Year In Review
The College of Health Sciences & Professions experienced significant growth and development in the 2015-2016 academic year; with achievements such as: the establishment of an annual mock disaster exercise, new human movement and neuromotor rehabilitation research labs, and extension of our global engagement programs. CHSP has established a strong strategic plan and succeeded in reaching metrics towards achieving each of the enumerated goals; including heavily supporting continued program quality and growth, promoting faculty scholarship, and further developing inter-professional educational (IPE) opportunities and an IPE core curriculum.
CHSP’s inaugural mock disaster training occurred in March 2016 on the Dahlonega campus, with over 250 student, faculty and staff participants; as well as UNG Police. This event allowed the college as a whole the opportunity to engage in an IPE simulation and practice hands-on, emergency preparedness and disaster relief skills. Remarkably, 67 “victims” were successfully SALT triaged and transported to care stations in under 21 minutes. These tremendous efforts were led by and developed under a college committee; directed by Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, CHSP Assistant Dean, and in collaboration with Chief Justin Gaines, UNG’s Director of Public Safety.
In national news, our RN to BSN program was ranked one of 2016's Best and Most Affordable Online RN to BSN programs, according to College Choice. Additional success in learning outcomes include the graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program achieving a 100% pass rate on national examinations for the 5th year in a row. Physical Therapy graduates’ exam pass rates also average 100% over the past 3 years.
The Department of Physical Therapy excitedly debuted their two new state-of-the-art research laboratories this fall. Equipment in the movement science and balance and neuromotor rehabilitation labs will support student and faculty research initiatives, to include the study of robotic arm placement and motor unit recruitment during specific movements or tasks. Drs. Stan Solnik and Eunse Park, Assistant Professors, bring a wealth of research experience to these endeavors and to our college from post-doctoral experiences at Pennsylvania State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. The department also celebrates the launch of their student-run, pro-bono clinic, which provides care to the underserved populations of our local community.
Other significant events include the appointment of Dr. Harrison Davis, Associate Professor, as CHSP’s Coordinator of Inclusion Excellence. Dr. Davis is working with the college’s leadership team to promote diversity education in our programs and to enhance the recruitment of student applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and ethnicities. 2016’s entering cohort of Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling students is the largest and most diverse group in the program’s history.
CHSP’s Advisory Council’s work continues with the forming of working committees and scholarship fund raising. The Council continues to develop guiding principles for their work and is currently collaborating on a fund raising initiative based on the gratitude and engagement of our college’s students.
As we continue to plan for and promote excellence, we remain excited about the future of our college and are looking forward to another banner year!
Dr. Teresa Conner-Kerr, PT, PhD, MBA
Dean and ProfessorCollege of Health Sciences & Professions