Update from Appalachian State University
This afternoon, we held a well-attended Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting in the Grandview Ballroom on the Boone campus, with a livestream viewed by many of our Hickory faculty and staff in the Hickory campus library. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Heather Norris shared key findings from the University of North Carolina System’s Return on Investment study; proposed UNC System policy manual updates related to the Foundations of American Democracy project discussed at last week’s UNC System Board of Governors meeting; plans for collaboration with the UNC System’s Project Kitty Hawk; ongoing work with the NC Innovation initiative; and an update on our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation process that is underway.
Members of the Academic Affairs leadership team also provided information on the Academic Programming Strategic Plan, Student Success initiatives, the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Strategic Plan and the institutional Quality Enhancement Plan. Additionally, Associate Vice Chancellor Nick Katers provided an update on academic facilities construction and renovations.
For those who were unable to attend, I hope you will read the full remarks by Provost Norris and her Academic Affairs leadership team. I would like to highlight some key accomplishments from the academic colleges that Provost Norris included in her remarks:
- This spring, the College of Arts and Sciences will graduate members of the first cohort of App State’s online Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology degree program.
- The Walker College of Business is a national — and international — leader in preparing the business executives of tomorrow, according to the latest rankings from multiple respected publications.
- For the eighth consecutive year, App State leads the nation for its number of alumni who are National Board Certified Teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ list of “Top 50 Alma Maters” for 2023.
- App State’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, secured first place in the 2023 Mountain Man Memorial March, marking the eighth consecutive year the program has won the competition.
- This fall, App State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences will welcome students to two new master’s degree programs — the Master of Science in occupational therapy program and the online Master of Public Health program.
- Hayes School of Music students helped install a new, state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos immersive sound system in the Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio.
- This academic year marks the 39th anniversary of App State’s Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. The university’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship is designed for students with ambitious academic goals, and Chancellor’s Scholars must also be admitted to the Honors College.
- App State University Libraries’ Makerspace was utilized nearly 10,000 times by students, faculty and staff in 2023, who took advantage of the various fabrication tools available for projects. Additionally, students were able to check out 19,000 tech items, including iPads, MacBooks and digital cameras — resulting in more than $6 million in avoided costs.
- App State’s Williams School of Graduate Studies is among the best in the nation for 2023–24, according to U.S. News & World Report and its latest “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.
Yesterday, App State was proud to host the Watauga Leadership Challenge class — part of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce’s Watauga Leadership Institute — which is designed to develop informed and educated leaders in our community. I am pleased our university can be a part of this important program that builds partnerships and engages leaders throughout the High Country.
Thank you all for making App State a premier public undergraduate institution.