Executive Summary of Strategic Plan: Version 8
Executive Summary of Strategic Goals
1. Reaffirming and Improving Quality Academic
Programming from the Bachelor’s to the Doctorate with a focus on liberal arts,
experiential learning, and professional competencies.
a. Undergraduate Academic Programming that blends liberal arts, experiential learning, and professional competencies to prepare students for civic engagement and professions or careers in the 21st century.
i. The Core Curriculum will be reformed to emphasize liberal arts and professional competency learning outcomes necessary for civic engagement and professions/careers in the 21st century.
ii. Every student will complete at least one course rich in new media delivery.
iii. Each college unit (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education) will offer curricular that fosters American and global cultural literacy.
iv. Each degree program will articulate professional competency learning outcomes.
v. Every degree program will offer a program of study that prepares students for careers in their chosen field.
vi. Undergraduate participation in study abroad will be increased by n% a year.
b. Undergraduate Co-curricular Programming focused
on integration, an integration that connects together as a class (e.g. first
year) and that connects classroom learning with real-world contexts through
academic and professional experiential activities.
i. A comprehensive advising program will promote and facilitate the integration of students’ coursework, career readiness opportunities, and extracurricular activities from freshman year to graduation.
ii. Bridge programming that addresses societal and professional issues will link students by class level and by topic. So, for example, the first year might focus on civility, the second on civic engagement, the third on ethics, and the last year on professionalism as informed the previous three.
iii. Students will participate in experiential learning experiences related to their academic course of study. Opportunities include, but are not limited to practica, internships, co-ops, service-learning experiences, applied research projects, creative performances, and study abroad experiences.
c. Graduate Programs that are grounded on and
extend the integrative philosophy of the University’s undergraduate
i. All graduate programs will blend liberal arts fundamentals, disciplinary theory, and practical application.
ii. Every graduate program will maintain a professional advising or mentoring structure.
iii. Where appropriate, graduate students should interact with undergraduates in one or more of the following ways: leading a seminar, workshop, or undergraduate research conference; serving as mentor for an internship, co-op position, or service-learning activity; or by serving as a lab or teaching assistant.
Preparation Programs that honor and build upon the history of
i. Teacher preparation programs will develop and adopt relevant curricula that strengthen teacher quality and impact K-12 student learning outcomes.
ii. Education leadership programs will strive to develop school leaders with performance-based skills to continuously improve K-12 schools.
iii. The University will increase its connections to and support of local public and DTAE schools by appointing liaisons and joint commissions.
University will provide leadership in
v. The University will articulate with IB, AP, and other early college credit programs.