"SHORT-TERM STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES"
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. (ORL) 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. with FYE Committee 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. Recruitment Council 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 14 undergraduate research table at open houses. UHP, ORL 9) Continue developing co-curricular programming in the first-year honors Fall 2002 and beyond residence hall. 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 Chairs 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. Council Deans, Chairs, 15) Develop more departmental and divisional honors programs. Ongoing and beyond UHP 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. 15 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, Teaching (CELT), writing instruction in large-enrollment courses, etc. Create a listserv among LEC, Center for Writing each other to help coordinate faculty development efforts. Excellence (CWE), Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) 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. representative 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 “rigorous” learning. 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. 16 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. LEC 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. LEC Director 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 17 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 Affairs Student Culture 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 into courses. 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. Committee 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 (SL,CCL); UHP, 18 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 university’s mission. 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. (CPPO) 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. Services 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 residence halls. 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 19 open houses. 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 enhancements. 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 Student Financial Services 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, tenure-track faculty. 20