Academic Innovation & Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives aids and supports faculty, students, schools and colleges, in the areas of new academic programs, online programs, academic innovation funding, and strategic partnerships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations.

MISSION

The Office of Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives mission is to provide leadership for the development of strategic and innovative new academic programs. Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the Office of Academic Innovation will work collaboratively with faculty and staff to research, develop, and implement new programs designed to meet market demands and are consistent with Howard University strategic goals and objectives. It will stress a focus on interdisciplinary programs that utilize technology in the implementation and delivery.

VISION

The vision of the Office of Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives is to assist and support faculty and staff in producing research based opportunities to create innovative, accessible, and collaborative programs that furthers the mission of the University and expands the opportunity for global and non-traditional learners to receive a Howard University education.

Dr. Barron Harvey
Associate Provost
Academic Innovation & Strategic Initiatives
oai@howard.edu

Ms. Ke'Anna Skipwith
Director
Academic Innovation & Strategic Initiatives
oai@howard.edu

Ms. Janelle Black
Administrative Assistant
janelle.black@howard.edu

Specialization Launch of Linear Algebra for Data Science on Coursera

It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of Linear Algebra for Data Science Using Python Specialization via Coursera, a leading global online learning platform for higher education, which stems from the HU-Coursera Partnership created in Spring 2021. These courses will be taught by Dr. Dennis Davenport, Graduate Director and Associate Chair, and Dr. Moussa Doumbia, Lecturer, in the Department of Mathematics and were developed in collaboration with Six Red Marbles, one of the largest providers of learning experience design, content and course development, and educational technology. This specialization in Linear Algebra for Data Science is designed for learners interested in pursuing careers in data science or exploring basic data science concepts in their current roles.
The four-course series includes:

  1. Introduction to Linear Algebra and Python 
  2. Fundamental Liner Algebra Concepts with Python
  3. Building Regression Models with Linear Algebra 
  4. Capstone: Data Science Problem in Linear Algebra Framework 

 

Linear Algebra for Data Science

Iesha Fields, Ph.D.

FACULTY TESTIMONIAL

"As an educator, I find Coursera's platform to be an invaluable tool. The learning platform provides maximum flexibility for teaching. The data analytics are excellent and can monitor student learning in real-time. It is easy to see when my students have mastered a skill or need additional support. The ability to document active learning is critical, and the platform made the job easy." __Iesha Fields, Ph.D., Howard University Department of Biology

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

Obie Iloka, Graduate Assistant

Obie Iloka earned her bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from Miami University of Ohio. She is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management at Howard University and aspires to work in Global Strategic Planning and Operations upon graduation. Obie is assisting the OAI team with the Program Innovation Review Committee (PIRC) proposal process, academic innovation fund projects, and coordinating events.
 

Kawanis Bowers, Graduate Assistant

Kawanis Bowers earned his bachelor's degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management at Howard University. Kawanis is assisting the OAI team with digital marketing resources, student partnership programs, and coordinating events.