COSM Strategic Plan
2018 - 2020

Mission Statement:

"The College of Science & Mathematics prepares students for successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and engages all students to become well-informed citizens.  The college supports the research and professional development of our faculty and fosters a student-centered atmosphere of academic excellence.  We make a direct and positive impact in the West Georgia region and beyond through STEM workforce developement, community engagement, and public outreach."

Vision Statement:

"The College of Science and Mathematics aspires to be nationally recognized for its STEM programs that promote student success through high-impact practices and to enhance opportunities for faculty scholarship and professional growth."

Strategic Plan Updates

Goals Action Items Progress to Date
SI 1 - Goal 1: Increase student persistence and timely progression to degree attainment

Action 1: Implement co-requisite remediation model.

 

 

Action 2: Reduce class size in targeted core classes and increase number of faculty lines for core and upper division courses.

Fall 18: MATH 1111L; Spring 19: 1001L

 

 

Fall 18: 2 TT, 3 math instructors, biology instructors

SI 1 - Goal 2: Attract students with characteristics consistent with our vision and mission who will choose UWG as a top choice institution

Action 1: Recruit well-prepared and diverse students by developing targeted recruiting strategies at events sponsored by Admissions

 

 

 

Action 2: Secure funding for student scholarships via current programs such as LSAMP, SEEP and future programs such as S-STEM, industry-sponsored donations

Promotional materials
International students story

 

 

 

 

Fall 18: STEM IV application; Noyce application (Aug 28). Spring 19: S-STEM (March 27)

Fall 19: OFS scholarship

SI 2 - Goal 1: Assure that all academic programs have the capacity to transform lives and address the needs of the region, state, and beyond

Action 1: Support innovative, high-impact pedagogical practices

 

Action 2: Establish new funding programs for professional development and curriculum development

COSM REU award
Lab student research funding

 

 

 

SI 2 - Goal 2: Develop and implement specific initiatives, aimed at enhanced recruitment, retention, compensation, and development of high-quality faculty from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to UWG values and contribute to UWG’s mission and vision

Action 1: Increase funding for research grants, conference travel, and new COSM faculty start-up requests

 

 

 

 

Action 2: Offer competitive salaries, faculty development, release time, sabbaticals, research leave, etc. to help recruit high quality faculty

 

Action 3: Create a formal mentoring program

 

Start-up: math. Provost funding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department based

 SI 3 - Goal 1: Create and cultivate new partnerships to support strategic initiatives  

Action 1: Establish external boards, composed of internal and external members, to advise on academic programs and opportunities in industry, government, professional and graduate schools

 

Action 2: Establish a Development Council to collaborate with University Advancement for fund raising

 

 

 

Up to 8 members

SI 3 - Goal 2: Expand community awareness, visibility, and support of university activities and mutually beneficial partnerships

Action 1: Host regional, national, and international events such as the Georgia Academy of Science Conference and the West Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Action 2: Support and encourage faculty outreach activities.

Georgia Academy of Science 2018
WGRSEF (annual)
MCCCC31

 

 

 SI 4 - Goal 1: Create a workplace of choice distinguished by talented, engaged, and diverse employees

Action 1: Create fair and effective policies related to faculty workload, promotion and tenure, paid leave, etc.

 

Action 2: Implement policies to enhance work-life balance for faculty and staff.

 

Action 3: Develop staff advisory committee.

 

Workload Guidelines

 

 

 

 

Started: June 2018

SI 4 - Goal 2: Foster a culture of strategic planning and institutional effectiveness so that the University decisions at all levels are collaborative and driven by data, assessment, continual improvement, and prioritization of resources aligned with the stated mission and vision

Action 1: Support the maintenance and improvement of existing physical infrastructure and natural spaces on campus to enhance the COSM and research objectives.

 

Action 2: Advocate for a new College of Science and Mathematics complex in the next university master plan.

 

 

 

Done

Strategic Plan Updates

  • Goals: SI 1 - Goal 1: Increase student persistence and timely progression to degree attainment
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Implement co-requisite remediation model.

     

     

    Action 2: Reduce class size in targeted core classes and increase number of faculty lines for core and upper division courses.


    Progress to Date:

    Fall 18: MATH 1111L; Spring 19: 1001L

     

     

    Fall 18: 2 TT, 3 math instructors, biology instructors


  • Goals: SI 1 - Goal 2: Attract students with characteristics consistent with our vision and mission who will choose UWG as a top choice institution
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Recruit well-prepared and diverse students by developing targeted recruiting strategies at events sponsored by Admissions

     

     

     

    Action 2: Secure funding for student scholarships via current programs such as LSAMP, SEEP and future programs such as S-STEM, industry-sponsored donations


    Progress to Date:

    Promotional materials
    International students story

     

     

     

     

    Fall 18: STEM IV application; Noyce application (Aug 28). Spring 19: S-STEM (March 27)

    Fall 19: OFS scholarship


  • Goals: SI 2 - Goal 1: Assure that all academic programs have the capacity to transform lives and address the needs of the region, state, and beyond
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Support innovative, high-impact pedagogical practices

     

    Action 2: Establish new funding programs for professional development and curriculum development


    Progress to Date:

    COSM REU award
    Lab student research funding

     

     

     


  • Goals: SI 2 - Goal 2: Develop and implement specific initiatives, aimed at enhanced recruitment, retention, compensation, and development of high-quality faculty from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to UWG values and contribute to UWG’s mission and vision
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Increase funding for research grants, conference travel, and new COSM faculty start-up requests

     

     

     

     

    Action 2: Offer competitive salaries, faculty development, release time, sabbaticals, research leave, etc. to help recruit high quality faculty

     

    Action 3: Create a formal mentoring program


    Progress to Date:  

    Start-up: math. Provost funding

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Department based


  • Goals:  SI 3 - Goal 1: Create and cultivate new partnerships to support strategic initiatives
    Action Items:  

    Action 1: Establish external boards, composed of internal and external members, to advise on academic programs and opportunities in industry, government, professional and graduate schools

     

    Action 2: Establish a Development Council to collaborate with University Advancement for fund raising


    Progress to Date:

     

     

     

    Up to 8 members


  • Goals: SI 3 - Goal 2: Expand community awareness, visibility, and support of university activities and mutually beneficial partnerships
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Host regional, national, and international events such as the Georgia Academy of Science Conference and the West Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair

     

    Action 2: Support and encourage faculty outreach activities.


    Progress to Date:

    Georgia Academy of Science 2018
    WGRSEF (annual)
    MCCCC31

     

     


  • Goals:  SI 4 - Goal 1: Create a workplace of choice distinguished by talented, engaged, and diverse employees
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Create fair and effective policies related to faculty workload, promotion and tenure, paid leave, etc.

     

    Action 2: Implement policies to enhance work-life balance for faculty and staff.

     

    Action 3: Develop staff advisory committee.


    Progress to Date:  

    Workload Guidelines

     

     

     

     

    Started: June 2018


  • Goals: SI 4 - Goal 2: Foster a culture of strategic planning and institutional effectiveness so that the University decisions at all levels are collaborative and driven by data, assessment, continual improvement, and prioritization of resources aligned with the stated mission and vision
    Action Items:

    Action 1: Support the maintenance and improvement of existing physical infrastructure and natural spaces on campus to enhance the COSM and research objectives.

     

    Action 2: Advocate for a new College of Science and Mathematics complex in the next university master plan.


    Progress to Date:

     

     

     

    Done