Dean's Corner - August 2021

by William Clements, PhD on 8/18/21 8:24 AM

Greetings from the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies as we head into the fall and what will be a “back to school” more typical of the past, but with post-pandemic adaptations. I have deeply ingrained and warm memories of returning to my neighborhood elementary school, complete with the smell of freshly waxed floors, the wonder of making new friends, and eager anticipation of the upcoming year.

dean-clementsThe residential campus is preparing for a more “normal” semester and many students are looking forward to the return of campus interaction, as I am sure many of our students and faculty at CGCS are too, whether at work or home. Welcome to our new students beginning an educational journey this fall, and kudos to our continuing students for their perseverance and dedication in the pursuit of their programs. We have collectively learned much during the past year or more about learning, work, and adaptation. The ability to continue our studies and adapt our work to challenging circumstances is an experience upon which we can build. Adapt, overcome, and persevere have been our guideposts and will continue to serve us well in our professional and personal lives.

The 2021 annual Residency Conference was virtual again this year and was a great success. Many congratulations to this year’s 352 graduates, to our faculty, and our support staff for a job well done! Lessons learned from the previous virtual residency and student feedback resulted in a comprehensive, highly interactive, and expansive program for the conference this year. A special kudos is due to Megan Liptak, Residency Director for her work with our faculty and students in producing a great experience with elements likely incorporated into the future event as we continue improvements to keep the conference relevant, engaging, and meaningful. The conference was also highly inclusive this year in that the virtual nature opened up most sessions to outside participants as well as allowing participation by some students who might not otherwise have been able to participate. Technology has eroded the barriers of distance and time to a significant degree as we have all continued to learn and connect with one another.

Among my favorite conference events this year was the Todd Lecture Series session with Guy Raz, author and radio host who focuses on discovering how innovation occurs, most recently chronicled in his recent book How I Built This (2020) which also served as our “last read” conference book this year. I remain fascinated in the many paths that success takes to solve problems or to create new value whether it be in industry, government, or the non-profit sector, often despite significant odds. What will your path be, and how does a Norwich education fit into the picture?

The summer was busy and as usual, seemed to fly by much too quickly. Among the highlights for CGCS was the reopening of our Denver office with several partner meetings and an open house. Many thanks to our alumni who visited and participated in some of the activities during my visit in mid-July. We are excited about our return to business in the Front Range and look forward to serving our students, alums, Colorado, and the western region.

President Anarumo signed an articulation agreement with Arapahoe Community College during this visit which will provide a pathway to a bachelor’s degree through our cyber program. In addition, many new business contacts were made in Denver and with partners in Colorado Springs. Our beautiful offices are now open for business. Stay tuned for new developments and offerings from our Denver location and consider using the space for your company’s next meeting or training. Our state-of-the-art classroom and conferences rooms are ready for use now that the pandemic has abated and more typical business conditions are returning, including the need for ongoing training and education. Let me know what ideas you have for our westward expansion and how we can help with training or professional development for your organization.

In closing, I am also pleased to let you know that our newest academic programs have been launching over the past year and are now substantially available for enrollment. All of our programs and certificates are available at www.online.norwich.edu as well as non-degree offerings through Norwich Pro at www.pro.norwich.edu. Keep Norwich Pro in mind for your personal development, organization’s needs, and workforce development since the offerings continue to grow in relevant fields.

As always, I look forward to the new academic year and meeting our alumni and partners as travel resumes. The faculty and staff are ready to serve you and provide an engaging and successful fall term for all of our students. Have a great term!

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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.