A champion of both the liberal arts and McDaniel’s student-centered mission, Dr. Jasken has overseen many of the college’s most important strategic initiatives that created opportunity for McDaniel’s past two years of record enrollments. Dr. Jasken developed, and then served as director of, the Center for Experience & Opportunity, the college’s one-stop shop for experiential education and career development for McDaniel students and alumni. While serving as the McDaniel’s first associate provost, she collaboratively built the college’s first cross-divisional entrepreneurship program.
Dr. Jasken envisioned and designed the college’s signature McDaniel Commitment, which emphasizes experiential learning and alumni connections, and guarantees that every student, guided by a team of mentors, can construct and tailor their personal educational path. With Dr. Jasken at the academic helm, McDaniel launched 10 new career-oriented majors and chartered professional pathways for students through agreements with graduate schools and community colleges as well as McDaniel’s own five-year bachelor’s-to-master’s programs.
President Jasken leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administrative Team, the group of campus leaders who are responsible for advancing the recommendations of the college’s DEI Advisory Group as part of the college's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. In addition, President Jasken oversaw the development of the college’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement that was unanimously endorsed by the Board of Trustees. President Jasken is committed to ensuring racial and social justice for all members of our community.
President Jasken collaboratively built the college’s first cross-divisional entrepreneurship program and believes that entrepreneurship and innovation help our students develop essential skills that will help them throughout life.
With a strong focus on graduation and completion for all students, President Jasken led the establishment of the College’s first standing committee for student success and spearheaded the launch of the college’s first STEM Learning Center, which centralizes the college’s academic tutoring.
In 2021, under President Jasken’s leadership, the college will embark on the strategic planning process, an undertaking that will help the college discern what we collectively care about and put it into motion.
The McDaniel Environmental Center provides opportunities for all students to better understand their place in the natural world and to apply their skills as they consider the impact of humans on our environment. Continuing to expand opportunities at the MEC will benefit students, faculty and our community.