Dean's Blog: Summer 2017

by William Clements, PhD on 7/28/17 10:47 AM

deans-corner-residency.jpgOur summer newsletter is full of the exciting events that took place during the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Annual Residency Conference in June – it is always an exciting time for our staff and faculty as we get to meet our graduating master’s and bachelor’s degree students. This year we graduated nearly 600 students!

Residency students know from being on campus this June that there are many renovation and building projects underway as we enhance campus facilities as part of our bicentennial campaign. The new facilities will provide dynamic, engaging, and contemporary learning space for our residency and professional education programs, and I can’t wait until they are completed over the next few years.

Beyond our physical and technological enrichments, we are also busy preparing for what Norwich’s legacy will be in our third century following the 200th anniversary celebration in 2019. To help us shape the future of Norwich we need your to help in identifying the types of relevant education and ongoing professional development that will meet your needs, as well as those of your organizations, communities and essentially the world.

So how can you help shape the future of Norwich?

There are many ways we encourage and welcome our alumni community’s involvement:

  • Serve on our university committees and boards;
  • Work with our program directors to enhance our online and on-ground offerings, whether through courses, training for your organizations, or professional development ideas;
  • Become a partner organization that opens the door to professional development opportunities, or even job opportunities and internships for our students;
  • Get involved as an alumnus – attend alumni events in your area and be part of your local Norwich Club, which may be easily located on the alumni website, if there isn’t a club near you think about starting one!
  • Stay connected with myself, your program director, or any of our staff, and share your ideas for shaping the future of Norwich or simply ask us how you can be more involved.

As one example, and as some may have seen, we have launched the Leadership and Change Institute, which offers numerous opportunities for you and your organization to stay connected to Norwich. Participate in individual professional development courses focused on enhancing your leadership capabilities, or bring your organization into the Institute for development and to address your toughest leadership challenges. The Institute offers online training for organizations as well as leadership summits and individual professional development resources.

The Leadership and Change Institute also provides an avenue for sharing ideas and research – all of which can help the Institute continue to grow in relevance.

The role of a university, your university, is evolving faster than I have seen it in my academic career of many decades. We no longer live in a world with discrete education that is obtained early in life and separated by long periods of time between additional study. The evolution and relevance of continuing education is now and Norwich is here to help you and the organizations from which you work as a partner in education. We are here to help you and your peers make transitions and grow professionally. The relevance and value of what we do at the university is greatly strengthened by your ongoing participation and insightful contributions.

As a graduate of our proud and storied institution I look forward to your continued involvement, good ideas and contributions in the future!

Continuing Education at Norwich

In the last few months, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has expanded its online portfolio with new educational opportunities to help working adults, like you, enhance their knowledge and skills. This includes graduate-level certificates in leadership, public administration and information security and assurance discipline areas.

The Leadership and Change Institute, a community of change leaders with a mission to tackle the toughest leadership challenges, has launched its first six-week online professional development course titled Leadership Challenge I. The offering is designed to help individuals hone their skills and reach their career goals by helping build their leadership capacity to address today’s leadership challengers.

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This post was written by William Clements, PhD

William “Bill” Clements, PhD, wears several hats at Norwich University. In addition to serving as Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), he is the College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor in the undergraduate criminal justice program. Prior to becoming Dean in 2005, he was the founding director of the Master of Justice Administration program and the executive director of the Vermont Center for Justice Research, an institutional research partner of Norwich University. Dean Clements began his Norwich career in 1987 as a criminal justice professor and was among the first Norwich professors to integrate online instruction and web-based resources into his teaching. In 1999, he piloted a mobile computing initiative with undergraduate criminal justice majors and was subsequently involved in developing the online graduate program model, which today serves several thousand students across 12 master’s degree programs, five bachelor’s degree completion program, and a variety of certificate and enrichment programs.