To serve those long-term goals and continue the progress achieved last year, the Center's annual objectives for this year are to:
- Publicize the OA/R Needs Assessment Survey results to share useful information of interest to OA/R-related community agencies, businesses, and organizations, and to help establish the CAAR as a useful resource to the OA/R population on the Grand Strand.
- Synthesize the OA/R Organization Survey results to identify areas of need for initial credentialing and continuing professional development training that the Center or other CCU programs might provide, including field placements and employment positions for Gerontology Certificate Program students and graduates.
- Use the Faculty Survey results to identify CCU programs and courses open to higher enrollments by OA/Rs, as well as finding ways to publicize informational, cultural, recreational, and sporting events that may be of interest to OA/Rs.
- Begin publishing a CAAR newsletter for OA/Rs and OA/R-related organizations to help close the communication gap between the University and that population, and to increase seniors' participation in CCU courses, programs, and events.
- Work directly with the Gerontology Certificate Program Director and faculty to help improve the popularity and effectiveness of that program.
- To explore funding options for OA/R-related research and scholarship for the CAAR or other CCU faculty.
- Work directly with the CCU Continuing Studies Program and Lifelong Learning Society to improve the quantity and quality of OA/R participation in short courses and related activities.
- Establish at least three direct service options within the CAAR itself: First, a Resource Center and Clearing House for OA/R related information and activities; second, continue the "ScamWatch" collaboration with the Better Business Bureau to identify and publicize illegal and unethical perpetrators who try to take unfair advantage of OA/Rs in our service region; and third, begin publishing the newsletter described in #4 above.
- Work with OA/R-related community facilities and their state regulators and accreditors to upgrade standards for services and open up more positions for CCU graduates from the Gerontology Certificate Program and other departments.
- Conduct meetings, conferences, or other gatherings for OA/Rs and staff from OA/R-related service organizations to help serve the CAAR's mission.
- Revise and upgrade the "electronic brochure" on the CAAR website, and develop and publish a paper brochure for dissemination to interested parties.
- Collaborate and cooperate with professional organizations, learned societies, and other higher education institutions to facilitate the attainment of the Center's goals and objectives and help make the CAAR an exemplary center among peer institutions.
- Conduct the CAAR's work in the most effective (= highest quality and most cost efficient) manner, continuously update and receive feedback from the CAAR's Faculty Advisory Council, and submit a specific and accurate annual report on the Center's activities to our direct supervisor (Dean Nelson of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences).
- Seek funding opportunities (e.g., grants, contracts, gifts, etc.) to make the CAAR self-supporting within five years.