Provost Marc Roy announces Dr. LaJerne Cornish as Goucher’s new associate dean of undergraduate studies

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Samuel Kessler
News Editor

Provost Marc Roy announced in an email to the faculty and staff on Tuesday, Feb. 16 that LaJerne Cornish will assume the role of associate dean of undergraduate studies next fall.

LaJerne Cornish, chair of the education department and chair of faculty, in her office in Van Meter (Photo: Christopher Riley)

LaJerne Cornish, chair of the education department and chair of faculty, in her office in Van Meter (Photo: Christopher Riley)

“I’m very excited. I’ve worked closely with LaJerne in her role as chair of the faculty for the last three years,” Roy said. “She is absolutely wonderful in the way she works with students and her colleagues and I am very excited to have the chance to continue working with her in this capacity.”
The Provost first announced the search for current Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Amanda Thom Woodson’s replacement in a Jan. 13 letter to faculty and staff. Woodson will meet her two-term limit this spring semester and Roy asked for nominations and self-nominations. According to Woodson, other members of the staff and faculty asked to be part of the interview process, including Woodson’s assistant, the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Peejo Sehr, and Frona Brown, the college disabilities specialist. After going through the nomination and interview processes, Roy explained, “LaJerne was the best candidate.”
This sentiment continues across the college community.
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Administration rejects boycott of Israeli institutions

Megan Meluskey
Staff Writer

Goucher College announced its decision to reject the academic boycott of Israeli universities and colleges in a letter to the Goucher college community on Dec. 27.
As 2013 came to a conclusion, the American Studies Association (ASA) endorsed an academic boycott of all Israeli universities and
colleges. The ASA, one of largest and oldest academic associations in the country, works to promote and encourage the study of learning and education across the country.
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Provost Roy visits Goucher Assembly, explains faculty cuts

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Provost Marc Roy attended Student Assembly on Sunday, Nov. 24 to present the

Provost Marc Roy talks to students about the budget deficits in the Hyman Forum (Photo: Christopher Riley)

Provost Marc Roy talks to students about the budget deficits in the Hyman Forum (Photo: Christopher Riley)

college’s recent budgetary restraints and subsequent changes with the student to faculty ratio.
About 80 students gathered in the Hyman Forum to hear Roy’s presentation, which began with an overview of the college’s financial shortfalls in tuition net-revenue.
“This year our budget has about six main areas; two-thirds of the budget comes from net undergraduate tuition and fees and housing and dining,” Roy said. “That means tuition after any financial aid you received is factored out… That’s $40 million right there.”
Roy explained that the college’s expenses must equal its revenue. Therefore, when the college budgeted for more students than the number that actually enrolled, they had to re-balance the budget. In addition, Roy explained that within the college’s $59.9 million budget, about two-thirds is designated to salaries and benefits for faculty and staff.
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Students and faculty notice changes in fall 2013 academic calendar

Christopher Riley
Associate Editor

Throughout the semester, rumors have been circulating around Goucher’s campus regarding an extra week being added to the semester.  The first students to move in, Community Assistants and members of the Orientation Committee, arrived on Aug. 15. A week later, on Aug. 22, the campus opened to first year students for orientation. Throughout that weekend, upperclassman returned to campus; classes began Monday, Aug. 26.
“There are a great number of events that need to be included into the calendar each year,” Provost Marc Roy said. The scheduled events range from athletic competitions and religious high holidays to midterm and final exams.
Roy explained that each year, the registrar, Andrew Westfall, creates the academic calendar’s first draft. That draft is then altered by the athletic department, the school chaplain and rabbi, and the academic staff, before the senior staff revises the final version of the calendar.
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Trustees approve budget, expect $1 million cut in 2015 academic budget

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Trustees approved a balanced budget on Oct. 18 that was approximately $2.1 million less than the preliminary budget created this past May. The need to restructure the budget came from an unexpected drop in income for the college. Noel-Levitz, the consulting firm the college hired to predict student enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year, said the college should expect 52 more full time equivalent (FTE) students than they ended up receiving. The loss in net-tuition, combined with less revenue from housing and dining, forced the senior staff to restructure the budget.
The senior staff continually met to find ways to cut spending throughout the summer and up until the first round of approvals by the Budget Committee on Sept. 30. Next, the Executive Committee reviewed and approved the budget on Oct. 8.
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