Degree Program Niche Statements and Academic Affairs Planning Recommendations

The goal of this component is to prepare recommendations for degree program enhancement and development.

In March, academic departments and schools submitted niche statements for each degree program. Over the summer, the provost and deans met to review and discuss the niche statements.

The deans were asked to submit planning documents that identify three priorities in each of two areas:

  • Current degree program development or restructuring
  • New degree program development

The provost and deans held a series of meetings this month for in-depth review of these planning documents and to establish provisional priorities in those two areas.

The priorities are being finalized and the Office of Academic Affairs will present its recommendations to the university’s administration next week.

Advising System Review

A retreat for professional advisers and deans was held in June. Based on recommendations from the retreat and with input from the deans, enhancements are being made to support the professional advising system. These enhancements include providing additional training in DegreeWorks, as a degree-audit and course scheduling tool. Additional training is being provided in the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative tool, as a tool to help students and advisors analyze student interests and readiness for selecting an academic degree program and major.

The advising system review will continue this fall and will include an retreat for faculty and college advisers.

Student Recruitment Plan Review and Revision

The Office of Recruitment has developed a student recruitment plan. The plan is updated annually and is currently under review to ensure it reflects best practices and innovative approaches to a variety of recruitment goals, strategies and tactics, including use of social media.