The Office of the Chief Strategy Officer, in collaboration with the Howard Forward Data & Technology Working Group, has developed leading indicators for each of the Howard Forward pillars. These measures will be frequently updated here on our Howard Forward micro-website as interactive data graphics to increase the visibility and progress against the University’s strategic plan.

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Enhance Academic Excellence

View this dashboard to learn more about our performance in retention rates, enrollment number, graduating class placement, and much more. 

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Additional Reports

Campus Contributions to Howard Forward

Associate Dean Talbert, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Allied Health has made major contributions to pillar two, inspire new knowledge, and pillar three, serve the community. This team has continued to strive to become more competitive by working diligently to recruit more talented faculty, increase scholarship, support grant writing, and offer faculty engagement and leadership training sessions. As a result, the College of Nursing and Allied Health has continued to foster notable collaborations within the university’s community and externally.   

In 2015, the University of Pittsburgh launched the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientist to Success (LEADS) training program, through a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The LEADS program provides multiple training platforms to increase skill and knowledge regarding research to promote multiple training platforms, expertise in grant writing and submission for funding. Howard University was one of nine Minority Serving Institutions that forged a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to identify the discrepancy of underrepresented academicians and the impact of mentoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The College of Nursing and Allied Health is also a key contributor to the ENACT Program (Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training) and New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, which is a major collaboration for our nursing and allied health faculty and students.  In addition to fostering faculty and research collaborations, nursing students at Howard and NYU Meyers will have the opportunity to attend new and established programming through educational exchanges. Likewise, additional planning opportunities are in the process between the two universities. 

Amidst the pandemic, the College of Nursing and Allied Health faculty served the community by volunteering in the COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic to provide vaccines to faculty, students, alumni, and the community. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all adults, with over 459.2 million doses given and 58% of the population now fully vaccinated in the United States. 

Associate Dean Frederick Ware, School of Divinity

The School of Divinity has enhanced academic excellence by exemplifying co-collaboration and co-creation by initiating two dual degree programs, such as Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  

The mission of the MSW/MDiv Dual Degree Program is to provide an integrated course of study that prepares graduates for faith-based ministry, enhances students’ identify and role in both social work and divinity and provides a convergence of conceptual frameworks from the bio-psycho-spiritual perspective at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social and spiritual assessment and intervention.  

The MDiv/MBA degree program is tailored to meet the needs of today’s leaders who wish to gain a strong theological education and management education to enhance their effectiveness in ministry, business, non-profit, and public sector careers. By combining the disciplines, students can earn both degrees in less time than completing the degree separately. 

In addition, the School of Divinity in collaboration with the Sociology Department, has also made contributions to the serve the community pillar by developing the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which focuses on providing equity and access to higher education to incarcerated students. As a part of this initiative, Rev. Harold Trulear, Ph.D. leads the prison ministries and is the principal faculty member for the Ethics in the Washington Theology Consortium. 


Associate Dean Kim Lewis, College of Arts and Science

The College of Arts and Science (COAS) has committed to the enhance academic excellence pillar by increasing its competitive advantage. There is an ongoing Search Committee for two departments who were charged to recruit talent based on scholarship and merit. Increasing the number of scholars is directly proportional to the capacity COAS has for faculty grant submissions (pre-awards) and managed grants (post-awards). These activities support scholarship/research and move the University towards obtaining a R1 designation (very high research activity) defined by the Carnegie Institution. Receiving this designation is a high-priority initiative under pillar two, inspire new knowledge. 

In addition, Associate Dean Lewis has led an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness by streamlining asset management and process optimization to track a portfolio of start-up accounts and grant account spending. These accounts are a form of research incentives to increase scholarship and research. Associate Dean Lewis has been instrumental in reducing barriers for faculty by making information on the utilization of these accounts more accessible through the development of policies and procedures that faculty may apply as a guideline. Increased science and non-science expenditures is a research activity metric identified by the Carnegie Institute for very high research institutions. These activities are reflective of both the inspire new knowledge and achieve financial sustainability pillars.