The Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP)
Approach to 2004-05 University Strategic Plan
In Academic Affairs
To further the pursuit of its strategic plan and to express its sustained commitment to continuous improvement, Kent
State University adopted the Academic Quality Improvement Project in 2000. This fall, the University begins its fourth
year of implementing continuous improvement concepts advocated by the Higher Learning Commission. Because we
have incorporated this commitment within our strategic planning process, the initiatives adopted by academic units in
response to AQIP will represent also their strategic priorities and vice-versa. Hence, as units report on their strategic
progress, units will also be contributing to the university’s annual progress report to the Higher Learning Commission.
The principles of the new University Strategic Plan driving the identification of priorities are:
1 Encourage innovation in learning
2 Focus on those we serve
3 Engage with the world beyond our campuses
4 Build and sustain
relationships that foster success Implementation Projects Time Measures of Success
Objectives Strategies Line
Strategic Objective #1: Obtain and use knowledge and other resources to cultivate a learner-centered environment for success.
Stephane Booth , coordinator
1.1 Consistent with the Boyer a) Use discussion of F 04 a)
model of scholarship, recognize Institutionalizing a Broader b)
View of Scholarship Through c)
and reward differentiated faculty
Boyer’s Four Domains in AAC, d)
roles, giving full credit to the CDC, and Faculty Senate’s
scholarship of engagement and the Professional Standards
scholarship of teaching. Committee as a means of
reaffirming our commitment
to the Boyer model (G.
b) Support faculty
participation in Scholarship of 10/04
c) Hold a Boyer workshop.
d) Develop a plan for 8/05
handbook review in AY 05-06
(G. Ormiston). 5/05
1.2 Support innovative learning a) Develop an institutional 5/05 a) Has an institutional approach grounded in pedagogy
approach to student response been recommended and implemented?
through pedagogically grounded systems. (M. Pike)
use of technology. b) Develop a
collaborative/multimodal 5/05 b) Have additional focus group sessions been held, results
learning center plan for Tri- compiled, and a conceptual plan proposed?
Towers Cafeteria space. (L.
Davis, R. DuMont, University
Council on Technology)
c) Broaden use of Web CT
Vista in preparation for the
12/05 phase-out of Web CT 5/04 c) Has the migration target for AY 04-05 been met?
Campus Edition. (M. Holly, J. through
d) Complete review by
videoconferencing group. (K.
Mahrle) 12/04 d) Has the working group made a recommendation? Has
e) Continue development of an implementation plan been approved?
BETA project. (S. Booth, D. e) Have the number of tiers and questions for each tier
Dalton, M. Holly) 6/05 been developed? Is the computer support in place for F
1.2.2 Refine information a) Promote opportunities for 12/04 a) Have the websites gone live? Has the undergraduate
sharing with students. experiential learning, research group continued its work on developing an
including internships and institutional approach?
undergraduate research. (E.
b) Establish DL website and 12/04 b) Is the website live? Is a central DL advisor in place?
central information contact.
(L. Davis, E. Goldsmith)
1.2.3 Support pilot projects a) Continue revisions to the 5/05 a) Has English submitted an OLN course redesign proposal
and use of resources first-year curriculum in math for ENG 10002? Have the college curriculum committees
designed to enhance and English. shared results of their discussion of the principles for
student retention. redesign of ENG 10001? Has Math progressed with its
online textbook design? Have results of pilot efforts in
English and Math been fed into the curriculum redesign
b) Has the residential college continued to improve
b) Assess success of the 1/05, freshmen retention?
second year of the residential 5/05
college project. (T. Capellman,
G. Padak) c) Do student satisfaction and retention results show that
c) Assess success of piloting 1/05, block scheduling should be continued?
block scheduling of first-year 5/05
courses. (G. Padak)
d) Complete planning for the d) Has a book with a diversity perspective been selected
summer reading program. (V. 12/04, by 12/15/04? Has information been distributed to new
Bocchicchio, T. Capellman, S. 5/05 freshmen and group leaders?
Kandel, G. Padak, S. Michael.
e) Refine our transfer student
strategy. (B. Miller, D. e) Has a transfer student strategy been developed that
Munson, G. Padak, C. 3/05 addresses, e.g., understanding what attracts transfer
Rickard, FYE Coordinating students to KSU, types of transfer students, orientation,
Committee) (Also see integration of transfer students into majors, need for
accelerated degree programming, delivery of programming
for the regionally placebound, leveraging of state transfer
f) Increase access to policies?
for regional campuses f) (See 2.3.4)
students and regionally 5/05
placebound transfer students.
g) Revitalize the LER. (See
g) (See 2.2.1.c)
1.3 Continue to use information 1.3.1 Respond to diverse a) Complete planning for a 12/04, a) (See 1.2.3.d)
about students and learning. learning styles. summer reading program for 5/05
first-year students. (See
b) Establish a faculty 12/04 b) Is the learning community meeting on an ongoing
learning community on cross- basis?
cultural pedagogy. (K.
Cushner, S. Michael)
c) Hold FPDC-sponsored 6/05 c) What events were held? How well attended were they?
events on the AY 04-05 What follow-up activities occurred?
theme of diverse learning.
(M. Holly, S. Booth)
d) Participate in the NSSE. 8/05 d) Have the results been received and analyzed and a
(S. Booth, S. Kandel, G. plan of action developed?
1.3.2 Clearly define a) Refine the purpose and 5/05 a) Has an action plan been developed?
learning outcomes. outcomes of the LER. (L.
Andrews, F. Smith, URCC)
b) Review the Diversity 5/05 b) Have the results of the review been analyzed and an
Requirement. (L. Andrews, F. academic quality improvement plan developed?
Smith, S. Booth, S. Michael,
Objectives Implementation Projects Time Measures of Success
Strategic Objective #2: Strengthen and broaden our resource base by serving stakeholder needs.
Laura Davis, coordinator
2.1 Review use of existing 2.1.1 Review the efficiency and 1/05 Have we reinvested 5-10% of administrative expenses in
resources. effectiveness of resources used Academic Affairs in our academic mission?
for administrative activities.
(Chairs & Directors, Deans, P.
Gaston, L. Davis, J. Milam)
2.1.2 Review investments in 5/05 Are we on track to reinvest 15% in our doctoral
doctoral programs. (Chairs & and programs?
Directors, Deans, Joint on-
University-Faculty Senate going
Commission, J. West)
2.1.3 Initiate departmental 5/05 Has the proposal been approved through the governance
program review. (S. Booth, process? Has the process been piloted in M&IS and PAS?
EPC, Faculty Senate)
2.2 Leverage existing resources. 2.2.1 Improve the ways in a) Accelerate the approval a) What programs have been approved through a piloted
which we meet stakeholder process for curricular program accelerated process?
needs. proposals so as to respond
more quickly to documented
stakeholder needs. (Faculty
Senate, P. Book, G. Ormiston)
b) Revitalize the LER to better
engage freshmen. (See 1.3.2) b) (See 1.3.2)
c) Launch the supplier
diversity program. (D.
Creamer, J. Flasco, S. Michael, c) Was the participation rate at “How to Do Business
J. Vacula, Supplier Diversity with KSU Day” satisfactory? Have we increased the
Committee) number and percentage of participating businesses? Has
the amount and proportion of expendable budget directed
toward purchases from diverse suppliers increased? Are
results of internal/external satisfaction surveys positive?
d) Continue launch of the d) Have criteria for priority room use been developed and
course scheduling software. (D. implemented? Has an institutionalized approach to
Badejo, S. Booth, L. Davis, classroom security been developed?
J.Gaudino, G. Ormiston, R.
Sikula, Course Scheduling
e) Increase program e) Has a collaborative master’s in international business
partnerships. (S. Michael) been developed with Cleveland State University? (D.
Williams) What are the results of “The Alliance” among
AU, CCF, CSU, KSU, NEOUCOM, and YSU?
2.3 Broaden our resource base. 2.3.1 Facilitate the a) Continue to establish 7/05 a) What income has been generated to date through the
development of investment revenue-sharing for entrepreneurial initiative? What programs have had
capital. entrepreneurial initiatives. revenue-sharing models set up this academic year through
the entrepreneurial initiative?
b) What alternative financial models have been
b) Pilot additional innovative 7/05 established this academic year?
financial models. c) (See 3.5)
c) Expand international
partnerships. (See 3.5)
2.3.2 Revise/develop a) Develop integrated budget 12/04 a) Have recommendations been solicited and revised
budget reporting and reports. (J. Milam) reports distributed?
modeling to support b) Develop a capacity analysis b) (See 2.3.4.c)
serving stakeholder needs. model.
c) Bring back the income-cost 12/04
generation model. (S. Kandel)
2.3.4 Use the results of a) Use results of the DL 5/05 a) Has enrollment been increased?
the DL survey to increase survey to guide increasing
enrollment in targeted DL enrollment DL programs and
programs and courses. courses without adding E&G
resources. (P. Book, L. Davis,
Deans, Chairs & Directors)
b) Use results of the DL
survey to guide increasing 5/05 b) Has enrollment been increased?
enrollment in DL programs
and courses with capacity via
models. (P. Book, L. Davis,
Deans, Chairs & Directors)
c) Use results of the DL
survey to develop targeted
new DL program and course 5/05 c) Has new development been supported?
offerings. (P. Book, L. Davis,
Deans, Chairs & Directors)
Objectives Implementation Projects Time Measures of Success
Strategic Objective #3: Create an international strategic plan.
Ken Cushner, coordinator
3.1 Establish greater faculty 3.1.1 Establish a) Convene Executive F 04 a) Has Executive team met on a regular basis?
awareness and involvement in International Affairs Committee on regular basis. and
Advisory Council. (K. Cushner, A. Gosky, T. on-
McKown, C. Nieman, L. going
Robertson, M. Rubin)
b) Seek faculty and division
reps for membership. 12/04 b) Has membership been identified?
3.1.2 Establish Geographic a) Seek faculty participation in 2/05 a) Have M. Barnes, K. Gommlich, R. Ludwig, and other
Regional Committees. one of five regional faculty been contacted regarding participation? Have
committees. (Europe, Africa, committees been established?
Middle East, Asia/Pacific or
3.1.3 Encourage faculty a) Seek faculty presenters; 11/04 a) Have Ed. Week programs been well attended?
and student involvement in encourage student attendance.
3.2 Determine the number of 3.2.1 Identify current KSU a) Survey units to supplement 12/04 a) Have numbers been generated and opportunities
students studying abroad with the study abroad offerings and data from International Review identified?
number of participants in of Dec. 2003. (K. Cushner)
intent to increase the numbers in
the years ahead.
3.2.2 Create awareness b) Phi Beta Delta host Study 2/05 b) Have students attended Study Abroad Fair?
among students of Abroad Fair, during Int’l Ed.
opportunities to study Week 2004. (K. Cushner, T.
abroad by participating in McKown)
Study Abroad Fair.
3.2.3 Increase study c) Meet with Deans and Dept. 5/05 c) Is at least one new study abroad program being
abroad offerings to Chairs to consider development considered in each college?
undergraduates. of appropriate study abroad
offerings for undergraduate
programs with goal of
developing or reactivating one
new program per college per
year. (K. Cushner, C. Nieman,
L. Robertson, M. Rubin)
3.2.4 Establish mechanism Meet with A&A Deans to 2/05 Has mechanism been established?
to document all students develop means of tracking by
who study abroad. dept./college.
3.2.5 Consider requiring all Meet with departments, 5/05 Is the idea under consideration?
students who study abroad Honor’s College and EPC.
to register for orientation
3.2.6 Consider recognizing Meet with Provost. 5/05 Is the idea under consideration?
graduates who have
studied abroad at
3.3 Develop the American 3.3.1 Create summer a) Design 2 and 3 week 12/04 a) Have cost-effective programs been developed?
Experience Market. culture and language American Experience programs
programs for international that can be offered to
students. students at international
partner institutions. (K.
Cushner, K. Gommlich)
b) Advertise among our
partner institutions. (and 1/05 b) Have partner institutions been informed?
others) (K. Cushner, K.
Gommlich, M. Rubin,)
c) Explore possibility of
involving KSU Hospitality 12/04 c) Are programs interested?
students during summer
months. (K. Cushner)
3.4 Internationalize the Curriculum. 3.4.1 Increase international a) Survey units to supplement 2/05 a) Has a list of international course availability been
course and experience data from International Review prepared.
offerings to students. of Dec. 2003 (K. Cushner)
b) Meet with Deans, Dept.
Chairs and Program 5/05 b) Have program areas considered inclusion of an
Coordinators to consider international perspective?
inclusion of more
coursework or experiences in
(K. Cushner, L. Robertson)
3.5 Expand International 3.5.1 Broaden the a) Conduct audit of existing 1/05 a) Have partner institutions been surveyed?
Partnerships. opportunities at any given agreements to determine
partner institution. reactivation or expansion of
b) Survey existing partner 4/05 b) Have new opportunities been communicated system-
institutions for willingness to wide?
expand to other campus units.
(K. Cushner, C. Nieman, M.
c) Develop the means to 2/05 c) Have guidelines been established?
solicit internal program needs
that would lead to the
development and expansion of
d) Communicate new 5/05 d) Have prospective partners been identified that support
opportunities to units on strategic interests?
campus. (K. Cushner)
3.5.2 Strategically identify a) Propose guidelines for 1/05 a) Have guidelines been established?
and develop new establishing new international
international partners. linkages. (Executive
b) Survey units on campus 5/05 b) Have units been surveyed?
currently developing new
international linkages. (K.
Cushner, M. Rubin)
3.6 Increase the Number of 3.6.1 Identify areas of a) Determine current state of 9/04 a) Have current KSU and comparative data been gathered?
International Students. strength and weakness in affairs. (K. Cushner, T.
our ability to recruit and McKown, C. Nieman) b) Have units been informed of implications of new SEVIS
retain international b) Work with units to 12/04 regulations?
students. understand implications of new
SEVIS restrictions and
requirements. (K. Cushner, T.
McKown, C. Nieman) c) Is the time from initial application to response to
c) Work with units to 5/05 student shortened?
streamline application process.
(K. Cushner, T. McKown, C.
Nieman, RAGS) d) Is web access to KSU International Affairs easier?
d) Establish greater web-based 12/04
visibility and ease. (K.
3.6.2 Gain institutional a) Meet with EMSA. (K. 1/05 a) Has agreement been reached?
commitment to increase Cushner, T. McKown)
int’l student population to
the target of 8% on the
3.6.3 Develop goals by b) Meet with RAGS and Chairs 2/05 b) Have program areas established their recruitment
discipline and level for to determine feasibility. goals?
student recruitment and
support (ultimately to seek
financial assistance for