University Provost and Executive Vice President Larry Robinson
recently announced that three Seton Hall academic programs have been
designated as Centers of Excellence. The move brings the University one
step closer toward implementing the goals of its strategic plan, From
Strength to Strength, which includes selective investment in
high-performing and high potential academic programs.
The first three programs that have been recognized as Centers of
Excellence are the graduate program in Diplomacy and International
Relations in the Whitehead School, and the
departments of Accounting and Finance in the Stillman School of Business.
As Centers of Excellence, each program will receive additional
financial support over the next three years aimed at enriching academic
and instructional initiatives.
"I am thrilled and not at all surprised by the news that the
Whitehead School’s graduate program has been named a Center of
Excellence," noted Ambassador Thomas Melady, interim dean of the
school. "I continue to be impressed by the caliber of students the
school attracts and by the prestigious academic and practical
opportunities the school provides. This designation will assist the
school in bringing its programs to a still higher level of excellence.
This is an exciting time to be a student at the Whitehead School."
Senior Associate Provost Joan Guetti explained that the three
schools will have the opportunity to request additional assistance to
enhance their academic profile. The schools, Guetti said, will have an
opportunity to make funding proposals which might include faculty
development initiatives, additional release time or appointments of
Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School, said that she was
excited to have Accounting and Finance selected as Centers of
Excellence. "These programs have long been recognized for their quality
and accomplishments," Strawser noted. "This designation will enable us
to better support the faculty and students whose hard work drives their
excellence. Indeed, the very concept of designating Centers of
Excellence is built upon key principles that we teach in our Accounting
and Finance programs – we can and should measure performance, and we
should invest in initiatives that have the ability to generate positive
To be recognized as a Center of Excellence, departments had to
submit applications for their programs last fall. “Though all
applicants for this distinction among the schools and colleges showed
merit, the applications submitted by these three programs were
especially compelling and thoroughly addressed the criteria established
for this designation,” Robinson said.
The Centers of Excellence designation will continue for three years.
The University will be considering a new round of applications in the
fall of 2013.
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