Task forces assembled to address increasing retention, graduation rates

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has announced the formation of three task forces as part of a strategic planning process called “Charting the Future” that has the goal of increasing retention and graduation rates and boosting KU’s research profile. The three groups will begin gathering information and report findings to the chancellor in early spring.

Gray-Little said the task forces address the three initial goals she set upon being named chancellor: increasing retention and graduation rates, elevating KU’s scholarly and research profile and ensuring the university has the necessary resources to accomplish these goals.

The first task force will examine how KU can improve retention and graduation rates. Chris Haufler, chair and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will chair the group.

Members are: Ashley Anguiano, social welfare major; Stuart Bell, professor and dean, School of Engineering; Ann Brill, associate professor and dean, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Ruben Flores, assistant professor of American studies; Bruce Frey, associate professor of psychology and research in education; Andrea Greenhoot, associate professor of psychology; Toni Johnson, assistant professor of social welfare; Dongbin Kim, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies; Kim McNeeley, assistant dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Laura Mielke, assistant professor of English; Yoonmi Nam, associate professor of visual art; Jack Porter, professor of mathematics; Mary Ann Rasnak, director, Academic Achievement and Access Center; Fred Rodriguez, associate vice provost for diversity and equity and associate professor of curriculum and teaching; Barbara Romzek, interim vice provost for academic affairs and professor of public administration; Marlesa Roney, vice provost for Student Success; Madison Shipley, mathematics major; Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, associate vice provost for Student Success; Kevin Boatright, director of communications, Office of Research and Graduate Studies; and Deb Teeter, director of Institutional Research and Planning.

A second task force will look at admissions standards, since the Kansas Board of Regents was recently given authority to set admission standards at KU and other regents institutions. Gray-Little said the task force will identify standards that reflect what is necessary to succeed as a student at KU. Marlesa Roney, vice provost for Student Success, will chair the task force.

Members are: Arvin Agah, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Sarah Crawford-Parker, associate director, University Honors Program; Lee Furbeck, associate director, Office of Admissions and Scholarships; Juliet Kaarbo, associate professor of political science; Lisa Pinamonti-Kress, director, Office of Admissions and Scholarships; Joy Maxwell, assistant director of Kansas City programs, KU Alumni Association; Hannah Nusz, social welfare major; Lori Reesor, associate vice provost for Student Success; Fred Rodriguez, associate vice provosot for diversity and equity and associate professor of curriculum and teaching; Barbara Romzek, interim vice provost for academic affairs and professor of public administration; Ernest Shepard Jr., communications studies major; Kent Spreckelmeyer, professor of architecture; and Linda Luckey, assistant to the provost.

A final task force will investigate ways to enhance levels of research engagement and suggest ways to promote, increase and recognize research, scholarly and creative endeavors at KU. Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies, will chair the task force.

Members are: Kristin Bowman-James, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Craig Adams, chair and JL Constant Distinguished Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; Jim Calvet, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; John Colombo, director, Life Span Institute, and professor of psychology; Derrick Darby, associate professor of philosophy; Don Deshler, director, Center for Research on Learning, and professor of special education; Adam Duerfeldt, doctoral student, medicinal chemistry; Bob Goldstein, Merril W. Haas Distinguished Professor of Geology; Susan Harris, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of English; Leslie Heckert, professor of molecular and integrative physiology; Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty development; Sara Rosen, associate vice provost and dean of graduate studies; Christian Schoeneich, chair and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; Ariel Tazkagy, English and global and international studies major; Paul Terranova, vice chancellor for research and senior associate dean, KU Medical Center; Joy Ward, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Susan Williams, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering; Bob Collins, planning information and analysis, Office of Research and Graduate Studies; John Schott, assistant director, Institutional Research and Planning; and Terry Turner, director, planning and analysis, KU Medical Center.

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