Although it was the coldest day of the winter season, Norfolk State University’s spring opening conference was held on January 4, amidst good news, a plan to move the university forward, academic and administrative highlights and updates. Several hundred faculty and administrators attended the annual, between-semesters event.
Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch, provost and vice president for academic affairs and the SACSCOC Liaison presided over the meeting. President Moore thanked everyone for their commitment to the university and their diligence in working through the accreditation process. “I believe that the new year will be full of opportunity for NSU and as such, we should expect to focus our efforts on continuous improvement in every aspect of our work,” President Moore said in his letter, which appeared in the opening conference handbook.
President Moore also told the gathering that we must all focus on NSU’s four-year graduation rates. “We must improve student retention, focus on transfer students, increase institutional accountability to include academic advising.” He said that we should set a goal of 80 percent or higher for retention . . . “we cannot survive these low rates. This is an effort I’ll be monitoring closely,” said the President.
President Moore thanked the 5,000 students who stayed at NSU over the rocky period. “NSU is on the edge of greatness. We need your help to move in that direction. It is a great time to be a Spartan,” he said wrapping up his opening conference address.
After the opening session was over, faculty participated in departmental meetings, meetings of the different schools and colleges and other activities.