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Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Transformative Student Experience

  1. Goal 1: Provide an excellent teaching and learning opportunity to a larger and more diverse student population.
  2. Goal 2: Provide a university experience centered on student engagement, development, and success, which prepares graduates to lead and excel in a diverse United States and global society.
  3. Goal 3: Improve curricular and student support infrastructure to enhance access, educational quality, and student success in a growing institution.

Theme 2 Sub-goals

  • Enhance student engagement and achievement in academics and co-curricular activities.
  • Increase the size, diversity, and academic preparedness of the undergraduate and graduate student populations at all WSU campuses.
  • Produce graduates who are highly sought by post-baccalaureate and post-graduate employers and graduate/professional programs.
  • Align student recruitment, admissions, and retention system-wide to enhance access, inclusiveness, and student success.

Theme 2 Metrics

 Sub-goals
InitiativesMetrics
Evidence
2.a.
Enhance student engagement and achievement in academics and co-curricular activities.
  • Enhance the physical and technological infrastructure to support and facilitate innovation in teaching and learning.

  • Augment the resources and technical expertise available to faculty and staff to improve teaching and learning.

  • Increase, recognize, and reward innovation in teaching, learning, and student life.

  • Improve retention through an enriched set of student experiences.

  • Provide support services that facilitate the achievement of high academic performance expectations in a focused area of study.

  • Provide inclusive, responsive, and student-led cocurricular activities, including registered student organizations, student government, and Residence Life activities.

16. Percent of undergraduate degrees with all six program assessment elements in place, including use of student learning assessment results in decision-making or planning
17. Percent of graduate degree programs using student learning assessment results in decision-making or planning
18. Bachelor’s degrees awarded (total, high-demand fields, low-income students)
19. Graduate degrees awarded (master’s, doctoral, professional, high-demand and STEM fields)
20. Number of internship or practicum experiences (National Survey of Student Engagement and college reports)
21. Percentage of classrooms meeting benchmark quality standards
  • Honors enrollment

  • Students on President’s Honor Roll (3.5 and above) each semester

  • Student satisfaction: percent of seniors and graduate students satisfied with academic experience (Educational Benchmarking Incorporated Survey)

  • National Survey of Student Engagement, alumni surveys, senior survey

  • Research, scholarly, and creative activities conducted with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements (National Survey of Student Engagement)

  • Course-based civic engagement activities (National Survey of Student Engagement)

  • UCORE assessments of quality (Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning)

  • International Programs’ report on clubs, international internships, Global Case Competition, community service activities

  • eLearning and other relevant grants

  • Percent of students satisfied with facilities and equipment in classrooms and labs

  • Housing services survey (Educational Benchmarking Incorporated)

  • Number of graduate students on external fellowships (Graduate School)

  • LibQual and other library service assessments

2.b.
Increase the size , diversity and academic preparedness of the undergraduate and graduate student populations at all campuses.
  • Build a stronger support structure to recruit and retain transfer students.

  • Develop stronger outreach and recruitment for high-achieving underrepresented students.

  • Invest in effective recruiting programs for high-achieving out-of-state students.

  • Invest in graduate student recruitment and mentoring initiatives and programs for underrepresented groups.

22. Total university enrollment (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional)
23. Percent of student body from underrepresented groups (undergraduate, graduate, professional)
2.c.
Produce graduates who are highly sought by post-baccalaureate and post-graduate employers and graduate/ professional programs.
  • Assess and respond to emerging opportunities through strategic investment in new programs.

  • Broaden student engagement with cultures, ideas, and artistic expression of people of our diverse nation and world.

  • Facilitate student engagement in high-impact learning experiences.

  • Expand international dual degree programs in graduate education.

  • Devise four-year pathways for students that integrate career and personal development activities with academic degree plans.

  • Ensure that faculty have ready access to information regarding student achievement of fundamental competencies valued by employers (writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, etc.).

24. Alumni survey: percent of graduates employed within 1 year in a job relevant to their degree
  • Career Center reports:
    —employer activity at career expos, hiring, interviews
    —internship data
    —Student activity as logged in the career database

  • Evidence of relevant programming (college reports)

  • National Survey of Student Engagement survey items on global perspectives

  • Info Literacy module results from the Educational Benchmarking Incorporated (Housing) reports

  • Common Reading and Freshman Focus assessments

  • Office of International Programs’ report on global competencies of students

2.d.
Align student recruitment, admissions, and retention system-wide to enhance access, inclusiveness, and student success.
  • Support and encourage engagement in wellness, safety, artistic, and civic programs and activities.

  • Support and encourage programming that cultivates and supports healthy decision making and academic skills.

  • Augment the resources and technical expertise to support and assess data-informed enrollment management and student support programming.

  • Support innovations in advising technology and processes that increase time spent advising relative to time spent on enrollment logistics.

27. Freshmen retention rate (all students, low income, underrepresented groups, first generation)
26. Four-year graduation rate (all students, low income, underrepresented groups, first generation)
27. Six-year graduation rate (all students, low income, underrepresented groups, first generation)
28. Percent of students who complete:
—master’s degree within four years as compared to peers in similar disciplines
—doctoral degree within eight years as compared to peers in similar disciplines
29. Average SAT of incoming freshmen
  • Student progress indicators on state dashboard (Public Centralized Higher Education Enrollment System)

  • Percent of direct-from-high-school students completing college-level math and English within two years

  • Percent of first-year students who complete a full or part-time load in first year

  • Course completion (percentage of credit hours completed out of those attempted)