Goal 3 - Undergraduate ExcellencePage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/planning/priorities/archives/reportcard/goal3.html
|1. Enhance the Undergraduate Curriculum|
|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|
|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|
|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.|