • Division II Bulletin First Team All-America
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Team

The Moorestown, New Jersey, native was a finalist for the Daktronics Ron Lenz National Player of the Year Award, finishing second in the voting.

Athletics Honored with the Division II Presidents' Award

One of just 27 NCAA Division II schools recognized as recipients of the third annual Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, USciences athletics ranked sixth in the country for the four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR).

USciences graduated 96 percent of its student-athletes within six years of original enrollment. The Devils were one of three schools from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) to be recognized with this prestigious honor. Thirteen schools, including USciences, have received the honor in each of the three years that it has been awarded, read more.

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