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Chancellor, academic deans extol successful 2018; more on the way

December 14, 2018 by Brandman University
Gary Brahm
Brandman University Chancellor Gary Brahm                    

Data-driven approaches to defining quality in course design and instruction while making use of the vast experience and diversity of both full-time and adjunct faculty were the hallmarks of the last year for Brandman University, Chancellor Gary Brahm told his faculty and staff during his annual State of the University address.

Brahm highlighted the achievements of the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Business and Professional Studies, the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and the School of Extended Education. 

Here are some of their accomplishments and a look to where they’re headed in 2019.

School of Arts and Sciences

Dean Jeremy Korr, Ph.D., and his faculty continued on their quest to update programs and make them more accessible to students online. Among the achievements listed were:

  • The new Master of Social Work program
  • A fully online M.A. in Psychology
  • The B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences program with embedded GIS instruction
  • Fully revised B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • Fully revised B.A. in Sociology

The addition of a gerontology concentration in psychology and a business law concentration in legal studies.
Plans for the 2019-2020 academic year include creating a master’s program in conjunction with Esri that includes both GIS and data analytic emphases.

School of Business and Professional Studies

Dean Glenn Worthington, Ed.D., and his faculty put much of their efforts into creating pathways for corporate training that would lead to enrollments and graduation, partnering with corporate partners such as Taco Bell, Chipotle, Walmart, Discover and Disney.

They developed and launched:

  • A Brandman MyPath™ Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • A graduate certificate in business intelligence and data analytics, which also serves as an emphasis area for the MBA program
  • Developed, awaiting final approvals but accepting students are:
  • A Brandman MyPath™ associate degree in general business
  • A Brandman MyPath™ Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

Looking ahead, the school expects these programs to be in place for 2019-2020:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology with a general electives option
  • A revised MPA program that includes GIS 
  • A revised MBA with a health care administration emphasis to include GIS

School of Education

Among the highlights for the year for the School of Education was Keith Larick, Ed.D., being named California Professor of the Year. They also extended programs for school counseling from three to nine campuses. Interim Dean Tod Burnett, Ed.D., and his associate deans and faculty developed and launched several programs:

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC)
  •  A stand-alone Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC)
  • A Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in early childhood special education

Looking ahead, the school plans to offer M.A. programs with emphases in higher education counseling, early childhood education and educational leadership.

The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing

Under the direction of Dean Tyke Hanisch, DNP, the School of Nursing:

  • Launched an inter-professional education initiative in partnership with the Chapman School of Pharmacy
  • Developed pre-licensure for the BSN-RN program

The school is exploring the possibilities of using Brandman MyPath™ for an RN to BSN program and an M.S. in Nursing.

School of Extended Education

Interim Dean Ricardo Lorenzana is continuing the work Nancy Salzman, now vice chancellor for partnerships in the Office of Applied Innovation, started with the help of a diverse staff. The school received the “Creative Use of Technology” award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education and had more than 12,500 enrollments, not including corporate training. 

Requests for proposal with:

  • The city of Santa Monica
  • The city of Carlsbad
  • Orange County Sanitation District
  •  Los Angeles Unified School District Title 2

New corporate and district partners:

  • Vizio
  • U.S. Storage
  • YMCA of the East Bay
  • Stanislaus County Office of Education

The school received grants from Better Together for the California Teachers Summit and Through-Line, both in conjunction with the School of Education, and from the Carlston Family Foundation for a Leadership Academy.

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