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June 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

1) The College of Arts & Media participated (for the first time) in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). CAM Alumni were invited to participate in an extensive survey that provided us with a report that summarizes the lives of alumni since graduation for:
  • Comparison and analysis of the national aggregate group, and peer group, of respondents on key indicators (e.g., graduation rates, percentage pursuing arts careers, non-arts career paths, income levels)
  • confidential internal institutional analyses of alumni with appropriate comparison groups
  • access to data files for individualized institutional research

I am very proud to note that CAM had more than double the response of the national average for recent graduates (39% of CAM graduates from the 2011-2015 cohort responded, where the national average is 17%). We have 88 files (one of which is over 250 pages) with data that compares us with national averages, peer institutions, and a2ru institutions. Here are some of the things that we learned: Recent CAM Graduates (from 2011-2015)
  • 89% felt that communicating the importance of what they do is very important
  • 86% would recommend CAM to others
  • 84% rated their experience in CAM as Excellent/Good
  • 58% completed a portfolio
  • 54% rated research as very important
  • 49% completed an internship
  • 38% rated their perception of research support as very high
  • 13% participated in study abroad

The information provided above is aggregated from the entire College. The Chairs now have specific information culled from each of the units. Thus, the three departments (and in some cases—areas) will have valuable feedback on the experience of our graduates—and their perceived value of a CAM education.

This survey is conducted by the Center for Post-Secondary Research at Indiana University. They have administered the SNAAP Survey to over 93,000 arts graduates. The results of this survey will allow us to further develop the first Long Term Strategic Priority, “Deliver outstanding educational experience that achieves recognition of the College of
Arts & Media as a leading professional arts school,” as well as the first two priorities from Chancellor Horrell’s Listening Tour, “Elevate student success,” and, “Advance excellence and innovation in teaching, research and creative work.”

2) Tanida Ruampant is no longer with the College of Arts & Media. The Assistant Dean of Outreach and Engagement position will not be replaced and as Dean, I will assume the supervisory and administrative duties for this area. As Dean, I have heard the message loud and clear that the staffing in the Dean’s Office should be reduced. I hope you are having a safe, pleasant and productive summer.

All best!