A Message From the Dean
The Spring term begins this week, and coincidentally temperatures have soared into the 50’s. But I wouldn’t be so quick to put that snow shovel away. If memory serves me correctly, February is when we experience the full severity of a Long Island winter complete with ice, snow and other nasty surprises. It’s a time of fender benders, slips and falls….and also making snow angels, snowmen and other fanciful delights. In other words, a bit of the good and the unpleasant…so please take care.
In December, SPD completed its Seven-Year Review and Self-Study, my third since becoming dean. These reviews are a regular feature of university culture, providing the opportunity for careful introspection and assessment. Following an internal review, the report is sent to outside experts, who will later visit the campus for an on-the-ground analysis.
In the meantime, we are moving ahead, addressing areas of opportunity that have emerged from this project. These include expanding SPD’s online offerings, strengthening community among students and alumni, and further diversifying our curricula with attention to emerging professions and improving service to our students. Simply put, the “Best is Yet to Come,” as the song goes..
We’ll be posting Highlights from the SPD 2012 Self-Study in several weeks, and I invite your comments and observations.
In closing, my best wishes for a satisfying and successful Spring semester.
Paul Jay Edelson, Ph.D., J.D.
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