FYE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
Student Recruitment and Admission of High-Ability Students
Agent Action Step Date
Admission, First- 1) Communicate to campus and prospective student constituencies that Miami Immediate
Year Experience students encounter a unified and purposeful learning experience that includes
(FYE) Committee the option of an intensive First-Year Seminar, Miami Plan (MP) courses, and
a coordinated extra and co-curricular emphasis of “Choice Matters.”
Provost, Deans, 2) Create an academic enrollment council (called Faculty Recruitment Ongoing
Chairs Council) with representatives from each division, from the University Honors
Program (UHP) and from the Admission Office. Council will be responsible
for creating greater faculty involvement in recruitment.
Office of 3) Revise student orientation materials to feature the “Choice Matters” May 2002
Residence Life themes.
Miami Computing 4) Create an FYE “Choice Matters” website that collects in one place the key Fall 2002 and ongoing
and Information themes, opportunities, and highlights of FYE. Create a recurring feature on
Services (MCIS) Miami’s website and in print materials on FYE happenings.
Admission and 5) Significantly modify or replace “Red Carpet” days so that they involve Fall 2002
Advancement, more faculty and focus more pointedly on intellectual pursuits. Faculty
Faculty Recruitment Council should assist with this revision.
Harrison Scholars 6) Create a new vision for Harrison Scholars that addresses curricular/co- Fall 2002
Committee curricular programming, recruitment and admission, and other benefits.
Develop an aggressive positive outreach program for these students that
involves faculty and departments more fully.
Admission 7) Communicate high-performance outcomes of students in recruitment and Ongoing, and
yield initiatives. progressively enhanced
FYE committee 8) Audit publications and other recruitment initiatives, looking for consistent Fall 2002
themes about intellectual challenge and the first-year experience. Include an
undergraduate research table at open houses.
UHP, ORL 9) Continue developing co-curricular programming in the first-year honors Fall 2002 and beyond
Student Financial 10) Work toward offering need-blind admission, assuring students that need Fall 2002-Spring 2003
Services will be met. Move toward one comprehensive offer that includes all types of
financial aid and that is issued at the same time as students are admitted.
Admission 11) Work with Holly Wissing to revise campus tours to include a significant Fall 2002
mention of intellectual accomplishments of faculty and students.
UHP, Deans, 12) Enhance programming for Oxford and Harrison Scholars. Fall 2003 and beyond
Deans, Provost 13) Expand summer opportunities to attract high-ability high school students. 2002-2005
Admission, 14) Explore ways to recruit and admit students with unique talents and special 2003-2004
Faculty gifts. Work with departments to offer scholarships earlier and to offer more
Recruitment scholarships for first-year students.
Deans, Chairs, 15) Develop more departmental and divisional honors programs. Ongoing and beyond
Faculty Development and Curriculum
Agent Action Step Date
Dean Fox, FYE 1) Meet with COAD to discuss how to create an environment that would August 2002
co-chairs support the implementation of first-year seminars.
Directors of 2) Create a plan that coordinates all university faculty development efforts August 2002
Committee on the and that is also targeted toward graduate instructors, casual faculty and staff
Enhancement of who teach courses. Possible topics: teaching challenging MPF courses, the
Learning and first-year seminar, inclusive courses, courses that address multicultural issues,
writing instruction in large-enrollment courses, etc. Create a listserv among
LEC, Center for
each other to help coordinate faculty development efforts.
(CWE), Center for
Liberal Education 3) Offer workshop to new faculty and instructional staff on teaching Fall 2002
Council (LEC) challenging courses using the Miami Plan principles as a base.
Deans 4) Ask chairs to hold small group discussions over lunch with faculty and Fall 2002
other instructional staff on grading criteria in the discipline or in specific
courses. Discuss assessment of student work and the optimum class size for
Faculty, Chairs, 5) Offer a select and exciting slate of first-year seminars as an option to Fall 2003 – 2009
Deans students. Increase the number of seminars offered each year by 10% over the
next six years. Work toward offering seminars in every division on campus.
CELT, LEC 6) Offer a series of workshops on teaching first-year students, teaching MPF Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
courses in a challenging way. Ongoing basis
Provost 7) Ask Deans and Chairs to include active participation in FYE (e.g., teaching Fall 2002
first-year seminars or MPF courses, participating in Theme Learning
Communities, Summer Orientation, advising student organizations) in P&T
and annual review documents.
FYE Committee 8) Create clear guidelines and a call for proposals for first-year seminars for Fall 2002
AY2003-2004. The call should encourage 2-4 different approaches to
teaching (e.g., inquiry-based, team-taught, interdisciplinary problem).
(Existing Western College Program and Honors seminars should
automatically count as first-year seminars.) Work with LEC Director to
ensure an expedient method for approving first-year seminars for MPF credit.
FYE Committee 9) Develop a plan for assessment of first-year seminars and faculty Fall 2002 – Spring 2003
in consultation development opportunities. Provide faculty seeking to teach seminars with
with CWE, CELT, feedback on their proposals.
CAWC Director 10) Develop a centralized communication structure to coordinate information Fall 2002
about programs, services, courses, student organizations, and other resources
for multicultural learning and groups. Help develop programming on
multicultural (especially those related to Summer Reading book) in Mosaic
and International Theme Learning Communities. Encourage faculty to
include statement about inclusivity and multicultural respect in their syllabi.
Provost in 11) Create an ad hoc committee to explore new models of liberal education Spring 2003
consultation with that are more streamlined.
Ad Hoc Liberal 12) Collect data from Institutional Research Director on MP courses (size, Spring 2003
Education grade distribution, which faculty teach them, which students take them).
Committee Surveys students and faculty about their views on liberal education.
Interview founding members of the Miami Plan to learn lessons from the past.
Benchmark against other institutions. Write a report offering various options
or possible directions for the future.
CELT, FYE 13) Offer lunch-time faculty development workshops on teaching the first- Spring 2003
Committee, LEC year seminar.
Provost, LEC 14) Consider revising the Miami Plan based on information gathered in the Fall 2003 and beyond
Ad Hoc Committee.
Chairs, Deans 15) Hold discussions with faculty about finding ways to offer students more Spring 2003
choice in course selection (e.g., opening up more spaces in highly demanded
MPF courses, loosening up requirements for the major to allow students to
explore other disciplines) and ways to encourage students not to double- and
triple-major (e.g., closer faculty advising on this issue, review enrollment
policies that may be reinforcing this message).
Provost, Deans, 16) Offer an award or awards for faculty and staff who have contributed in Spring 2004 and done
V-P Student outstanding ways to the First-Year Experience. annually after that
Agent Action Step Date
Student Affairs 1) Revise materials given to students during Summer Orientation (binder, Summer 2002
“Explore,” and “Faces of Miami”) to include “Choice Matters” themes.
Include in the binder a questionnaire about educational goals as well as a set
of “challenges.” Train Summer Orientation staff, First Year Advisors and
RA’s so that they are well versed in “Choice Matters” themes and objectives,
including the importance of the Summer Reading Program.
LEC, Summer 2) Select the summer reading books for the next three years. Develop ideas Fall 2002
Reading for outreach so that more curricular and co-curricular programming is done
Committee each year around the book’s themes. Work with the English Department and
other units focusing on first-year courses to incorporate the book more fully
Student Affairs 3) Work with students and Institutional Research Director to assess peer Fall 2002 and ongoing
Assessment culture as it enhances or detracts from learning.
Student 4) Work with key student sub-groups to encourage peak performance in Fall 2002 and ongoing
Leadership, learning. For example, work with Greek Affairs to eliminate the problems
Campus and with fraternity houses during walk to Convocation. Challenge Honors
Community Life Student Advisory Board and Western College Program students to enhance
Deans the intellectual climate of entire campus.
SL, CCL 5) Plan and implement a “Mega” first-year fair as a coherent message and Fall 2002
process to achieve more purposeful choices in campus involvement.
Provost, V-P for 6) Create an Advising Committee that will create a set of guidelines for Fall 2002
Student Affairs development advising and a regular process for training all advisors on
campus (first-year advisors, academic advisors, etc.). The focus should be on
student development as well as on course selection.
Health Services 7) Use the “Healthy Community Coalition” to challenge alumni and Uptown Fall 2002 and ongoing
bar owners to understand the ways heavy drinking works against the
ORL 8) Create an advisory council (consisting of students, staff, faculty) for each Fall 2002 and ongoing
residence hall that identifies hall community values and learning outcomes as
well as programming to reinforce those outcomes and values.
Career Planning 9) Conduct survey of employers to determine if students’ declaring multiple Spring 2003
and Placement majors enhances their marketability.
Student 10) Work with CELT, deans and chairs to educate faculty and staff about how Spring 2003 and ongoing
Counseling to help students learn to take risks and to “fail” in constructive ways.
SL, CCL 11) Require faculty advisors for all student organizations. Provide some Spring 2003
faculty training to help faculty be more effective in their roles.
ORL 12) Include more programming in Summer Orientation that is for students Summer 2003
only and that involves more active learning approaches and student-faculty
contact. Increase programming around Summer Reading book.
FYE Director, 13) Create a comprehensive, university-wide peer mentoring program where 2003 and beyond
ORL, Learning upper-class students are trained to help students make careful decisions and
Assistance reflect on their learning. Consider including mentors in the first-year
seminars or MPF courses. Alumni mentoring might also be a fruitful option.
Housing Services 14) Expand the study and technologically-equipped classroom space in 2003 and ongoing
Provost, V-P for 15) Create a centralized and coordinated advising structure as recommended 2003 and beyond
Student Affairs in 1999 Ad Hoc Committee on Advising report.
Admission, ORL 16) Implement a Theme Learning Community fair for admitted students at Spring 2004
Administrative Functions and Processes
Agent Action Step Date
Provost 1) Ask Deans and chairs to include participation in first-year experience Fall 2002
initiatives (courses, co-curricular programs, summer orientation, FYI, etc.) in
P&T and annual review documents.
Provost 2) Encourage chairs to hold informal discussions with faculty and Fall 2002
instructional staff about grading criteria and optimum class sizes for courses
to ensure intellectually challenging assignments and approaches. Encourage
discussions about how to increase first-year students’ choices for courses.
President, Provost 3) Make public statements about the importance of the first-year experience Fall 2002
and the “Choice Matters” themes.
Provost, VP- 4) Ensure that divisions and departments are adequately funded for Fall 2002 and ongoing
Financial Affairs implementation of proposed first-year enhancements.
Provost 5) Create an Ad Hoc Committee on Liberal Education to explore Fall 2002
Provost, VP for 6) Establish an Office for the First-Year Experience (FYE). The unit will be Spring 2003
Student Affairs composed of staff members from both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
Provost, President, 7) Make the practices of uptown bars and the behavior of alumni that Ongoing
Vice Presidents promotes Miami as a “party” and “drinking” school a more public issue.
Development, 8) Increase the number of scholarships for high-ability students. Ongoing
Provost, V-P for 9) Fund a centralized and coordinated advising structure (director or unit) as 2003-2004
Student Affairs recommended in 1999 Ad Hoc Committee on Advising report.
Provost, Deans 10) Increase the number of faculty members teaching Miami Plan Foundation 2002-2009
(MPF) courses so that by 2009, 80% of these courses are taught by full-time,