June 2011 Chancellors' Panel

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  • MU is advancing Missouri through undergraduate education in many ways. Today I will Focus on our enrollment; Introduce you to some remarkable students ; and Give you an example of the stellar faculty who teach Mizzou undergraduates.
  • Although our undergraduate enrollment has grown substantially: We have increased our ethnic and geographic diversity. We have increased the number of low-income students. We have a higher number of high ability students. Our six-year graduation rate is the highest in MU history and is much higher than the national average for public universities. Our new Commission on Student Success (co-chaired by Cathy Scroggs, Jim Spain and Ann Korschgen) is continuing to examine ways to help students succeed at Mizzou.
  • MU has invested in numerous programs that contribute to student success and add tremendous value to their undergraduate education. The best way to show the power of an MU undergraduate degree is by introducing you to several students who are engaged in unique experiences that enrich their academic programs and promote significant personal growth . These students: Strive for academic excellence in challenging courses with real-world applications Pursue activities that develop leadership and communication skills Seek community service experience Conduct meaningful research with faculty mentors Study and volunteer abroad
  • Social Work major Kam Phillips was one of only 60 students nationwide (and the only one from a Missouri institution) to receive a 2011 Truman Scholarship for her outstanding leadership and commitment to public service. Each scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Jenna Marston is majoring in industrial engineering, earns top grades and plays shortstop on the Tiger softball team. For the third straight year, the team competed in the Women’s College World Series. International student and violinist Matheus Souza (pronounced ma-TAY-oos SOO-zuh) placed third in the string division of the annual Music Teachers National Association competition. Our School of Music has a strong record of producing many national collegiate champions. Journalism students Emily Spain and Blake Hanson won the 2011 Fox News Channel College Challenge. Besides appearing on Fox News with Assistant Professor Greeley Kyle, they won a $10,000 prize and a matching $10,000 grant for the J-School. Pre-med student Jimmy Cole researches thyroid disease in the lab of his faculty mentor, molecular microbiology and immunology Professor Helen Braley-Mullen. He is one of 51 Honors College Discovery Fellows who earn a $1,700 stipend while gaining research and scholarly experience early in their academic careers. Students with ACT scores of 33 or better are eligible for the program.
  • Undergraduate students benefit from MU’s nationally prominent scholars and scientists. For example, Curators Professor James Birchler, a cytogeneticist who studies the structure and function of cells, joined the ranks of Albert Einstein, Orville Wright and Thomas Edison when the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) elected him as a member this spring. Dr. Birchler teaches our General Genetics course for undergraduate students, in addition to teaching graduate-level classes. He also works with undergraduates in his lab. One of Dr. Birchler’s most popular lectures features him dressed as Gregor Mendel, the monk and scientist whose work is the foundation of modern genetics. Our biggest challenge is keeping faculty like Dr. Birchler at Mizzou. We need adequate resources and a campus infrastructure that supports their teaching and research endeavors . Note: Other NAS members at MU are Fred Hawthorne , Linda Randall and R. Michael Roberts . Jack Colwill is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
  • MU is advancing Missouri through undergraduate education in many ways. Today I will Focus on our enrollment; Introduce you to some remarkable students ; and Give you an example of the stellar faculty who teach Mizzou undergraduates.
  • MU is advancing Missouri through undergraduate education in many ways. Today I will Focus on our enrollment; Introduce you to some remarkable students ; and Give you an example of the stellar faculty who teach Mizzou undergraduates.
  • MU is advancing Missouri through undergraduate education in many ways. Today I will Focus on our enrollment; Introduce you to some remarkable students ; and Give you an example of the stellar faculty who teach Mizzou undergraduates.
  • June 2011 Chancellors' Panel

    1. 1. Chancellors’ Panel June 17, 2011 Advancing Quality Undergraduate Education
    2. 2. Dr. Brady Deaton University of Missouri-Columbia
    3. 3. AAU Public Change in Undergraduate Enrollment 2002-2009
    4. 4. <ul><li>Increase in ethnic diversity African American up 53% (+715 students) Hispanic up 102% (+399 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in geographic diversity Out-of-state enrollment up 81% (+2,154 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in low-income students Pell-eligible students up 61% (+1,809 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in high ability students ACT Scores 33-36 up 192% since 2002 (+136 students) ACT Scores 28-32 up 30% since 2002 (+365 students) </li></ul><ul><li>Six-year graduation rate – highest in MU history 69.3% (state 54.4% / national 53.5%) </li></ul>Notable MU Undergraduate Enrollment Trends Fall 2002 — Fall 2010
    5. 5. Unmatched MU Education <ul><li>Summer Welcome orientation program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized academic advising for each incoming student </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>100+ Freshman Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students with similar interests live and study together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honors College </li></ul><ul><li>12 major undergraduate research programs </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowships Office </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Center </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded/personalized academic advising </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New assessment effort underway </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Total Person Program for student-athletes </li></ul><ul><li>Service-Learning Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3,800 undergraduates volunteered 160,00 hours through 250+ courses (2010-11 academic year) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Stellar MU Students Kam Phillips Jenna Marston Matheus Souza Jimmy Cole Emily Spain and Blake Hanson
    7. 7. Prominent MU Faculty <ul><li>James Birchler </li></ul><ul><li>Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches “General Genetics” course to undergraduates </li></ul>
    8. 8. Leo E. Morton University of Missouri-Kansas City
    9. 9. <ul><li>Undergraduate enrollment growth is a strategic imperative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 60% Undergraduate and 40% Graduate and Professional – Moving towards 70/30 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student success (retention/graduation) ─ our first strategic goal enhances enrollment growth </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting academic areas critical to community success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering, Management , Arts & Sciences, Education, Biological Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Success requires end-to-end collaboration </li></ul>Undergraduate Education at UMKC
    10. 10. Quality Undergraduate Education <ul><li>Ultimate student success requires: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well prepared students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective higher education processes/environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear performance outcomes, measures and accountability </li></ul></ul>How do we currently measure success?
    11. 11. Measuring Quality Undergraduate Education <ul><li>Exit Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability Measures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensing Exams 2010 – Nursing (UMKC 94%, Natl.87%); Teacher Education (UMKC 100%, Natl. 96%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ETS Proficiency Profile – 66% of students above national average </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Senior feedback: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfaction with educational experience survey – FY11 – 80% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>75% rate “Quality of Instruction” as Good or Excellent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other input: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni Survey </li></ul></ul>How do we currently enhance quality?
    12. 12. Support for Quality Undergraduate Experience <ul><li>Faculty Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Low Student/Faculty Ratio (13:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Size (54% - 20 or below) </li></ul><ul><li>Program Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>SEARCH – Student Research </li></ul><ul><li>FACET – Faculty training </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemental Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Early Warning System </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>Career Center </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical and Field Experiences </li></ul>Many efforts focused on improving outcomes
    13. 13. <ul><li>Lumina Foundation – Degree Qualifications Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing community and corporate engagement </li></ul>Improving Undergraduate Outcomes <ul><li>IUE – Urban Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>SWECC – Early College </li></ul><ul><li>Prep KC </li></ul><ul><li>Charter Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Principals Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation Agreements – CC’s </li></ul><ul><li>KC Stem Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Success Center </li></ul><ul><li>University College </li></ul><ul><li>Honors College </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer Center </li></ul><ul><li>Advising overhaul </li></ul><ul><li>Need-based Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Success (A2S) </li></ul><ul><li>P-20 </li></ul><ul><li>NSF KC BANCS </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Ed overhaul </li></ul>What are our challenges?
    14. 14. Challenges to Delivering Quality <ul><li>Student preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of consistency in student preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Improving matriculation from community colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing interest in STEM fields and early college credits </li></ul><ul><li>Need-based scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Degree Qualification Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving scale with key initiatives (e.g. IUE) </li></ul><ul><li>Intervening early enough: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd grade reading – behind- never catch up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 th grade reading results used to forecast need for prisons </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Dr. Tom George University of Missouri- St. Louis
    16. 16. Focus on students and faculty <ul><li>UMSL is advancing undergraduate education by focusing on the teaching capacity of faculty, the overall student experience and the preparation of students entering college </li></ul>
    17. 17. Center for Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Offers programs that improve undergraduate instruction across all disciplines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching with Technology series helps faculty understand and integrate technology that enhances instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation and training sessions specifically for adjunct faculty and teaching assistants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing lectures and seminars on classroom issues. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Center for Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Offers programs that help students take advantage of their experience at a metropolitan research university </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research Symposium creates an opportunity for students to present their research or creative work accomplished in association with faculty mentors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hundreds of service-learning assignments with the intent that the activity benefit and support the recipient and the student ’s learning experience . </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. The Student Experience <ul><li>University Studies course and New Student Orientation have been created to better acquaint UMSL students – many of whom are the first in their family to attend college – with the rigors necessary to succeed at a research university </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University Studies is a basic introduction to the university that covers the university's history, organization, culture, resources, research programs and accomplishments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NSO is a one-day mandatory program designed to provide students with the information and resources they will need to have a successful college experience. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. The Student Experience <ul><li>SisterScholars-in-Training and Males of Color Initiative have been started to enhance the performance of minority students in undergraduate courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal is to improve the retention and graduate rates of minorities on par with the larger student population. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both create a supportive environment that focuses on personal responsibility, meeting course deadlines, study habits, test taking and career goals. </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. The Student Experience <ul><li>Career Services helps UMSL students select among more than 1,000 internships annually at the companies and organizations located throughout the St. Louis region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 3,500 separate employers have posted an internship in Career Service ’s database over the past four years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Services internships are separate from internships associated with degree programs such as education or nursing.   </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. The Student Experience <ul><li>The Math Technology Learning Center was created during the redesign of UMSL ’s college algebra course under the guidance of the National Center for Academic Transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass rates in college algebra have steadily increased during all phases of the redesign. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trigonometry, calculus and statistics students now all use the lab to do their on-line homework or to get assistance from instructors and teaching assistants.   </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Preparing future undergraduates <ul><li>UMSL operates programs reaching thousands of middle and high school students annually to better ensure that they have the academic capacity to succeed in college </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, UMSL has recruited freshman classes with steadily improved class ranks and ACT scores. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bridge Program and STARS are primary examples of UMSL ’s precollegiate outreach. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Dr. John F. Carney III Missouri University of Science and Technology
    25. 25. <ul><li>Missouri S&T produces technological literate graduates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>90% majoring in engineering/hard sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide engineers/scientists to Missouri industries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Missouri S&T promotes interest in engineering and science starting in first grade </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri S&T provides support structure to ensure undergraduate student success </li></ul>Advancing Missouri
    26. 26. Missouri S&T Produces Technological Literate Graduates <ul><li>15 engineering bachelor degree programs </li></ul><ul><li>668 employers recruited our students in FY11 </li></ul><ul><li>We keep engineering students in Missouri </li></ul>
    27. 27. Project Lead the Way <ul><li>Since 2005, Missouri S&T has been the state affiliate for Project Lead the Way </li></ul><ul><li>In five years, S&T has trained more than 400 teachers in teaching Project Lead the Way curriculum (149 schools) </li></ul><ul><li>S&T is the only university in the nation to offer Project Lead the Way training in both engineering and biomedical science </li></ul>
    28. 28. Missouri S&T Provides Support Structure to Ensure Undergraduate Student Success <ul><li>Hit the Ground Running </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Freshman Student Intrusive Intervention Program </li></ul><ul><li>On-Track Academic Success Program </li></ul><ul><li>Result: 86% Retention Rate </li></ul>
    29. 29. Obstacles/Challenges <ul><li>Student/faculty ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Salaries of faculty and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul>

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