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Dean's Report - Summer 2012

As the university admits 6000 freshman this fall, the College braces itself for an enrollment of over 20,000 credit hours in our lower division courses. Virtually all of our courses are filled to capacity, and department chairs are scrambling to add new sections, so all of the students are accommodated.

This is not a bad problem to have. Students want to major in the social sciences because it is a practical and rewarding thing to do. Our graduates are well prepared for further study in graduate and professional schools and they find employment in all sectors of the economy.

Our students also have extraordinary learning opportunities beyond the classroom. This summer students in the College’s new Social Science Scholars Program put their leadership and professional development plans in action as they engaged in ambitious projects throughout the world. Students in the Global Peace Exchange engaged in research and community service projects in Nepal, Rwanda, and Uganda. The Kerr Initiative’s 3rd Intercultural Education and Dialog Seminar once again received rave reviews from students. Much was demanded of students enrolled in this course, which was team taught by three faculty members, specializing in communication, conflict resolution and human rights. Many of the 25 students reported that it was the best class they ever had.

I want to thank all of you who have contributed to the College’s general development fund or specific endowment funds that support these and other exciting learning opportunities that these gifts make possible. Donations from alumni and friends give us the flexibility to offer programs through which students can develop their full potential. Excellence is the result. While social science majors account for 12 percent of the student body, they garner 30 percent of the major national awards received by FSU students. We are very proud of our students and their achievements.

We enter the 2012-13 academic year with optimism. We started rebuilding our faculty this year as eight new assistant professors will be joining the faculty. Our graduate programs continue to attract highly qualified students, and we have every reason to believe that many of FSU’s finest undergraduates will continue to select one our 10 majors.

With your continued support we will continue to expand the programs that provide our students with special opportunities that will enable them to succeed in the global economy of the 21st Century.

I hope I have an opportunity to see you during the homecoming weekend.

With bests regards,
David W. Rasmussen
Dean