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Academic Innovation and Excellence Committee: 12-6-17

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Presentation from the Academic Innovation and Excellence Committee on December 6, 2017

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Academic Innovation and Excellence Committee: 12-6-17

  1. 1. Academic Innovation & Excellence ROB HALE & HAROLD LITTLE, CO-CHAIRS; GREG ARBUCKLE, MARKO DUMANCIC, FRED GIBSON, BETH LAVES, ALICIA PENNINGTON, SALLY RAY, JOHN RIDLEY, TAMELA SMITH, BELINDA WAMALA, QIN ZHAO
  2. 2. Academic Innovation and Excellence Our vision is to engage every student and excite them to learn, benchmarking against standards for providing quality in learning with greater relevance to our world and external constituents. WKU will become a leader in innovative pedagogy, and other institutions will follow our lead. We will aspire to be the best teachers in the Commonwealth and set standards for excellence in teaching diverse student populations. WKU will become students’ academic first choice.
  3. 3. Becoming the Tesla of the Commonwealth
  4. 4. Potential Strategies 1. Provide innovative pedagogical training to include engagement strategies, challenging experiences, relevant and current, to educate current and future learners 2. Help students learn how to learn, building growth mindsets, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and cognitive flexibility so they continue to learn and flourish after graduation 3. Apply new and innovative learning environments and methods to meet evolving student needs 4. Explore alternative scheduling to maximize student learning and to meet new student demands (i.e., an alternating Friday schedule) 5. Utilize high impact practices to distinguish academic programs
  5. 5. Potential Strategies 6. Make student preparedness a priority to ensure success by aligning WKU academic programs with P12 and community college programs to ensure student success and improve faculty morale 7. Allow faculty to define academic excellence for their programs based on strategically determined outcomes, rigorous academic reviews, and specific and unique performance- based metrics 8. Create, develop, and resource seven programs of national distinction 9. Make Colonnade a program of distinction and align all academic programs with Colonnade. [Note: Provide a transcript/certificate for completing Colonnade. Encourage programs to develop a map of an ideal Colonnade program to create the best program for that major.]
  6. 6. Potential Strategies 10.Integrate programs across disciplines with shared, developmentally appropriate learning outcomes 11.Develop an innovative system that “stacks” graduate certificates, which can be used toward program degree acquisition. This system should encourage interdisciplinary programs and eliminate disincentives to cross-disciplinary teaching and research collaborations. 12.Provide pathways that support adult learners. These pathways should include PLA, alternative learning environments, flexibility in delivery, and support transfers from other colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions. 13.Reorganize academic and administrative units to eliminate duplication, facilitate opportunities for learning, and encourage collaboration across all programs. 14.Leverage bureaucracy (i.e., administrative policies, procedures, and processes) to facilitate student learning instead of being an obstacle to student learning.

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