Strategic Initiatives 2008 - 2013
Goal 3: Enhance the Academic Learning Environment
Strategy (Objectives 3.1 - 3.4): Provide degree programs that meet the professional and intellectual needs of our students and stakeholders.
Strategy (Objectives 3.5 - 3.11): Encourage experimentation with new learning modalities while supporting proven methodologies, including implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Increase enrollment in high-demand or targeted-growth areas 20% by 2013.
a. Develop and implement a cyclical review of all academic programs by developing metrics for1. High-demand and targeted-growth programs.
2. Prioritizing academic programs at the college level.
3. Measuring the effectiveness of academic programs.
4. Funding of academic programs.
5. Retention that will feed into college strategic plans.
b. Identify and prioritize high-demand and targeted-growth degree programs.
c. Prioritize the resource needs and the flow of discretionary money to high-demand and targeted-growth degree programs.
d. Review the degree programs that are designated as areas of excellence by the Board of Regents.
e. Integrate marketing for high-demand and targeted-growth degree programs with the University marketing plan.
Increase retention in high-demand or targeted-growth areas 20% by 2013.
a. Prioritize the resource needs and the flow of discretionary money to high-demand and targeted-growth degree programs.
b. Review the programs that are designated as areas of excellence by the Board of Regents.
c. Integrate marketing for high-demand and targeted-growth programs with the university marketing plan.
Increase the number of ULM graduates accepted into post-baccalaureate programs 20% by 2013.
a. Develop graduate school recruitment events on campus.
b. Develop workshops that inform students about procedures and strategies for graduate school admission.
c. Increase support for national and international conferences on campus and in the region.
d. Establish a program that provides support for our upper-level undergraduate students in their efforts to continue their academic studies at the graduate and professional levels.
e. Establish a program that supports our graduate students in their efforts to continue their academic studies at the doctoral level.
Increase the enrollment in our graduate school to 1,100 by 2013.
a. Increase the number of graduate programs.
b. Incorporate alternative-delivery methods in existing and new graduate programs.
c. Increase externally funded projects that include graduate student support.
d. Implement a comprehensive marketing plan for our graduate programs that dovetails with the University marketing plan.
e. Align College and Graduate School recruiting strategies
f. Review and revise Graduate School policies and procedures, in particular, implement paperless procedures to the fullest possible extent.
g. Increase the general fund allocation for graduate stipends.
h. Revise the graduate stipend schedule to be regionally competitive.
i. Increase the number of Foundation scholarships for graduate students.
Maintain current level of funding for technology, upgrades and support annually through 2013.
a. Increase the number of external grants that specifically target the enhancement of technology.
b. Increase donations that are targeted to the acquisition of technology (e.g., outfitting and naming multimedia classrooms).
c. Request increase in STAP fees from $60 maximum to $100 maximum.
d. Increase the general fund allocation for technology.
e. Increase efficiency of faculty and staff through technology and software upgrades.
Increase attendance at professional development meetings focused on pedagogical skills 20% by 2013.
a. Focus professional development programming with a view toward focusing on (a) major theme(s) for the year.
b. Redesign the faculty orientation program with a focus on professional growth.
c. Refocus the efforts of the TLRC to support the professional development needs of the faculty. d. Create a program that will support faculty seeking knowledge that will support implementation of best practices from the academy.
e. Provide opportunities (brown bags, lecture, series, workgroups, lunches, University Week, peer mentoring) for dissemination of best practices.
f. Provide more recognition for the exploration of and effective use of innovative pedagogical skills in the classroom.
g. Ask colleges to examine promotion and tenure processes to allow credit for experimentation and creation of alternative course delivery methods.
h. Develop awards and rewards for faculty who successfully develop and implement new teaching modalities.
i. Create professional development opportunities for staff that support alternative educational endeavors.
j. Establish a training facility that is solely dedicated to faculty development.
Increase the number of courses utilizing an alternative method of delivery 100% by 2013.
a. Increase the number of degree programs using an alternative method of course delivery.
b. Require faculty to post and maintain course information on the university’s course management system (MOODLE).
c. Increase faculty support for course design and development.
d. Increase the development and construction of innovative/model learning environments
e. Place expectations for alternative course delivery methods in departmental and collegiate goals.
f. Examine university core courses with large enrollments for implementation of alternative teaching and delivery methods that will increase student engagement, consistent with the QEP.
g. Develop and implement new delivery systems and teaching methods that increase student engagement, as per the QEP.
Increase the number of classes with technology-enhanced environments 25% by 2013
a. Create more smart classrooms.
b. Develop a replacement and update cycle for existing technology. Provide funds sufficient to maintain the schedule.
c. Reward/encourage/require technology-enhanced environments in promotion and tenure process as well as annual faculty assessments.
d. Expand and implement single point contact for technology support.
e. Increase donations that are targeted to the acquisition of technology (e.g., outfitting and naming multimedia classrooms)
f. Increase the general fund allocation for technology.
Increase traditional library information resources 15% by 2013.
a. Increase the library budget for informational resources.
b. When appropriate, write journal subscriptions into grants.
c. Seek external funding for journal and research data subscriptions.
d. Develop statewide consortium/collaboration for online subscriptions.
Increase the acquisition of library electronic resources 25% by 2013.
a. Transform the library to an electronic information commons.
b. All departments will review journal needs.
c. Purchase electronic journals whenever possible.
d. Acquire more electronic than print books.
e. Implement a comprehensive campus-wide portal for all University constituents.
f. Implement portlets that customize information to individual needs (e.g., discipline specific web pages, present searches, single sign-in, intranet communications).
Increase the number of fully online degree programs to at least 12 by 2013.
a. Identify programs that already offer significant number of online courses and decide which ones can move fully online.
b. Create incentives for degree programs to move to online offerings.
c. Reward and support departments for conversion of appropriate programs
d. Develop a center for assistance with creation of coursework.
e. Place full time tech support staff in each college.
f. Develop new fully-online graduate programs.
g. Hire adjunct/part-time employees to assist with startup programs.