Stat Snaps

The Observer takes a look at some of the statistics mentioned in the 2012-2013 annual report

Arielle Soffer and Tara Tran

31 patients treated at one-stop dental-nursing program
Through an academic partnership between the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the School of Dental Medicine called The Collaborative Home for Oral Heath, Medical Review and Health Promotion, underserved patients in the Cleveland area have access to dental and general health exams, as well as immunizations.

“The effort seeks to promote positive health benefits for an underserved patient population and support inter-professional development and team skill-building for students,” said Carol Savrin, an Associate Professor at the nursing school, and the Director of the MSN program.

4,534.29 pounds of food grown at the university farm provided to campus dining halls and services
“The prime reasons for this success are the Farm staff efforts and the Farm Program Coordinator Chris Bond’s leadership,” Ana Locci, director of the University Farm, said. “Bon Appetit has been a continuous supporter of the program buying our produce and with several donations for equipment and students support. It is a true team effort. Last but not least the numerous volunteers who annually come to the farm to help us. Volunteers are 20 percent of our labor.”

9th ranked influencer in the work world
Dr. Richard Boyatzis was distinguished by HR Magazine this past year with a ranking of nine on the magazine’s list of the foremost professionals in the human resources field.

“I have been in search of understanding how people, individually and collectively, change in sustained, desired ways since 1967 when I left aerospace research to become a psychologist. When doing this type of research, it is far more authentic and complex to study people during the change process rather than just in laboratories. It takes longer and is not as clean as most researchers would like, but it has a great deal more validity when considering possible implications for people improving their and others lives,” said Boyatzis.

Top educator of first-year students
Professor Lee Thompson was recognized for her outstanding teaching of her SAGES freshman courses this past year, and was awarded McGraw Hill’s 2013 Award for Excellence in teaching first-year seminars.

“The program fosters the five core skills of active learning, academic inquiry, critical thinking, ethical problem solving and effective communication. In my first seminar, I try to embed these core skills in course content that the students in part select and in a setting that fosters strong interpersonal connections among the students and with Dr. [Kristine] Kelly—my SAGES co-instructor—and I really value my role as a first year advisor and try to integrate advising into teaching,” said Thompson.

$145.9 million in gifts received
This past year, donations to the university reached a record high.

“Case Western Reserve’s record-setting fundraising for Fiscal Year 2013 is a testament first and most importantly to our donors, the people who recognize the extraordinary potential that exists within this campus and have stepped forward to help us realize more of it. Our faculty, staff and students are the ones who perform the remarkable work that inspire such generosity among our broader community. We are grateful to everyone involved in this success, and committed to continuing to advancing the university’s mission in everything that we do,” Director of Media Relations Bill Lubinger noted in a statement.

4th best for public good
Washington Monthly awarded CWRU the fourth place on their list of universities who most contributed to the public good, which encompasses three groups: community service, academic research and social mobility.

CWRU ranked especially well in the community service category.

“I think the campus is involved through both university programs as well as student-led initiatives. We have a variety of programs available at the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL),” said Elizabeth Banks, the director of CCEL. “A number of courses and academic programs also actively involve their students in the community. Add to all of these initiatives the students, staff, and faculty who are involved through their own individual efforts and the university community demonstrates an impressive level of service.”

110 live performances, including recitals, plays, music and dance concerts held on-campus by student performers last year
Chair of the Dance Department and Associate Professor Karen Potter credits much of this success to the work of the admissions department.

“With admissions doing such a wonderful job of informing prospective students about opportunities in the arts, we saw our dance major and minor population double in just one year,” Potter said.

“With support from Dean Taylor of the College of Arts and Sciences, we were able to secure licensing rights to dance works by major choreographers… and in years past, works by 20th century masters… For a dance student to be able to perform works by their faculty as well as other renowned artists is a phenomenal opportunity and helps us compete for students with other universities.”

$23 million grant awarded to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC)
The National Cancer Institute awarded the center with its current “outstanding” rating and the grant.

“We have an amazing cancer center that brings together the best of the University including collaborations of scientists across Cleveland to promote and enhance cancer research and cancer clinical investigation,” explained Dr. Stanton L. Gerson, director of the Case CCC. “We link outstanding scientists to incredible investigators at all cancer clinical sites at Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. We represent one of the most integrated consortium cancer centers in the country. Especially notable is our research in cancer genetics, new drug development, and early phase clinical trials. A number of our basic discoveries in cancer biology are recognized internationally.”

$70 million spent to grow manufacturing
This past year, CWRU—along with other academic and commercial institutions—received a $70 million award to co-lead America Makes. This initiative seeks to make the manufacturing industry more effective—both financially and with respect to time. With the rising prevalence of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry, CWRU’s engineering expertise was employed to lead this project to success.

“We, and our partners at Carnegie Mellon, were ideally positioned with faculty expertise and perspective, and industrial connections, to receive this award,” said Dr. Jeffrey Duerk, the Dean of the Case School of Engineering. “There had been great amounts of discussion nationally, within government circles, about the importance in restoring the U.S.’s leadership in making things. Everything made is engineered at some level and we felt we should have our voice heard as to what that will look like.”

“Our two institutions reflect that big, creative, thinking that goes alongside new technologies. We knew that if a place like CWRU helped push the conversation on manufacturing forward, people might listen differently—including, very importantly, our own students,” added Lisa Camp, the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives.