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					                                              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.
with FYE
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
                    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
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,
Teaching (CELT),
                    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
American and
World Cultures
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
                    “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.

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.
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

                  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

                                                  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.
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
                   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.
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
                   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

                     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
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
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.