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Presentation at the Townhall featuring the University of Kentucky Strategic Planning Working Group #1: "Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community" co-chaired by Kim Anderson and Jane Jenson. …

Presentation at the Townhall featuring the University of Kentucky Strategic Planning Working Group #1: "Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community" co-chaired by Kim Anderson and Jane Jenson. Town Halls represent opportunities for the community to learn about the Strategic Plan and to share ideas about our university’s future. Other Working Groups include:

Working Group #2: Advance a High-Quality Graduate and Professional Portfolio
Working Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment
Working Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK
Working Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff
Working Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and the Community

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  • Here is a more detailed timeline of the strategic planning process.
  • 785 = 435 people including Planning Committee; 150 Academic Brand Initiative focus group participants; estimated 100 Town Hall attendees; estimated 100 Speaker Series attendees
  • Tactic 1.1: Cultivate academic pride in a UK degree. Infuse the undergraduate experience with a deep sense of intellectual pride of place such that the students feel like they are part of UK, and are proud of their academic accomplishments and their UK degree.
    Tactic 1.2: Increase multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary degree programs, certificates, and dual degrees. Building from existing areas of strength at the University and exploring emerging knowledge communities, we will provide our students with a broad and multi-layered base of knowledge which will enable them to thrive in an ever more complex local and global landscape.
    Tactic 1.3:  Expand Innovative Living Learning Programs. We will increase opportunities for students to engage in Living Learning Programs that emphasize interdisciplinary education and provide opportunities for high impact learning experiences.
    Tactic 1.4: Embed high expectations and meaningful assessment of student learning to demonstrate the value of a UK degree. We will build upon UK Core and leverage our institutional strengths to become a model for universities across the U.S. in outcome-centered learning.
    Tactic 1.5: Expand opportunities for undergraduate enrichment programs. We will evaluate and increase capacity in programs of excellence (i.e. Honors, Global Scholars, University Scholars, etc.) to enhance our students’ potential in scholarship and citizenship.
  • Tactic 2.1:  Promote the use of innovative pedagogical approaches. We will harness technology to promote a state-of-the-art learning experience for every student, while recognizing and supporting changing faculty roles in the face of rapid technological change.
    Tactic 2.2: Develop measures of instructional quality. We will develop ways to recognize quality undergraduate instruction and co-instruction, create opportunities for the development of new instructional practices, and reward exemplary teaching and mentoring of undergraduates.
    Tactic 2.3: Increase and integrate undergraduate student participation in research. We will leverage our robust and productive multidisciplinary research enterprise to increase opportunities for and integration of undergraduate participation in research across colleges and departments. Concordantly, we will develop mechanisms and programs to connect undergraduates with research opportunities from the time they arrive on campus.
    Tactic 2.4: Increase and integrate student participation in experiential education and service-learning. We will strive to provide every student with an opportunity to learn, grow, and explore through hands-on engagement with, internships, co-op experiences, engagement in service-learning, integrated into the core curriculum and complimented with critical reflection
    Tactic 2.5: Expand opportunities for learning abroad and engaging the international community of campus and Kentucky. We will continue to increase opportunities for students to participate in education abroad opportunities, in ways that enhance their degree programs and with attention to equity of opportunity across all demographics of our student body; and we will seek ways to connect our campus classrooms to the diverse community at home and abroad.
  • Tactic 3.1: Create a comprehensive transition model from recruitment or transfer to graduation. UK must provide clear pathways to completion. Research emphasizes the importance of investment in retention beyond the first year, as attrition regularly occurs in years two through four. Therefore, we will expand our extended orientation programming for all students, beginning with recruitment or transfer and extending through graduation, to help in the process of self-discovery and to develop students’ decision-making abilities.
     
    Tactic 3.2: Improve the quality of academic advising. The role of advising in degree completion cannot be emphasized enough. Advisors and their relationships with students play a critical role in student success. To fulfill our obligation to our students, we will critically examine the quality of our academic advising systems. We will then make bold, data-driven, and specific systematic changes in order to provide our students with an advising experience that meets their needs and eases their journey to degree completion.
     
    Tactic 3.3: Blend advising and career services to improve the student experience and placement rates. We need to provide a seamless, world-class advising and career services experience for all of our students, helping them in their job search and in their transition from the undergraduate classroom to the workplace or to further study. To achieve this goal, we will conduct a detailed evaluation of the academic and career advising systems across campus and develop a plan for integration and for a more purposeful and individually tailored system.
     
    Tactic 3.4: Develop predictive analytics of student progress. We will expand current early-alert processes to proactively identify measures of student involvement, healthy academic behaviors, and student engagement in self-assessment (goal-setting) to help provide interventions and increase student success. To ensure that our processes are effective, we will review the early alert data weekly and begin individual student intervention as appropriate, we will review retention data each semester and adjust our actions, and we will update and be disciplined in implementing the yearly retention action plan. We will ask Colleges to develop complementary retention action plans, and we will hold the Office for Student Success and the Colleges accountable for making increases in student retention and graduation rates.
     
    Tactic 3.4: Engage in college readiness and pre-UK programming through direct activities and partnerships. We will expand the pool of college-ready students in Kentucky by augmenting our direct activities and community partnerships, increasing dual enrollment programs for high school students, and giving our future alumni the support they need to succeed at UK.
     
  • Emphasize the importance, when providing feedback, in recognizing the scope of the suggestion…goal, action, tactic, implementation. Specific suggestions such as changing a policy, should be framed relative to the long term strategic goal…the intention of the policy. This will help planner understand the suggestion and how to incorporate it into the design.
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    • 1. An Equal Opportunity University “see tomorrow.” Feedback Session April 15th , 2014
    • 2. An Equal Opportunity University We want your feedback!
    • 3. An Equal Opportunity University Detailed Timeline
    • 4. Campus & Community Involvement An Equal Opportunity University • Town Halls • Speaker Series events • 103 Planning Committee members • 150 Academic Brand Initiative focus group participants • Approximately 785 people have been involved in the planning process in some way • Strategic Plan videos viewed 1504 times on YouTube
    • 5. An Equal Opportunity University Members of Working Group 1 • Kimberly Anderson (Co-Chair) Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering • Jane Jensen (Co-Chair) Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Study, College of Education • Patricia Burkhart Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Nursing • Micaha Dean Undergraduate Student, Corporate Communication and Psychology • Becky Dutch Associate Dean, Biomedical Research, College of Medicine • Nelson Fields Associate Professor of Theatre Costume Design, Arts Administration, College of Fine Arts • Chris Franklin Assistant Director of Security and Operations, Student Center • Larry Grabau Associate Dean for Instruction, College of Agriculture • Jessica Hinkle Undergraduate Student, Business Management • Nancy Johnson Associate Professor, Management, College of Business & Economics • Pete Mirabito Associate Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences • Dan Nwosu Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering • Roshan Palli Undergraduate Student, Mathematical Economics and Political Science • Joe Rey-Barreau Professor, School of Interiors, College of Design • Jeff Spradling Robinson Scholars, Staff • David Timoney Enrollment Management, Staff • Benjamin Withers Professor of Art and Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, College of Fine Arts  
    • 6. Findings from Phase 1: Research and Benchmarking An Equal Opportunity University
    • 7. Nine Key Trends An Equal Opportunity University
    • 8. Structure of the Plan An Equal Opportunity University VISION Actions Tactics Metrics Implementation StrengthsTrends Challenges Goals
    • 9. An Equal Opportunity University Ways to Provide Feedback • Today’s discussion…just a piece. Opportunities to discuss other pieces of the plan are coming. • Today’s discussion…actions and tactics not implementation (Implementation planning in the summer) • Read at your leisure and send feedback
    • 10. An Equal Opportunity University Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community Strengths  UK has experienced five years of record-sized first-year classes, which have maintained academic quality above the national average.  Significant growth in the number of Merit Scholars from 25 to 105 occurred in just over two years, placing UK among the top 10 public institutions in the country.  Our Living Learning Program offerings are growing from 13 in Fall 2013 to 18 by Fall 2014, and plans are in place for more growth in future years.  The Honors program has expanded from 750 students overall in 2010 to approximately 1400 students in 2014, with a goal of expanding to 2100 students by 2016.  Online credit hours increased 147 percent between Fall 2008 and Fall 2013.  Revised UK Core degree requirements emphasizing inquiry-based learning and competency-based learning outcomes.
    • 11. An Equal Opportunity University Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community Challenges  Among the 11 benchmark institutions identified by the 2011 University Review Committee, UK ranks 10th in first-to-second-year retention rates.  Even though UK’s first-year students exceed the performance of their peers (identified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education) on three of five National Survey of Student Engagement benchmarks, UK’s seniors rate UK more poorly than do their counterparts at other research universities on three of the benchmarks (academic challenge, enriching educational experience, and supportive campus environment)  Students arriving on campus underprepared.  The approval process for new academic programs is slow, variable, and unwieldy.
    • 12. An Equal Opportunity University Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community Opportunities  Technology has an increased presence in our teaching and learning, at UK and other postsecondary institutions across the nation.  UK’s retention rates are in need of improvement.  Given the distinctive depth and breadth of our campus, increasing our multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary degree programs has the potential of modernizing and revitalizing our educational offerings.  Classified as a Research University with Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, UK is ranked in the highest possible Carnegie classification — and has the exceptional ability to connect undergraduate students with research experiences.  Experiential education is being increasingly utilized to enhance the undergraduate curriculum.
    • 13. An Equal Opportunity University Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community Three Actions 1.Focus on Integrated and Interdisciplinary Learning 2.Engage in High Impact Teaching and Learning Opportunities 3.Achieve National Excellence in Student Support to Degree
    • 14. An Equal Opportunity University Action 1: Focus on Integrated and Interdisciplinary Learning  Cultivate academic pride in a UK degree  Increase multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary degree programs, certificates and dual degrees  Expand innovative living learning programs  Embed high expectations and meaningful assessment of student learning to demonstrate the value of a UK degree  Expand opportunities for undergraduate enrichment programs Tactics:
    • 15. An Equal Opportunity University Action 2: Engage in High Impact Teaching and Learning Opportunities Tactics: Promote the use of innovative pedagogical approaches Develop measures of instructional quality. Increase and integrate undergraduate student participation in research Increase and integrate student participation in experiential education and service-learning Expand opportunities for learning abroad and engaging the international community of campus and Kentucky
    • 16. An Equal Opportunity University Action 3: Achieve National Excellence in Student Support to Degree Tactics Create a comprehensive transition model from recruitment or transfer to graduation. Improve the quality of academic advising Blend advising and career services to improve the student experience and placement rates Develop predictive analytics of student progress Engage in college readiness and pre-UK programming through direct activities and partnerships.
    • 17. An Equal Opportunity University • How do we measure our success? – Quantitative Outcome Measures – Process indicators • How will we implement these ideas? – Create Tomorrow Implementation Plan – Remember this is a six year process.
    • 18. An Equal Opportunity University Overview of Metrics & Measures Action 2: High Impact Teaching and Learning Opportunities •% of students in education abroad, internships, and service learning •% of students participating in research broadly defined •Increase in % of students participating in research year over year •Institute of International Education rankings • % of class sections utilizing enhanced pedagogical methods such as adaptive learning tools, electronic textbooks, “flipped” classrooms, and online collaborative learning initiatives •Number of students participating in internships and co-op experiences Action 1: Integrated and Interdisciplinary Learning •Increased recognition of UK academic programs in national surveys •Alumni satisfaction •Percentage of students participating in dual majors, minors, dual degree programs •Number of dual degree programs •Number of multidisciplinary programs •Number of students participating in residential learning communities. •Number of certificate programs •Number of new undergraduate interdisciplinary majors •Number of competency-based assessments
    • 19. An Equal Opportunity University Overview of Metrics & Measures Action 3: Student Support to Degree •First-to-second year retention rate •First-to-third year retention rate •First-to-fourth year retention rate •6-year graduation rate •Transfer students’ retention •Student success after graduation •Curricular mapping from admissions to graduation •Bachelor’s degrees awarded •Satisfaction of students using advising and career services
    • 20. An Equal Opportunity University Sample Implementation Strategies* • Conduct a thorough audit of what academic programs we have and how they compare to our benchmarks. • Evaluate and minimize barriers in developing or approving interdisciplinary and inter-college programs. • Examine the resources needed to provide experiential learning experiences (research, study abroad, service learning) including faculty time, laboratory expenses, etc. • Create an integrated student support program with clear learning goals from recruitment, to orientation, to graduation. • Examine the student pathway from admissions to the major to avoid obstacles (e.g. inability to compete for desired major) and maximize success. * The Create Tomorrow Implementation Plan will be written next summer.
    • 21. An Equal Opportunity University What have we missed???
    • 22. An Equal Opportunity University Invite a friend • Invite a colleague or community partner to participate in the review. • DUS Meeting, April 23 4 p.m., 230 Student Center • Student Forum, April 21 4 p.m., Student Center Theater • Advising Network Forum • http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/events • Send feedback • seetomorrow@uky.edu • http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/contact-us