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The Talon Vol. 2 Issue 1 - Spring 2007 - Coppin State University ...

The Talon Vol. 2 Issue 1 - Spring 2007 - Coppin State University ...

The Talon Vol. 2 Issue 1 - Spring 2007 - Coppin State University

VOLUME II ISSUE I SPRING 2007 N E W S L E T T E R O F C O P P I N S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y President Battle Says Goodbye . . . Accomplishments during my tenure at Coppin State University can only be measured according to the fine people at our institution, in the community and through state support. The progress at Coppin since I assumed the Presidency on March 3, 2003, has been rewarding. We have enhanced our institution’s position greatly, due in large measure to great support from many significant sources -- former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., the legislature, the Chancellor’s Office, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, former Mayor Martin O’Malley, and our representatives in the U.S. Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Coppin has received great support from the State for our capital and operating efforts; we worked very hard to turn the tide of poor support in the past. The credit for Coppin’s growth rests with our friends in the community and business circles, and especially to the “day-to-day” people on campus. The spirit on this campus is special and I am proud to have had something to do with bringing it out again. Judy and I are proud of Coppin and hope that Coppin State University continues to support the city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Stanley F. Battle, Ph.D. A Model for Change That Is Making a Difference In 2003, Coppin State University launched the West Baltimore Urban Educational Corridor Model for Change (UEC) educational reform initiative in West Baltimore. The aim of the initiative is to develop better and new ways for delivering effective education in an urban setting, specifically Baltimore City. The UEC, as a model, demonstrates that university-supported commitment and expertise can reverse the effects of neighborhood poverty and crime to bring about substantial improvement in the public school experiences of students from a distressed city environment. Rosemont Elementary/Middle School, which was once a failing school, is one example. When Coppin State assumed the management and administrative supervision of Rosemont in 1998, it improved significantly the school’s academic performance. Currently, more than 79.6% of Rosemont’s students are performing at or above grade level. Formerly Rosemont Elementary, grade six was added in fall 2005 and grade seven in fall 2006. Grade eight will be added in fall 2007, completing the school’s transition to an elementary/middle school. In the inaugural year of the Rosemont/Coppin collaboration, nearly 80 percent of the school’s sixth-graders passed the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) reading and math tests, the scores of which were third highest in Baltimore City. Other MSA test score highlights included a 100 percent pass rate on the MSA by Rosemont’s Special Education students, whose scores were the highest in the city and state. Through staff re-development, guidance from Coppin State, and a truly dedicated staff, Rosemont Elementary/Middle School was taken off the state’s “takeover” list in 2003. By E. Lee Lassiter In September 2005, Rosemont was placed on a quite different list when the school was selected as one of the country’s 19 elite NASA Explorer Schools. The three-year partnership provides each school in the program with $17,500 over that period to support students’ exposure to advanced science and mathematics. In addition, NASA scientists visit each school to tutor students in aeronautics and robotics several days a week. After students in grades three through six utilize NASA resources, Rosemont’s faculty is confident that the program will nurture future NASA scientists and engineers. Under Coppin’s management, a string orchestra, a bell choir and a chorus were formed, all of which perform at the school and around the city and state. The school’s many awards include a first prize for best construction and design for the Maryland Engineers Challenge. Through its partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Rosemont also built two habitats, which the school maintains, and planted two trees. (continued on page 4) PHOTO | ANDREW C. BREZINSKI PHOTO | MICHAEL FLEMING, SR.

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