The Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Award recognizes academic departments or schools that have through collaborative effort implemented a new initiative that has generated new momentum toward achieving one or more of the key goals of SDSU’s Building on Excellence strategic plan.
The recipients are (1) the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) and (2) the Charles Lamden School of Accountancy & the Department of Management Information Systems.
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
Dr. Brent Taylor, CSP department chair, shares his remarks on its winning proposal about a new department clinic and Center for Community Counseling and Engagement:
“CSP is honored to receive one of the Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Awards in recognition of its community-based counselor training facility, The Center for Community Counseling and Engagement (CCCE),” said Taylor. “The CCCE has grown considerably in recent years to provide training and services to a growing diverse population.”
Located in City Heights, the CCCE provides low-cost counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in the region. Its students provide therapy in 10 languages and receive live supervision. Faculty provide immediate feedback by watching therapy sessions through a one-way mirror.
“We have a strong commitment to providing culturally responsive interventions and socially-just practices,” said Taylor. “Our graduate programs maintain a diverse student body, over 80% students of color, that provide effective counseling to ethnically diverse clientele. Last year, our students provided nearly 6,500 therapy sessions to over 700 diverse clients. While our center has positively impacted the community, we are excited to use this award to set up an infrastructure for research that will support the productivity of our graduate students in not only providing clinical services, but also clinical research that will be disseminated through publications and conference presentations, that will have far-reaching effects on working with marginalized communities.”
CCCE currently has two graduate programs providing therapy and counseling to the community: the Marriage and Family Therapy program (which trains students to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) and the Community-Based Block program (which trains students to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors).
In the future, CCCE hopes to provide even more comprehensive services that engage all programs in the department. By including School Counseling and School Psychology students in providing services, families could receive individual, child, couple, family, and educational counseling, as well as testing for students.
Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy & the Department of Management Information Systems
The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems Department in the Fowler College of Business Administration (FCB) also received one of the Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Awards in recognition of their implementation of an innovative curriculum initiative using advanced enterprise systems. It is supported by the Catherine M. Stiefel and J. Keith Behner Business and Professional Skills Initiative.
Enterprise Systems are the backbone of modern business, which integrate processes, workforce, and data across all functional areas. Businesses embrace the benefits of integrated information sharing and the power of cohesive workflows through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. In practice, ERP applications are essential in making decisions at strategic, tactical, and operational levels.
The college-wide initiative is a multidisciplinary collaboration to integrate a suite of state-of-the art enterprise systems technologies to the FCB curriculum and to enhance students’ technology capabilities regardless of their majors.
“This joint initiative has generated new momentum toward achieving the goals in the SDSU Building on Excellence strategic plan,” said Dr. Damon Fleming, professor and William E. Cole director in the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. “Specifically, the initiative has addressed the Student Success goals of the strategic plan by developing hands-on, technology enabled course materials to enhance transformational education experiences.”
The initiative has also addressed the Research and Creative Endeavor goals of the strategic plan by attaining distinction through excellence in the creative activities of FCB faculty and students at industry conferences and academic community. Moreover, the initiative has addressed the Community and Communication goal of the strategic plan by gaining financial support from an alumina and forming partnership with industry leaders in the technology and professional services sectors. Since 2011, this program has impacted over 3,900 undergraduate students and over 1,200 graduate students.