2004 Action Plan - Undergraduate Experience
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience & Research | 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 2004. Analysis of retention data from fall 1999, 2000, and 2001 indicates that student in FLCs have six percentage point higher retention rates than non-FLC students. Also, this enhanced persistence extends through subsequent semesters.
Some courses that serve large numbers of students will be piloted for redesign. We will learn from the success of a project, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, on learning and technology in 30 various courses nationally. Examination of large-enrollment courses in which students historically have earned a high number of W, D, or F grades or A and B 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 has brought a continuing focus to this initiative. All departments will continue to refine outcomes for their majors. Academic Program Review includes examination of student learning outcomes for programs to which a department contributes.
Writing across the curriculum:
One of the General Education outcomes involves written communication. Increasing the number of courses with writing intensive components will continue subject to availability of resources.
Opportunities for service-learning programs that engage students in service that meets unmet community needs while enhancing their academic study, civic skills, and sense of social responsibility are being developed.
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