2002 Action Plan - Priorities
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements
Strengthening Student Learning
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.
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
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
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