President's Report 2022



MISSION STATEMENT The mission of NSU—a selective, doctoral-research university —is to deliver innovative academic programs in a dynamic, lifelong learning and research environment fostering integrity, academic excellence, leadership, and community service through engaged students, faculty, and staff. VISION 2025 STATEMENT By 2025, NSU will be recognized as a preeminent, professional-dominant, doctoral-research university that provides competitive career advantages to its students and produces alumni who serve and lead with integrity. CORE VALUES Integrity Academic Excellence Community Diversity Innovation Opportunity Research/Scholarship Student Centered 3

Many words can be used to describe a university, but two come to mind for Nova Southeastern University: resilient and innovative. NSU has weathered the challenges of the past few years and emerged stronger and more determined in many areas, such as health care. One measure of NSU’s strength is its ability to grow and sustain the number of incoming undergraduate students at a time when many universities are experiencing significant declines. 4

THE PATH TO 2025 Despite the challenges brought on by a global pandemic, NSU remained committed to advancing its strategic priorities. The goal of joining the top lists of prestigious institutions has been foundational to the university since day one, and this is further reflected in Vision 2025 and the pursuit of being recognized as a preeminent, doctoral-research university by 2025. With our core values as our keystone, NSU is focusing on areas of preeminence in research and academics. As such, we have expanded our cumulative goal to raising $500 million in philanthropic gift commitments and $500 million in grants/contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009, representing a combined billion-dollar 2025 cumulative external funding campaign. NSU has already demonstrated its leadership and preeminence in many areas, including medical research, early childhood development, and marine research and ocean conservation, among others. NSU’s Vision 2025 Strategic Plan drives all the ways that NSU continues to innovate and set a standard of excellence for others to follow. 5

HEALTH CARE NSU’s mission is to make a meaningful and positive impact to build a healthier world. The university has identified multiple areas of impact where it can address urgent needs. One area is health care, where NSU is committed to educating the next generation of professionals who will serve in communities around the world to improve their physical and mental well-being. In 2022, the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine achieved a milestone in this endeavor—the graduation of its first-ever class in its M.D. program. Additionally, multiple NSU health care programs, including M.D. and Clinical Psychology, have 100% placement rates for residencies and internships. 6

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION Photography: Ekaterina Blidchenko NSU researchers made great advancements in a wide variety of fields, including one study of the genome of women in Botswana, which found three genes that could potentially be used in novel therapies to treat HIV/AIDS. In another project, NSU researchers studied the genome of leopards and found that African leopards should be classified as a single subspecies distinct from Asian leopards. This research is important because it will aid in conservation management of leopards, which are classified as highly vulnerable. Additionally, in spring 2022, the NSU Neuroscience Institute was created, which will expand the university’s educational and research footprint by studying neurological conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and seizures. Many of the university’s academic programs continue to earn high recognition. Most recently, in this past fiscal year, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration at NSU’s College of Psychology received its initial, eight-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. This latest accreditation is the culmination of years of work and is a testament to the program’s quality. 7

INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NSU’s impact on economic and business development in Florida continues to expand, and a key element for that growth is the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, which opened in fiscal 2022. The cutting-edge Levan Center of Innovation occupies 54,000 square feet at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and is helping entrepreneurs grow innovative startups into businesses that support our economy locally, nationally, and globally. The Levan Center of Innovation is also home to a military-grade cybersecurity range and partners with the NSU College of Computing and Engineering, which has been designated by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Its mission will be bolstered by a $742,000, three-year grant awarded to NSU as part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s “Build to Scale” program that is designed to accelerate technology entrepreneurship. 8

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND BELONGING The university is dedicated to fostering belonging, diversity, equity, inclusion, and teamwork in our shared communities, here at home and around the world. To that end, the university established the student-focused Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office, as well as the Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council that represents all NSU colleges and administrative units. Together, these two leadership groups, and the wider Shark community, are dedicated to giving everyone at NSU a voice to facilitate positive change. As one of NSU’s eight core values, NSU’s 15 academic units celebrate diversity and incorporate it into education, research, and training. 9

OCEAN AND MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION For NSU, making a positive impact on the world includes sustaining the oceans and marine life, and the natural world around us. Over the past decade, researchers at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences’ Oceanographic Campus have been growing coral in a nursery to preserve genetic diversity and create more coral beds in our oceans. After two years, the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) rescue project (also known as the “Noah’s Ark” project) has saved 980 corals from risk of infection from stony coral tissue loss disease in the Florida Keys, which has resulted in large coral die-offs across Florida and the Caribbean. The university’s dedication to marine life is also evident in the partnership between the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and NSU. With the help of volunteer community organizations, participants monitor 24 miles of beaches in Broward County to study and protect sea turtle nests and ensure that sea turtles aren’t threatened by predators or human interference. 10


ARTS AND CULTURE NSU has a long history of cultivating the arts community, with the goal of enriching cultural life and ensuring everyone has access to expand their horizon. The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale—with its robust, diverse collection and visiting exhibitions— continues to be a premier destination for art and educational programs encompassing all facets of civilization’s visual history. Its exhibits contribute to discussions that address identity, inequalities, and injustices; encourage empathy and compassion; and inspire wonder. In 2022, the museum appointed its first LGBTQ+ ambassador as part of its commitment to being an arts and culture destination for everyone. Since 2018, the museum has organized the annual “A Sense of Pride’’ initiative to respond to issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and provide free workshops and programming that foster inclusion, acceptance, and understanding. Together with the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center’s LGBTQ+ speaker/event series in 2022, the NSU community is making a difference in many people’s lives. 12

NSU UNIVERSITY SCHOOL NSU University School (USchool) nurtures its students through innovation in education. USchool students benefit from the resources of the university and participation in experiences that will prepare them for the real world. Earlier this year, USchool created its inaugural cohort of Business Fellows in a partnership with NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A dozen Upper School students worked with college faculty members and students to learn about fields such as accounting, marketing, real estate, and sports management. The USchool’s Ecossentials team won the Company of the Year award (as well as six other awards) at the Junior Achievement (JA) of South Florida Spark Tank Finale. The team also won the FedEx Global Possibilities Award at the JA National Student Leadership Summit 2022. 13

ATHLETICS NSU champions the drive to excellence, leadership, and teamwork—along with personal wellbeing—through collegiate athletics, recreational sports, and fitness programs. This last year, the NSU men’s basketball team celebrated an undefeated season in the Sunshine State Conference and reached the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament’s Elite Eight, out of 64 teams competing. Similarly, the women’s tennis team closed out a 25-4 season at the Final Four of the NCAA championships. The women’s volleyball team also reached the NCAA championships for the first time since 2009. Additionally, two members of NSU’s swim teams competed at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, representing Senegal and El Salvador. 14

The future is brimming with possibilities as NSU’s Sharks swim toward recognition as a preeminent university. One measure of the university’s rise is our position in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings. NSU is now ranked at 213 in the nation, which represents an incredible 33-spot jump in just two years. NSU is also ranked on the Forbes America’s Top Colleges list, as well as the WSJ/THE College Rankings. The world is taking note of NSU’s achievements and our commitment to creating a healthier world. APPOINTMENTS The university appointed college and research leadership during the fiscal year: Holly Lynn Baumgartner, Ph.D. Dean of the Halmos College Linda S. Rouse, O.D., M.B.A., FAAO Dean of the College of Optometry** Andrea Nevins, Ph.D., M.F.A. Dean of the Farquhar Honors College* Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D. Associate Provost and Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development *Former Interim Dean of the Halmos College. **Former Interim Dean and Assistant Dean of the College of Optometry. 15

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