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Interdisciplinary Research Building

The Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building (HU-IRB) was conceived, designed and constructed to foster collaborative interdisciplinary research at the University. HU-IRB is a laboratory-based building. Several considerations were factored into the design and construction of the facility. Additional factors are being considered as we now begin migration of faculty into the facility. (HU-IRB Space Application Form)

Howard University & U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Howard University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first entered into a collaborative agreement in 2006 as a joint response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The aim of the effort was to assist students impacted by the devastating natural disasters. The continuation of the agreements underlines the EPA’s desire to ensure a diverse workforce through the MOU with goals which include enhancing student participation in environmental efforts, through research, technology, development, and employment opportunities at EPA.

Recently, Howard University alum William Cooper became the new liaison for the MOU. The new agreement strengthens the existing collaborations between Howard University and EPA. The MOU’s programmatic focus stems around the acronym C.R.E.S.T., or Community service, Recruitment and outreach, Education, Sustainability, and Teamwork. This gives the members of the MOU Steering Committee a programmatic platform to invest in the environmental and educational experiences of the tomorrow’s leaders in our global community.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events and projects.

The Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization Initiative

In order to maintain and elevate our status as a premier academic institution, it is essential that the programs offered at Howard University are of the highest academic quality, and provide contemporary and exceptional educational experiences to our students. As we prepare for the University-wide accreditation process in 2019-2020, it is critical that the University undertake a comprehensive academic and administrative review process to position the University to remain relevant and positioned for a successful future.

The University has begun preparation for our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 2019 - 2020 self-study and accreditation site visit. MSCHE has adopted revised standards for accreditation for affiliated institutions, and will transition, after 2019, from requiring a decennial accreditation self-study process to an 8-year process that includes Annual Institutional Updates. Universities must now demonstrate engagement in continuous institutional improvement. We are expected to emphasize continuous program review, documentation of student achievement, and financial sustainability .

To that end, the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer has formed the Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization Task Force to compile evidence to:
  1. strengthen the university’s overall academic program portfolio,
  2. facilitate utilization of best practices in the development of new program offerings, and
  3. ensure effective alignment of resources with University initiatives.

The task force consists of faculty, students and staff. Faculty and staff were nominated by their deans, the Faculty Senate, or their supervisors. Students were nominated by the presidents of HUSA or the Graduate Student Council. It is anticipated that the analysis of the data emerging from the Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization process will:
  1. help ascertain institutional strengths as well as weaknesses;
  2. enable evidence-based decisions related to program development, continuation, or discontinuance; and
  3. support strategic planning.

Additional information will be provided to our constituents over the coming months.

[1]The University has conducted an institution-wide self-study every 10 years since its original accreditation was granted by Middle States in 1921. From 2008-2011, in addition to the 2009 self-study, the University conducted an extensive review of its academic programs and services through the Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR). At the conclusion of PCAR, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution that resulted in the launching of new programs and academic renewal initiatives and the discontinuance or reconfiguration a number of academic programs. See summary of PCAR outcomes.
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