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					ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY
2009 – 2019 STRATEGIC PLAN: ROADMAP TO GREATNESS
      DEPARTMENTAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES




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                                                        Table of Contents


    Office of Academic Affairs............................................................................................... 1
      School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences .............................. 6
         School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences – Department of Advanced
         Technologies ............................................................................................................. 10
         Department of Agriculture........................................................................................ 13
         Department of Human Sciences................................................................................ 16
         School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences – Office of
         Research.................................................................................................................... 19
      School of Arts and Sciences ......................................................................................... 22
         Department of Biological Sciences........................................................................... 26
         Department of Chemistry and Physics...................................................................... 33
         Department of English and Foreign Languages........................................................ 37
         Department of Fine Arts ........................................................................................... 39
         Department of Mass Communication ....................................................................... 43
         Department of Mathematical Sciences ..................................................................... 46
         Department of Military Sciences .............................................................................. 49
         Department of Social Sciences ................................................................................. 51
      School of Business........................................................................................................ 55
      School of Education and Psychology ........................................................................... 61
      School of Nursing ......................................................................................................... 67
         Department of Associate Degree Nursing ................................................................ 70
         Department of Baccalaureate Nursing ...................................................................... 73
         Department of Graduate Nursing.............................................................................. 76
      College for Excellence.................................................................................................. 79
         Counseling and Testing............................................................................................. 82
      Office of Institutional Research and Assessment ......................................................... 84
      Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School Programs ................................... 87
      Office of the Registrar .................................................................................................. 90
      School of Graduate Studies........................................................................................... 92
      University Libraries ...................................................................................................... 97

    Athletic Department ..................................................................................................... 101

    Office of Finance and Administrative Services.......................................................... 104
      Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) ................................................. 106
      Campus Police ............................................................................................................ 110
      Facilities Management ................................................................................................ 112
      Office of Human Resources........................................................................................ 114
      University Post Office................................................................................................. 117

    Division of Development and Marketing .................................................................... 119
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    Division of Student Affairs........................................................................................... 122
      Admissions and Recruiting ......................................................................................... 124
      Campus Union ............................................................................................................ 126
      Department of Residence Life .................................................................................... 128
      Office of Financial Aid ............................................................................................... 130
      Printing and Duplication ............................................................................................. 133

    Title III and Sponsored Programs .............................................................................. 135
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                                    Office of Academic Affairs


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Engage each student in obtaining all of the necessary competencies in his or her
         discipline (including technology usage) as well as the complementary social skills
         which will enable him or her to become a globally competitive leader.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Office of Academic Affairs will interface with
            department chairs and representatives of the Student Government Association to
            develop a plan to increase student participation in national student academic
            competitions which will be implemented in Academic Year 2010.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
            interface with the chairs of the Department of Fine Arts, English and Foreign
            Languages, Mass Communication, Director of Student Affairs, and the Student
            Government Association to develop a monthly cultural activity spotlighting the
            talent of students, faculty, and staff.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, the Office of Academic Affairs will interface with
            department chairs and the Director of Pre-Professional Programs to create an
            individual ten-year plan for every matriculating freshman.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, the Provost will interface with the Student Affairs
            Office, the Director of Student Activities, and Resident Hall Directors to develop
            a plan for the Alcorn Campus Community to implement intellectually stimulating
            activities in the residence halls.
         E. By Academic Year 2010, the Provost will interface with the Honors Director and
            department chairs to develop a plan to provide incentives for greater student
            membership and active participation in national organizations.
         F. By Academic Year 2011, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
            interface with the department chairs to develop a series of activities or events
            among the students which will encourage intellectual stimulation and promote a
            healthy lifestyle.
         G. By Academic Year 2011, the Provost will interface with department chairs,
            school deans, and the Vice President for Business Affairs to develop and
            implement a strategy to create on-campus academic employment opportunities.
         H. By Academic Year 2011, the Provost will interface with department chairs and
            school deans, and the Vice President for Business Affairs to develop an annual
            roundtable discussion group with business leaders to address the active
            connection between university / major curriculum requirements and real world
            needs.
         I. By Academic Year 2011, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
            interface with students, faculty, staff, and selected alumni to develop a leadership
            program that includes academic training and real-world opportunities.
         J. By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
            interface with department chairs, the president of the Student Government
            Organization, the Office of Global Programs, and the Office of Student Affairs, in
            order to develop the concept for an annual regional student-centered conference
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             that will include possible partnerships with national organizations and
             sponsorship by local businesspersons.
        K.   By Academic Year 2014, every student will have written a senior thesis or
             presented research at a multidisciplinary / international research forum prior to
             graduation and posted an abstract of the research paper / project on a personal
             website.
        L.   By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
             interface with the Office of Research and Assessment to begin the process of
             revision of the current Student Evaluation of Instruction instrument in order to
             create a valid and reliable instrument for the assessment of course instruction.
        M.   By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
             interface with the Director of Global Programs to develop international exchanges
             (through the linkage of faculty with international faculty) so that 25% of all
             undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work or study abroad.
        N.   By Academic Year 2014, the Provost will interface with department chairs and a
             CITS representative to develop a plan to integrate technology in course
             pedagogies to stimulate more interactive learning.
        O.   By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
             interface with department chairs and develop a strategy that ensures that at least
             60% of all students participate in an internship experience before graduation.

     II. Academic Excellence
         Ensure that all students and faculty members are integrally involved in collaborative
         research initiatives which make substantive contributions to society and lead to
         greater recognition of the University nationally.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, the Provost will interface with school deans and the
           Vice President for Development and Marketing to develop a plan to establish an
           endowed chair in each school by Academic Year 2019.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Provost will interface with department chairs, to
           implement a plan to enhance the ability of faculty members to obtain research
           grants.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           interface with department chairs to develop a University-wide template for Course
           Outlines and develop a strategy that ensures all teaching faculty utilize the
           template correctly.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, the Provost will provide technological expertise to
           secure and maintain the necessary technological software and hardware for all
           academic programs and will also provide progressive instruction for all faculty
           members.
        E. By Academic Year 2012, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           interface with department chairs to ensure that all curricula for each major will
           include courses and / or units relating to global affairs, environmental studies, and
           leadership development.
        F. By Academic Year 2012, the Provost will interface with the President of the
           University to establish a fully staffed Honors College.


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        G. By Academic Year 2014, the Provost will provide the infrastructure and
           leadership to develop a center for teaching excellence, research and faculty
           development, that will engage faculty and students in meaningful learning
           experiences.
        H. By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           provide a functional articulated process that will ensure that at least 80% of the
           faculty in every department is engaged in scholarly activities.
        I. By Academic Year 2014, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           interface with departmental chairs to ensure that 25% of all courses taught during
           any given academic semester will include peer instruction.
        J. By Academic Year 2014, the Provost will interface with department chairs, the
           Dean of College for Excellence, Student Affairs, and Recruiting and Admissions
           representatives to ensure that at least 25% of the freshman class will have ranked
           in the top 10% of their high school class.
        K. By Academic Year 2014, the Provost will interface with department chairs and
           school deans to ensure that at least 25% of the faculty members in every academic
           department will have terminal degrees, and by Academic Year 2019, at least 90%
           will have terminal degrees.
        L. By Academic Year 2015, the Provost will interface with department chairs and
           Director of Pre-Professional Programs to ensure that 60% of graduates will go to
           graduate or professional school.
        M. By Academic Year 2019, the Provost will interface with department chairs and
           school deans to implement strategies that will increase student enrollment by
           80%.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Ensure open and honest communications throughout Academic Affairs, utilize merit-
          based assessment instruments, and hold each individual accountable for personal
          performance and behavior.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Provost will provide a well-articulated system that
           will improve communications among academic units regarding academic issues.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, with
           input from the President of the Faculty Senate, will appoint a multidisciplinary
           working group of faculty members to review current university evaluation
           instruments and to suggest methods for improvement to ensure a high level of
           performance.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           interface with school deans and departmental chairs to standardize the process of
           information gathering for faculty self-evaluation and chair evaluation of faculty
           processes.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, all faculty members will have active web pages with
           accessible linkage to the official Alcorn State University Home Page.




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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that the necessary infrastructure and technology exist throughout Academic
         Affairs in order to support the University’s vision and mission.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, the Provost will direct a chosen team to develop a
           plan to install SMART classrooms to accommodate the technological needs of
           classroom instruction in coherence with the mission and vision of the University.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, the Provost will interface with the Director of the
           Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) and plan a strategy to provide
           laptop computers for all FTE faculty members at Alcorn State University.
        C. During Academic Year 2011, the Provost will direct an appointed team to develop
           a plan ensuring all academic programs will be audited by the Banner Curriculum
           Advising and Program Planning module that will effectively reflect the mission
           and vision of the University.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Engage faculty and staff members in collaborative partnerships with members of the
        public and private sectors, governmental agencies, foundations, and other higher
        educational institutions that will result in the diversification and enhancement of
        University resources.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, the Provost and the Vice President for Marketing and
           Development, school deans, and department chairs will develop a strategy to
           increase and provide additional funding for a graduate assistants and other support
           for every school within Academic Affairs.
        B. By Academic Year 2013, the Provost and the Vice President for Marketing and
           Development along with others will develop a strategy to increase funds available
           for faculty development, by Academic Year 2014, through partnerships and other
           collaborative efforts.

     VI. Diversity
         Promote an environment that recognizes and appreciates individual differences and
         thought processes throughout Academic Affairs.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will
           direct efforts to ensure that 80% of enrolled students will participate in a learning
           experience that centers itself on issues of diversity and global perspectives.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in
           collaboration with the Director of Global Programs will expand the summer
           language institute to include four additional introductory language courses.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Establish a Continuing Education program in order to enhance the engagement of
          students and faculty members in service learning and community outreach
          partnerships.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, the Provost will work with various offices to increase
           community outreach and continuing education initiatives with a focus on


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           strengthening the academic achievement of public school students in the
           surrounding area.
        B. By Academic Year 2016, the Provost will establish a working group to revitalize
           the Center of Excellence for Economic Development and Rural Life.




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               School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Continually revise the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied
         Sciences (AREAS) curriculum to ensure it reflects current knowledge in the field as
         well as embraces diversity. Develop an attractive curriculum as a means to recruit
         and retain qualified students which will positively impact the enrollment and
         graduation rates.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, appoint a standing curriculum committee comprised
            of students, faculty, and industry leaders charged with evaluating current
            curriculum and making recommendations on how to improve the professional
            relevance of classes in order to increase retention rates.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, incorporate current technology (including but
            not limited to, providing wireless access throughout the AREAS building,
            increased usage of online assignments, and the development of more hybrid-type
            course offerings) into the teaching methodology in order to foster a more
            interactive learning environment.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, create a position specifically for the School of
            AREAS to coordinate internal recruitment that will charge an individual with
            coordinating recruitment activities among faculty members and prospective
            students.
         D. By Academic Year 2013, attract a higher number of high-performing students as
            measured by ACT score or high school GPA, through a comprehensive, engaging,
            and relevant curriculum, in order to increase job placement by at least 50% for
            graduates in relevant fields by Academic Year 2015.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The School of AREAS will embrace a culture of collaboration and team building and
        conduct cutting-edge research in collaborative efforts among the School of AREAS
        units to provide solutions that will enhance the productivity, income, and quality of
        life of farmers, rural dwellers, and limited resource individuals.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to solicit feedback from
            students, faculty, and industry leaders when making decisions on curriculum, to
            be reviewed and updated at least every two years beginning in Academic Year
            2011.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, increase the amount of direct student participation in
            research by 50%, and by an additional 25% by Academic Year 2012.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, align the University’s graduate programs with other
            universities that offer Ph.D. opportunities so that, by Academic Year 2013, the
            University will become a Ph.D. granting institution in Agricultural Sciences.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, increase the number and competitiveness of
            assistantships available for high performing students in order to improve the
            quality of master’s degree programs.


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        E. By Academic Year 2010, begin offering Graduate Student Seminars in order to
           provide students with public speaking and research experience, and by Academic
           Year 2012, at least 75% of students will participate in these seminars.
        F. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the School will sponsor training in
           educational methods for up to three faculty members per year as part of their
           professional development.
        G. By Academic Year 2011, incentivize (through promotion, tenure, etc.)
           multidisciplinary research projects and programs in order to promote greater
           internal collaboration among the School of AREAS units and the successful
           completion of grants / contracts. By Academic Year 2012, at least 80% of the
           faculty will solicit grants / contracts annually and by Academic Year 2014, this
           number will increase to 90%; with 100% participation by Academic Year 2019.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Provide avenues for leadership and professional development of personnel so that
          creative and innovative diverse teaching methods are employed for quality education
          and training. In addition, encourage participatory management in the decision-
          making process and establish a system of accountability.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, encourage all faculty members to take on
           roles of responsibility that would encourage faculty member collaboration and
           brainstorming to develop new ideas for teaching methods.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, ensure 100% participation by faculty in fall and spring
           meetings in order to further encourage faculty participation in decision-making
           processes.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, create results-oriented position descriptions for all
           employees, tie the evaluation system directly to position descriptions, and provide
           financial incentives for positive annual reviews.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, implement anonymous electronic surveys for all
           students, faculty, and staff. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that 90% of students,
           faculty, and staff participate in the survey system and by Academic Year 2019,
           ensure that 100% participate.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that adequate and up-to-date resources are made available to support the
         School’s operation and mission.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, review and evaluate the current technological
           environment and make recommendations for upgrades to the current
           infrastructure that would increase student, faculty, and staff members’ comfort
           and productivity to be implemented by Academic Year 2010.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, ensure access to video conferencing equipment for all
           students.




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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Obtain the necessary financial resources in order for the School of AREAS to
        provide a competitive pay structure to improve faculty and staff retention as well as
        to invest in infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, maintenance and
        development.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, recruit a team of lobbyists in order to create an
           intelligent, proactive methodology to identify and secure government funding in
           addition to forging relationships with key agencies.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, develop a plan for enhancing grant writing and
           contract opportunities, so that by Academic Year 2011, faculty in the School of
           AREAS have applied for at least one grant; and by Academic Year 2013, AREAS
           faculty apply for a minimum of two grants annually.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, enhance the School’s relationship with Mississippi State
           University (MSU) in order to create a partnership through which the School of
           AREAS will benefit from MSU’s expertise in attracting large grants, and
           opportunities will be created for the School’s students to enter MSU’s doctoral
           programs.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, create split appointments to facilitate mixed research
           and teaching opportunities and reevaluate salaries accordingly.
        E. By Academic Year 2010, through personal contacts and targeted distribution of
           high quality publications, significantly increase the School of AREAS’ visibility
           at the national level, particularly with corporations that can commit large amounts
           of financing capital.

     VI. Diversity
         The School of AREAS will engage all stakeholders in developing an environment
         which embraces diversity of thought and encourages acceptance of differences.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that at least 10% of faculty, staff, and students
           are minorities (other than traditional African-American students), and by
           Academic Year 2012, 15% are minorities.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that curricula within the School of AREAS
           include at least six credit hours in global and / or cultural studies.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Promote the School of AREAS by documenting and disseminating its
          accomplishments, thereby enhancing its credibility as a premier land-grant institution
          in the minds of policy makers, other institutions of higher learning, private industry,
          and the general public.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, form a committee to plan programs through which
           the School of AREAS provides service learning and / or internship programs in
           applied science to be implemented by Academic Year 2010. All students will
           embrace six hours of service learning per academic year as part of the curriculum.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a plan for collaborative partnerships with
           public schools and offer dual-credit opportunities for upperclassmen, so that by


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           Academic Year 2011, the School of AREAS has established relationships with
           four local public schools.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, begin forging relationships with international
           institutions in order to better facilitate the acceptance and comfort of non-
           traditional students, so that by Academic Year 2012, the School of AREAS has
           established relationships with three international institutions.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, hire a Director of Media and Communications to
           publicize the School’s accomplishments and to organize advertising campaigns as
           well as all other electronic and print communications.
        E. By Academic Year 2015, connect the Natchez, Vicksburg, and Alcorn campuses
           via videoconference in order to facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations
           through intercampus classroom settings.




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            School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences – Department of Advanced
                                        Technologies

    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Recruit and retain quality students by offering relevant curriculum, an engaging
         transformative learning environment, and empowering them to become globally
         competitive leaders of technology.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, continue efforts to implement current technology
            including but not limited to, providing wireless access throughout the Technology
            Building, increased usage of online assignments, and the development of more
            hybrid-type course offerings.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, update classroom facilities with executive style
            furnishings to create a better learning environment as well as to attract and retain
            quality students.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, provide laboratories with modern equipment
            to enhance student learning through hands-on activities.
         D. During Academic Year 2009, invigorate professional student associations and
            provide more opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom.
         E. During Academic Year 2009, appoint a standing advisory council comprised of
            current students, alumni, faculty, and industry leaders charged with evaluating the
            current curriculum and making recommendations to improve the professional
            relevance of courses.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Advanced Technologies, as part of a comprehensive University,
        will embrace a culture of collaboration and team building and conduct cutting-edge
        research (i.e. Technical Master’s and Ph.D. Programs).
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to solicit feedback from
            students, faculty, and the Advisory Council when making decisions on
            curriculum, to be reviewed and updated at least every two years beginning in
            Academic Year 2011.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, incentivize research laboratories and centers projects
            and programs in order to promote greater productivity (i.e. number of grants /
            contracts and funding generated).
         C. By Academic Year 2009, begin offering academic seminars in order to provide
            students with public speaking and research experience.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, increase the amount of direct student participation in
            research by 25%, and an additional 10% each academic year thereafter.
         E. By Academic Year 2015, the Department will become a Master’s granting
            Department.
         F. By Academic Year 2010, increase the number of graduate assistantships and
            research opportunities available for both undergraduate and graduate students.




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        G. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the Department of Advanced Technologies
           will sponsor professional training for up to two faculty members per year as part
           of their professional development.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Provide avenues for leadership and professional development of personnel so that
          creative and innovative diverse teaching methods are employed for quality education
          and training. In addition, encourage participatory management in the decision-
          making process and establish a system of accountability.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, encourage all faculty members to take on
           roles of responsibility, especially within labs, with appropriate compensation for
           their services.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, implement a Departmental merit-based pay structure.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that adequate and up-to date resources are available to support the
         Department of Advanced Technology’s mission and vision.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, implement recommendations for upgrades to the
           current infrastructure that would increase student, faculty, and staff members’
           comfort and productivity to be implemented by Academic Year 2010.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, ensure yearly maintenance of equipment and
           upgrade funding for the facility.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Department of Advanced Technologies and its Systems Research Institute will
        enhance its resources and diversify the sources of funding through partnerships,
        creative fundraising strategies, competitive pay structure, and policies.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, survey faculty relationships to create a list of
           potential partners with corporations and secondary schools which the Department
           of Advanced Technologies will begin implementing during Academic Year 2010.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, begin developing long-term partnerships for grants from
           the private sector, government agencies, or non-profit organizations, so that the
           Department of Advanced Technologies has at least one partnership by Academic
           Year 2014, and at least two partnerships by Academic Year 2019.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, a competitive pay structure will be proposed, to
           attract and retain high quality, diverse faculty and staff.
        D. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           intellectual property developed in the Department of Advanced Technologies and
           the Systems Research Institute will be actively leveraged to generate funds
           through commercialization.
        E. During Academic Year 2009, the alumni and other private and public sector
           entities directly related to the Department of Advanced Technologies will be
           approached to support activities in the Department and Systems Research
           Institute.


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        F. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Systems Research Institute will collaborate with stakeholders to establish
           contracts with counties in Southwest Mississippi to support their economic and
           workforce development.
        G. By Academic Year 2010, redevelop and enhance the curriculum to offer Master’s
           of Applied Science and Technology degrees and by Academic Year 2015, a Ph.D.
           program in Advanced Technologies.
        H. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Advanced Technologies will propose
           a system of incentives to encourage faculty to apply for and receive external
           funding.

     VI. Diversity
         Embrace diversity of thought throughout the Department, especially by including the
         opinions of students in the operations of the Department.
        A. Embrace diversity of thought throughout the Department of Advanced
           Technologies, especially by including the opinions of students in the operations of
           the Department.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Strengthen the Department of Advanced Technologies’ relationship with the
          stakeholder community (i.e. elected officials, high schools, summer camps, local
          government, and the surrounding communities).
        A. During Academic Year 2009, form a committee to identify courses which will
           support service learning initiatives.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, forge mutually beneficial relationships with
           state and local governments.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, establish mutually beneficial relationships
           with local high schools.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, begin forging relationships with international
           institutions in order to better facilitate the acceptance and comfort of non-
           traditional students, so that by Academic Year 2012, the School of AREAS has
           established relationships with three international institutions.
        E. By Academic Year 2015, connect the Natchez, Vicksburg, and main campuses via
           videoconference in order to facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations through
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                                    Department of Agriculture


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively compete in a
         global economy for the betterment of society.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Agriculture will design and
            implement a new advising and mentoring program in which students identify
            long-term goals and strategies related to academic, health, financial, and
            professional growth.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a strategy to increase student internship
            opportunities, so that by Academic Year 2013, 60% of students enrolled in the
            Department of Agriculture will participate in internships.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, the faculty will redesign the undergraduate seminar
            course, to include a focus on presentation skills, interviewing skills and
            professional development. Students completing the seminar course will be
            expected to demonstrate effective communication skills, professionalism, ethics,
            and leadership.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan so that by Academic Year 2014, at least
            25% of all undergraduates in the Department of Agriculture will be involved in
            work or study abroad programs.
         E. By Academic Year 2012, 60% of the courses taught in the Department of
            Agriculture will integrate technology into the student learning process.
         F. By Academic Year 2012, students in 80% of the B.S. degree programs in the
            Department of Agriculture will participate annually in regional or national student
            competitions applicable to their majors.
         G. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Agriculture will increase its online
            courses by 25%; and by Academic Year 2019, 50% of all undergraduate and
            graduate credit hours will be available online.
         H. By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of the courses in the Department of
            Agriculture will involve “peer instruction.”

    II. Academic Excellence
        Engage students in the fulfillment of the land-grant mission of teaching, research,
        and outreach in a variety of experiential learning activities designed to foster an
        environment of academic excellence.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, a faculty committee will be designated to write
            Departmental policies on undergraduate and graduate students’ participation in
            funded research projects. Students working on funded research projects will be
            required to enter a contract with the principal investigator. These policies will be
            implemented in Academic Year 2011.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Agriculture will participate in
            University-led activities to enhance the ability of faculty to obtain research grants
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             university database / website regarding available funding) so that, by Academic
             Year 2014, at least 50% of the faculty in the Department will have applied for
             research grants and / or contracts.
        C.   By Academic Year 2011, a Departmental faculty committee will review the
             Departmental undergraduate thesis research course and redesign the course to
             ensure that it fulfills its purpose of imparting research skills to undergraduates.
        D.   By Academic Year 2011, the faculty of the Department of Agriculture will
             institute a graduate student and faculty / staff seminar.
        E.   By Academic Year 2013, at least 70% of the Department of Agriculture’s
             graduates will compete successfully to enter graduate and professional schools or
             be employed in their field within six months of their graduation.
        F.   By Academic Year 2013, 5% of undergraduate students will publish their research
             in local, regional or national scientific journals or present their research at
             professional conferences. By Academic Year 2014, 10% will have been
             published (or made presentations), and by Academic Year 2019, 12% of students
             will have been published (or made presentations).
        G.   By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Agriculture will collaborate with the
             appropriate units on campus to establish an Endowed Center for Excellence in
             Agriculture.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Involve stakeholders in the governance and policy-making of the Department of
          Agriculture in order to develop a holistic approach designed to accomplish a merit-
          based administration and transparent operations.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, a committee of students and faculty members will be
           formed to review all of the Department’s policies and procedures and to make
           recommendations congruent with University requirements.
        B. By Academic Year 2013, new Departmental policies and procedures will be
           implemented, and evaluated through Academic Year 2019.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Assess the use of technology throughout the Department of Agriculture in order to
         strategically plan for future acquisitions.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Chair of the Department of Agriculture along
           with the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and a
           multidisciplinary faculty committee will collaborate to review the MBAS building
           and provide recommendations for facility repairs and upgrade. The approved
           recommendations will be implemented by Academic Year 2013, and evaluated
           through Academic Year 2019.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, CITS will be invited to assess technology in the
           Department of Agriculture, and make recommendations for technology upgrades
           (e.g., projectors and screens in each classroom). Implement the approved
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Develop an advisory council comprised of decision makers from the private and
        public sectors to assist in enhancing the Department’s resources and creating
        opportunities for the students.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Agriculture will work with the
           appropriate units on campus to develop and implement a plan to leverage the
           research conducted by faculty to generate revenue streams which will benefit the
           Department and the University by Academic Year 2012, and evaluate through
           Academic Year 2019.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, a committee comprised of faculty, the research
           director and the Chair of the Department of Agriculture will develop a plan to
           increase external funding from grants and contracts by 30% by Academic Year
           2015.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, identify members for the Advisory Council so that, by
           Academic Year 2012, the Advisory Council will meet annually.

     VI. Diversity
         Develop a strategic recruitment and retention plan to enhance the diversity of
         students and faculty throughout the Department of Agriculture.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, develop and begin implementing a strategic plan for
           recruiting and retaining diverse students, so that by Academic Year 2019, there
           will be an increase by 20% of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic
           backgrounds.
        B. During Academic Year 2011, the faculty will devise a strategic plan for funding
           the education of high-achieving international students in agriculture-related
           disciplines. The plan will be implemented beginning in Academic Year 2012, to
           ensure that by Academic Year 2019, there is a 10% increase in international
           students.
        C. During Academic Year 2011, the faculty will review and revise the curricula to
           ensure that, by Academic Year 2015, each student takes at least six credit hours of
           global or cultural studies, foreign language, or study abroad.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Engage community stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue in order to enhance the
          effectiveness of the Department’s community outreach programs.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, the faculty will develop a service-learning course,
           which will be integrated into all B.S. degree programs beginning in Academic
           Year 2011.
        B. By Academic Year 2015, 25% of students will engage in service learning in the
           adjacent communities and beyond.
        C. By Academic Year 2015, the Department of Agriculture will provide continuing
           education for traditional and non-traditional students, so that by Academic Year
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                                Department of Human Sciences


    I. Student-Centered Campus
        The Department of Human Sciences will cater its services to the evolving needs of
        its students.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Sciences will double its
           listing of online courses and evening courses in both Child Development and
           Nutrition and Dietetics.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Sciences’ faculty will have
           high-technology equipment and software to support student learning and teaching.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Maintain the Department of Human Sciences’ accomplishments in areas of
        accreditation, student recruitment and retention, and national accreditation for the
        Child Development Laboratory Center.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, initiate a multi-tier approach to faculty and teaching
           staff evaluations that includes: (i) two observational visits (one announced and
           one unannounced) by the Department Chair; (ii) peer observation; (iii) student
           observation; and (iv) self-assessment by individual faculty and teaching staff.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           meet all deliverables deadlines to ensure compliance with SACS requirements.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, the Child Development Laboratory Center
           improvements will meet the National Association for the Education of Young
           Children’s standards for accreditation.
        D. During Academic Year 2010, begin developing strategies to implement three
           enterprises to support academic programs, so that by Academic Year 2011,
           business plans have been created for all three enterprises, and by Academic Year
           2014, all three enterprises have been implemented.
        E. During Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure continued accreditation by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
        F. During Academic Year 2015, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure continued accreditation by the American Family for the Education of
           Young Children (NAEYC).

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Ensure that all faculty and staff members in the Department of Human Sciences are
          given an opportunity to provide input regarding the planning and execution of
          Departmental operations.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Sciences will develop a
           mechanism that promotes open and transparent communications through avenues
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        B. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every second academic year
           thereafter, students, faculty, and staff members will complete assessment
           evaluations of the Department of Human Sciences.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The Department of Human Sciences will continually update its facilities with
         relevant technologies and infrastructural improvements that support teaching and
         student learning.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Human Sciences will conduct a
           technology assessment and produce a list of necessary updates, to be approved by
           the Dean of the School of AREAS and the Provost / Vice President for Academic
           Affairs, which will be fully implemented by Academic Year 2019.
        B. By Academic Year 2013, the Department of Human Sciences will connect course
           offerings and curriculum with the Banner academic program.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
         The Department of Human Sciences will continue to solicit external funds from
         private and federal sources to support academic programming and other department
         activities.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department will submit a minimum of four grant proposals totaling a minimum of
           $500,000 to support existing programs and to initiate new programming.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, the Department of Human Sciences will submit a
           proposal and receive funding for Early Head Start.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Sciences will submit a
           proposal and receive funding from the Peppercorn Foundation.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Sciences will submit a
           proposal and receive funding from Evans Allen.

     VI. Diversity
         The Department of Human Sciences will engage students, faculty, and staff members
         in understanding and appreciating diversity of character and thoughts.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the Department of Human Science will focus
           on diversifying its faculty and staff.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, the Department of Human Sciences will
           initiate an international or global studies program.




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     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
         The Department of Human Sciences will encourage student participation in
         community outreach opportunities to maximize students’ opportunities for
         experiential learning.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, redesign the Child Development Practicum Program to
           align with NCATE standards and maximize students’ opportunities for
           experiential learning by Academic Year 2010.




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         School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences – Office of
                                          Research


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Office of Research will offer students an engaging, transformative learning
         environment to conduct research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Internal Research Director will create a working
            group comprised of students and faculty to develop plans for undergraduate
            apprenticeship and graduate research quality enhancement.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, the Internal Research Director will begin to develop
            a multidisciplinary research program designed to teach students basic research
            skills. By Academic Year 2011, the program will be a part of every student’s
            learning experience. By Academic Year 2014, every student in the University
            will participate in a substantive research experience.
         C. By Academic Year 2009, the Internal Research Director, working together with
            the Department Chairs, will involve students in presenting research at national
            and international meetings. By Academic Year 2012, 50% of all graduate
            students will present research at national meetings.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, increase the number and competitiveness of
            assistantships available for high performing students in order to improve the
            quality of Master’s Degree programs.
         E. By Academic Year 2010, develop and implement a plan to provide student
            representation on research review committees. By Academic Year 2011, 70% of
            the departments will be represented by students participating on the committees.
         F. By Academic Year 2012, the University will host a student-directed conference
            for students to present their research findings.
         G. By Academic Year 2012, the Internal Research Director will develop a process
            which will enable students to have appropriate access to the facilities where they
            conduct research.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Office of Research will foster a culture of collaboration and teambuilding to
        promote cutting-edge collaborative research across academic units and research
        centers to provide solutions that will enhance the quality of life for limited resource
        individuals and the surrounding communities.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, an interdisciplinary faculty will be assembled to
            develop a plan to establish efficient protocols and adequate resources to facilitate
            the ability of faculty to apply for grants (including, but not limited to: grant-
            writing workshops and a University database / website regarding available
            funding), so that, by Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of the faculty in every
            department will have applied for research grants and / or contracts.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, assist the faculty in the submission of research
            proposals, so that by Academic Year 2010, 60% of the faculty submit research


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            proposals and by Academic Year 2014, 60% of all proposals submitted are
            funded.
         C. By Academic Year 2009, establish a research seminar series where students and
            faculty will present research findings throughout the year.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, provide incentives to increase research productivity, so
            that by, Academic Year 2013, 70% of all faculty members are engaged in
            research and creative endeavors.
         E. By Academic Year 2013, research programs will be enhanced so that Alcorn State
            University is nationally recognized as the premier public research university.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The Office of Research will provide avenues for leadership and professional
          development of research personnel so that creative and innovative endeavors will be
          employed during the pursuit of research activities. Additionally, the Office of
          Research will ensure that a culture of integrity and accountability exists in the pursuit
          of research endeavors.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, complete developing policies on Export Control,
            Contracts and Contract Review, and Proposal Submission and produce a Research
            Quality Control Guide.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, encourage all faculty members to participate in
            brainstorming sessions to determine at most two or three signature research
            activities of each School, so that by Academic Year 2012, core competencies are
            developed in the identified signature research areas.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that adequate and up-to-date resources are made available to support the
         University’s research effort.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, ensure that the Office of Finance and Administrative
            Services and its processes (travel, purchasing, and personnel) accommodate the
            special needs of research and sponsored projects.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, ensure that the Center for Information Technology and
            Services updates all computers so that, by Academic Year 2010, the appropriate
            software needed by research scientists is available.
         C. Beginning Academic Year 2010, develop the infrastructure to support a higher
            level of research.
         D. By Academic Year 2015, construct a major research facility on the Lorman
            campus.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Office of Research will enhance its resources and diversify the sources of
        funding through strategic partnerships, creative fundraising, leveraging its
        intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Office of Research will develop a plan to
            increase grants and contracts so that, by Academic Year 2019, the University is


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              attracting approximately $50 million from these sources annually.
         B.   During Academic Year 2009, the Office of Research will interface with the
              Deans, faculty, and administrators in order to develop and implement a plan to
              leverage the research conducted by faculty to establish viable business enterprises
              (with revenue streams which will benefit the University) by Academic Year 2012.
         C.   By Academic Year 2010, the Office of Research will establish a policy which
              incentivizes faculty to apply, compete successfully, and receive external funding.
         D.   During Academic Year 2010, the Office of Research will establish formal
              agreements with government laboratories and federal agencies such that, by
              Academic Year 2011, research funding from private sector companies will
              increase by 10%.
         E.   During Academic Year 2010, identify and pursue opportunities with other
              educational institutions that provide potential for external funding.

     VI. Diversity
         The Office of Research will engage all stakeholders in developing an environment
         which embraces diversity of thought and encourages the acceptance of differences.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, ensure that the core research faculty maintains its
            culturally diverse nature.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, establish a forum for research scientists to be
            engaged in risky (“outside-the-box”) research endeavors.
         C. Beginning Academic Year 2011, develop research linkages with universities
            abroad in the life and social sciences.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Promote University research efforts by disseminating its accomplishments, thereby
          enhancing the University’s research program’s credibility as a premier land-grant
          institution.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, continue to engage stakeholders to address the
            needs of the University community’s limited resource citizens.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, engage in research, using a holistic approach,
            to combat obesity in Jefferson County, Mississippi.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, develop a Technology Transfer unit where results
            from research conducted at the University will be transferred, so that, by
            Academic Year 2011, partnerships with the private sector are an integral part of
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                                   School of Arts and Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The School of Arts and Sciences will develop an engaging and interactive total
         learning experience which will produce global student leaders who are
         environmentally, socially, and technologically competent.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, interface with the College for Excellence to develop a
            plan to identify majors in the School of Arts and Sciences and to create an
            advising and mentoring process that will enable the development of a ten-year
            monitoring and tracking plan regarding each student’s academic, health, financial,
            and professional goals.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a plan to provide for student representation on
            all committees in the School of Arts and Sciences. By Academic Year 2013,
            every committee in the School of Arts and Sciences will include student
            representation.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, collaborate with the Vice President of Student Affairs to
            offer quarterly cultural events specific to the interests of majors in the School of
            Arts and Sciences.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, interface with the Dean of Agriculture, Research,
            Extension, and Applied Sciences (AREAS) to develop a health-related curriculum
            that will be integrated, as appropriate, in the School of Arts and Sciences.
         E. By Academic Year 2010, collaborate with other academic units to plan and
            implement an annual global student conference focused on critical societal issues.
         F. By Academic Year 2011, and every academic year thereafter, engage business
            and professional leaders with multidisciplinary faculty and student representatives
            to ensure that the curriculum is continually updated in order to offer skills needed
            by prospective employers.
         G. By Academic Year 2012, all courses in the School of Arts and Sciences will have
            a component which relates to global affairs, environmental studies, and / or
            leadership development.
         H. By Academic Year 2012, a minimum of 33% of the students in the School of Arts
            and Sciences will participate in regional and national academic competitions in
            their respective disciplines. By Academic Year 2019, a minimum of 66% of the
            students will participate in these competitions in their respective disciplines.
         I. By Academic Year 2012, interface with the Office of Career Planning and
            Placement to ensure that at least 60% of students in the School of Arts and
            Sciences participate in relevant internship experiences prior to graduation.
         J. By Academic Year 2013, 50% of the courses in the School of Arts and Sciences
            will integrate technology in their pedagogies and will be available online.
         K. By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of students in every department of the
            School of Arts and Sciences will participate in national organizations.
         L. By Academic Year 2014, and every academic year thereafter, student evaluations
            of courses will be used to improve the effectiveness of instruction.


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        M. By Academic Year 2014, and every academic year thereafter, every student in the
           School of Arts and Sciences will participate in a substantive research project or
           write a senior thesis prior to graduation.

     II. Academic Excellence
         The School of Arts and Sciences will enhance its academic excellence by offering
         engaging, academic, and scholarly classroom and extramural experiences.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, members of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           interface with multidisciplinary faculty throughout the University to develop and
           implement a plan that tracks progress on activities designed to comply with SACS
           accreditation standards.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           meet with the Department Chairs of Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics as well
           as with the Vice President of Development and Marketing to develop a plan to
           establish an endowed / distinguished professor / chair by Academic Year 2019.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, faculty representatives from the School of Arts and
           Sciences will participate in a multidisciplinary focus group to plan a program for
           teaching excellence and faculty development.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, at least 50% of the faculty in the School of Arts and
           Sciences will have written and received external funding for research and
           intellectual renewal that will result in scholarly publications and / or creative
           activities. By Academic Year 2019, at least 90% of the faculty will have achieved
           these results.
        E. By Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of students entering the School of Arts and
           Sciences in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
           disciplines will have ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes.
        F. By Academic Year 2014, at least 80% of the faculty in every department of the
           School of Arts and Sciences will have terminal degrees; and by Academic Year
           2019, at least 90%.
        G. By Academic Year 2014, increase the graduation rate to 60%.
        H. By Academic Year 2015, at least 65% of the graduates of the School of Arts and
           Sciences will enter graduate or professional schools.
        I. By Academic Year 2019, the School of Arts and Sciences will increase its
           enrollment by 50%.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          All academic units within the School of Arts and Sciences will assess their processes
          and ensure that a merit-based system of accountability is practiced.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, interface with various offices throughout the
           University to ensure consistent, unified responses to student requests and
           concerns.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, all academic units, faculty, and staff will participate in
           developing an evaluation instrument that captures relevant, significant job



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           functions and responsibilities, so that by Academic Year 2011, an employee
           evaluation is implemented annually.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, all faculty and staff will be apprised of how they are
           being evaluated and will be given periodic feedback on their performance.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The School of Arts and Sciences will develop and implement strategies to integrate
         and utilize technology across disciplines to enhance student learning outcomes.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and each academic year thereafter, representatives
           from the School of Arts and Sciences will serve on the Technology Advisory
           Council.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           interface with the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and the
           Provost to assess and ensure the availability of adequate classroom and
           conference space, laboratory, equipment, etc. to support an optimal learning
           environment.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will be
           actively engaged in the development and implementation of a plan to ensure that
           all academic programs will be audited by the Banner Curriculum Advising and
           Program Planning module.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The School of Arts and Sciences will diversify its resources by promoting and
        encouraging faculty to engage in partnerships, creative fundraising, the leveraging of
        intellectual property and other entrepreneurial endeavors.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           convene a study group to examine the feasibility of allocating a portion of the
           indirect costs of grant receipts to the department and school of the Principal
           Investigator.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the School of Arts and
           Sciences will participate in the development of a plan to increase the University’s
           grants and contracts. By Academic Year 2019, grants and contracts in the School
           of Arts and Sciences will represent 25% of the University’s total grant receipts.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in
           collaboration with the Vice President for Development and Marketing will
           establish an advisory board to develop a marketing plan to enhance resources.
        D. By Academic Year 2014, all academic departments in the School of Arts and
           Sciences will obtain a partnership agreement with at least one agency or business.

     VI. Diversity
         All units within the School of Arts and Sciences will show evidence of diversity of
         thought and the acceptance of differences.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the School of Arts and
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             staff to ensure that by Academic Year 2012, and every academic year thereafter,
             80% of all students will have participated in multicultural learning experiences.
        B.   During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the School of Arts and
             Sciences will participate in an University-wide working group to develop a
             recruitment and retention plan for diverse students, faculty, and staff with the
             intention of achieving 20% diversity by Academic Year 2012.
        C.   By Academic Year 2011, the School of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with
             the appropriate University offices, including the College for Excellence, will have
             established academic and student services protocols that address the needs of non-
             traditional students.
        D.   By Academic Year 2010, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
             appoint an interdisciplinary group to explore opportunities for international
             collaborative relationships with other universities.
        E.   By Academic Year 2012, the School of Arts and Sciences will increase by 20%
             the number of tenured women faculty and by 15% the number of women faculty
             in senior positions and ensure pay equity.
        F.   By Academic Year 2012, all units within the School of Arts and Sciences will
             participate in programs designed to educate and influence diversity within the
             campus community.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          All academic departments within the School of Arts and Sciences will engage in
          programs designed to provide services to the community including community
          education and outreach programs.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           interface with the Provost and the Dean of the School of Education to establish a
           working group comprised of internal and external stakeholders who will develop
           and implement a plan to significantly improve reading, writing, and math skills in
           grades two to four.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, in
           collaboration with the Dean of the School of Education and the Provost, will
           interface with the Administrator of Title III and Sponsored Programs and the Vice
           President for Development and Marketing to create and implement a plan to offer
           a variety of non-credit courses for the local population.
        C. By Academic Year 2014, the School of Arts and Sciences will develop and
           schedule at least one course to address the needs of the community as a
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                                Department of Biological Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Provide engaging intellectual experiences and course work to prepare students for
         entry into the workplace including a teaching career or admission to professional or
         graduate schools of their choice upon graduation with a Baccalaureate (B.S.) Degree
         in Biology.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, interface with the Office of the Registrar and the Office
            of Academic Affairs office to develop a plan for registration so that the scheduled
            course listing of each biology major will be approved by the student’s respective
            faculty advisors in the Department of Biological Sciences before the student’s
            registration process is finalized.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing each year thereafter, ensure
            that the current International Research Training Program (Minority Health
            International Research Training) for undergraduate and graduate students will
            continue to provide research training to Alcorn State University students at
            international research centers.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            develop and implement a plan to provide appropriate student representation on
            Departmental committees and other forums for students to be actively involved in
            all student-centered activities in the Department.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, with the support of the School of Arts and Sciences, the
            Department of Biological Sciences will organize periodic conferences of business
            leaders in the area of biological sciences to ensure that the Department’s
            curriculum is continually updated in order to offer the skills and knowledge
            required by prospective employers.
         E. During Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            ensure that all undergraduate students following curricula in Pre-Medicine
            understand the prerequisites and entrance requirements for medical, allopathic,
            and / or osteopathic school. In addition, ensure that students complete the
            application process and apply to a minimum of five schools selected to match
            their credentials.
         F. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan with appropriate strategies to provide
            opportunities for at least 255 students to participate in academic-related
            conferences at off-campus sites including national and regional research
            conferences; increase this participation each year commensurate with the
            availability of resources.
         G. During Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences will produce a winning
            grant proposal to maintain the current Bridge to the doctoral Program with
            Pennsylvania State University, subject to support by the National Institutes of
            Health (NIH).
         H. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
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             Department of Biological Sciences who enter graduate and / or professional
             schools, so that by Academic Year 2014, at least 40% enter these schools, and by
             Academic Year 2019, 70% will enter graduate or professional schools.
        I.   By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, 80% of
             biology graduate students will be capable of carrying out basic laboratory
             experimental techniques commonly used in the study of basic biology, including
             basic research skills, as judged by appropriate evaluations.
        J.   By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, a
             minimum of 40% of graduate students who received a M.S. degree will either
             enter into doctoral programs, enter professional schools, or be gainfully employed
             and, by Academic Year 2014, this figure will reach 70%.
        K.   Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
             thereafter, provide appropriate resources to empower the currently celebrated
             “Earth Day” festivities on campus to attract participants from all over the United
             States and the world.
        L.   By Academic Year 2013, ensure a 60% graduation rate for students majoring in
             biology. Increase the graduate rate to 75% by Academic Year 2015, 80% by
             Academic Year 2017, and 90% by Academic Year 2019.
        M.   By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
             that at least 40% of students in the Pre-Medicine curriculum will successfully take
             the MCAT and score in the upper 40th Percentile.
        N.   By Academic Year 2014, increase online courses by 25%, and by Academic Year
             2016, increase online courses to a maximum of 80%.
        O.   By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every year thereafter, the majority of the
             Department of Biological Sciences’ courses will integrate current technology into
             the classroom.
        P.   By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of the Department of Biological Sciences’
             courses will contain sections for “peer instruction.”
        Q.   By Academic Year 2015, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure a
             steady retention rate increase or maintenance at 70-80% or higher.
        R.   By Academic Year 2017, the Department of Biological Sciences will augment the
             curricular offerings by the infusion of instructional activities on global affairs,
             environmental studies, and the impact of internationalization on biological
             research product development and sharing of information.

     II. Academic Excellence
         Maintain and enhance a diverse and competent undergraduate and graduate
         (Master’s degree level) curriculum, which is aligned with the current state of the
         knowledge in the major areas of the Department of Biological Sciences.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will interface with the Dean of
           the School of Education, in order to ensure that the School of Education will
           provide opportunities for two faculty members in charge of Biology Teacher
           Education to attend either regional or state or national workshops or meetings on
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        B. During Academic Year 2010, in order to optimize curricula offerings and to
           maintain acceptable standards of instructional quality, the Department of
           Biological Sciences will recruit three new faculty members to fill the positions
           vacant due to faculty retirement in the last two years.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, conduct annual assessments of the Department of Biological Sciences’
           curricula and, on the basis of the assessments, revise the undergraduate and
           graduate courses and curricula in order to ensure the efficient achievement of
           desired learning outcomes and the competitiveness of the Department’s programs
           with peer institutions.
        D. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will recruit
           at least two new laboratory instructors with a minimum qualification of a Master’s
           degree in Biology.
        E. Beginning Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           the Department of Biological Sciences will collect the data on student and faculty
           research so that Department of Biological Sciences can benchmark itself against
           the objectives of the University’s targets in research to ensure that it is fulfilling
           these objectives.
        F. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will ensure that an increasing
           number of productive faculty members receive support to attend appropriate
           workshops and conferences in their areas of expertise commensurate to the
           availability of funds, so that by Academic Year 2014, there will be a minimum
        G. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Biological Sciences will plan and implement a program titled,
           “Celebration of Student Research Accomplishments,” in which students who have
           participated in on-campus, off-campus, international research training, or
           internships will present their research to the entire Alcorn State University student
           and faculty body. In addition, nationally known research scholars will also be
           invited to make presentations.
        H. By Academic Year 2011, reduce class size to 30 students and the laboratory size
           to 20 students to facilitate excellence in the quality and delivery of instruction.
        I. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will encourage an increasing
           number of graduate faculty members to supervise the Master’s degree thesis
           research work. By Academic Year 2012, a minimum of three graduate faculty
           members shall supervise the Master’s degree thesis research work and by
           Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of graduate faculty members will be involved
           in this supervision annually.
        J. By the end of Academic Year 2012, fully develop and implement a Bachelor of
           Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology
           (Biotechnology) degree.
        K. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will enhance its assessment
           instruments in order to determine its enrollment and graduation data.


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        L. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that at least 20% of the faculty are engaged in
           scholarly activities, 40% by Academic Year 2014, and 70% by Academic Year
           2019.
        M. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that at least 75% of the Biology faculty has
           terminal degrees and that by Academic Year 2019, 85% of the faculty have
           terminal degrees.
        N. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, develop
           and implement plans to invite national and international research scientists as
           visiting professors to be engaged in both research and instruction in the
           Department of Biological Sciences.
        O. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will work to enhance the
           professional development activities available for its faculty; so that by Academic
           Year 2013, a minimum of 20% of the faculty will participate in professional
           development activities annually, and by Academic Year 2014, this number will
           increase to 30%, and by Academic Year 2019, this number will increase to 40%
           of the faculty.
        P. By Academic Year 2014, with recruitment of research faculty members, the
           Department of Biological Sciences will increase research funds generated by the
           faculty by 50%.
        Q. By Academic Year 2014, initiate plans to establish collaborative research projects
           aligned with critical national issues, such as disparity in minority disease and
           health research, so that by Academic Year 2019, such project(s) will be in full
           operation.
        R. By Academic Year 2014, in order to support graduate student research activity,
           the Department of Biological Sciences will recruit at least two additional faculty
           members who are credentialed with proven track records to generate research
           dollars from external sources.
        S. By Academic Year 2014, initiate preliminary activities to establish an endowed
           chair in the Department of Biological Sciences.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Encourage and support faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences to stay
          current with research advancements in their discipline by engaging in scholarship,
          research grant activities, and corroborative research opportunities which result in
          enhanced faculty expertise as well as strengthening of its undergraduate and graduate
          programs.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Biological Sciences will have standardized formats for minutes of
           the Departmental meetings and ensure that the minutes are available online.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, establish
           appropriate internal cooperative arrangements with the University is
           Administrative Offices to facilitate “communications” and “processing of requests
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Maintain and enhance instructional resources that support and facilitate delivery of
         high quality classroom and laboratory instruction that offers students engaging
         intellectual experiences.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, faculty leaders will prepare a list of research
           facilities and instrumentations necessary to carry out excellent student-based
           research activities in the next five academic years. Within three months of
           completing the list, the Department of Biological Sciences will develop a plan to
           obtain the necessary research facilities and instrumentations over the next five
           years.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will conduct an annual survey
           to ensure that appropriate laboratory instructional materials, supplies, and
           equipment are available; and based on the assessment, develop a plan to deliver
           the needed materials, supplies, and equipment within six months of the
           completion of the assessment.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, request the academic administration to provide
           additional space for classroom instruction, such as allocating space in the new
           Biotechnology building.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, set up a facility to support teleconferencing with off-
           campus entities such as national research laboratories and collaborating off-
           campus research scientists.
        E. During Academic Year 2010, establish an appropriate mechanism and committees
           (including the “Animal Welfare Committee” which is currently functioning) to
           monitor and dispose of biochemicals including radioactive isotopes.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Annually develop, review, and maintain in-house mechanisms to continuously assess
        the quality of various curricular programs and the excellence of academic or
        community activities initiated and directed by individual faculty members of the
        Department of Biological Sciences.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will institute and conduct
           student satisfaction surveys to assess students’ perceptions and opinions on the
           Department / institution-sponsored activities and programs, including faculty
           advising, and implement the necessary changes to enhance the Department’s
           programs.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will annually conduct alumni
           surveys to ascertain the quality and satisfaction of their experiences at the
           University.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, with the support of the Academic Affairs and
           Title III program, develop appropriate strategic plans to support faculty
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        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will verify with appropriate data
           and reports that each externally funded grant has been successfully implemented
           and its stated major aims have been achieved.
        E. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will develop,
           plan, and submit to the Provost and the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs a request
           for equitable allocation of resources based on student load and increased
           instructional-related activities.
        F. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will document
           various off-campus summer research experiences (including international
           research experiences) that Biology students participated in each summer
           (including the number of students receiving such research experiences) so that by
           Academic Year 2019, 70% of graduate students and 40% of undergraduate
           students will have participated in these experiences.
        G. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will document
           intellectual services rendered by faculty such as: (a) serving as a member of a peer
           evaluation group of manuscripts for publication in research or professional
           journals; (b) the peer evaluation of text book chapters; and (c) serving as a panel
           member for proposal evaluation at federal or state agencies and all other similar
           activities.

     VI. Diversity
         The Department of Biological Sciences will encourage its students and faculty to
         expect an environment where diversity of thought and differences prevail.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will strongly encourage the
           consideration of the University’s policies of inclusion of persons of diverse
           backgrounds in its faculty hiring processes.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Biological Sciences will develop policies that will
           encourage and be tolerant of diverse techniques and methods of instruction by
           faculty members.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will
           develop a seminar or lecture series presented by off-campus faculty of diverse
           backgrounds to facilitate familiarity with diverse methods of presentation of
           scientific information, so that by Academic Year 2012, the Department of
           Biological Sciences will ensure that at least four such seminars or lecture series
           are presented annually.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, select faculty members in the Department of Biological
           Sciences will submit an appropriate program / proposal to an appropriate agency
           to support learning experiences designed to encourage our students to appreciate
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     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Department of Biological Sciences will encourage all of its stakeholders to
          provide services to the Department or to the University’s academic communities, to
          local and regional communities, and to the national and international communities as
          reasonable.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           during monthly Departmental faculty meetings, appropriate plans will be
           developed so that faculty members will become more active and interested in
           serving on University-wide, Department-wide or other school-wide faculty
           committees to work toward the benefit and enhancement of selected state,
           regional, national, or international communities.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, members of the Department of Biological Sciences will be encouraged
           to provide professional outreach activities, such as serving as evaluators of
           science projects, etc., at area high schools and the community at-large, so that by
           Academic Year 2011, 30% of the faculty will be engaged in these projects and by
           Academic Year 2019, the number of faculty participants will increase to 60%.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will
           encourage all of its faculty members to support and mentor all student-related
           activities including the sponsoring and mentoring as advisors of honor societies
           and Greek organizations within the Department and the University. By Academic
           Year 2012, at least 30% of the Department’s faculty will be involved in such
           activities.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Biological Sciences will be engaged
           in community-related activities, courses, workshops and, summer programs. This
           number will increase to four by Academic Year 2014, and to ten by Academic
           Year 2019.
        E. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           individual faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences will
           continue their efforts of providing summer enrichment programs regarding the use
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                             Department of Chemistry and Physics


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Enhance the quality of student excellence in academic and community environments
         to create students who are more well-rounded and better prepared for future career
         endeavors.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, engage chemistry majors in professional and character-
            building activities (including teamwork, communication, and ethics) which
            encourage well-rounded professional and personal development and networking.
         B. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that all students are engaged in contemporary
            and relevant degree and certificate programs (which include courses on global
            affairs, environmental studies, and leadership development).
         C. By Academic Year 2013, at least 60% of the Department of Chemistry and
            Physics students will participate in an internship course, cooperative education,
            and / or industrial chemistry experiences.
         D. By Academic Year 2014, at least 20% of the freshman class will have ranked in
            the top 10% of their high school class.
         E. By Academic Year 2014, 50% of the Department of Chemistry and Physics’
            courses will integrate current technology in their pedagogies to stimulate more
            interactive learning.
         F. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will increase
            online courses by 25% and by Academic Year 2019, 50% of all undergraduate
            and graduate credit hours will be available online.
         G. By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of courses will involve “peer instruction”
            and active learning.
         H. By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of students will participate in national
            organizations.
         I. By Academic Year 2014, every student will participate in a substantive research
            project or write a senior thesis prior to graduation.
         J. By Academic Year 2016, at least 25% of courses will integrate study abroad
            programs.
         K. By Academic Year 2019, enrollment in the Department of Chemistry and Physics
            will increase by 80%.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Chemistry and Physics will continually enhance its excellence in
        teaching, research, and professional development by maintaining its American
        Chemical Society (ACS) accreditation and by offering a modern and up-to-date
        chemistry education which effectively balances creative teaching pedagogies, state-
        of-the-art research, and high-quality professional experiences.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, obtain, maintain, and update American Chemical Society accreditation
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        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, evaluate the curriculum to incorporate modern course content and
           offerings integrating practical hands-on experience with instrumentation for
           spectroscopy, chemical separations, electrochemical methods, and chemical
           computation (and update as necessary) in compliance with American Chemical
           Society and Student Affiliates of the American Chemistry Society (SAACS)
           guidelines.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, update chemistry library holdings including information
           resources and database searching facilities.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that 50% of the faculty is engaged in scholarly
           and creative activities (publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at
           academic / professional conferences, engagement in applied research projects,
           coordinating student / faculty research projects, etc.) and work annually to
           increase the participation of faculty in scholarly and creative activities so that by
           Academic Year 2012, at least 70% of the faculty is engaged in scholarly and
           creative activities and by Academic Year 2019, at least 90%.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2013, implement graduate degree programs in the
           Department of Chemistry and Physics.
        F. By Academic Year 2014, increase the student graduation rate by 60%.
        G. By Academic Year 2014, increase the number of students who transition to
           graduate or professional school by 60% and improve student performance on
           exams such as the GRE, MCAT, etc. by 60%.
        H. By Academic Year 2019, the chair will interface with the Dean and Vice
           President for Development and Marketing to develop a plan to establish an
           endowed / distinguished professor / chair.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Develop clearly stated policies and procedures and establish honest, open, and
          transparent communications with a merit-based system to increase the accountability
          of Department of Chemistry and Physics faculty.
        A. Beginning Academic Year 2009, establish policies and procedures in the form of
           a rubric to measure the expectations of faculty, and review and update as
           necessary every academic year thereafter.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, institute a merit and reward system for the Department
           of Chemistry and Physics faculty.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, assure
           consistent communications among Departmental offices, faculty, and students to
           ensure consistent, unified responses to student requests and concerns.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Modernize the Departmental environment to establish and maintain state-of-the-art
         classrooms, laboratory, and research resources and facilities.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
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           (including maintenance and support provisions) which is needed to acquire skills
           and competencies necessary for chemistry careers.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the Department of Chemistry
           and Physics will sit on the University’s Technology Advisory Council.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will integrate
           SMART technology in 50% of its courses.
        D. By Academic Year 2015, update facilities and increase the available space (with
           new construction as necessary) for safe modern technology-enabled classrooms
           and state-of- the-art laboratories for Chemistry and Physics teaching and research
           (including adequate safety and waste-handling and disposal infrastructure, and
           Departmental support functions) and update biannually thereafter.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Increase the number of grants, contracts, sponsors, and alternative funding sources to
        establish a diverse array of supporting resources.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, interface with the Dean and Vice President for
           Development and Marketing and the Administrator of Title III and Sponsored
           Programs to establish a plan to create research collaborations / internship
           opportunities with prime contractors, national research laboratories, government
           agencies, the military, the private sector, and other universities; so that by
           Academic Year 2014, the Department of Chemistry and Physics has established at
           least one such continuous partnership and by Academic Year 2019, at least five
           partnerships have been established.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the Department of Chemistry
           and Physics will interface with the Dean of Arts and Sciences in the development
           of a plan to increase the University’s grants and contracts.
        C. By Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of the faculty in the Department of
           Chemistry and Physics will have applied for research grants and / or contracts,
           and at least 80% by Academic Year 2019.
        D. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will have
           developed a partnership agreement with at least one agency or business.
        E. By Academic Year 2019, grants and contracts in the Department of Chemistry
           and Physics will represent 12.5% of the University’s grant and contract funding.

     VI. Diversity
         Ensure adequate appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds at both the
         Departmental level and in the teaching of philosophy curriculum.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, all faculty and staff will receive sensitivity training
           through exposure to workshops on cultural diversity, and these experiences will
           continue biannually thereafter.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, the Provost will interface with the Dean to ensure that
           by Academic Year 2016, the curriculum includes at least six credit-hours in
           global and / or cultural studies and that these courses continue every academic
           year thereafter.


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        C. By Academic Year 2012, 80% of all students will have participated in
           multicultural learning experiences.
        D. By Academic Year 2013, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will have
           achieved a population of at least 20% of diverse faculty, staff, and students.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Department of Chemistry and Physics will collaborate with local schools and
          community organizations to enhance community involvement and disseminate
          Departmental resources to the community.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, implement a Community Outreach plan to garner
           interest and provide exposure to the importance of science and technology in the
           modern world, and update this plan every academic year thereafter.
        B. By Academic Year 2013, 20% of Department of Chemistry and Physics’ courses
           will include a service learning component.
        C. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will establish
           a collaborative partnership with K-12 educators to develop and implement a plan
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                         Department of English and Foreign Languages


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Include student representation in Departmental decision-making and offer students
         extra-curricular activities that will enhance their understanding of the humanities.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will revise the Exit
            Exam based upon feedback from graduating seniors.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, one English major will serve on the Departmental Curriculum
            Committee.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will host a film
            series to expose students to a variety of art forms.
         D. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will work in
            conjunction with the Honors Program to host a visiting author.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Enhance research opportunities for tenure-track faculty in order for the Department
        of English and Foreign Languages to become more nationally recognized in the
        fields of literature and composition.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will require that one
            tenure-track faculty member receives two course releases in order to pursue
            research during a fall semester and be required to present that research in the
            spring semester of that academic year.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Include more faculty members in decision-making positions and seek additional
         liaisons with relevant community professionals.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will seek
            representation on Faculty Assembly committees and the Faculty Senate.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2013, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Department of English and Foreign Languages will select an
            advisory committee to participate in shaping the direction of the Department that
            will include three tenured faculty members within the Department and two
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Create online courses in order to offer all students a greater selection of English
         courses and to increase University students’ use of technology.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, mandate that all research writing courses use
           a greater variety of online research tools.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2013, create an online course in literature to be
           offered on the Natchez and Vicksburg campuses.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Diversify the funding sources for the Department of English and Foreign Languages
        to offset yearly budgetary constraints.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, an External Funding Committee will be formed and charged with
           identifying and securing external funding sources and applying for that funding,
           particularly as it relates to Departmental goals.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, ensure that tenure track faculty members in
           the Department of English and Foreign Languages have access to relevant grant
           information so that, by Academic Year 2015, at least 50% of tenure track faculty
           members in the Department have applied for grant opportunities.

     VI. Diversity
         Develop programs to attract a larger percentage of foreign students in order to foster
         an improved living and learning environment rich with cultural diversity.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, develop a Study Abroad Program in
           conjunction with Global Programs that targets English majors.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, develop an English as a Second Language
           (ESL) course to encourage more foreign students to attend the University.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Form community relationships and encourage more community participation on all
          University campuses.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2013, design an online course in literature,
           including in-person lectures at local community centers, for non-degree seeking
           students from the surrounding local communities that will be implemented
           beginning in Academic Year 2014, and will continue every academic year
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                                    Department of Fine Arts


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Department of Fine Arts will continue to offer students an engaging,
         transformative learning environment, empowering them to become globally
         competitive leaders.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, begin developing a digital library of videos and
            recordings of student, faculty, and guest performances in order to establish a
            Department of Fine Arts musical archive for students’ academic and recreational
            usage.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
            that all music majors incorporate the realities and opportunities of a career in
            music and graduate school into their 10-year mentoring plans.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, conduct
            field trips for art and humanities students to visit area art museums.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, determine the feasibility of offering concentrations in
            music business and musical theater.
         E. By Academic Year 2011, determine the feasibility of offering an “Artist
            Diploma” in both vocal and piano performance.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Fine Arts will continually push itself to meet national standards
        for Fine Arts to ensure that student degrees are recognized by post-graduate
        institutions.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every year thereafter, ensure that the
            Department of Fine Arts faculty has the necessary items to provide quality
            instruction to its students (i.e. computers for each faculty member, printing and
            copying abilities, paper, boards, markers, etc.).
         B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, develop
            an annual calendar of events that allow Fine Arts students to attend conferences,
            competitions, and concerts that encourage development of their own performance
            skills, awareness of the competitive landscape, and opportunities for professional
            activities.
         C. By Academic Year 2011, present an annual opening recital where students,
            faculty, and ensembles perform to begin the school year.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that at a minimum of 75% of the faculty have
            attended at least one conference or workshop in their respective areas of
            specialization, and by Academic Year 2019, 100% of the faculty will attend at
            least one conference or workshop annually.
         E. By Academic Year 2013, ensure that the Department of Fine Arts receives
            reaffirmation of its accreditation from the National Association of the Schools of
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        F. By Academic Year 2016, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
           that at least 30% of faculty will have presented in a faculty recital, published a
           paper, or presented at a professional meeting.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The Department of Fine Arts will continually assess its processes to ensure that
          honest and transparent communications, merit-based systems, and accountability
          prevail.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that the Department of Fine Arts complies with
           standardized formats for University committee minutes and ensure that the
           minutes are available online.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that approved recommendations for the
           University assessment, evaluation, and decision-making processes are
           implemented within the Department.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that attractive and functional facilities are available for all types of student
         and faculty productions and educational activities.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
           that all pianos on campus are properly tuned and maintained at least on a
           semiannual basis and before each major performance.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, begin renovations to enhance the Fine Arts Building
           Little Theater, so that by Academic Year 2012, renovations have been completed.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
           that there are sufficient computers available in the Computer Assisted Instruction
           of Music Laboratory to meet the needs of the department’s music majors (with a
           minimum required ratio of one computer to every five students).
        D. By Academic Year 2013, purchase at least two new concert quality pianos for
           recitals and other performances.
        E. By Academic Year 2014, develop programs and online classes to facilitate
           distance learning in 25% of courses.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Provide greater resources for cultural experiences for students and community
        members by enhancing and broadening the scope of funding sources.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan to include current students in building
           and maintaining strong relationships with Alcorn State University Alumni, so that
           by Academic Year 2015, alumni donations to the Department of Fine Arts has
           increased by 20%.
        B. By Academic Year 2015, at least 30% of the faculty in the Department of Fine
           Arts will have applied for grant funding, and by Academic Year 2019, at least
           50% will have applied.
        C. By Academic Year 2015, develop synergistic partnerships with at least two
           businesses to help fund activities and performances.


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     VI. Diversity
         The Department of Fine Arts will develop programs and activities that encourage the
         appreciation of diverse values and cultures.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, increase enrollment of diverse students to a minimum of
           10% for the Department of Fine Arts.
        B. By Academic Year 2015, increase the enrollment of piano, strings, and jazz
           majors in order to achieve an equal balance in the department with vocal and
           instrumental majors.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Ensure that students in the Department of Fine Arts are engaged in community
          events and activities to increase their cultural awareness regarding surrounding
          community members.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure successful implementation of the Annual Alcorn State University Jazz
           Festival.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure participation by the Alcorn State University Concert Choir and music
           students in the Natchez Festival of Music.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           produce one full-stage musical production.
        D. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure successful implementation of the Alcorn State University Piano
           Competition.
        E. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure continuing high quality performances of the Alcorn State University
           Marching Band at all home games and at least 50% of away games.
        F. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure continuing high quality performances of the Alcorn State University
           Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, and the Alcorn State University Jazz Ensemble in
           off-campus performances, to include an annual five-day tour by the Concert
           Choir.
        G. By Academic Year 2010, present at a community venue the art work of students
           enrolled in drawing and painting classes.
        H. By Academic Year 2010, establish contacts with at least two universities to
           develop opportunities for joint performances, so that by Academic Year 2015,
           students in the Department of Fine Arts participate in at least one joint
           performance annually.
        I. During Academic Year 2011, develop collaborative relationships with local
           schools systems to enhance their fine arts programs and to refine the skills of
           Alcorn State University Fine Arts students. By Academic Year 2015, the
           Department of Fine Arts will have built relationships (to include student tutoring
           and faculty mentoring) with three local schools.


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        J. By Academic Year 2015, establish a community education program to meet the
           fine arts needs and desires of the local community.
        K. By Academic Year 2019, establish a recital series with subscriptions and ticket
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                            Department of Mass Communication


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Department of Mass Communication will develop an engaging and interactive
         total learning experience which will produce student learners who are globally,
         environmentally, socially, and technologically competent.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Department of Mass Communication will encourage students to organize and join
            print and broadcast journalism professional organizations.
         B. During the Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            the Department of Mass Communication will develop a student mentoring
            program for incoming freshmen that utilizes the senior students.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Department of Mass Communication will develop a scholarship alumni
            fundraising program.
         D. By Academic Year 2015, the Department of Mass Communication will obtain full
            accreditation through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and
            Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Mass Communication will enhance its academic excellence by
        offering engaging, academic, and scholarly classroom and extramural experiences.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Department of Mass Communication will offer several online courses for
            journalism and mass communication students.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, each
            Department of Mass Communication faculty member will develop a research
            agenda or interest.
         C. By Academic Year 2011, the Department of Mass Communication will change its
            curriculum to include multimedia and convergent courses.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Department of Mass Communication will integrate a newspaper / newscast on the
            Department of Mass Communication website and promote it through blogs or
            Facebook.
         E. By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Department of Mass Communication will increase departmental enrollment by
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    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         The Department of Mass Communication will assess their processes and ensure that
         a merit-based system of accountability is practiced.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will develop a process for student
           grievances.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will develop a process for faculty to achieve
           tenure.

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        The Department of Mass Communication will develop and implement strategies to
        integrate and utilize technology across disciplines to enhance student learning.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will
           collaborate with the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and the
           Provost to ensure that, by Academic Year 2015, the Department of Mass
           Communication will have its own radio and television lab facilities.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will obtain four terabytes of video / graphic
           space.

    V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
       The Department of Mass Communication will diversify its resources by promoting
       and encouraging faculty to engage in partnerships, creative fundraising, and other
       entrepreneurial endeavors.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will develop a High School Day, where high
           schools come to campus to observe the Mass Communication program.

    VI. Diversity
        The Department of Mass Communication will provide evidence of diversity of
        thought and acceptance of differences.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Mass Communication will develop a
           written diversity plan to encourage a more diverse group of enrolled students.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will offer at least one additional course
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    VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
         The Department of Mass Communication will engage in programs designed to
         provide services to the community, which will include community education and
         outreach programs.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mass Communication will include Fayette County and Claiborne
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                             Department of Mathematical Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Improve the student learning outcomes across the Department of Mathematical
         Sciences.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, continue to evaluate and modify the MA 121
            College Algebra course so that all of the sections of the course will be delivered
            using the latest technology (and methods) by the Fall of Academic Year 2010.
         B. By Spring of Academic Year 2009, evaluate the Master’s level Mass Education
            course to establish evening courses and online courses that are more convenient to
            students.
         C. By Academic Year 2013, increase the retention rate of the undergraduate students
            by 15%.
         D. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, send three students to regional or national competitions.
         E. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            students will evaluate the faculty’s teaching and the evaluations will be carefully
            reviewed and used to improve the effectiveness of instruction.
         F. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing through Academic Year 2019,
            develop a strategy to incentivize student participation in national organizations
            such that by Academic Year 2016, 20% of students with sophomore status or
            above are participating.
         G. By Academic Year 2011, create professional development opportunities for
            students, allowing easier access to internships, so that by Academic Year 2014,
            60% of students have participated in internships.
         H. During Academic Year 2010, all of the graduate and undergraduate courses
            offered as combined sessions should have significantly different expectations of
            the student learning outcomes to emphasize the research nature of the graduate
            courses.


    II. Academic Excellence
        Improve the academic performance of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and
        become recognized in all areas of study.
         A. By Academic Year 2012, achieve accreditation by ABET of the computer science
            programs.
         B. By Academic Year 2012, increase enrollment in the five department majors by
            15% through improved quality of instruction.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the faculty in the department will publish at least two articles in
            refereed journals and make four presentations at international, national, or
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        D. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, all new
           faculty members shall have terminal degrees.
        E. During Academic Year 2011, submit one grant proposal; the Department of
           Mathematical Sciences will submit two each year for Academic Years 2012-2013,
           and three proposals every academic year thereafter.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Increase the professionalism of the faculty of the Department of Mathematical
          Sciences especially as it relates to the document system.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, organize departmental documents so that syllabi,
           exams, and other documents are easily accessible.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, hold
           monthly faculty meetings and encourage group decision-making at those
           meetings.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           require faculty members to keep attendance records in the University’s online
           attendance record system.
        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, invite students to have dialogues with faculty members. The
           Department of Math and Computer Science will arrange four designated times for
           these exchanges to take place during every academic year for the purpose of
           getting student input to improve the performance of the Department and the
           learning outcome of the students.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Enhance technological resources and increase their usage to improve the operations
         of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           upload the Department of Mathematical Sciences’ documents (e.g., meeting
           minutes, syllabi, etc.) onto an intranet website so that information is more
           accessible.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, set up a UNIX server for computer science students.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, ensure the continued infusion of advanced
           technology into classroom instruction and continue to update the Department of
           Mathematical Sciences with current technology through Academic Year 2019.
        D. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           Department of Mathematical Sciences will continue to review and update the
           Curriculum Advising and Program Planning module.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Develop partnerships with corporations to provide internships for students.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, survey faculty relationships to create a list of
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           of Mathematical Sciences will begin developing partnerships with during
           Academic Year 2010.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, begin
           developing long-term partnerships for grants from the private sector, government
           agencies or non-profit organizations, so that the Department of Mathematical
           Sciences gains at least one partner every academic year from Academic Year
           2014 through Academic Year 2019.

     VI. Diversity
         Embrace diversity of thought throughout the Department of Mathematical Sciences,
         especially by including the opinions of students in the operations of the Department.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           continue to utilize exit interviews and surveys for graduates of the Department of
           Mathematical Sciences, in order to make annual updates and changes based on the
           feedback received.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           obtain student feedback from the student club for the Department and conduct
           information sessions for that club. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing
           during every academic year thereafter, bring the feedback obtained to the faculty
           meetings to aid in the decision-making process.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Strengthen community outreach and engagement by increasing involvement with
          organizations in the counties surrounding the University’s main campus, especially
          high schools.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, meet with high school administrators in the surrounding
           counties to establish information sessions and workshops about the Department of
           Mathematical Sciences.
        B. During Academic Year 2010 and continuing every academic year thereafter, meet
           with business leaders to develop partnerships for recruiting and internship
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                                Department of Military Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Department of Military Sciences will provide a better quality of life for its
         students by providing them with facilities that support their educational and personal
         needs as well as the leadership skills to succeed once they have completed their
         studies.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Military Sciences will enhance
            its computer lab to provide a state-of-the-art facility where students can do
            homework and research 24 hours a day.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, enhance the living environment for all students,
            especially those in the Department of Military Sciences, by providing recreational
            facilities such as a TV lounge, fitness facilities, and personal services (such as
            laundry facilities) within the Department.
         C. By Academic Year 2011, develop a brand new study hall facility with adequate
            resources and ensure that all cadets attend the study hall for a minimum of five
            hours per week.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Military Sciences will enhance its academic excellence by
        offering a scholarly classroom and leadership experience opportunities.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Military Sciences will remodel
            its classrooms in order to utilize current technologies that will enhance the
            educational experience of ROTC cadets.
         B. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Military Sciences will provide
            video teleconferencing capability to ROTC cadets in order for them to receive
            additional instruction from military leaders who are performing duties the cadets
            will experience soon after their commission.

    III. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The Department of Military Sciences will utilize the latest state-of-the-art technology
         to enhance ROTC cadets’ learning experience in the classroom.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, the Department of Military Sciences will begin the
            process of remodeling the ROTC building, so that by Academic Year 2014, all
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     IV. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
         The Department of Military Sciences will diversify its resources by creative
         fundraising and creating a Braves Battalion’s Alumni Association.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Military Sciences will establish a
           fundraising committee comprised of students and faculty advisors to develop a
           fundraising campaign that will overcome the 45% reduction in the Military
           Sciences budget.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Military Sciences will create a
           Braves Battalion’s alumni association in order to receive donations from former
           Alcorn State University ROTC cadets to give back to the ROTC program.

     V. Community Outreach and Engagement
        The Department of Military Sciences will engage and participate in community
        service and veterans’ programs in communities within 200 miles of the University
        campus.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the Department of Military Sciences will support nearby communities
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                                  Department of Social Sciences


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Department of Social Sciences will prepare students to become competent
         scientists, practitioners, and critical thinkers, which will allow students to be
         competitive in their professional endeavors (i.e. licensure and professional school
         examinations and in the job market).
         A. By Academic Year 2010, develop an advising and mentoring program for
            undergraduate students.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences’ committees will
            have student representatives.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences’ students will
            participate in multi-cultural events.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences’ courses GT 423:
            Public Policy and SY 346: Aging and Society will incorporate health care as a
            policy focus area.
         E. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences will require
            graduating seniors to take SS 473 Social Science Internship.
         F. By Academic Year 2011, the Department of Social Sciences will maintain and
            have available for students a complete file of available LSAT, GRE, ASWB, and
            other professional degree program literature, study guides, application documents,
            and reviews.
         G. By the Academic Year 2012, the Department of Social Sciences will open, have
            available, and maintain for faculty and students a reconstituted Social Sciences
            Resource Center.
         H. By Academic Year 2013, the Department of Social Sciences’ general academic
            requirements courses will available online.
         I. By Academic Year 2014, 25% of students with majors in the Department of
            Social Sciences will participate in national organizations and national conferences
            in their respective major areas.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Department of Social Sciences will enhance its academic excellence by offering
        engaging, academic, and scholarly classroom and extramural experiences.
         A. During the Academic Year 2009, members of the Department of Social Sciences
            will interface with multidisciplinary faculty throughout the University to develop
            and implement a plan that tracks progress on activities designed to comply with
            SACS accreditation standards.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Social Sciences will continually
            develop its ongoing “Accreditation Benchmarking Working Group” comprised of
            multidisciplinary faculty who will continue to assist in implementing the plan to
            benchmark annual compliance with CSWE accreditation standards by Academic
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        C. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Social Sciences will increase
           graduation rates by 25%.
        D. By Academic Year 2015, at least 25% of graduates of the Department of Social
           Sciences will enter graduate or professional schools.
        E. By Academic Year 2019, the Department of Social Sciences will increase its
           enrollment by 50%.
        F. By Academic Year 2019, 75% of all full-time Department of Social Sciences
           faculty will submit proposals for outside research or intellectual funding on an
           annual basis.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The Department of Social Sciences will assess its processes and ensure that a merit-
          based system of accountability is practiced.
        A. During the Academic Year 2009, the Department of Social Sciences will interface
           with various offices throughout the University to ensure consistent, unified
           responses to student requests and concerns.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, all faculty and staff in the Department of Social
           Sciences will participate in developing an evaluation instrument that captures
           relevant, significant job functions and responsibilities so that, by Academic Year
           2011, an employee evaluation is implemented annually for all faculty and staff.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, all faculty and staff will be apprised of how they are
           being evaluated and will be given periodic feedback on performance.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The Department of Social Sciences will develop and implement strategies to
         integrate and utilize technology across disciplines to enhance student learning
         outcomes.
        A. During the Academic Year 2009, a representative from the Department of Social
           Sciences will serve on the Technology Advisory Council.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Social Sciences will meet with
           the Dean of Arts and Sciences to discuss current facility and technological needs
           who, in turn, will interface with the Associate Vice President for Facilities
           Management and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs to assess and
           ensure the availability of adequate classroom, conference space, and technological
           equipment to support an optimal learning environment.
        C. During Academic Year 2011, the Dean of Arts and Sciences will be actively
           engaged in the development and implementation of a plan to ensure that all
           academic programs in the Department of Social Sciences will be audited by the
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Department of Social Sciences will diversify its resources by promoting and
        encouraging faculty to engage in partnerships, creative fundraising, and the
        leveraging of intellectual property and other entrepreneurial endeavors.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Social Sciences will provide a
           representative as needed to participate in a study group convened by the Dean of
           Arts and Sciences to examine the feasibility of allocating a portion of the indirect
           cost of grant receipts to the Department and School of the Principal Investigator
           (PI).
        B. By Academic Year 2009, a representative from the Department of Social Sciences
           will participate in the development of a plan to increase the University’s grants
           and contracts. By the Academic Year 2019, the Department of Social Sciences
           will contribute to grants and contracts that will represent 25% of the University’s
           total awards.
        C. During the Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences will provide
           assistance to the Dean of the School Arts and Sciences and work in collaboration
           with the Vice President of Development and Marketing in establishing an
           advisory board to develop a marketing plan and to enhance resources.
        D. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Social Sciences will obtain a
           partnership agreement with at least one agency or business.

     VI. Diversity
         The Department of Social Sciences will show evidence of diversity of thought and
         the acceptance of others.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the Department of Social
           Sciences will participate in a working group comprised of students, faculty, and
           staff to ensure that by Academic Year 2012, 80% of all students will have
           participated in multicultural learning experiences.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, representatives from the Department of Social
           Sciences will participate in a University-wide working group to develop a
           recruitment and retention plan for diverse students, faculty, and staff with the
           intent of achieving 20% diversity by Academic Year 2012.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences will provide a
           representative to the interdisciplinary group to explore opportunities for
           international collaborative relationships with universities.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, the Department of Social Sciences will provide a
           representative to the School of Arts and Sciences to collaborate with the
           appropriate University offices, including the College of Excellence, to establish
           academic and student services protocols that address the needs of non-traditional
           students.
        E. By Academic Year 2012, the Department of Social Sciences will increase by 20%
           the number of tenured women faculty and by 15% the number of women faculty
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        F. By Academic Year 2012, the Department of Social Sciences will participate in
           programs designed to educate and influence diversity within the campus
           community.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Department of Social Sciences will engage in programs designed to provide
          services to the community, including community education and outreach programs.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences will offer courses
            that can be used for non-credit at the Natchez Campus.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Social Sciences will establish a
            process whereby Social Sciences students will mentor students in the public
            school system.
         C. By Academic Year 2014, the Department of Social Sciences will offer one
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                                        School of Business


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The School of Business will offer a learning environment that provides students with
         opportunities to be engaged in various activities that will empower them to become
         leaders who are effective global competitors, are technologically competent, and are
         socially responsible.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will create a working group
            of faculty and students to examine ongoing programs (i.e. Students in Free
            Enterprise, Delta Mu Delta, and Alpha Kappa Psi), identify additional regional
            and national student academic competitions, and draft a plan to increase annual
            student participation in these programs and at these competitions beginning in
            Academic Year 2011.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, a working group of faculty will draft a plan to
            involve the School of Business students in multidisciplinary research programs
            including the use of basic research skills. The plan will incorporate future
            objectives including incorporating the research program into the learning
            experience of every School of Business student by Academic Year 2011, and
            requiring a substantive research experience and / or a senior thesis by Academic
            Year 2014.
         C. During Academic Year 2009, develop and implement a plan for student
            participation on the School of Business Curriculum Review and Revision
            Committee.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Business will strengthen its ongoing
            advising / mentoring program to jointly develop with each advisee a ten-year plan
            which includes academic, health, financial, and professional goals and which is
            reviewed and updated annually.
         E. By Academic Year 2012, the School of Business will formalize the process by
            which it evaluates and updates curriculum in order to provide students with an
            academic experience that incorporates contemporary topics relevant to a degree in
            management.
         F. The School of Business has proactively moved to offer online courses to students
            and will offer 50% of undergraduate and graduate programs online by Academic
            Year 2014.
         G. By Academic Year 2014, the majority of courses offered will facilitate interactive
            learning through the integration of current technology in pedagogies.
         H. The School of Business will incorporate “peer instruction” in at least 25% of its
            courses by Academic Year 2014.
         I. By Academic Year 2014, the School of Business will identify work / study abroad
            programs and encourage student participation in these programs.
         J. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Business will implement a strategy which
            incentivizes student participation in national organizations that will result in at
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        K. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Business students will participate in
           developing a plan for an annual global student conference which will address
           critical societal issues. The conference will be aligned with research or a
           University Center of Excellence.
        L. By Academic Year 2011, the School of Business will identify faculty and student
           representatives as well as business and professional leaders who will be asked to
           participate in a University-wide roundtable discussion with the purpose of
           identifying skills needed by prospective employers that will be used in curriculum
           development.
        M. By Academic Year 2011, a committee composed of School of Business faculty,
           students, and alumni will be in place to plan and implement a leadership
           development program comprised of academic training and real-world
           opportunities.
        N. By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every academic year thereafter, at least
           60% of all School of Business students will complete an internship experience.
        O. By Academic Year 2010, create a School of Business student ethics / conduct
           committee to develop standards for behavior and make recommendations to a
           faculty advisor regarding implementation of standards and disciplinary actions.
           These recommendations will be reviewed by faculty for inclusion in the School of
           Business Policies and Procedures.

     II. Academic Excellence
         The School of Business will continue to enhance its academic excellence by
         providing an environment that nurtures quality learning and exploration, technology-
         intensive teaching for information dissemination, and academic and research
         opportunities for students, and provides a platform for academic participation.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will participate in the SACS
           “Accreditation Benchmarking Working Group” in order to develop and
           implement a plan which indentifies key activities and annual benchmarks
           necessary to comply with SACS’ accreditation standards by Academic Year 2010.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will apply for AASCB pre-
           certification and will continue to participate in the application process to obtain
           full accreditation by Academic Year 2014.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business Dean will meet with the
           faculty to develop a plan to establish an endowed / distinguished professor of
           Entrepreneurship by Academic Year 2014.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, training will be provided to the School of Business
           faculty to facilitate proficiency in technology-based instruction which will be
           incorporated into course pedagogy.
        E. By Academic Year 2010, 50% of the School of Business faculty shall participate
           in scholarly activities, at least 80% by Academic Year 2014, and at least 90% by
           Academic Year 2019.
        F. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Business faculty will identify and plan
           activities to facilitate the acquisition of research grants / contracts with at least
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        G. By Academic Year 2011, the School of Business classrooms will be equipped to
           facilitate technology-based instruction (e.g., overhead projectors, Wi-Fi, computer
           desk, media support, etc.).
        H. By Academic Year 2014, the School of Business will develop and implement
           strategies to establish an endowed Center of Excellence in Business to increase
           research grants and contracts annually so that, by Academic Year 2019, the
           School of Business will have obtained a 25% increase in research dollars and / or
           contracts.
        I. By Academic Year 2014, the graduation rate of the School of Business students
           will be at or above the State average.
        J. By Academic Year 2015, 60% of the School of Business graduates will enter
           graduate or professional schools.
        K. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Business students and faculty will plan a
           School of Business conference that will be open to internal and external
           stakeholders. The conference will be implemented annually beginning in
           Academic Year 2014.
        L. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business Dean shall continue to work
           with faculty to create research collaborations / internship opportunities with prime
           contractors, national research laboratories, government agencies, the military, the
           private sector, and other universities; so that by Academic Year 2011, the School
           of Business has established at least one such continuous partnership, and by
           Academic Year 2019, at least five partnerships have been established.
        M. By Academic Year 2010, develop a faculty committee with student representation
           to plan an annual School of Business event to honor faculty and students for
           outstanding research and scholarship which will be implemented by Academic
           Year 2011.
        N. By Academic Year 2011, develop a faculty committee with student representation
           to plan a School of Business newsletter which highlights research conducted by
           School of Business faculty and students as well as accomplishments of the School
           of Business graduates.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The School of Business will continually assess its processes to ensure that honest and
          transparent communication, merit-based systems, and accountability prevail.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean and faculty will continue to identify key
           School of Business processes which should be available online. This will
           complement existing School of Business processes such as myBschool.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, the School of Business will develop standardized
           formats for all School of Business committee minutes and ensure that the minutes
           are available online.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Business will work with a
           committee of Tenured Faculty Members (TFM) to review and revise, as
           necessary, the School of Business’ decision-making processes and to advise the
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        D. During Academic Year 2009, the TFM Committee will design standards for
           faculty workloads, professional conduct, and professional development to be
           implemented in Academic Year 2010.
        E. During Academic Year 2009, a faculty committee will develop a plan to facilitate
           enhanced communication between the administration and faculty as well as
           between faculty and students. The plan will be implemented in Academic Year
           2010.
        F. By Academic Year 2010, the Dean of the School of Business will appoint a
           faculty committee, with student representation, to identify accountability needs
           within the School of Business. The committee will make recommendations to the
           Dean and the approved recommendations will be implemented during Academic
           Year 2011.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The School of Business will develop and implement objectives in support of an
         institutional strategy to ensure that the technology and infrastructure exists to achieve
         the University’s vision and mission.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business shall designate appropriate
           faculty to participate in the ongoing Technology Advisory Council established by
           the Vice President for Business Affairs to assess the technology infrastructure and
           to make recommendations.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will assess laptop computer
           needs of faculty and estimate student laptop needs as of Academic Year 2011, and
           provide such information to the Vice President for Business Affairs, the Provost,
           the Director for the Center for Information Technology and Services, and the Vice
           President for Development and Marketing for use in developing a strategy to
           ensure that every student and faculty member has access to a laptop computer
           (either by a checkout system or a bulk purchase agreement) to be implemented by
           Academic Year 2011.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, the School of Business will inventory computers
           and provide such information to the Director for the Center for Information
           Technology and Services for use in the refresh policy to systematically update all
           computers throughout the University which will begin to be implemented in
           Academic Year 2011.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, the School of Business will work with the Provost and
           the Director for the Center for Information Technology and Services to develop
           and implement a plan to ensure that all School of Business academic programs
           will be audited by the Banner Curriculum Advising and Program Planning
           module.
        E. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business shall designate appropriate
           faculty to participate in group of faculty and staff convened by the Associate Vice
           President for Facilities Management and the Provost to assess all classrooms,
           conference space, and laboratories, etc. to make recommendations to ensure that
           there is sufficient space, equipment, and furniture to support an optimal learning
           environment which shall be in place by Academic Year 2012.


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        F. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will work with the Director
           for the Center for Information Technology and Services, the Associate Vice
           President for Facilities Management, and the Provost will develop a plan to
           ensure that there are SMART classrooms included in the renovation of the School
           of Business building.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The School of Business will identify potential sources of funding through
        partnerships, leveraging intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Business will work with
           the Vice President for Development and Marketing to develop and implement a
           plan to leverage faculty research into viable business enterprises by Academic
           Year 2012.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Dean of the School of Business will work with the
           Vice President for Development and Marketing to establish and implement
           development and marketing plans for the School of Business in order to establish
           endowments and advisory boards by Academic Year 2012.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the Dean of the School of Business, in collaboration
           with the Vice President for Development and Marketing and the Administrator of
           Title III and Sponsored Programs, will establish contracts with counties in
           Southwest Mississippi to support the respective county’s economic and workforce
           development.

     VI. Diversity
         The School of Business will engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other
         stakeholders in developing an environment which embraces diversity of thought and
         encourages the acceptance of differences.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, the School of Business will identify and recommend
           global or cultural studies to enhance its current global studies curricula and, by
           Academic Year 2016, the School will offer at least six credit-hours in global and /
           or cultural studies.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The School of Business will strengthen its community outreach and engagement
          efforts by encouraging continuing education, expanding community partnerships,
          and developing new service and outreach programs.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, faculty of the School of Business will identify and
           recommend a variety of non-credit courses for the local population, including
           professional development and lifelong learning opportunities for non-traditional
           students.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the School of Business will identify areas for
           outreach program partnerships and implement a plan to have at least one active
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        C. By Academic Year 2015, the School of Business will have a community outreach
           program under the umbrella of the Center for Excellence for Rural Life and
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                              School of Education and Psychology


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Develop excellent teachers, counselors, community leaders, mental health
         professionals, educational managers, and administrators through a variety of
         innovative pedagogies, including experiential learning, internships, field experiences,
         micro-teaching, and peer evaluations.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Psychology Department will require all baccalaureate candidates in
            Psychology to complete a course and pass an exit exam which covers
            psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and humanistic theories.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Psychology Department will require all baccalaureate candidates in
            Psychology to complete a course and pass an exit exam which covers the ability
            to formulate a hypothesis and use scientific methods to collect and evaluate
            behavioral data, including the ability to perform and interpret the quantitative
            analyses of the data.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Psychology Department will require all baccalaureate candidates in
            Psychology to complete a course and pass an exit exam which covers the ability
            to complete a literature search of published reports and research in psychology
            and to interpret and evaluate these findings.
         D. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will infuse a variety of
            pedagogies into its curriculum to help majors acquire effective leadership skills.
         E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will seek opportunities for
            majors to garner more service learning experiences.
         F. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will evaluate the course
            offerings for each degree program to ensure that majors will attain the knowledge
            necessary to be competitive in their chosen degree programs.
         G. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            School of Education and Psychology will assess its curriculum and implement
            any necessary modifications to ensure that students have the opportunities to
            review current literature and apply best practices in applied settings.
         H. Beginning in the Academic Year of 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will form a recruitment
            committee which will develop a strategic plan to recruit and retain more majors.
         I. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, every
            student in an applied teaching or non-teaching setting will be appraised by both
            their site supervisor and site consumers. These appraisals will be carefully
            reviewed and used to improve the effectiveness of both instructional and non-
            instructional activities.


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        J. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, the School of Education and Psychology will
           work collaboratively within the University to develop a plan to provide paid
           student internships so that, by Academic Year 2016, paid student internships are
           available to 40% of the School of Education and Psychology students.
        K. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, the School of Education and Psychology will
           encourage students to participate in internships so that, by Academic Year 2014,
           at least 90% of its students will have participated in relevant internship
           experiences.
        L. Beginning in Academic Year of 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will systematically inject
           methodologies into its core courses to enable majors to become proficient in
           different assessment methodologies.
        M. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will work collaboratively with
           other academic units and with the surrounding community to promote careers in
           education and to increase funding for technological advancements.
        N. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will identify and forge
           relationships with professional organizations, recreational centers, and schools in
           the surrounding areas to increase the likelihood of students obtaining internships.
        O. Beginning in Academic Year 2013, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will broaden its degree
           offerings.

     II. Academic Excellence
         Promote content-competency and sound scholarship through a series of specialized
         courses and experiences that will prepare students to become proficient and effective
         “communiversity” teachers, counselors, community leaders, mental health
         professionals, educational managers, and administrators.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, begin planning a program to honor
           outstanding faculty in the areas of research, teaching, and service, so that the
           program is implemented by Academic Year 2011, and continues every academic
           year thereafter.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, identify professional accreditation bodies and links to professional
           organizations and seek application and reaffirmation as needed.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, ensure that the School of Education and
           Psychology’s coursework is designed to incorporate State and national standards
           that address the depth of knowledge, world view perspectives, and field
           experiences.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, each department in the School of Education and
           Psychology will submit at least one proposal for grant funding to obtain a funded
           contract annually. By Academic Year 2014, each department shall submit a
           minimum of three proposals to obtain grants annually and, by Academic Year
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        E. By Academic Year 2010, 70% of faculty in each department of the School of
           Education and Psychology will engage in scholarly activities and by Academic
           Year 2014, at least 75% of the faculty in each department will be engaged in
           scholarly activities.
        F. During Academic Year 2010, the School of Education and Psychology will begin
           developing a program which will allow the structured sharing of information
           regarding innovative pedagogies in selected disciplines. By Academic Year 2012,
           this program will be fully implemented and continued annually.
        G. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the School of Education and Psychology will
           work collaboratively with surrounding school systems to develop an interactive
           database, which will include material of P-12 issues regarding student outcomes
           and benchmarks which will be used to improve the curriculum.
        H. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will invite different persons, groups,
           schools, and interested constituencies in the surrounding communities to
           participate in the various health awareness activities held annually on campus.
        I. By Academic Year 2011, the School of Education and Psychology will work to
           develop a partnership with a branch of the military to recruit and train veterans to
           become teachers (i.e. “Troops to Teachers”).
        J. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, the School of Education and Psychology will
           work with the Vice President for Development and Marketing to develop a plan to
           establish an endowed / distinguished professor and / or chair in the School by
           Academic Year 2019.
        K. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will establish a teacher education resource
           center in its departments to improve the PraxisTM scores of majors.
        L. By Academic Year 2013, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will have sufficient full-time faculty with
           doctorates and master’s degrees to meet professional and national accreditation
           standards.
        M. By Academic Year 2014, increase the graduation rate to 70% within the School of
           Education and Psychology.
        N. By Academic Year 2015, at least 60% of the graduates of the School of Education
           and Psychology will enter graduate or professional schools.
        O. By Academic Year 2015, and continuing every academic year thereafter, at least
           70% of the majors of the School of Education and Psychology will pass the
           content area of the PraxisTM II.
        P. By Academic Year 2016, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will have students and faculty present
           research topics at state, national, and international organizational meetings.
        Q. By Academic Year 2016, the School of Education and Psychology will earn
           Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Continuously utilize a variety of merit-based evaluation mechanisms in order to
          ensure that all faculty members are engaged in transparent communications and
          encouraged to pursue professional development.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, the School of Education and Psychology will
           assess the processes in place to respond to student concerns and issues (including
           career path decisions) so that, by Academic Year 2010, and continuing every
           academic year thereafter, a consistent process is in place for responding to student
           issues.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, identify and enhance various methods for
           assessment of teaching capabilities in order to ensure objective evaluations.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will involve all full-time
           faculty members in the design process of the evaluation instruments of the schools
           and departments so that these instruments will encompass and reciprocate
           evaluations among all the entities of the schools and departments.
        D. Beginning in Academic Year of 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will allocate a percentage of
           the travel budget for full-time faculty members to have the opportunity to attend
           state, national, and global conferences for professional development.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Implement necessary upgrades of technology and infrastructure to be competitive
         with the School of Education and Psychology’s peer institutions.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, interface with CITS in order to develop and
           implement a plan that will enable the School of Education and Psychology to
           obtain, maintain, and upgrade state-of-the-art technology as necessary.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, at least 50% of all majors will learn methodologies for
           the integration of current technology into classroom instruction, and by Academic
           Year 2011, 85% of all majors will integrate technology into the classroom.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Education and Psychology will begin an effort to equip
           every classroom with advanced technologies to facilitate the delivery of
           instruction and methodology to the learning of majors.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will equip the School’s and departmental
           resource centers with updated technologies and software to prepare majors to pass
           all tests pertaining to professional licensure.
        E. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will collaborate with other departments to
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The School of Education and Psychology will enhance its resources and diversify the
        sources of its funding through partnerships, creative fundraising strategies,
        leveraging its intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, Teacher Education graduates will be encouraged to give
           monetary gifts to the School of Education and Psychology annually to be
           earmarked for specific education programs within the school. The process for
           giving monetary gifts will be fully implemented by Academic Year 2011, and
           continue every academic year thereafter.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Dean of the School of Education and Psychology
           will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and Marketing to
           establish a school endowment and a national reputation in the fields of education
           and psychology.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will actively provide leadership within the
           School and departments to select different fundraising projects for the department.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology’s fundraising committee will develop
           practical strategies to solicit partnerships and corporate sponsors to raise funds for
           the School.

     VI. Diversity
         The School of Education and Psychology will engage all stakeholders to develop an
         environment which embraces diversity of thought and encourages the acceptance of
         differences.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, develop a plan to offer more incentives that will
           entice diverse candidates and faculty members to participate in the School of
           Education and Psychology.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the curriculum in the School of Education and
           Psychology will include six hours of global and multicultural education.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, faculty member in each course will present and / or
           acknowledge other viewpoints or other ways of thinking about critical issues.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, in each counseling course, at least one of the students’
           assignments will require a focus on multiculturalism in some form.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, faculty will recruit students and faculty in cities, fairs, colleges /
           universities, countries, and organizations that represent diverse aspects of the
           human spectrum in physical persuasion and thought.
        F. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, a speakers series will be created for visitors and guests to speak on
           multicultural issues and diverse perspectives throughout the University and / or in
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        G. By Academic Year 2012, at least 3% of the Psychology Department’s
           undergraduate and graduate students combined will self-identify racially as non-
           Black.
        H. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           School of Education and Psychology will add more non-traditional sports and
           multicultural content to its curricula.
        I. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, in order
           to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, the School of Education and
           Psychology will establish a diversity council consisting of majors and faculty.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Strengthen community outreach and engagement efforts by encouraging continuing
          education, expanding community partnerships, and developing new service and
          outreach programs.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to establish a professional
           development relationship with designated schools in order to enhance student
           learning through collaboration so that, by Academic Year 2011, these
           relationships will have led to the establishment of professional development
           schools.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Education and
           Psychology and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences will establish a
           working group comprised of other faculty members, principals, and teachers from
           local schools to develop and implement a plan to create formal programs designed
           to significantly improve reading, writing, and math competencies in grades P-4.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, the Dean of the School of Education and
           Psychology, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost will
           interface with the Coordinator of Title III and Sponsored Programs and the Vice
           President for Development and Marketing in order to develop and implement a
           plan to create a variety of non-credit courses for the local population, including
           professional development and lifelong learning opportunities for non-traditional
           students.
        D. During Academic Year 2010, and every academic year thereafter, the School of
           Education and Psychology will continue to provide health and wellness awareness
           activities to the communiversity.
        E. During Academic Year 2011, and every academic year thereafter, the School of
           Education and Psychology will initiate the concept of erecting a wellness complex
           for the University and the surrounding communities.
        F. During Academic Year 2012, and every academic year thereafter, the School of
           Education and Psychology will initiate a partnership with the surrounding grocery
           stores to provide healthier food choices.
        G. During Academic Year 2013, and every academic year thereafter, the School of
           Education and Psychology will increase the number of online courses by at least
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                                        School of Nursing


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Provide a learning and living environment that will ensure students the opportunity
         to become beginning and / or advanced-level registered nurses who are competitive
         in a global society.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to ensure student participation in the
            School of Nursing and Departmental committees so that, by Academic Year 2014,
            there is 100% student participation.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
            that a plan is developed to provide off-campus students with improved access to
            all University services.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, develop and implement a plan to provide extended
            hours of operation of the Learning Resources Center, the Computer-Assisted
            Instruction Laboratory (CAI), and the Simulated Nursing Skills Laboratory.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, develop and implement an online survey instrument that
            will evaluate students’ satisfaction with the University’s and School of Nursing’s
            services.
         E. During Academic Year 2011, create an Office of Student Academic Support,
            which will provide learning enhancements to ensure student success every
            academic year thereafter.
         F. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that policies and procedures are in place to
            address the nutrition and recreational needs of the Natchez campus students.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Build and maintain model undergraduate and graduate programs that gain increasing
        national recognition.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, begin preparation for the 2012 National League for
            Nursing Accrediting Commission Self-Study site visit of undergraduate and
            graduate programs.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, achieve full State approval, without recommendations,
            of the undergraduate and graduate programs.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that 30% of the faculty in the School of Nursing
            are engaged in scholarly activities and, by Academic Year 2019, ensure that 70%
            of faculty members are involved in scholarly activities.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that 30% of all students participate in scholarly
            activities (i.e., poster presentations, research conferences, etc.) and, every
            academic year thereafter, participation is increased by 10%.
         E. By Academic Year 2016, build core research programs in health disparities,
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Maintain open and honest channels of communication with all stakeholders.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, revise the current governance structure to align with
           new goals and priorities, to be implemented by Academic Year 2012.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           implement a faculty and staff recognition and awards program.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, create an online resource / forum for students to learn
           about the School of Nursing’s policies, decisions, and facilities improvements.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Use current and emerging technology to enhance student learning.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, ensure adequate human and technology resources to
           provide electronic / interactive classrooms and laboratories to enhance student
           learning.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, develop and implement a marketing plan for online
           Registered Nurse programs for the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing and the
           Nurse Educator Program options.
        C. By Academic Year 2014, 100% of undergraduate and graduate faculty members
           will incorporate current technological resources in the classroom and clinical
           learning experiences.
        D. By Academic Year 2015, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
           that all undergraduate and graduate students have access to a fully operational
           virtual learning resource center.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Obtain the financial resources necessary to meet the expectations of the
        undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, establish an Alcorn State University Nursing Alumni
           chapter.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, enhance the ability of the faculty to obtain research
           grants through grant writing workshops and / or mentorships so that, by Academic
           Year 2015, at least 30% of the School of Nursing faculty will have applied for
           research grants. By Academic Year 2017, this number will increase to 50% and,
           by Academic Year 2019, to 80%.
        C. By Academic Year 2013, establish one endowed chair for the School of Nursing.

     VI. Diversity
         Develop an environment of cultural integrity that embraces the acceptance of
         diversity of thought and differences.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           Department Chairs will interface with the faculty to ensure that cultural and
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        B. By Academic Year 2010, the undergraduate and graduate School of Nursing
           programs will increase male student enrollment by 10%.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, the School of Nursing will develop and implement an
           annual cultural awareness seminar.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Forge multiple meaningful community partnerships and alliances.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, establish a working group of faculty members to
           develop and implement a plan for creating specific health promotion programs to
           be implemented in the service area by Academic Year 2012.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and every academic year thereafter, increase faculty and
           student participation in outreach activities by 10%, so that, by Academic Year
           2018, there is 100% student and faculty participation.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the School of Nursing will increase the number of
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                             Department of Associate Degree Nursing


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Increase services to provide students enrolled in the Department of Associate Degree
         Nursing with a learning and living environment that will support them as they
         prepare to become entry-level registered nurses.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, the faculty will engage in weekly tutoring
            sessions for students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department will develop strategies to encourage
            student participation in national, state, and regional nursing organizations
            including the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (MOSA)
            and / or the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses (MASN).
         C. By Academic Year 2011, examine the feasibility of opening a formal tutoring
            center for students enrolled in the Department so that, by Academic Year 2011,
            the center will be operational.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, develop processes to assure that support services are
            accessible to all students, including non-traditional and working students.
         E. By Academic Year 2014, increase the number of online courses being offered by
            the Department to 30%.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Build and maintain a high quality program that prepares entry-level registered nurses
        to meet the health care needs of local, regional, and global communities.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, hire three qualified faculty to support the increasing
            student enrollment in the Department of Associate Degree Nursing.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, update curriculum as necessary to reflect National League of Nursing
            Accrediting Council (NLNAC) standards.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, 90% of Associate Degree graduates from the School of
            Nursing will pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on
            the first write.
         D. By Academic Year 2013, 25% of the educators in the Department of Associate
            Degree Nursing will be Certified Nurse Educators, which will increase to 40% by
            Academic Year 2016, and to 50% by Academic Year 2020.
         E. By Academic Year 2014, ensure that 20% of the faculty in the Department of
            Associate Degree Nursing are engaged in scholarly activities (publications,
            presentations, applied research projects, coordinating student / scholarly activities,
            grants, etc.) and that 90% of faculty are engaged in scholarly activities by
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Enhance collaboration and accountability in maintaining transparent communication
          with all stakeholders.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, communicate the importance and value of student participation in
           Departmental committees during the annual student orientation.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan to ensure the election of student
           representatives for Departmental committees as well as continued participation
           from student committee representatives.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, develop an intradepartmental communication process to
           ensure consistent, unified responses to student requests and concerns.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that 50% of the students in the Department of
           Associate Degree Nursing participate in the Brown Bag Meetings with the School
           of Nursing Dean, so that there is 75% participation by Academic Year 2019.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Prepare Nursing students for an increasingly technologically-dependent professional
         landscape by developing a strategy to ensure that the School of Nursing’s
         infrastructure is current and utilizing relevant technologies.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to encourage students and
           faculty to better utilize current technologies (i.e. SMART boards) through annual
           seminars and informational pamphlets that explain the importance and ease of the
           technology.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, designate a team to research and subsequently propose
           recommendations, based upon best practices in the use of virtual textbooks and
           references in the clinical setting. By Academic Year 2012, implement the
           approved recommendations.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, create a virtual hospital setting to facilitate the student's
           clinical learning.
        D. By Academic Year 2014, develop overflow classroom technology body and / or
           build new classrooms capable of meeting the demands of a growing student
           population body.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Department of Associate Degree Nursing will forge relationships with local
        hospitals, clinics, and alumni to create meaningful and influential partnerships.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, encourage increased student and faculty participation in
           MOSA (MOADN) so that the Department of Associate Degree Nursing can better
           raise money through scholarships and ensure funding for students with financial
           need. By Academic Year 2011, develop a MOSA chapter with 30% student and
           faculty participation, and by Academic Year 2015, increase participation to 75%.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, forge symbiotic relationships with local hospitals that
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           both the Department and the local hospitals. By Academic Year 2012, forge at
           least two such partnerships.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, the Nursing Department Chairs, in conjunction with the
           Vice President for Business Affairs, will create accounts with various professional
           nursing organizations and implement a tuition payment program that would allow
           nursing students to pay additional tuition fees to facilitate membership in
           professional nursing organizations, so as to increase the School of Nursing
           students’ participation in professional organizations by 25% by Academic Year
           2012.

     VI. Diversity
         Ensure that students and faculty members value the unique backgrounds and diverse
         thoughts of all stakeholders.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, create diversity seminars to encourage acceptance,
           tolerance, and respect for various thoughts, so that, by Academic Year 2011, the
           diversity seminar is incorporated into the new student orientation.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, faculty will share successful active learning
           strategies that encourage respect for and appreciation of student diversity, so that
           by Academic Year 2011, all classrooms incorporate effective active learning
           techniques.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Strengthen community involvement by encouraging increased participation and
          outreach from students and faculty.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, increase student participation in community service
           engagements by requiring that all students participate in at least one community
           service project per academic year.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, every faculty member will be required to supervise or
           facilitate a minimum of one community outreach project per academic year.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that 50% of the faculty participate in Red Cross
           Shelter Training, and by Academic Year 2015, 75% of the faculty will participate.
        D. During Academic Year 2010, begin forging partnerships with local high schools
           to give nursing students an opportunity to volunteer their time doing health
           promotion activities, so that by Academic Year 2012, students are volunteering
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                              Department of Baccalaureate Nursing


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Increase support services in order to allow students to get as much as possible out of
         their education, synthesizing knowledge from relevant theories, concepts, and
         principles from nursing, social, behavioral, and natural sciences as a basis for making
         professional nursing judgments.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, examine the feasibility and costs to open a formal,
            Department-wide nursing tutoring center to be operational by Academic Year
            2013, and continue to operate through Academic Year 2019.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            Curriculum Committee will continue to evaluate and revise curriculum offerings
            as necessary in order to ensure that they are both accessible and relevant to
            students.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, establish
            a formal peer mentoring program whereby senior Nursing students mentor junior
            Nursing students.
         D. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, encourage ten students to attend the Mississippi Association of Student
            Nurses (MASN) State Conference and run for state offices within the MASN.
         E. By Academic Year 2014, ensure that all classrooms are equipped with interactive
            media centers and that, every academic year thereafter, classrooms are continually
            evaluated for current technologies.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Engage students in an interactive learning program that integrates major concepts
        and theories delineated in the theoretical framework into the practice of nursing and
        develops necessary critical thinking and professional skills.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            evaluate current students’ reading, math, and writing skills and develop a strategy
            to improve these skills as necessary.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, 50% of faculty members will present one podium and / or poster
            presentation at local, state, regional, or national conferences.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that at least 90% of students pass the National
            Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) exam on the first write.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, achieve a 90% or greater retention rate in the generic
            Baccalaureate School of Nursing program.
         E. By Academic Year 2012, establish a writing center on the Natchez Campus.
         F. By Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of faculty members will have applied for a
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Enhance communications among faculty members and campuses in order to ensure
          the effective and timely processing of information.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to standardize communications
           policies and procedures between the three Alcorn State University campus sites.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, evaluate accountability in communications among faculty members
           and develop a system to streamline interdepartmental communications.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Continue to leverage web-based technology while expanding the types of resources
         available to students for hands-on learning as well as the development of nursing
         knowledge and nursing roles through education, practice, research, and technology.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           collaborate with the Associate Degree Nursing and Graduate Degree Nursing
           faculty as well as the Dean of the School of Nursing to evaluate current
           technology resources in the Skills Lab.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           collaborate with the Associate Degree Nursing and Graduate Degree Nursing
           faculty as well as the Dean of the School of Nursing to improve the Computer
           Assisted Instruction (CAI) Lab and hire staff to supervise and maintain
           technology.
        C. By Academic Year 2015, collaborate with the Associate Degree Nursing and
           Graduate Degree Nursing faculty as well as the Dean of the School of Nursing to
           create a virtual hospital on the Natchez campus where students can complete run-
           throughs and simulations to provide them with practical learning experience.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Identify and develop local partnerships in order to further the educational mission of
        the School of Nursing.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, examine the feasibility of a partnership with local
           hospitals through which, in exchange for funding, the University helps local
           nurses maintain their competencies and develop one partnership by Academic
           Year 2012.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           invite alumni to the campus to discuss career opportunities with current students.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           develop partnerships with high schools, community colleges, and / or hospitals
           and provide discussions about career opportunities in nursing so that, by
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     VI. Diversity
         Ensure that students are aware of health risks facing different groups and sensitive to
         how cultural differences can impact patient care.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           provide a variety of educational and support services to students of varying
           cultures and age groups according to their needs and risk-profiles.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure that culturally relevant health information is disseminated in at least 60%
           of courses.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Use the nursing process to assist persons, families, and communities in achieving
          their maximum health potential and provide opportunities to promote and maintain
          health potential and safety for individuals in a variety of primary, secondary, and
          tertiary care settings.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           encourage students to investigate and respond to local community health
           concerns.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, increase the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing’s
           presence on the main campus by holding two events annually that promote
           healthy lifestyles and awareness and are geared towards student population issues.
        C. By Academic Year 2012, expand primary and secondary healthcare outreach (i.e.
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                                Department of Graduate Nursing


    I.   Student-Centered
         Offer students a transformative and flexible learning environment.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that the Department of Graduate Nursing
            students in the nurse practitioner track are only required to attend four courses in
            person (face-to-face) and that the other courses will be offered online so that, by
            Academic Year 2014, the online courses are increased by 25% and, by Academic
            Year 2019, 50% of all Graduate Nursing credit hours will be available online.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, engage business and professional leaders in a
            roundtable discussion with a group of Graduate Nursing students and faculty
            representatives to ensure that the curriculum is continually updated in order to
            offer skills needed by prospective employers.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Increase enrollment and provide a challenging, intellectual experience to all students
        in the Department of Graduate Nursing.
         A. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that at least two students are matriculating
            through the newly developed geriatrics nurse practitioner track and the psychiatric
            nurse practitioner track, and by Academic Year 2012, increase student
            participation by 50%. By Academic Year 2015, ensure that there are a minimum
            of six students matriculating cumulatively in these tracks.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, increase enrollment in the Department of Graduate
            Nursing by 20%. During subsequent academic years, increase enrollment so that,
            by Academic Year 2019, enrollment will have increased by 100% as compared to
            Academic Year 2010.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, commence activities to enhance the ability of faculty to
            obtain research grants and contracts (including, but not limited to: grant-writing
            workshops and an University database / website regarding available funding) so
            that, by Academic Year 2014, at least 50% of the faculty in the Department of
            Graduate Nursing will have applied for research grants and / or contracts.
         D. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, maintain
            continual National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC),
            Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), and Southern Association Colleges (SACS)
            accreditations.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Ensure widespread stakeholder participation and shared governance among the
         students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Graduate Nursing.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            ensure that there is at least 15% student involvement in the decision-making
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        B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure that 50% of the students in the Department of Graduate Nursing are
           actively participating in the Brown Bag Lunch program.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, use
           appropriate Departmental committees to ensure decisions are made with full
           faculty input.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Develop a system for technology maintenance and management.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, evaluate the equipment of the Department of Graduate
           Nursing to ensure that all the equipment is working and sufficient to meet the
           Department’s workload.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that there are scheduled updates for all the
           technology in the Department of Graduate Nursing.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Evaluate the opportunities within the Department of Graduate Nursing to develop
        revenue-producing programs.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, conduct research for all the available grants that can be
           used for the five-county population and secure one grant. Increase grants
           solicited and obtained by the Department of Graduate Nursing so that, by
           Academic Year 2014, a minimum of five grants are solicited and at least two
           grants are secured; and by Academic Year 2019, a minimum of ten grants are
           solicited and at least five grants are secured.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, develop three potential revenue-generating programs in
           the family health clinic.

     VI. Diversity
         Engage University stakeholders involved with the Department of Graduate Nursing
         in order to develop an environment which embraces diversity of thought and
         encourages the acceptance of differences.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that all University stakeholders involved with the
           Department of Graduate Nursing complete an annual survey which evaluates the
           Department and students and which includes questions that assesses the
           Department’s diversity.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, enhance the existing Advisory Board for the
           Department of Graduate Nursing in order to ensure the representation of diverse
           faculty, students, and community members to encourage diversity of thought and
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     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Promote community outreach and education in the surrounding communities.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure that community outreach and education will be conducted by a minimum
           of five mobile clinic visits to Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, and Wilkinson
           counties. By Academic Year 2014, ensure that there are a minimum of ten mobile
           clinic visits to Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, and Wilkinson counties; and
           by Academic Year 2019, ensure a minimum of 15 mobile clinic visits.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, increase student and faculty participation in community
           service engagements in order to ensure that students and faculty participate in a
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                                      College for Excellence


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The College for Excellence will continually develop new initiatives to meet the
         emerging needs of students.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, the College for Excellence will have established an
            African-American male leadership development and success program. Beginning
            in Academic Year 2012, this program will include a component that involves
            middle school boys.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, the University Life and Survival Skills courses will
            have increased from one credit hour to three credit hours.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, establish a formal Second-Year Program to meet the
            unique needs of sophomore students.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, a stand-
            alone academic support center for student-athletes will be operated by the College
            for Excellence.
         E. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            College for Excellence will expand its academic support programs to provide
            services in a more comprehensive manner that will include providing academic
            support services for students enrolled on the Natchez and Vicksburg campuses.
         F. By Academic Year 2013, the University Life and Survival Skills courses will be
            taught by full-time teaching faculty assigned in the College for Excellence.
         G. By Academic Year 2013, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            implement a Common Book program for entering freshmen.
         H. By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            implement a formal transfer orientation program for transfer students.
         I. By Academic Year 2015, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            implement a comprehensive support system to evaluate student talents and
            interests and conduct career exploration-related activities to support undecided
            students and those wishing to change their areas of interest.
         J. By Academic Year 2016, the Office of Counseling and Testing will have at least
            two staff members certified to administer interest inventories (e.g. Myers-Briggs
            Type Indicators).

    II. Academic Excellence
        The College for Excellence will take the leading role and responsibility for the
        delivery of the General Education core curriculum.
         A. By Academic Year 2012, the College for Excellence will have assigned full-time
            teaching faculty to deliver instruction in intermediate algebra, intermediate
            composition, and reading.
         B. By Academic Year 2015, the College for Excellence will have assigned full-time
            teaching faculty to deliver instruction in the areas under the General Education
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        C. By Academic Year 2019, the College for Excellence will be a degree-granting
           school offering the B.S. degree in General Studies.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The College for Excellence will continually ensure that discussions and operations
          within the College take place in an atmosphere of transparency and openness.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every year thereafter, the College
           for Excellence will implement an electronic newsletter to keep faculty and staff
           informed on matters pertinent to the operation of the College.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every year thereafter, the College for
           Excellence will implement an electronic discussion group where faculty, staff,
           and students can post comments on topics under discussion within the College in
           a secure manner that encourages openness and honesty, with no fear of
           retribution.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The College for Excellence will incorporate current and emerging technologies into
         various programs within the College.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the University Life and Survival Skills courses will
           incorporate Blackboard, Elluminate, SMART boards, podcasting, and other
           technologies to improve instruction.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, online
           tutoring will be available to supplement face-to-face tutoring.
        C. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, study
           skills, life skills, time management, test-taking skills and other student success
           aids will be available online.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           College for Excellence will provide an orientation regarding the use of
           information technology resources to students on all campuses of the University.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The College for Excellence will develop external funding sources to supplement and
        expand programs initiated by the school.
        A. By Academic Year 2015, the College for Excellence, with the assistance of the
           Coordinator of Title III and Sponsored Programs, will have developed a plan to
           secure additional federal funds to support initiatives in the College for Excellence
           which will operate through Academic Year 2019.
        B. By Academic Year 2016, the College for Excellence, the Vice President for
           Development and Marketing, and the Coordinator of Title III and Sponsored
           Programs will have developed a strategic plan to secure external private funds to
           help expand academic support initiatives in the College for Excellence. This plan
           will operate through Academic Year 2019.




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     VI. Diversity
         The College for Excellence will facilitate programs that value and support the
         diversity of all members of the University community.
        A. By Academic Year 2013, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
           College for Excellence will have established an Office of Disability Services to
           meet the needs of students with disabilities at the University in a comprehensive
           manner.
        B. By Academic Year 2018, the College for Excellence, in collaboration with the
           Office of Global Programs, will have developed a formal program to increase the
           interest and participation of first- and second-year students in study abroad
           opportunities that will have a component that extends study abroad opportunities
           to students in the Summer Developmental Program and TRiO programs.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The College for Excellence will expand the number and variety of summer
          enrichment and academic support programs.
        A. By Academic Year 2017, the College for Excellence will have initiated at least
           one new, non-remedial summer enrichment program for students entering grades
           10-12.
        B. By Academic Year 2018, the College for Excellence will have implemented a
           formal summer bridge program for non-remedial students to enter the University
           during the summer term.
        C. By Academic Year 2019, the College for Excellence will have initiated at least
           one summer program for middle school students.
        D. By Academic Year 2019, and continuing each year thereafter, the College for
           Excellence will have established the Division of Continuing Education to provide
           credit and noncredit classes, short courses, customized training programs,
           workshops, and conferences for constituents in both traditional and nontraditional
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                                      Counseling and Testing


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Counseling and Testing Center will continue to provide individual and group
         counseling to ensure that students become well prepared and well adjusted members
         of society. Students will have access to crisis intervention and outreach counseling
         programs, and access to standardized testing.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, increase the Center’s outreach programs through
            the introduction of on-site workshops in the residence halls. These workshops
            will cover topics such as eating disorders, stress management, and self esteem
            enhancement and will be conducted at times when students may need additional
            assistance due to high stress levels (e.g., during midterms). By Academic Year
            2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the Center will implement
            two such workshops annually.
         B. During Academic Year 2010, provide referral resources to meet the needs of
            students whose problems are outside the scope of services of the Counseling
            Center. The primary goal for referring students to outside agencies will be for
            them to return to a normal lifestyle as productive, healthy individuals with new
            skills and strengths to support their ongoing recovery.
         C. During Academic Year 2012, establish the capability for delivering on-line testing
            instruments for PRAXIS, Graduate Record Examinations, and Miller Analogies
            Tests

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Counseling and Testing Center will promote academic excellence by addressing
        mental health issues that negatively impact academic performance.
         A. During Academic Year 2011, provide services for mental illness and adjustment
            concerns that may impact academic success (e.g. depression, substance abuse,
            relationship issues, and stressors that may affect successful adjustment to college).
         B. During Academic Year 2012, provide workshops on mental illness that may
            impact academic success (e.g. depression, substance abuse, and relationship
            issues) to students enrolled on the Natchez campus.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         The Counseling and Testing Center will provide avenues for training, professional
         development, and continuing education experiences for staff. All staff must adhere
         to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics in service delivery to
         students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, provide counseling staff the opportunity to upgrade
            their professional skills. Training may occur through seminars, conferences, and
            workshops (e.g. the Mississippi Counseling Association, the American
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        B. During Academic Year 2010, provide administrative assistants with the
           opportunity to upgrade their technical skills. Training may occur by utilizing
           technical support from the University’s Center for Information Technology.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that students and other constituents are receiving quality counseling services
         in a conducive atmosphere and that records are kept in a secure place. In addition,
         upgrade all computer equipment.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, upgrade all computers and purchase laptops.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, establish a Library Resource Center that includes
           professional journals, books, and other technical materials.
        C. During Academic Year 2014, present a plan requesting a new facility for the
           Counseling and Testing Center.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Counseling and Testing Center will enhance its resources and diversify the
        sources of funding through non-profit and private partnerships.
        A. By Academic Year 2015, develop external funding sources to help support
           activities / initiatives in the Counseling and Testing Center.

     VI. Diversity
         The Counseling and Testing Center will facilitate programs and training sessions that
         will enhance services to our diverse student population.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, the Counseling and Testing Center staff will receive
           training in Cultural Diversity in Mental Health Counseling.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, The Counseling and Testing Center will present at
           least one outreach (workshop) program to all diverse student populations.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Counseling and Testing Center will expand and strengthen relationships with
          other Community Outreach Programs.
        A. During Academic Year 2014, expand and establish relationships with Community
           Outreach Programs in the surrounding communities (e.g. Claiborne, Jefferson,
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                        Office of Institutional Research and Assessment


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Establish processes around the assessment of student-related institutional data for use
         in administrative decision making.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, strengthen the process for Student Evaluation
            of Instruction (SEI) so that, by Academic Year 2011, it will be available online in
            order to assess and improve the effectiveness of instruction.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, planning will begin to develop all student surveys
            electronically so that beginning with the class entering in Academic Year 2011,
            the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment will conduct all student
            surveys online.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Meet the reporting requirements of all state and federal agencies including: the
        Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
        Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Integrated Postsecondary
        Education Data System (IPEDS), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association
        (NCAA), in a timely manner and with accuracy.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, establish an institutional timeline for
            departments / units to complete and submit all reports to state and federal
            agencies in a timely and accurate manner.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment will conduct
            studies on the academic performance of students at Alcorn State University and
            make recommendations to the administration to improve learning outcomes,
            based on the evaluation of the data.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, conduct required / requested surveys, analyze the data, and submit
            reports in a timely manner to the administration for decision making.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Assist the University administration in assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of
         all departments / units.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, provide support to the SACS Accreditation
            Office, the Assessment Committee, and other departments / units in the planning
            and evaluation of their activities.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop assessment processes to assess all
            academic and non-academic department / unit programs by Academic Year 2011.
         C. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            consistent opportunities for professional development of the Office of
            Institutional Research and Assessment staff with a plan to rotate participation in
            the subsequent academic years.


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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Improve and enhance consistent collection and reporting of institutional data to
         internal and external stakeholders.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, begin strengthening the process of achieving 100%
           accurate data input for University databases by interacting with the departments /
           units responsible for data sets, to be completed by Academic Year 2012.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, strengthen the process toward achieving 80%
           of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment communications and
           documents stored in the digital format by Academic Year 2015.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, complete the process of providing all institutional
           reports electronically.
        D. By Academic Year 2014, and continuing every academic year thereafter, integrate
           technology advancements in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
           functions to improve the overall effectiveness of the Office of Institutional
           Research and Assessment.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Provide assistance to departments / units in writing grant proposals by verifying their
        data collection and analysis.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, ensure that data and information are readily
           available to support the administration’s request for additional resources from
           state, federal, and non-profit agencies.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, establish a process to support the efforts of
           the Vice President for Marketing and Development around assessing alumni
           giving participation against comparable benchmark data.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, conduct
           a survey to assess the attitudes of alumni towards Alcorn State University. Use
           these data to inform decision-making by the administration.

     VI. Diversity
         Collect and analyze institutional data around various areas of institutional diversity
         in an effort to support the University’s mission and goals.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, collect and publish biographic and demographic data of the University
           community in a document focused on the institution’s diversity initiatives.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
         Collect and maintain comprehensive data related to extension / community
         programs.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a process to assist the University
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           Development in assessing their programs in order to publish the information by
           Academic Year 2011, and each academic year thereafter.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a process for conducting follow-up
           performance assessments of community outreach programs for all departments /
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                Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School Programs


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Work to create a cultural change in the attitudes / mindset of students so that students
         will “buy in” to the Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate Programs and take advantage
         of the many opportunities and resources available to Pre-Professional and Pre-
         Graduate School students.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to continue targeting high-achieving
            students, i.e., students with a minimum ACT score of 20 or a GPA of 3.5, and
            market the programs as the only structured and organized pre-professional
            programs in the State of Mississippi so that the plan will be fully implemented by
            Academic Year 2019.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, set
            up a minimum of two honors banquets throughout Mississippi that targets
            students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in STEM disciples and pre-
            professional tracks. By Academic Year 2014, increase the number of such
            banquets to a minimum of three annually. By Academic Year 2019, the number
            of such banquets shall increase to five.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, a minimum of 30% of students enrolled in the pre-
            professional and pre-graduate school programs who apply will be admitted to
            professional or graduate schools, and by Academic Year 2014, a minimum of
            40% who apply will be admitted, and the percentage will increase to 60% by
            Academic Year 2019.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Support the success of all students by creating an atmosphere where dedication,
        commitment, and sacrifices are the norm. Ensure that the curriculum structure and
        program structure are manageable challenges for students, particularly those engaged
        in standardized test preparation.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, examine the feasibility of limiting credit hours to a
            maximum of 15 hours per semester for juniors who are engaging in the MCAT
            preparation sessions, to allow more time for students to prepare for the MCAT.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, develop and implement a strategy to ensure
            the participation of students in standardized test prep sessions so that by
            Academic Year 2014, a minimum of 50% of all pre-professional and pre-graduate
            school students are participating in standardized test prep sessions and by
            Academic Year 2019, at least 75% are participating.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Ensure that all communications between the Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-
         Graduate School Programs and its constituents are a model of professionalism.
         Improve existing University-wide communications procedures as well as increase
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         Programs and academic departments to coordinate activities and demands upon
         students.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, undertake relationship-building efforts with faculty
           members to ensure alignment between faculty goals and those of the Office of
           Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School Programs. Ensure that a minimum of
           two of these activities occur in Academic Year 2009, and every academic year
           thereafter.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, develop and implement a system that will garner faculty
           support to inform and encourage students to take advantage of the resources
           offered by the Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School Programs.
           The system will be implemented in Academic Year 2012.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Continue to provide adequate technological resources to offer students a high quality
         education and to take advantage of resources, such as online standardized practice
         tests.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, increase the number of computers in the pre-
           professional building by three, in order to meet the needs of the pre-professional
           and pre-graduate school students through Academic Year 2019.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every third academic year
           thereafter, evaluate online services to assess their effectiveness in meeting the
           needs of pre-professional and pre-graduate school students.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Develop and enhance diverse streams of potential resources including, but not
        limited to, the alumni, grants, and collaborations.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a strategy to enhance relationships
           between the alumni and the Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School
           Programs. Complete the implementation of the strategy, by Academic Year 2010,
           so that there are a minimum of two activities or new relationships established with
           alumni and that the numbers of these activities increase to three in Academic Year
           2014, and five in Academic Year 2019.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, engage faculty and staff in the solicitation of
           grants to enhance the Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School
           Programs’ mission and vision. Ensure that grant solicitation increases
           incrementally so that, by Academic Year 2014, a minimum of 50% of department
           faculty will have submitted grant proposals.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, establish a minimum of two additional Partnership in Education
           Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding with graduate and professional
           schools. Ensure that by Academic Year 2014, there are a minimum of three such
           agreements and that by Academic Year 2019, there are a minimum of six such
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     VI. Diversity
         Ensure high levels of student participation in summer internship programs which
         allow interaction with people of diverse backgrounds in a professional environment,
         thereby enabling an appreciation of diverse values, ideas, and life experiences.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, identify internship opportunities for students in
           their respective fields of study so that, by Academic Year 2014, there is 40%
           participation in diverse internship programs, which will increase to 70% by
           Academic Year 2019.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, pre-
           professional and pre-graduate school students will visit a minimum of two
           professional institutions. The Office of Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate School
           Programs will provide a venue so that pre-professional and pre-graduate school
           students can share their experience with fellow University students, relating to
           understanding and appreciation of diverse values, ideas, and life experiences of
           other cultures.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Leverage the advice of local business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals to
          illustrate and enhance the value of the pre-professional and pre-graduate school
          programs.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, ensure that professionals and scholars come to the University to
           participate in the University’s Saturday College Colloquium. The Saturday
           College Colloquium will utilize the consortium of scholars model that will bring
           professionals and scholars to campus and engage pre-professional and pre-
           graduate school students in dialogue on topics that are germane to the overall
           academic development of the student.
        B. During Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           develop and implement a plan to maintain existing volunteer programs, such as
           the University’s Summer Legal Internship Program, in order to continue to
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                                      Office of the Registrar


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Ensure the highest quality of service on matters related to the Office of the Registrar.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, the registration process will be available to be
            completed online.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Curriculum Advising Planning Program (CAPP)
            will be available for course audit by students, advisors, and other administrators
            which will allow students and faculty to self-monitor academic progress
            electronically.
         C. By Academic Year 2015, implement a transfer articulation portal to facilitate and
            enhance transfer enrollment.
         D. By Academic Year 2016, all records will be archived and available electronically,
            to support a “paperless” environment and to provide for more efficient data
            recovery.
         E. By Academic Year 2019, create a virtual campus to facilitate the registration
            process of increased online course availability.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Support faculty members in their delivery of the academic mission through the
        provision of timely and supportive resources.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, conduct annual surveys of the faculty to
            assess what information is needed from the Office of the Registrar and establish a
            plan to address concerns.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, create and support greater access for faculty
            to students’ matriculation information so that the faculty can effectively advise
            students such that, by Academic Year 2013, at least 80% of faculty advisors are
            satisfied with the accuracy and availability of the information.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Ensure the highest levels of integrity in processes related to the Office of the
         Registrar.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the staff will operate with discretion and confidentiality in compliance
            with all Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements and
            receive training on changes to FERPA requirements.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, staff will be sufficiently cross-trained to provide all
            available services.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, ensure the appropriate professional development for each staff
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        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, establish processes to improve
           communication with other offices to ensure consistent unified responses to
           student requests and concerns.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Utilize the most current technology available to provide the highest quality service to
         support the mission and vision of the University.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Office of the Registrar will be wireless in all
           aspects.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, enhance the profile of the Office of the Registrar on
           the University website.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, submit a design proposal to reconfigure the workspace
           to enhance customer service and provide a more secure environment so that, by
           Academic Year 2012, the renovations will be complete.
        D. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that XTENDER is fully operational and that all
           equipment has been purchased and put in place with archiving underway to ensure
           that all files are electronically retrievable.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Explore opportunities to support the professional development of staff and office
        operations through local, regional, and national professional organizations.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           collaborate with the Title III Coordinator to identify funding opportunities to
           support attendance at professional conferences for each staff member in the
           Office of the Registrar.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, increase
           staff submissions for presentations at professional meetings.

     VI. Diversity
         Establish an environment of accessibility for all stakeholders.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, ensure that physical space is accessible to all
           individuals despite physical disabilities.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Support the University’s efforts to encourage continuing education by enhancing the
          availability of information for non–traditional populations.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, compile
           and provide current information on the University website to encourage
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                                    School of Graduate Studies


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The School of Graduate Studies will develop and improve programs and services
         that enhance the personal, social, financial, and educational advancement of students
         in all aspects of campus culture, that support student learning and development, and
         increase the number of new graduate degree programs to attract and retain high
         achieving students.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, implement an enrollment management program to
            attract highly academically qualified students and increase the number of those
            students in degree programs.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, in order to be fully implemented by Academic
            Year 2011, increase the funding available for graduate assistantships so that
            students receive an amount adequate for subsistence, thereby making the program
            more competitive and attracting students sufficiently qualified and skilled to assist
            with research.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, continue to improve the services to clientele
            as they relate to communication, resources, programs, and services through
            implementing an e-Business environment (i.e. a paperless admissions process).
         D. By Academic Year 2009, collaborate with the departments to ensure that there
            exists a functioning and effective advising and mentoring program for every
            graduate student.
         E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, collaborate with the Graduate Council to ensure that every graduate
            student has the opportunity to conduct advanced research.
         F. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, collaborate with the Global Programs office
            to develop a multicultural event targeting graduate students each semester which
            will increase to quarterly activities by Academic Year 2010.
         G. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, collaborate with the Graduate Council to ensure that every graduate
            course is evaluated by students and that the evaluations are carefully reviewed and
            used to improve the effectiveness of instruction.
         H. During Academic Year 2009, appoint members of the Graduate Student
            Organization to participate in a campus-wide committee which will sponsor
            activities on campus to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
         I. During Academic Year 2009, collaborate with the department chairs to encourage
            participation of graduate students in national organizations.
         J. By Academic Year 2010, implement a systematic process for assisting graduate
            students in applying for National Merit Scholarships / Fellowships.
         K. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, collaborate with the Graduate Council to ensure that every graduate
            student has the opportunity to participate in learning experiences which focus on
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        L. During Academic Year 2010, collaborate with department chairs to implement a
           strategy to create on-campus work opportunities for graduate students.
        M. During Academic Year 2010, collaborate with department chairs to develop an
           event which will result in a roundtable discussion with business, professional, and
           educational leaders to ensure that the curriculum of graduate courses is relevant to
           prospective employers.
        N. By Academic Year 2014, collaborate with the Graduate Council in order to
           increase the number of online course offerings by 25%, and by Academic Year
           2019, ensure that 50% of all graduate credit hours will be available online.
        O. By Academic Year 2014, hire additional personnel (i.e., an Enrollment
           Management Coordinator) and provide professional development opportunities
           for them in order to ensure that the School of Graduate Studies’ personnel have
           the appropriate skills and expertise to meet the needs of graduate students and
           carry out the School’s mission.

     II. Academic Excellence
         The School of Graduate Studies will design and implement new and effective
         academic programs that encompass expansion of scholarly research skills.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, continue the planning of the Biotechnology
           program (ensure that funds to support personnel, building, and curriculum are in
           place) in order to have the program fully funded and operational by Academic
           Year 2012.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, utilize cutting-edge curriculum delivery models and technology,
           including online courses, satellite centers, increased-distance learning, hybrid
           programs, peer instruction, and weekend courses in order to make graduate
           education accessible to and engaging for more students.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           strengthen research exposure and the research skills of graduate students, through
           on-campus and off-campus research opportunities undertaken with national
           research laboratories and other institutions.
        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, increase the School of Graduate Studies’ graduation rate by 5%.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, increase enrollment in the School of Graduate Studies by 2%.
        F. By Academic Year 2014, offer a doctoral degree program in either Education or
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The School of Graduate Studies will implement programs and services which inform
          students of policies, procedures, and processes which impact their progression
          through the program, and which will allow students to take an active role in
          governance issues.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, conduct workshops each semester in order to enhance graduate
           students’ awareness of the University’s policies and procedures, particularly those
           relevant to their program of study.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, activate the Graduate Student Organization and
           ensure graduate student representation on the Graduate Council.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, all Graduate Council and Graduate Student
           Organization minutes will be available on the School of Graduate Studies’ web
           page.
        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, provide all graduate program departments,
           School offices, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Academic Affairs
           with both hard and electronic copies of the School of Graduate Studies’ policies
           and procedures and changes utilizing a signature of receipt delivery method.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, review all School of Graduate Studies’
           surveys and evaluation forms to ensure their reliability and validity.
        F. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, recommend a graduate student representative
           for membership on the accountability task force.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The School of Graduate Studies will evaluate administrative processes and systems
         to identify opportunities to utilize technology for improvement and efficiency to
         better serve students, faculty, and staff, improve communication with constituents /
         stakeholders and efficiently manage resources.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, expand online orientation and advising programs
           for graduate students.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, continue the transition to online / digital student
           records and implement Extender / Online Document Management software.
           During Academic Year 2010, complete the transition from ScanFlow temporary
           software.
        C. During Academic Year 2009, assign School of Graduate Studies’ personnel
           specific responsibility for becoming trained on all Banner utilities applicable to
           the School.
        D. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, provide adequate storage space for the School of Graduate Studies in
           order to adequately store and safe keep student files and theses.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, the School of Graduate Studies, through the
           Graduate Council, will monitor the implementation of the Curriculum Advising
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        F. By Academic Year 2010, improve online service by making access to online
           information more user-friendly (i.e. creation of navigation of links to easily access
           news, information, and forms).

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The School of Graduate Studies will develop systems and mechanisms to increase
        and diversify sources of funding for graduate programs and services.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop strategies to assist academic departments
           with graduate programs to reach out to corporate, small business, and educational
           entities in order to engage in resource development activities sufficient to provide
           endowed chairs, so that by Academic Year 2014, at least one endowed chair will
           be established in a graduate program.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, develop a strategy for increasing funding for
           graduate assistantships through sponsorships by external entities so that, by
           Academic Year 2019, at least five assistantships are sponsored by external
           agencies.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, initiate the development of a graduate student
           alumni database to foster graduate students participation in the annual campaign
           so that, by Academic Year 2015, at least 30% of graduate alumni make
           contributions to the annual campaign.

     VI. Diversity
         The School of Graduate Studies will actively recruit a globally diverse student body.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, continue established Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) with
           international universities (i.e. Russia and India) to increase the enrollment of
           international graduate students and opportunities for global collaborations among
           students and faculty.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, implement an enrollment management program to
           attract highly academically qualified international students and increase the
           number of those students in degree programs.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, ensure representation on the Diversity
           Council by appointing a member of the Graduate Student Organization to serve
           on this council.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The School of Graduate Studies will encourage collaboration with community
          partners to improve education and services within the various communities
          surrounding the University.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, provide technical assistance to neighboring school districts and
           community agencies in the area of computer technology through volunteers from
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        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the School of Graduate Studies will partner with local school districts
           and businesses to offer quality educational activities and training based on
           identified needs of prospective and current graduate students.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, ensure representation on the Center for Excellence for Economic
           Development and Rural Life Council by appointing a member of the Graduate
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                                       University Libraries


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Upgrade the computer lab and existing facilities in order to support student research
         and academic pursuits and promote available print and non-print resources so that
         students are aware of what is available to them and take advantage of those
         resources.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the librarians will work with each Department to
            integrate the University Libraries’ resources directly into the curriculum /
            instruction in order to increase students’ familiarity with the Library’s services
            and resources.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, the librarians will continue to raise awareness
            among students of the resources that are available, including various electronic
            resources, E-books, and new additions to print collections.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the University Libraries will work to enhance student involvement in
            their decision-making processes, where appropriate, by encouraging a 20%
            participation increase on the Library Advisory Committee.
         D. During Academic Year 2009, the University Libraries will begin to develop a
            plan to gradually increase the hours of operation so that, by Academic Year 2010,
            the Libraries will be open on weekdays and Sundays until midnight.
         E. During Academic Year 2010, the University Libraries will develop a plan to
            implement a student peer group, to be formed in Academic Year 2011, which will
            assist in informing students about the uses, services, resources, and operations of
            the Libraries.
         F. By Academic Year 2010, the University Libraries will implement online student
            evaluations and encourage their completion so that, by Academic Year 2012, 20%
            of the student population is completing evaluations.
         G. Beginning in Academic Year 2012, the University Libraries will begin developing
            a plan to acquire and disseminate information about healthy lifestyles which will
            be implemented during Academic Year 2013.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Develop relationships with departmental liaisons in order to better align the offerings
        of the University Libraries with course content and integrate the Library’s offerings
        directly into instruction and class assignments.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the University Libraries will sponsor an
            annual scholarly exhibit which by Academic Year 2013, will increase to two
            annual scholarly exhibits.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to publicize the University Libraries’
            instructional sessions and evaluation systems so that, by Academic Year 2011,
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        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, develop relationships with departmental
           liaisons in order to better align the offerings of the University Libraries with
           course content and integrate the Library’s offerings directly into instruction and
           class assignments.
        D. During Academic Year 2012, the University Libraries will begin to develop a
           plan for the creation of a website which will post faculty and student publications
           to be implemented during Academic Year 2013.
        E. By Academic Year 2012, information literacy standards will be integrated into
           course syllabi and an assessment tool will be established in developing life-long
           learning skills across disciplines, which will include critical thinking skills, tools
           for conducting academic research, and methods to support independent learning.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Assess the processes of the University Libraries to ensure that honest and transparent
          communications, merit-based systems, and accountability prevail.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           utilize available technology (such as the University Libraries website and the
           Alcorn State University Today online) to publish information regarding available
           Library resources.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, ensure accountability through reviews of the
           dissemination of broad-based communications to make certain that each staff
           member receives copies of the information that is being distributed to the faculty.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan to maintain existing performance
           evaluation metrics (at three-month, six month, and one-year evaluations to
           determine if contracts will be renewed).

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Promote new, as well as, existing online resources to ensure that the resources are
         being used by students. Strengthen the University Libraries system’s relationship
         with the Center of Information Technology Service (CITS) in order to effectively
         upgrade the Libraries’ technologies and infrastructure.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and every academic year thereafter, begin the
           interdepartmental relationship-building process and work more closely with the
           individual departments in order to secure resources that allow the University
           Libraries to specifically enhance the offerings of the respective departments.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, evaluate budgetary constraints to determine the
           feasibility of necessary computer software and hardware upgrades in order to
           begin phasing into an interactive learning environment employing the latest
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Continue to seek diversified funding resources such as grant opportunities to ensure
        continued availability of the University Libraries’ online resources and specialized
        offerings across the various disciplines.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and every academic year thereafter, begin the
           interdepartmental relationship-building process and work with the individual
           departments in order to secure resources that allow the University Libraries to
           specifically enhance the offerings of the respective departments.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, research existing grants which provide library
           funding so that, by Academic Year 2011, every professional librarian will have
           applied for at least one grant annually.

     VI. Diversity
         Ensure that the University Libraries’ offerings support the University in creating an
         environment which embraces diversity of thought and acceptance of differences.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, evaluate existing collection resources and by
           Academic Year 2011, start the process of gathering further information about
           underrepresented cultural groups, so that by Academic Year 2012, the University
           Libraries are able to present the collected information in a way that articulates the
           University’s diverse culture.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, the University Libraries will increase the number of
           cultural events that support students from diverse backgrounds and bring cultural
           awareness to the campus community such that, by Academic Year 2012, and
           continuing every academic year thereafter, the Libraries will host an annual
           cultural event.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, the University Libraries will continue to enhance
           teaching, learning, and research by providing access to resources that serve the
           needs of a diverse academic community.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Expand the University Libraries’ presence in the community through outreach efforts
          as well as by the development of new partnerships with outside organizations and
          institutions.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, establish a committee which will identify a plan of
           action in order to identify local middle schools to participate in on-campus
           workshops that help them develop the skills necessary for success in high school
           and college so that, by Academic Year 2013, and every academic year thereafter,
           the University Libraries are hosting ten workshops per academic year.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, establish a partnership with the public community
           libraries in order to co-host events and create a mutually beneficial exchange /
           sharing of resources.
        C. By Academic Year 2013, the J. D. Boyd Library will establish a community
           borrower loan policy for residents in local communities who are not affiliated
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        D. During Academic Year 2015, the Alcorn State University Foundation and the J.D.
           Boyd Library Friends of the Library Committee will develop a partnership with
           local community businesses as a means of soliciting monetary donations to
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                                       Athletic Department


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Create a welcoming environment that encourages students to participate in
         competitive and engaging co-curricular athletic activities.
         A. By Academic Year 2012, implement a student employment program to improve
            the landscaping of the underutilized 1700 acres of land operated by the University
            (including maintaining current facilities, upgrading the training room, and adding
            dugouts to the women’s softball field), so that, by Academic Year 2014, there are
            on-campus Athletic Department employment opportunities available to 50% of
            students, and by Academic Year 2019, such opportunities will be available to all
            students.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Foster a healthier, more constructive learning environment by encouraging all
        students to stay mentally alert by participating in athletic activities and devoting
        adequate time to academic requirements.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, implement a comprehensive life skills program
            (modeled after the NCAA Champ Life Skills Program).
         B. By Academic Year 2010, implement a functional peer mentoring program in
            which the peer mentors have the time and resources necessary to ensure a
            successful program.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, develop a facility on campus that can serve as a
            comprehensive study hall or learning center for student-athletes to receive
            individual or group tutoring.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Ensure that all stakeholders understand the actions and responsibilities of the
         Athletic Department in order to create an environment of honest and transparent
         communication.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, utilize electronic and print resources to direct
            stakeholders to relevant information discussing the NCAA rules and regulations
            to ensure that all stakeholders understand the rationale behind the Athletic
            Department’s regulations and requirements.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, establish systematic procedures for submitting
            complaints, suggestions, or feedback.
         C. By Academic Year 2011, create an interactive online forum that increases
            transparency and alerts for all stakeholders of actions being taken by the Athletic
            Department as well as for requirements to become a member of an athletic
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Enhance facilities and maintenance to ensure that state-of-the-art infrastructure exists
         to improve the athletic environment for student-athletes, spectators, and community
         members.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           broadcast every Alcorn State University sporting event through a High Definition
           audio-cast on the radio.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, begin renovation of the Whitney Complex (i.e.
           gymnasium, pool, etc.) in order to better serve the students, faculty, staff,
           community, and all neighboring areas, so that the complex is completed by
           Academic Year 2015.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           broadcast every Alcorn State University sporting event via campus television and
           webcast.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, develop student employment opportunities that utilize
           students’ know-how in various areas of graphic arts and industrial engineering in
           order to create student employment opportunities to operate scoreboards, etc., so
           that, by Academic Year 2019, these employment opportunities are available to all
           students.
        E. By Academic Year 2013, develop the Athletic Academic Center and ensure
           available access for all student-athletes.
        F. By Academic Year 2015, begin installing video boards at all sporting venues in
           order to serve as an Alcorn State University promotional tool allowing various
           departments to relay messages to the public and replace the current outdated
           scoreboards, so that all installations are completed by Academic Year 2019.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Strengthen relationships with corporations and foundations throughout the
        University so that provisions for enhancing athletics are included in the negotiation
        of various contracts in order to enhance the resources and diversity of funding.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, begin leveraging relationships with the University to
           include the Athletic Department in contract negotiations, by ensuring that
           stakeholders realize that the Athletic Department presents the University with an
           opportunity for continual national advertising through athletic events and
           personnel.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, forge meaningful relationships with notable alumni.
        C. By Academic Year 2013, designate individual(s) to apply for external funding to
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     VI. Diversity
         Ensure that the coaching staff and student-athletes are educated on diversity and
         inclusion in order to create an environment that is accepting of varying backgrounds
         and diverse thoughts.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, ensure
           that all students, coaches, and staff attend diversity workshops.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, develop
           activities (e.g. athletic competitions) that promote interaction between students of
           diverse backgrounds.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Athletic Department will continue to forge relationships with local charities,
          schools, and community-based organizations / institutions to increase the visibility
          and credibility of Alcorn State University in the community.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, the Athletic Department will provide
           transportation for biannual trips to various away games that allow members of
           designated surrounding communities to travel to Alcorn State University athletic
           competitions.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, the Athletic Department will implement a program with
           monthly presentations designed to enhance the skills of coaches and student-
           athletes, both on and off campus and in local high schools, with the objective of
           strengthening relationships with surrounding communities by sharing the
           Department’s expertise.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, forge partnerships with local elementary schools which
           will result in mentoring programs staffed by University student-athletes, so that
           by Academic Year 2015, 100% of all student-athletes are participating in the
           mentorship program.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, student-athletes, coaches, and staff will annually
           sponsor events (e.g., town fair, sporting competition, etc.) targeted at alumni and
           community members, to increase the visibility and bolster the image of Athletic
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                         Office of Finance and Administrative Services


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Engage all Finance and Administrative Services’ stakeholders to focus on providing
         excellent customer service as well as a safe and attractive environment for every
         student.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, enhance campus safety by consistently updating security measures
            (including adequate security staff and ensuring that locks and surveillance
            cameras are in place and are functional).
         B. During Academic Year 2009, design and implement a student survey to evaluate
            customer service. Recommend improvements based on the survey results by
            Academic Year 2010.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, provide attractive, technologically-equipped, and well-maintained
            residence halls with enhanced safety throughout the University.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, increase and enhance facilities and programs which
            encourage a healthy lifestyle including, but not limited to, a wellness center,
            student recreational facilities, and an auditorium.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Interface with external stakeholders to promote innovative and contemporary
        learning modules throughout the University and ensure that the Office of Finance
        and Administrative Services becomes a model of advanced operations.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a strategy to encourage retail and
            professional services businesses to build on and around the University.
            Encourage businesses to locate on and near the campus to enhance the retail and
            professional services available to the University and the surrounding
            communities.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Develop transparent processes including, but not limited to, all financial planning
         and allocations operations, which engage and hold accountable for performance all
         appropriate stakeholders throughout the University.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, interface with the special Presidential working
            group to ensure that processes in the Office of Finance and Administrative
            Services will be made available online.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a strategy to effectively train departments on
            finance and administrative services, policies, and procedures, so that, by
            Academic Year 2012, and continuing every academic year thereafter, all finance
            and administrative services, policies, procedures, and forms are successfully
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Enable the University to develop the necessary cutting-edge infrastructure and
         technology which are attractive to students, competitive with leading higher
         education institutions, and provide faculty and staff with the environment needed to
         perform at an optimal level.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, begin implementing the University’s Facilities Master
           Plan in order to ensure its complete implementation (and the general availability
           of state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories) by Academic Year 2016.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that the physical infrastructure throughout the
           University is upgraded and maintained.
        C. By Academic Year 2019, enhance the technology infrastructure of the University,
           including its maintenance and replacement effectiveness to meet the needs of the
           University.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Leverage the University’s purchasing power to generate economies of scale and
        provide additional resources which can be used to pursue the mission of the
        University.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, interface with appropriate faculty and
           administrators to develop and implement a plan to leverage the research
           conducted by the faculty.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, interface with the appropriate staff to develop a
           policy to leverage the University’s intellectual property and produce alternative
           cash flow streams benefitting the University.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, review all vendor relationships in order to advise
           the Vice President of Marketing and Development of potential donors.

     VI. Diversity
         Encourage all stakeholders in Finance and Administrative Services to provide
         thoughtful input to improve its productivity and performance and to work
         continuously to broaden the diversity of the Office of Finance and Administrative
         Services.
        A. During Academic Year 2011, ensure that Alcorn State University considers
           diversity in the applicant screening process.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Enable the University to act as a catalyst in southwest Mississippi for uniting,
          strengthening, and enhancing the surrounding communities through mutually
          beneficial collaborations.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan to establish mutually beneficial
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                      Center for Information Technology Services (CITS)


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Center for Information Technology Services will continually investigate,
         evaluate, and deploy the latest technological advances appropriate to high-
         performing learning and living environments.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Director for the University Libraries, the
            Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, and the Director for the
            Center for Information Technology and Services will interface to develop and
            implement a plan for the transformation of the University's libraries and other
            learning centers into interactive learning centers employing the latest technologies
            by Academic Year 2015.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, provide quarterly interactive, engaging informational
            sessions to make stakeholders aware of the technologies available, the capabilities
            of CITS, and optimal implementation techniques.
         C. By Academic Year 2009, interface with the Campus Police to develop a
            surveillance and access strategy. By Academic Year 2010, begin to deploy the
            appropriate equipment. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that appropriate
            surveillance and safety equipment is installed throughout the University.
         D. By Academic Year 2009, continue to interface with the architects and engineers
            to ensure that the new housing complex has state-of-the-art amenities.
         E. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, interface with Facilities Management and other key stakeholders to
            ensure that the gym, track, and auditorium employ state-of-the-art technology.
         F. By Academic Year 2009, review best practices and financing options to ensure
            the availability of laptops for every student. By Academic Year 2010, develop a
            pilot program so that 10% of all students will receive a laptop. By Academic Year
            2014, every student will have an option to receive a laptop from the University.
         G. By Academic Year 2010, involve the appropriate CITS stakeholders in the
            planning of the Alcorn Campus Village.
         H. By Academic Year 2010, interface with University Relations to implement an
            online calendar of cultural events and activities for stakeholders.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Center for Information Technology Services will expand its faculty services
        catalog to provide tools and training that equip faculty to utilize instructional,
        collaboration, and publishing technologies.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            real-time examples of the creative integration of technology and interactive
            learning techniques to the Faculty Senate. Ensure that by Academic Year 2012,
            these plans involve developing user-friendly, replicable SMART classrooms.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, interface with the Registrar to ensure that information
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           facilitator by serving as a project manager to ensure that CAPP is properly
           implemented, focusing on the Schools of Business and Education.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, interface with the Department of Human Sciences and
           Nutrition Program in AREAS to create an online broadcasting of the Health and
           Nutrition Program.
        D. By Academic Year 2011, expand the use and capacity of web publishing
           technologies so that by Academic Year 2012, 30% of the faculty will have
           personalized portals.

     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          The Center for Information Technology Services will employ technologies that
          enable effective communication and collaborative improvement across all campus
          communities. In addition, CITS will refine the business of technology service
          acquisition and delivery; improving the efficiency and efficacy of customer service,
          support, and training to students, faculty, and staff; and competently represent the
          University in vendor relations and contract, legal, and regulatory compliance.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, establish a Technology Advisory Council to assist in the
           governance of technology.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, the Director for the Center for Information Technology
           and Services will develop a plan to ensure that the Banner program will be fully
           utilized throughout the University by Academic Year 2015.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, provide certified trainers to explain the use of Microsoft
           Office and its archival capabilities.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, engage a data auditor to assess the consistency of the
           University’s databases and data process. Following the assessment, develop data
           entry standards and guidelines across all access points. By Academic Year 2011,
           implement the recommendations and update every six months.
        E. By Academic Year 2010, compile documents from every unit with relevant
           information for students to seed an online documentation directory. Beginning in
           Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, update the
           website as required.
        F. By Academic Year 2011, interface with Student Affairs to develop a technology
           framework for addressing and tracking student concerns.
        G. By Academic Year 2014, develop a tool to facilitate online course evaluations and
           feedback of the University as a whole.
        H. By Academic Year 2010, expand the PC support group with additional personnel
           (including students), resources, and communications procedures.
        I. By Academic Year 2010, the Director for the Center for Information Technology
           and Services will refine the PC Refresh Program to include all units. By
           Academic Year 2011, after reviewing available resources with the Vice President
           of Finance, provide new PCs throughout the University. In Academic Year 2014,
           and every academic year thereafter, update PCs as needed, so that every PC is
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        J. By Academic Year 2010, compile and format a technology policy document so
           that CITS has a portfolio of policies and procedures that are approved by the
           Executive Council; adaptable to trends in technology with enforceable provisions.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         The Center for Information Technology Services will continue to support and expand
         the University's technology infrastructure; ensuring sufficient capability exists to
         achieve the University’s vision and mission.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, assess the University’s wireless environment and
           recommend changes to expand the wireless service. Beginning in Academic Year
           2010, begin expanding the wireless environment; so that by Academic Year 2011,
           100% of the University’s facilities and all portions of the campus regularly used
           by stakeholders will have wireless access.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, participate in a working group in order to provide
           technological input. By Academic Year 2011, develop a plan to protect the
           University’s technology during an emergency.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, the Director for the Center for Information Technology
           and Services will interface with the appropriate parties to ensure that the
           University’s Master Plan has appropriate provisions for the installation of
           technology.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Center for Information Technology Services will reinforce revenue generating
        activities at the University through internal and external collaborations.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, interface with the Vice President for Development and
           Marketing, to provide the necessary tools to execute the University’s fundraising
           objectives.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, seek external funding sources so that, by Academic
           Year 2015, the State CITS budget is supplemented by additional federal and / or
           private funds.

     VI. Diversity
         The Center for Information Technology Services will take steps to extend the
         University’s reach by delivering adaptable and accessible technology products and
         services to a diverse population.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, the Center for Information Technology Services will
           collaborate with stakeholders to improve the awareness and availability of
           accessible IT and telecommunications products and services.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, the Center for Information Technology Services will
           interface with the Provost to ensure that the necessary technology to facilitate
           sister relationships with foreign institutions is available.




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     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Center for Information Technology Services will leverage its staff's expertise
          and the University's technology investments to enhance the quality of life of the
          members of the greater community and improve the delivery of outreach and
          engagement efforts sponsored at the University.
        A. By Academic Year 2014, enhance outreach program delivery technology to serve
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                                          Campus Police


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Campus Police will foster an environment in which each student, first and foremost,
         feels a sense of safety and security which will allow the University to maintain a
         student-centered approach.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, 70% of the Campus Police force will be certified by
            the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy (MELOTA) and by
            Academic Year 2015, 100% will have received the certification.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a plan to train officers for ‘active shooter’
            scenarios and proactively communicate the emergency response techniques for
            students, faculty, and staff in the case of an incident, so that by Academic Year
            2011, the campus is emergency-ready.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Campus Police is to provide a safe environment conducive to learning for students in
        order to ensure that students’ safety never interferes with their pursuit of academic
        excellence.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, install a blue light emergency phone security system so
            that there are two blue lights installed, and by Academic Year 2012, five blue
            lights have been installed.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, increase the number of foot-patrol officers securing the
            library and study areas as needed to ensure that students feel safe at all hours of
            the day and night.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Honestly and transparently communicate all criminal related activities in order to
         empower students to protect themselves and others as required by the Cleary Act.
         A. By Academic Year 2011, institute a dormitory watch program allowing students
            to take ownership of their security (use the student body to help monitor the crime
            on campus by keeping constant contact with Campus Police and Dorm Leaders).
         B. By Academic Year 2011, conduct annual freshman orientation briefings, spring
            break safety briefings, as well as instituting a Campus Emergency Response Team
            (CERT) comprised of 18 (six per dorm) level-1 trained students.
         C. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, maintain
            compliance with the Cleary Act (which governs University Police transparency).

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        Ensure that the Campus Police technology remains in line with state statutes and
        regulations.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to enhance current websites’ capabilities
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           criminal threats, natural disasters, and other impending dangers as they occur
           which will be fully implemented by Academic Year 2010.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that all police cars have state-of-the-art
           computers to include video cams, audio cams, radar detectors, and enhanced
           communications systems (7 MHz).

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Leverage relationships with foundations, grantors, and local professional law
        enforcement agencies to provide adequate safety and emergency response
        capabilities for the University and the surrounding community.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           continue to apply for the currently successful grant opportunities and seek new
           grant opportunities through homeland security and other such agencies.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a plan to increase public visibility through
           community outreach programs in order to ensure that current grant funding
           remains secured and to develop new funding opportunities, so that beginning
           Academic Year 2012, Campus Police can produce at least one such Community
           Outreach Program annually.
        C. By Academic Year 2012, interface with other professional Law Enforcement
           Agencies and become board members on committees so that the Campus Police
           have a significant presence in the surrounding community.

     VI. Diversity
         Increase the diversity of the Campus Police department as well as maintain a focus
         on sensitivity and respect for the needs and ideas of students from various and
         diverse backgrounds.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, all
           current officers as well as all subsequently hired officers will go through a
           cultural sensitivity seminar to ensure respect for diverse thought.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, hire additional staff so that at least 3% of the
           Department is comprised of non-minority officers.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Support the local community by fostering constructive relationships with local
          organizations and institutions in order to ensure an integrated system of safety and
          security for the University as well as the surrounding community.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, establish a D.A.R.E. Program as well as a Gang
           Resistance Program that will align with current high school activities.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, seek a minimum of four annual speaking engagements in local schools
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                                      Facilities Management


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Provide modern, safe, and energy efficient facilities for the University.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, provide student employment opportunities in various areas throughout
            Facilities Management.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, begin construction of a new 1,000-bed student
            housing complex so that, by Academic Year 2010, construction is complete.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, implement an energy-management program on campus.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Provide facilities that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to support the
        University’s academic agenda.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, repair and renovate campus facilities and buildings as necessary
            according to the Facilities Master Plan.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Develop a professional and competent Facilities Management staff and operate in an
         efficient and timely fashion when responding to requests.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, implement extensive training of all staff to meet the Facilities
            Management requirements.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, establish
            and maintain a program to promote and publicize Facilities Management and its
            services.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            a system for initiating and tracking Facilities Management campus work orders /
            requests online.

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        Explore opportunities to enhance the infrastructure of the University, especially
        through renewable / sustainable energy programs.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, establish a University-wide energy
            management program that complies with all state and federal regulations that will
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Provide a more friendly campus by incorporating a University store that provides
        online services for most of the purchases made by the departments.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, establish a central purchasing program to maximize the University’s
           buying power.

     VI. Diversity
         Facilities Management will create an environment that helps the University gain
         recognition for its commitment to diversity.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, Facilities Management will ensure a University environment that is
           inclusive as well as diverse.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Engage community organizations to partner with Facilities Management to expand
          services that are offered.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, partner with community transportation agencies to provide shuttle
           services for University students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding
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                                   Office of Human Resources


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Foster a better working relationship with faculty and staff to develop a
         transformative and engaging learning and living environment.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, revise the Performance Appraisal Process to include
            criteria encouraging student mentoring so that, by Academic Year 2011, 50% of
            the staff have developed mentorship goals, of whom 25% will be engaged in
            mentoring relationships by Academic Year 2012, and all of whom will have
            developed mentoring relationships by Academic Year 2013.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, interface with the University Infirmary and external
            health stakeholders to launch a University-wide wellness program for faculty and
            staff that offers incentives for participation so that, by Academic Year 2016, at
            least 75% of the faculty and staff will participate.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, interface with the appropriate deans to develop a
            research project designed to improve the effectiveness of Human Resources. By
            Academic Year 2013, interface with the Director of Sponsored Programs to obtain
            assistance in soliciting funding for the research project so that, by Academic Year
            2014, a funded research project is in place. By Academic Year 2017, begin to
            implement the results of the research to be completed by Academic Year 2019.
         D. By Academic Year 2012, design a leadership development program which will
            focus on current faculty and staff and will be mandatory for all new managers.
            By Academic Year 2013, implement the program so that by Academic Year 2015,
            all new managers will participate and at least 20% of faculty and staff will have
            participated.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Focus on recruiting faculty who are committed to ensuring academic excellence.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, hire a training coordinator who will focus on workshops
            and other methods for faculty and staff development.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, interface with each Dean to encourage the
            creation of faculty and staff development workshops, which enhance skills in
            activities promoting academic excellence.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, encourage the development of search committees in
            every school, which will seek to recruit faculty who have engaged in scholarly
            activities in their respective disciplines.
         D. During Academic Year 2010, ensure that every new faculty position is advertised
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Ensure accessibility for all University stakeholders to the principal processes and
          procedures governing Alcorn State University.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, update the policy manual so that there are
           consistent employment policies, which assess employment processes and
           procedures throughout the University.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, integrate into the Performance Appraisal Process,
           criteria which measure effective communications among faculty and staff and
           between faculty, staff, and students so that, by Academic Year 2011, all faculty
           and staff are evaluated based on their communication skills.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, integrate into the Performance Appraisal Process,
           criteria which ensure merit-based evaluations and accountability so that, by
           Academic Year 2011, every faculty and staff member will participate in merit-
           based and accountability evaluations which provide objective and consistent
           guidelines to evaluate performance outcomes.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, a representative from Human Resources will participate
           in the multidisciplinary working group for student evaluation review to ensure
           that there is compliance with standard Human Resources guidelines and labor
           regulations.
        E. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, develop a focus group to address the
           development of penalties for issues of non-compliance regarding job performance
           and accountability so that, by Academic Year 2012, a clearly defined process will
           be in place to address issues of non-compliance.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Improve the efficiency and productivity of the Office of Human Resources.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, utilize the Human Resources Banner modules and
           develop a strategy for phased implementation so that, by Academic Year 2010, at
           least 40% of these modules will be utilized. By Academic Year 2012, at least
           70% of these modules will be utilized. By Academic Year 2015, all of the
           Human Resources Banner modules will be fully utilized.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, conduct an assessment to determine gaps in compliance
           with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),
           Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Resource
           Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and by Academic Year 2010, correct
           any such gaps.
        C. By Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to create an efficient and well-
           documented compliance process throughout the University which will be
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Instill a sense of empowerment and creativity in the faculty and staff regarding their
        development of alternative resources to benefit the University.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, interface with the Vice President for Development and
           Marketing and the Office of the President, to ensure that the intellectual property
           policy is consistent with the governing law.

     VI. Diversity
         The Office of Human Resources will engage all stakeholders in developing an
         environment which embraces diversity of thought and encourages the acceptance of
         differences.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a University-wide Affirmative Action plan,
           which will be implemented by Academic Year 2010.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, participate in the working group to develop a plan for
           establishing a Diversity Council.
        C. By Academic Year 2009, establish a diversity scorecard to measure the progress
           of women to obtain leadership positions (i.e. tenured appointments and pay
           equity). By Academic Year 2010, interface with every department chair in order
           to ensure the development of diversity goals and objectives; so that by Academic
           Year 2012, there will be a 30% increase in tenured women faculty members and a
           15% increase in the number of women faculty in senior positions with pay equity.
        D. By Academic Year 2013, integrate diversity management criteria into the
           Performance Appraisal Process so that by Academic Year 2010, every faculty and
           staff member will be evaluated using diversity management criteria.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Instill the historic commitment to community service and outreach in every faculty
          and staff member.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, interface
           with Career Services to ensure that all recruitment materials for faculty and staff
           comply with Human Resources guidelines.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, enhance the advertisements geared towards potential
           faculty and staff and integrate the appropriate Human Resources staff in the
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                                      University Post Office


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The University Post Office will adapt to changes in the United States Post Office
         procedures to best serve student needs.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, post the
            University Post Office procedures and fees in the lobby of each dormitory and
            administrative building.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, institute
            E-911 addresses on each dormitory and building.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The University Post Office will facilitate the flow of information between students
        and the University’s offices and programs.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the University Post Office will post all flyers from campus departments
            in mailboxes and on front of the counters of the University Post Office.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         The University Post Office will protect the resources of the University at all times
         and give honest and courteous services.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the University Post Office will prepare timely reports of money spent
            on postage and communicate its findings to the University’s offices and
            departments.

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        The University Post Office will be able to communicate to all departments using the
        latest technology updates.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, the University Post Office will update each department and office on
            policies and changes in the University Post Office.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, obtain state-of-the-art storage racks and
            workstations for easier handling and sorting of the mail.

    V. Diversity
       The University Post Office will communicate effectively with all customers from all
       cultural backgrounds.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, the
            University Post Office will enhance procedures for communicating postal needs
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     VI. Community Outreach and Engagement
         The University Post Office will continue to serve retired personnel and the general
         community surrounding the University.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, the University Post Office will allow people from the community to
           utilize the full services of the University Post Office (i.e. rent boxes, buy stamps,
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                             Division of Development and Marketing


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Provide the resources necessary for allowing the University to adequately articulate
         and implement its commitment to being student-centered.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, develop the funding and relationship structure to support the
            University’s desire to develop global relationships.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, improve the marketing of student life programs and activities,
            particularly Alcorn State University’s new housing development.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, strategically increase private funding available to support scholarships
            and Departmental programs and activities.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Develop the funding and relationship infrastructure to support the establishment of
        endowed professorships, lecture series, scholarships, and other academic
        enhancements.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            interface with each School Dean to identify potential academic / research areas
            which may be of interest to private investors.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, coordinate periodic on-campus visits for potential corporate partners to
            cultivate working relationships with the faculty.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009 and continually thereafter, identify corporate
            sponsors who will sponsor student and faculty leadership programs.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Provide consistent, comprehensive information vehicles to facilitate transparent
         operations and systems as well as promote accountability.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, modify or enhance publications to clearly communicate critical
            financial information in addition to academic accomplishments.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a strategy for joining nationally and
            internationally recognized associations that represent relevant academic
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Seek, where appropriate, private resources to complement and enhance the
         University’s technology infrastructure.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a strategic plan to identify, cultivate and
           solicit investors with a specific interest in technology initiatives (both friends and
           alumni).
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, utilize relevant social networking sites to broaden the University’s base
           of support and create an interest in its technology initiatives.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Develop innovative and creative strategies to diversify and substantively enhance the
        University’s resources.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, develop a fully functional advancement infrastructure.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, introduce and train all senior leadership for full
           implementation of the development of the “Moves Management” prospect
           tracking system.
        C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, develop the University’s planned giving strategy to secure six to 12
           new planned gift agreements each year.
        D. By Academic Year 2010, develop, implement, and promote the “giving circles”
           plan to recognize major gift donors such that the number of “giving circles”
           increases as does the number of donors who move to higher giving levels.

     VI. Diversity
         Collaborate with campus units, both academic and non-academic, to facilitate
         activities which celebrate the University’s diversity.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, develop a media strategy specifically designed to
           promote a welcoming atmosphere which international faculty and students can
           expect and publicly celebrate the value diversity adds to the Alcorn experience.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           include an international feature in the University Journal.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Catalog and communicate the existing outreach and engagement opportunities at the
          University, pursue the collaborative development of additional opportunities, as
          appropriate.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
           thereafter, research and evaluate community and economic development
           opportunities that will benefit the five-county area from which approximately
           50% of the student population hails.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, publish a user guide for public use of the University’s
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        C. During Academic Year 2009, interface with the Provost, the Vice President for
           Student Affairs, the Athletic Director and other units to identify existing summer
           camps and programs which will welcome the surrounding communities to utilize
           the University resources.
        D. During Academic Year 2010, convene an interdisciplinary committee to develop
           and execute a community survey targeting Claiborne and Jefferson counties to
           evaluate how Alcorn State University can better serve the needs of those
           communities.
        E. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing through Academic Year 2011,
           conduct an audit of the University’s human capital expertise. Identify services and
           resources the University desires to provide for surrounding communities and
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                                   Division of Student Affairs


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Develop, promote, and maintain a campus environment that contributes to the
         advancement of learning and enriches and protects the intellectual, emotional, and
         physical health and well-being of students. Present co-curricular activities for
         students that complement the formal academic curriculum and provide opportunities
         for productive involvement in cultural, social, recreational, and employment related
         activities that promote preparation of students for leadership roles within a
         competitive global community.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, enhance student living environments by
            establishing student living-learning centers and ensuring 25% student use of the
            centers and increasing utilization by 5% each year.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, develop a plan for the Alcorn Campus Village so that,
            by Academic Year 2019, multiple extracurricular, health, housing, entertainment,
            and athletic activities will exist.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, engage students in a Cultural Events Committee, which
            will sponsor monthly on-campus cultural events and activities which will
            spotlight the talent of students, faculty members, staff members, and alumni.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, encourage the leadership of student organizations to
            jointly form a campus-wide committee which will sponsor quarterly activities
            designed to promote a healthier on-campus lifestyle.
         E. By Academic Year 2011, develop and begin implementing a strategy to create on-
            campus work opportunities so that by Academic Year 2015, on-campus
            employment opportunities will exist for 50% of the student body; and by
            Academic Year 2019, all students will have on-campus employment
            opportunities.
         F. By Academic Year 2016, develop a student wellness center to encourage a
            healthy lifestyle on campus.
         G. By Academic Year 2010, develop a strategy to incentivize student participation in
            national organizations so that, by Academic Year 2016, at least 25% of students
            in every department are participating in national organizations.
         H. By Academic Year 2014, ensure that at least 60% of all graduating students have
            participated in relevant internship experiences prior to graduation.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Lead campus efforts to achieve and maintain the optimum recruitment, retention, and
        graduation rates of students by implementing activities that promote recruitment
        efforts of honor students.
         A. Beginning Academic Year 2010, recruit and admit 10% more students with 25
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Strive for excellence in the quality and delivery of programs and services by
          providing convenient, personal service to our constituents, enhancing resources,
          integrating information technology, and promoting student development through
          strengthening the development of interpersonal, leadership, communication, and
          personal relations skills that enhance and complement the academic performance of
          students and the achievement of career aspirations.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, establish a student leadership roundtable to
           ensure 80% Student Government Association involvement in the University’s
           governance systems.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Enhance student accessibility to state-of-the-art computer systems in residence halls.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, establish computer labs which will be
           available to all residential students.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Strengthen student commitment to the University’s financial resource needs by
        establishing a new student organization aimed to bridge the transition from student to
        alumni contributor.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, establish a Pre-Alumni Association student
           organization.

     VI. Diversity
         Actively promote campus diversity efforts. Seek to recognize, celebrate, and
         integrate diversity within the campus culture. Commit to the recruitment and
         retention of a diverse student population. Attract and enroll students of the highest
         academic capability who are representative of a diverse student population.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, maintain 10% overall student minority
           enrollment through aggressive minority marketing and recruitment activities.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that 80% of students prior to graduation will
           have participated in a learning experience designed to encourage the appreciation
           of diversity of thought.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Enhance students’ awareness of the community at large issues by developing and
          implementing community service institutional graduation requirements.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, develop and implement a service learning
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                                   Admissions and Recruiting


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Admissions and Recruiting will enhance the involvement and input of students in the
         admissions and recruitment process.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will involve a
            minimum of 25 students annually in the admissions and recruitment process;
            which will increase to at least 50 students by Academic Year 2014.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, Admissions and Recruiting will allow at least
            two student representatives to become members of the Enrollment Management
            Committee.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, Admissions and Recruiting will create an
            effective recruiting plan which will help to increase the number of admissions of
            students enrolled in distance learning classes.
         D. Beginning in Academic Year 2011, Admissions and Recruiting will develop a
            student evaluation form to improve the effectiveness of the admissions process.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Admissions and Recruiting will recruit students with higher ACTs and high school
        GPAs.
         A. Beginning Academic Year 2009, recruit students with high ACT scores so that, by
            Academic Year 2014, the average ACT score of entering freshmen will be 20.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, ensure that Admissions and Recruiting will
            continue to be in compliance with SAC standards.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, Admissions and Recruiting will increase the number of
            honors students by 5% from the previous year.
         D. By Academic Year 2014, at least 25% of the freshman class will have ranked in
            the top 10% of their high school class.
            E. By Academic Year 2019, increase overall University student enrollment by
                80%.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Admissions and Recruiting will establish thorough, written policies and procedures
         regarding admissions.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will begin to develop a
            policy and procedures manual, which will be completed by Academic Year 2010.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will enhance its
            technology to improve the online application process.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, improve communications between all Admissions and
            Recruiting personnel and campus departments to ensure consistent and timely
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        D. During Academic Year 2010, Admissions and Recruiting will improve standards
           of assessment, evaluation, and decision-making throughout the admissions
           process for all new students.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Admissions and Recruiting will enhance the use of technology consistently within
         the Department.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will communicate
           electronically with at least 40% of all prospective students.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Admissions and Recruiting will develop partnerships with hospitals, the military,
        community colleges, and the private sector in order to enhance the pipeline of
        students and potential resources.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will begin to identify
           potential partnerships, so that by Academic Year 2010, there will be at least five
           partnerships.

     VI. Diversity
         Admissions and Recruiting will enhance its efforts to increasingly admit a diverse
         student population.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, a minimum of 15% of the student body will be diverse
           regarding ethnicity and age (i.e. non-traditional status).

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Admissions and Recruiting will enhance its partnerships with local school systems
          and churches in order to strengthen community relationships and recruit students
          more effectively.
        A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, Admissions and Recruiting will initiate a
           series of on-campus activities designed to enhance the relationship with the
           community.
        B. Beginning in Academic Year 2010, Admissions and Recruiting will enhance its
           service and outreach programs that will recruit more military personnel and
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                                         Campus Union


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         The Campus Union will provide leisure opportunities to enhance the campus
         experience for all students.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, increase the frequency and quality of meetings for
            student organizations, so that, by Academic Year 2012, at least 80% of all student
            organizations hold a minimum of two formal meetings per semester.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, increase participation in recreational leagues and
            tournaments (i.e. bowling, billiards, etc.) by 25%.

    II. Academic Excellence
        The Campus Union will provide a space which is supportive of and conducive to
        studying and learning.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            continue to provide opportunities for quality workshops and seminars in the
            Campus Union building.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            general study space for Campus Union patrons.
         C. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, provide at least one computer laboratory space for Campus Union
            patrons.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         The Campus Union will enhance University-wide communications through the use
         of space and various means of advertising.
         A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            electronic notices and announcements for Campus Union patrons.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            communication space for student organizations and other University units.

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        The Campus Union will provide optimum operable recreational and learning
        facilities for patrons.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            a well-maintained bowling facility using current technology.
         B. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            well-maintained recreational game devices and equipment for patrons.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
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     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        The Campus Union will operate auxiliary enterprises which provide additional
        income to the University.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
           for-profit guest room facilities for patrons.
        B. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
           for-profit game machines and tables for Campus Union patrons.
        C. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
           product licensing contracts for public entities.

     VI. Diversity
         The Campus Union will provide programs and services which emphasize the
         diversity of the University community.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, annually
           sponsor at least one major program on the topic of student diversity.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          The Campus Union will engage patrons and individuals from the University and
          surrounding communities in the use and governance of the Campus Union.
        A. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, organize
            a Campus Union Advisory Group to assist in recommending programs and
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                                  Department of Residence Life


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Develop, promote, and maintain a living and learning environment that contributes to
         the intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being of students.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, the Department of Residence Life will administer
            student surveys in order to better understand student involvement in housing
            programs. Based on the results, the programs will be updated as needed so that,
            by Academic Year 2015, 50% more students will be participating in the
            Department’s educational, social, and cultural programs.
         B. By Academic Year 2010, the Department of Residence Life will provide themed
            floors in all student housing that includes informational materials on wellness,
            academic majors, and the arts.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, ensure successful implementation of a new state-of-the-
            art dormitory for students.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Support the University’s efforts to increase graduation and retention rates by
        improving students’ access to tutoring and advising services.
         A. Beginning Academic Year 2009, interface with the Provost and the Dean of the
            College for Excellence, in order to implement a student advising program within
            the residence halls by Academic Year 2010.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, the Department of Residence Life will offer tutoring
            services to at least 50% of the students living in the residence halls; and by
            Academic Year 2015, all students living in residence halls will have access to the
            Department’s tutoring services.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Contribute to the University community by increasing efforts for student-led
          participation in the residence halls.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, develop and implement strategies to reinvigorate
            the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to ensure that students’ needs and
            concerns are comprehensively addressed.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            implement two student surveys to the entire student body in order to solicit
            constructive feedback regarding housing programs and activities.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, all relevant Residence Life processes will be made
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     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure that the Department of Residence Life is equipped with state-of-the-art
         facilities and technologies needed to improve the students’ living environments.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, assess the current facilities to determine any needs
           for additional space or renovation, so that the approved recommendations are
           implemented by Academic Year 2016.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, ensure that all student housing facilities are equipped
           with secure wireless networks.
        C. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that all student housing incorporates advance
           security systems such as keyless entry and security cameras.
        D. During Academic Year 2012, increase the number of computers available to
           students in residence halls by 25% and ensure that students will enjoy 24/7 access
           to computer systems.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Utilize programming to develop and enhance relationships between current students
        and Alcorn alumni.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, alumni
           will participate in two Department of Residence Life programs per semester.

     VI. Diversity
         Engage students in the development and implementation of diverse programs in
         order to increase participation and impact of the activities.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           ensure that the physical makeup of the residence halls reflects on-campus
           diversity.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
           a minimum of seven programs annually that relate to issues of diversity.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           provide information regarding programs and organizations on campus focusing on
           issues of diversity.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Increase student awareness of community issues and encourage participation in
          community service projects.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           provide monthly volunteerism opportunities for students living in the residence
           halls.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
           students with relevant information about volunteer / community service programs
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                                      Office of Financial Aid


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Improve the quality of student life by providing education and information regarding
         financial literacy.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, provide interactive materials regarding financial
            literacy to students through the website and inform students of the availability of
            related materials in the Office of Financial Aid, so that a minimum of 200
            students are utilizing the materials; by Academic Year 2014, at least 600 students
            are utilizing the materials and, by Academic Year 2019, at least 1,500 students are
            utilizing the materials.
         B. During Academic Year 2009, convene a focus group comprised of approximately
            15 students who will provide input regarding the enhancement of Financial Aid
            Awareness Week.
         C. During Academic Year 2009, distribute information regarding Financial Aid
            Awareness Week through the website and flyers posted in residence halls and
            other key areas so that a minimum of 2,500 students receive the information.
         D. During Academic Year 2009, undertake activities designed to increase
            participation in Financial Aid Awareness Week so that, by Academic Year 2010,
            the number of participants will increase by 10% and that there will be a minimum
            increase of 20% thereafter.
         E. During Academic Year 2010, conduct one financial literacy workshop that will
            involve a minimum of 50 students. By Academic Year 2014, the number of
            financial literacy workshops will have increased to two annual workshops with a
            minimum of 200 students participating; and by Academic Year 2019, there will
            be four such workshops annually with a minimum of 400 students participating.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Encourage enrollment to the University for students who demonstrate financial need
        by awarding federal, state, and institutional funds to those that qualify.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            inform students and their families about the University’s financial aid policies and
            procedures, including the importance of timely application and delivery of all
            required documents.
         B. Beginning Academic Year 2009, meet 50 % of student financial aid applicants’
            full financial need through a combination of federal, state, and University
            financial aid programs, so that by Academic Year 2019, 75% of student financial
            aid applicants’ needs are fully met.
         C. Beginning Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            develop and enhance policies and procedures to optimize the timely delivery of all
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     III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
          Improve the efficiency of the Financial Aid process regarding students.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, encourage students so that a minimum of 75% of
           students will register online; and by Academic Year 2012, every student will
           register online.
        B. During Academic Year 2009, encourage students so that a minimum of 60% of
           students complete entrance and exit loan counseling online; and by Academic
           Year 2014, every student will complete this counseling online.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, provide two computers in the office so that students
           may use them to complete the FAFSA form and sign promissory notes as well as
           receive assistance from staff persons on completing the financial aid process.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Enhance the opportunities and quality of direct communication with students so that
         any financial aid issues or concerns may be addressed.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, visit each residential hall annually through the
           People Organized for Student Services Enhancement (POSSE) Group in order to
           conduct an information session regarding any financial aid issues or concerns
           with a minimum of 25 students attending each session. By Academic Year 2014,
           a minimum of 60 students will attend each session; and by Academic Year 2019,
           a minimum of 80 students will attend each session.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, establish a Financial Aid email service (“Ask the
           Financial Aid Expert”) which students can access 24/7 to receive advice about
           Financial Aid issues or concerns within two business days. By Academic Year
           2014, at least 800 emails will be addressed annually, and by Academic Year 2019,
           at least 1,600 emails annually.
        C. By Academic Year 2010, increase the use of campus media to disseminate
           information about Financial Aid so that a minimum of 75% of all University
           stakeholders will be expected to receive the information.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Increase resources available for student scholarships.
        A. During Academic Year 2009, increase student awareness of the Alcorn State
           University Foundation Scholarships through the website and related information
           in the Financial Aid Office so that a minimum of 250 students will apply for
           scholarships. By Academic Year 2014, at least 500 students will apply because of
           increased knowledge of the Alcorn State University Foundation Scholarships and
           by Academic Year 2019, 750 students will apply for the Alcorn State University
           Foundation Scholarships.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, continue to work with the Alcorn State University
           Foundation Office to encourage gifts from individuals, alumni, corporations, and
           other private and public sector entities to increase resources for student
           scholarships by 25%, so that by Academic Year 2015, resources are increased by
           50% and by Academic Year 2019, resources are increased by 75%.


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        C. During Academic Year 2009, provide assistance to the Alcorn State University
           Foundation Office to ensure that 60% of scholarships awarded are paid using a
           fund code created in Banner to properly disburse funds. By Academic Year 2014,
           75% of scholarships awarded will be paid using a fund code created in Banner to
           properly disburse funds. By Academic Year 2019, at least 90% of scholarships
           awarded will be paid using a fund code created in Banner to properly disburse
           funds.

     VI. Diversity
         Provide assistance to students who wish to participate in a learning experience
         designed to enhance their appreciation of diversity.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, work with the Study Abroad Staff to assist in
           informing 15% of enrolled students of study abroad opportunities through the
           website and related information in the Financial Aid Office, so that by Academic
           Year 2015, a minimum of 45% of enrolled students will be informed of study
           abroad opportunities, and by Academic Year 2019, 80% of enrolled students will
           be informed about Study Abroad opportunities.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, designate one financial aid staff person to counsel
           and award Study Abroad program students and answer questions relating to
           financing Study Abroad programs.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, partner with the Foundation for scholarships to help
           pay for additional expenses incurred by a minimum of 10% of students studying
           abroad; by Academic Year 2015, increase to a minimum of 25% of students
           studying abroad to receive a Foundation scholarships for additional expenses
           incurred; and by Academic Year 2019 provide scholarships, to a minimum of
           50% studying abroad.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Provide information on “How to Finance Higher Education.”
        A. During Academic Year 2010, conduct a Financial Aid Workshop to inform the
           public about resources available to help finance higher education; by Academic
           Year 2015, two Financial Aid Workshops will be provided to the public on
           financing higher education and, by Academic Year 2019, a total of three Financial
           Aid Workshops will be offered to the public.
        B. During Academic Year 2010, seek input from the Enrollment Management
           Executive Council (EMEC) on community needs for assistance with financing
           higher education.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, consult with the Alcorn State University Marketing
           Team to create brochures and flyers on “Financing Higher Education” to be
           distributed among 20% of the local communities; by Academic Year 2015,
           increase distribution to 35% and by Academic Year 2019, increase distribution to
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                                     Printing and Duplication


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Strive to deliver quick and efficient services to enhance the student life on campus.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            maintain a well-equipped printing shop.
         B. By Academic Year 2011, improve customer service to students by placing copy
            machines that are easily accessible in student housing for a user-fee and provide
            training, as needed.
         C. By Academic Year 2010, employ students who are enrolled at Alcorn State
            University through Financial Aid for work-study in the Print Shop to help
            supplement their tuition.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Ensure access to adequate printing and copying equipment for all academic units.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, all copy machine leases or purchases for each
            department will be approved by the Director of Printing and Duplication.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Assure that all publications printed in the Department of Printing and Duplication
         reflect the high quality and structure of the University and that customers are treated
         respectfully and have a significant voice in the systems implemented by the
         Department.
         A. During Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            ensure that professional courtesy to customers in order to enhance the reputation
            of the Department of Printing and Duplication at Alcorn State University.
         B. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            ensure that students, faculty, and staff are knowledgeable of the printing services
            provided by the Department of Printing and Duplication.
         C. During Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
            maintain accurate records of all work done by the Department of Printing and
            Duplication and ensure that appropriate billing is initiated.
         D. By Academic Year 2010, implement a system of evaluation to systematically
            review the performance of the staff and the printing and working conditions, and
            update systems as needed.

    IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
        Ensure that the Department of Printing and Duplication maintains its equipment and
        facilities to meet the needs of its University clientele.
         A. During Academic Year 2010, develop and implement a system to ensure that all
            campus-wide paper needs (for copying and duplicating use) are ordered by the
            Director of Printing and Duplication.


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        B. During Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter,
           maintain an accurate inventory of necessary materials and ensure that adequate
           supplies are continually secured.
        C. During Academic Year 2010, enhance the features of the printing press room to
           accommodate walk-in copy needs from various departments.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Enhance the Department of Printing and Duplication’s resources and diversify the
        sources of funding through creative fundraising strategies.
        A. During Academic Year 2010, determine a mechanism to fund the purchase of
           binding equipment for finishing proposals, presentations, grants, and monthly
           reports.

     VI. Diversity
         Encourage the University to use the services offered by the Department of Printing
         and Duplication to promote diversity.
        A. By Academic Year 2011, begin printing brochures which attract international
           students and inform them of available University resources.

     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Ensure that the Department of Printing and Duplicating meets the University’s goals
          across the campus-wide and in the local community.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, inform the continuing education and educational
           outreach programs in surrounding areas of the services provided by the
           Department of Printing and Duplication.
        B. By Academic Year 2010, inform all academic programs at the University of the
           services provided by the Department of Printing and Duplication to encourage
           promotion of their programs to the local community.
        C. By Academic Year 2011, conduct an annual workshop for all community leaders
           to acquaint them with the services offered by the Department of Printing and
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                                Title III and Sponsored Programs


    I.   Student-Centered Campus
         Prepare all students for scholarship and service in the area of general and applied
         knowledge to develop leadership skills and assist each student in obtaining a unique
         and enriching experience.
         A. By Academic Year 2011, and continuing every academic year thereafter, utilize
            funding from Title III and Sponsored Programs to support globally-focused
            courses and international travel for students in order to enhance their educational
            experiences.
         B. By Academic Year 2012, establish a program to provide support services for non-
            traditional students, including but not limited to, computer access, tutoring, and
            enrichment.
         C. By Academic Year 2012, develop and implement a plan to improve student
            academic performance through mentoring, tutoring, and other academic support
            activities.

    II. Academic Excellence
        Provide a diverse offering of specialized educational programs to accommodate
        students with varying educational and occupational interests and abilities.
         A. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, review and revise as necessary the curriculum
            in order to strengthen the gatekeeper courses, particularly in Science, Technology,
            Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines, to be completed by Academic Year
            2015.
         B. Beginning in Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year
            thereafter, ensure that Title III and Sponsored Programs’ funds are utilized to
            support the development of academic programs resulting in accreditation.
         C. By Academic Year 2009, and continuing every academic year thereafter, provide
            adequate financial assistance for faculty members to attend refresher courses,
            workshops, and seminars in their respective fields.
         D. By Academic Year 2009, develop a plan to use Title III and Sponsored Programs’
            funds to increase the number of Ph.D.-holding faculty members through the
            Faculty Awards Program.

    III. Shared Governance and Professionalism
         Engage all Title III and Sponsored Programs activity directors in the formulation,
         implementation, and evaluation of the plan of operation that governs Title III and
         Sponsored Programs.
         A. By Academic Year 2010, establish annual planning sessions between all Title III
            Activity Directors and the Administrator, Title III and Sponsored Programs,
            requiring activity directors to submit quarterly and annual reports as part of the
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        B. By Academic Year 2010, ensure that a process is in place for all Title III and
           Sponsored Programs’ activities to undergo an annual external evaluation.

     IV. Enhancement of Infrastructure and Technology
         Ensure access to the necessary infrastructure and technology to secure accreditation
         in order to contribute to various education and cultural services to meet the needs of
         the community at-large.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, interface with CITS to develop and implement a
           technology plan which will both review current technology as well as provide
           groundwork for decisions made regarding upgrades. Beginning in Academic
           Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, revisit technology
           areas to determine the needs of CITS.
        B. By Academic Year 2011, have in place a Facilities Master Plan, and continuing
           every academic year thereafter, have a yearly inspection of University facilities.

     V. Enhancement and Diversification of Resources
        Increase the number and type of relationships between various organizations and the
        University in order to secure financial resources necessary to carry out the mission
        and goals of the institution.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, expand the Office of Title III and Sponsored Programs
           to handle both pre-award and post-award activities.
        B. By Academic Year 2012, develop further collaborations with majority-serving
           research institutions to strengthen Alcorn State University’s research capacity,
           ultimately increasing the number of these partnerships by at least 50% by
           Academic Year 2019.
        C. By Academic Year 2019, identify and utilize contracting opportunities with
           government agencies and large research laboratories resulting in at least a 100%
           increase in the number of these types of partnerships as compared with those of
           Academic Year 2009.

     VI. Diversity
         Provide accredited educational programs and other services to respond to the
         demands of students and a dynamic democratic society.
        A. By Academic Year 2010, and continuing every academic year thereafter, continue
           leveraging Title III and Sponsored Programs’ funds for activities that promote and
           support acceptance of cultural differences and equality among ideas and
           viewpoints.




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     VII. Community Outreach and Engagement
          Perform the roles and functions of a land-grant university in the area of teaching,
          research, and service and create an interactive relationship with neighboring counties
          to help improve their schools, economies, and living conditions.
        A. By Academic Year 2012, ensure that the Saturday Science Academy has been
           expanded and become institutionalized.
        B. By Academic Year 2013, assist the University in developing a strong Center for
           Excellence in Community Outreach and Engagement and, continuing every
           academic year thereafter, conduct annual assessments to assess the impact of the
           program.




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