Dean’s Letter - August 2017

Otterbein’s Graduate School: Successes Lead to Next Year’s Aspirations

The start of fall term is here once again — as time does indeed fly by! The beginning of a new academic year presents a great time to reflect on both the successes and new aspirations for the Graduate School at Otterbein. The Graduate School has experienced multiple successes over the last year (many of them highlighted in this newsletter) and is looking forward with new aspirations for the coming year. I welcome the opportunity to share this information with all of you, including our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends.

Demonstrated Successes:

Increasing and largest enrollment in the Allied Health programs, including both majors of Health Administration and Exercise and Health Science.

Largest number of licensed teachers ever to take classes at Otterbein (in three specific areas):

  • Degree seeking and new licensure in our special education majors
  • Professional development classes promoting excellence in the classroom and lifelong learning
  • Math teachers preparing to teach in College Credit Plus courses in high schools

First-ever major gift from an alumnus to a Graduate School program given to the MBA program with a corporate match.

Celebrating the 40th year of the Department of Nursing at Otterbein. Graduate nursing programs began in 1993, celebrating 25 years.

Future Aspirations:

Master’s degree in Athletic Training.

Program-specific student scholarships promoting degree completion.

Corporate collaborations offering a more affordable and accessible MBA program.

Teacher professional development courses that reach out to more school districts and licensed teachers.

I am thankful for your interest and ask that you provide support to the Graduate School and our successful programs in all ways meaningful to you and your profession. We would enjoy discussing with you the many ways you can promote the Graduate School at Otterbein. Please contact me directly or our leadership team of graduate program directors to discuss ongoing opportunities.

 Barbara Schaffner Signature

Barbara Schaffner, PhD, CNP
Dean, The Graduate School