Dean's Blog: A New Semester, Welcome Aboard!

by William Clements, PhD on 9/6/16 9:58 AM


Back-to-School Days

Fall has officially arrived with the start of a new academic semester and many new classes on campus and at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. As the nights get cooler and leaves begin to change, I fondly recall the sights and smells of the first day of school from my youth, which I particularly like to reminisce about this time of year. Of course times have changed the contemporary school from the old brick elementary school I attended in my neighborhood, but the “back to school” feeling returns annually at this time of year. Technologies we take for granted today were only the stuff of science fiction in the freshly waxed floors of my neighborhood elementary school over 50 years ago. Star Trek had yet to become a TV hit and “blue tooth” was what you got when eating unnaturally colored candy from the corner store. 

Congratulations to our newest students who have undertaken an important challenge returning to college, some after many years. I hope you will always remember the excitement of embarking on the journey and that it will provide energy for your success.   Keep those sparks of curiosity glowing during your time with us; we will challenge you at every turn to do so. A special welcome is in order for two groups this fall; including a cohort of faculty and our friends from USEK (Universite Saint-Espirit de Kaslik or Holy Spirit University of Kaslik) in Lebanon who are joining us in the teaching and learning certificate program this fall. Additionally, we welcome our cohort of military students studying graduate information security through a project with the U.S. Army Reserve Cyber P3 initiative. On behalf of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies please accept our warm welcome to the Norwich family!

New Partnerships  

I’m pleased to announce a new partnership with SecureSet Academy that will allow graduates of that program to enroll in our degree completion program in cyber security with advanced standing. Many additional new developments are underway to help us better serve our current students and ongoing alumni professional development and education needs.

deans_blog_fallwelcome_2016b.jpg image: Dean William Clements (right) pictured with Cesar Nadar (left), President and CEO of XCorp Solutions.

I’ve also been on the road in recent weeks meeting with some of our organizational partners and look forward to an increased schedule this fall to meet our alumni and friends in various locations around the country. I am pictured with Cesar Nadar, President and CEO of XCorp Solutions and distinguished Norwich alum as we discussed the many opportunities currently available for Norwich graduates with his fast growing company on a visit to Quantico, VA. Stay tuned for more news about our partnerships and events.

Well, enough of my reminiscing about past school years and the start of our academic year, it’s time to pick up the books or mobile device of your choice and get back to work. Summer is officially over, so let’s all hit our favorite form of media and connectivity for our educational journey!

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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 several master’s degree programs and bachelor’s degree completion program, and a variety of certificate and enrichment programs.