Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 Action Plan - Priorities

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Undergraduate Experience

Strengthening Student Learning

  • Learning Communities:

Freshmen Learning Communities will continue to expand to serve 800 students for fall 2002. Retention data from fall 1999 and 2000 will be analyzed for guidance on improvements. Advanced Learning Communities will be piloted.

  • Gateway courses:

Examination of large-enrollment courses in which students historically have earned a high number of W, D, or F grades will continue. Various learning enhancement strategies will be piloted in some of these gatekeeper courses in order to transform them into gateway courses and hence increase retention rates.

  • Student Learning Outcomes:

There will be further development of student learning outcomes for both General Education and majors. Appointment of a Senior Faculty Associate for Student Learning Outcomes will bring a continuing focus to this initiative. All departments will continue to refine outcomes for their majors. Academic Program Review will include examination of student learning outcomes for programs to which a department contributes. Pilots for learning outcomes based on high standards will continue to be developed in biology, English, history, and mathematics as part of a national project. In addition, performance assessments for admission to the university as freshmen or transfer students developed in conjunction with four two-year and three other four-year System institutions will be piloted at selected high schools.

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