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Goal 3 - Undergraduate Excellence

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Goal 3
Undergraduate Excellence
1. Enhance the Undergraduate Curriculum
Deployment Strategies
1. Increase the amount and quality of student writing in degree programs and in general education. Completed       Addition of two writing intensive courses in general education (2005-2006).
2. Increase standards in degree programs. Revising the Honors program to have higher standards.   In-Progress     Developed a new Undergraduate Majors template (see Quick Links on MSU homepage). The new Honors programs being developed. NOTE: COB raised standards in 2006 (GPA) and 2008 (MATH).
3. Seek accreditations and treat program review as "internal accreditation."   In-Progress     The Annual Student Learning Assessment Reporting, Program Review (procedure, calendars, checklist, others) and External Accreditation information are defined on the Program Review under the University Assessment website.
4. Clarify admission, retention and graduation standards within majors, and enforce prerequisites.   In-Progress     EISRS/DARS enforcing prerequisites. DARS updates and enforces academic curriculum for the graduation every year.
5. Encourage all degree programs to develop some form of capstone experience that requires students to demonstrate some level of mastery of knowledge and skills needed by a graduate of the program.     Not Completed   More work needs to be done in this area
6. Consider adoption of a +/- option to the grading system. Completed       Started summer of 2008.
7. In addition to current First Year Experience seminars, develop and implement a "discipline-based" first year seminar.   In-Progress     Created 11 specific discipline based first year seminars. They are Anatomy of Nursing, Army ROTC, Aviation, Dental Hygiene, Elementary Education, Introduction to Business and Economics: Section I and II, Pre-Engineering Section I: Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Engineering Section II: Electrical and Computer Engineering and Women in Science and Engineering.
8. Develop and implement a "Common Reader" program as part of the First Year Experience courses (FYEX).   In-Progress     Several Proposals are under review.
9. Recommendations that are already being implemented and need to continue:

9a. Develop General Education course "Clusters."

    Not Completed   Provided 2 courses (1) The City (2) Scientific Method. No advertisement done.

9b. Streamline the General Education course approval process.

  In-Progress     Implemented new processes including development of Curriculum Design System (CDS) to be implemented Fall, 2008.

9c. Assess General Education courses and program.

Completed       Annual Student Learning Assessment Reporting, Program Review (procedure, calendars, checklist, others) and External Accreditation information are defined on the Program Review under the University Assessment website.
2. Enhance Faculty Academic Quality
Deployment Strategies
10. Encourage and support innovation and creativity in faculty workload.

10a. Allow faculty within a department to reallocate emphases within the five Article 22 criteria for Professional Development Plans.

  In-Progress     Some Deans are beginning to experiment with this approval.

10b. Allow departments to meet student demand for courses in innovative ways.

Completed       Implementation of hybrid courses, Extended learning-on-line options, The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning certificate program.
11. Revise the method by which faculty instruction is evaluated.   In-Progress     The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Mentor program. NOTE: MBA uses ETS to test content knowledge at graduation.
12. Enhance financial and other support for faculty development and faculty assistance.

12a. Continue and enhance support for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Completed       Started funding additional staff members and a graduate assistant in the Center for Academic Success on January 1, 2005. Administrated by (CETL) the IPESL grant of $350,000 fromMinnesota State which supported critical thinking (See CETL website). Awarded $7.5 million to College of Arts & Humanities by the Andreas family.

12b. As part of the upcoming Capital Campaign, the University should emphasize the creation of an endowment for Faculty Development.

Completed       Began establishing faculty development endowment with advancement. Andreas gift of $7.5 million for the College of Arts & Humanities.

12c. Provide support in the form of paraprofessionals to work with faculty in areas such as lab set-up and maintenance, technical support, and non-teaching components of classroom activities.

Completed       The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Instructional Designer; International Programs Director; MnCEME funded lab techs.
3. Enhance Student Academic Quality
Deployment Strategies
13. Enhance Academic Advising services. Completed       Weekly meeting by the SRC's. Working with MSSA to develop advising infrastructure. Working on an advising portal. Academic Advising Forum has 6 on-campus advising webinars.
14. Establish an Academic Honor Code on campus with emphasis on education and enforcement issues.       Altered Discussed and Rejected
15. Enhance funding and other resources for the Center for Academic Success.   In-Progress     Started funding additional staff members and a graduate assistant in the Center for Academic Success on January 1, 2005. After the end of the Minnesota State Chancellor’s grant.
16. Establish more student study areas in academic buildings, student union, residential life and athletics. Completed       New Trafton Building lounge, CSU Hearth Room; SEARS Residents Hall Lobby.
17. Consider changes to Library open hours to better serve students on campus and planned expansion of Friday-Saturday classes. Completed       Changed the Library hours with more evening, weekend and summer hours.
18. Establish an all-student convocation similar to the faculty-staff convocation in order to set a tone of academic excellence at the very beginning of the academic year. Completed       Established Freshmen convocation in the fall 2006.
19. Better publicize and promote undergraduate academic honor societies and review requirements for academic honors.   In-Progress     Redesigning the Honors program to increase students. Phi Beta Sigma, Presidential Scholar Mentor Program, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key Honor Societies. NOTE: Beta Gamma Sigma reception/recognition each semester.
*Source:Strategic Plan, September 2005 (Objectives, pg. 4) (Deployment Strategies, pg. 9)
Note: Critical to the mission of the University, "To Promote Learning", undergraduate studies elaborated on the objectives and the deployment strategies to show their accomplishments.