Sept. 13, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Chief Academic Officers spent two days together at the United States Naval Academy last week as they delved into topics including online and blended education, academic credit for international immersion experiences and effective management of complex personnel issues.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and developing relationships among Patriot League institutions, as well as to discuss academic themes and issues of common interest. The Patriot League Chief Academic Officers were meeting for the sixth year in a row.
Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich represented the Patriot League, while the member institutions were represented by: Dr. Scott Bass (American), Provost; Brigadier General Timothy Trainor (Army), Dean of the Academic Board; Dr. Michael A. Smyer (Bucknell), Provost; Dr. Douglas A. Hicks (Colgate), Dean of Faculty and Provost; Dr. Timothy R. Austin (Holy Cross), Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of College; Dr. Patrick V. Farrell (Lehigh), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Andrew T. Phillips (Navy), Academic Dean & Provost.
The meeting began on Sept. 5 with a presentation by Capt. Ken Ham on the Aerospace Engineering program at the United States Naval Academy and a tour of the engineering facilities. Over dinner, the Chief Academic Officers discussed lessons learned in the wake of the scandal at Penn State University and plans for future Patriot League Academic Conferences.
The following day opened up with Femovich briefing the group on Patriot League membership expansion, concussion management and accommodating traveling team schedules. The morning session continued with a discussion of hybrid approach to learning with online and blended education, presented by Trainor and Smyer. Phillips presented best practices and criteria for granting academic credit for international immersion experiences, and the meeting wrapped up with case studies related to effective management of complex personnel issues.
The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.