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Goal A: Enhance Student Success and Optimize Enrollment

Chair: Tracy Hoover
Members: Terry Etherton, Mike Messina, Bob Roberts, Ann Tickamyer

Objective 1

Determine and achieve appropriate enrollments for each undergraduate program while seeking to recruit and retain high ability and diverse undergraduate students.

Strategies

  • Target College recruiting efforts towards viable under-enrolled degree programs to recruit and retain high-quality diverse undergraduate students by increasing awareness of programs' relevance.
  • Periodically review recruiting best practices of successful programs for sharing throughout the College.
  • Review instructional needs of all programs to ensure needs match resources.
  • Expand efforts to promote equity and increase diversity.
  • Ease student acclimation and improve retention by focusing on student life, transition, and academic success skills.
  • Sponsor precollege activities in diverse and high impact geographic locations for increased visibility.
  • Continue to enhance and maintain the college’s excellent reputation in academic and career counseling.
  • Integrate county extension offices into the recruitment process.

Actions/Measures of Success

  • Review enrollments in undergraduate programs throughout the College to strategically determine which programs have optimal enrollments, and which are under-enrolled but have both strong stakeholder support and viable opportunities upon graduation.
  • Assess the impact of targeted recruitment programs and campaigns.
  • Increase transitional programs and services for International, Change of Campus, and Advance Standing students. Secure student feedback on New Student, Change of Campus, and Transfer Orientation processes.

Objective 2

Review undergraduate curricula to ensure graduation of students with multiple opportunities.

Strategies

  • Annually review course enrollments and emerging opportunities to drop under-enrolled courses and design new courses.
  • Emphasize undergraduate experiential learning opportunities and professional development experiences through undergraduate research, independent studies, and internships.
  • Enhance emphasis on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership development, and working in a global society.
  • Encourage integration of general educational elements into all curricula, such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication.
  • Identify and assess student achievement using program learning objectives.

    Actions/Measures of Success

    • Assess and accordingly revise curricula for relevance to market needs.
    • Document progress and impact of the baccalaureate learning outcome assessment process.

    Objective 3

    Increase funding for scholarships and program support.

    Strategies

    • Seek funding to support, promote, and enhance high impact education practices, such as, internships and summer work experience, undergraduate research, international educational experiences, collegiate student organization engagement, and first year and campus transition experiences.
    • Increase the number of scholarships for first year and out of state students.

    Actions/Measures of Success

    • Increase the scholarship portfolio for students by 10 percent over the next five years.

    Objective 4

    Recognize and reward faculty, staff, and graduate students for their excellence in teaching and advising as well as in their leadership of co-curricular activities.

    Strategies

    • Assess the scope of professional development opportunities for graduate students, staff, and faculty in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

    Actions/Measures of Success

    • Seek to develop or support 2-4 new awards that recognize excellence in teaching and/or advising.
    • Collaborate with the Faculty Development Committee and other groups to sponsor professional development programs in teaching and learning.

    Objective 5

    Continue to develop graduates who are highly competitive and actively recruited for employment, graduate/professional school, leadership opportunities.

    Strategies

    • Develop or enhance tracking systems for student outcomes
    • Create and enhance opportunities for linking students with employers and stakeholders.
    • Showcase high quality, nationally and internationally recognized programs and students.
    • Promote and reinforce the high standards of ethical behavior and values.

    Actions/Measures of Success

    • Monitor undergraduate Senior Survey results
    • Showcase recruitment and retention efforts
    • Collect placement data on graduates
    • Maintain accreditation and certification where applicable
    • Conduct program reviews where appropriate
    • Enhance materials and opportunities to assist students to prepare for graduate and professional school

    Objective 6

    Enhance available learning opportunities and support student participation in experiential and high impact educational practices at the curricular and co-curricular levels.

    Strategies

    • Enhance the overall undergraduate experience through co-curricular and curricular practices which are categorized as High Impact Educational Practices as endorsed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU).

    Actions/Measures of Success

    • Seek 100% participation by CAS students in at least one HIEP (internships and summer work experience, undergraduate research, international educational experiences, collegiate student organization engagement, and first year and campus transition experiences).

    Objective 7

    Strengthen and enhance infrastructure to support teaching, learning, and advising.

    Strategies

    • Improve facilities required for student learning.