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Undergraduate Studies Mission

Undergraduate Studies provides programs and services that enrich student learning and promote student success.

Goals, Strategies. and Metrics

The goals, strategies, and metrics that guide Undergraduate Studies include Student Development and Programs, Faculty Development and Programs, Staff Development and Programs, Outreach and Collaboration, and Evaluation and Assessment.

Student Development and Programs

Goal: Collaborate with colleges, departments, and other university units to enhance student learning and engagement through high-impact learning experiences and to increase retention and decrease barriers to timely graduation.

Strategy (ASC[1]): Increase academic support for high D, F, W, and Q courses; develop and implement a comprehensive program for early student intervention; establish an academic volunteer training program (PAL, Peer Academic Leaders) to prepare students to help other students become more academically successful; increase programming for students needing or desiring a new major.
Metrics: Success rates of students enrolled in high D, F, W, and Q courses; impact of early intervention on academic deficiency rates; participation in and feedback following major selection programs.

Strategy (CSAS): Create and implement programming to engage academically at-risk student athletes; improve life skills programming for student athletes.
Metrics: Implement objective-based programming in the Student Learning Center; level of participation and attainment of learning outcomes through program activities

Strategy (HUR): Broaden student participation and retention in HUR programs; broaden the definition of Honors requirements to include a greater variety of high impact learning experiences and reduce reliance on Honors course sections.
Metrics:  Evaluate barriers to student engagement in HUR programs using the Equity Score Card; participation numbers and retention numbers before and after the implementation of the strategy;

Strategy (OUS): Develop self-help materials to foster student understanding of academic policies and procedures.
Metrics: Videos, website content, flyers, and other materials addressing Student Rules and related academic policies and grievance procedures.

Strategy (PPIP): Increase the number of underrepresented students participating in PPIP; create a meaningful post-internship experience for PPIP participants.
Metrics: Monitor demographics of PPIP participants; assess participation of PPIP participants in post-internship activities.

Strategy (PSA): Establish collaborative summer programs and 3+3 curricular options with the Texas A&M School of Law; grow programming for health professions; grow programming targeted to new first year and transfer students; expand recruitment of eligible, economically-disadvantaged students to the Texas Joint Admission Medical Program.
Metrics: Student participation in joint summer and curricular programs offered with the Texas A&M School of Law; monitor student participation in pre-health profession programming including clinical experience and observation; monitor participation of new student participation in PSA programs; increase engagement and awareness of economically disadvantaged students in pre-professional programs.

Strategy (TAP): Develop and maintain policies to foster timely graduation; encourage use of available on-campus resources to support student success and maintain efficient operations; maintain existing co-enrollment programs and provide support for development of new programs based on a co-enrollment model.  Develop comprehensive peer-mentoring training program to most efficiently reach and serve first-year students participating in learning communities.
Metrics: Monitor progress of students participating in TAP and co-enrollment programs through graduation; monitor student participation in learning communities and related programs.  Evaluate mentoring by participating students through observation of activities by staff; monitoring student participation in required and optional programs for the learning community to gauge engagement.

Strategy (UWC): Scale up the writing studio and classrroom workshop model.
Metrics: Student attainment of learning outcomes related to communication proficiency.

Faculty Development and Programs

Goal: Provide resources and tools to faculty to support student learning.  Recognize faculty contributions to student learning and engagement, and expand faculty awareness of and engagement with Undergraduate Studies’ programs and services.

Strategy (HUR): Leverage and recognition of faculty engagement through development of HUR Faculty Fellows Program and dissemination of door plaques for faculty mentors and advisors.
Metrics: Sponsorship of Capstone Scholar by HUR Faculty Fellow, number of door plaques given out each year.

Strategy (OUS): Develop and disseminate resources and tools for faculty integrating high-impact learning experiences into the curriculum.
Metrics: Integration of high-impact learning experiences in curricula; student participation in high-impact learning experiences; number and use of resources developed.

Strategy (UWC): Create a Faculty Writing Fellows program; regularly produce and distribute an electronic faculty newsletter on teaching writing and speaking.
Metrics: Participation in and feedback from the Faculty Writing Fellows program; feedback from recipients of the electronic newsletter.

Staff Development and Programs

Goal: Provide resources and professional development opportunities to staff, including academic advisors, to support student learning and engagement. Recognize staff contributions and expand staff awareness of and engagement with Undergraduate Studies’ programs and services.

Strategy (OUS): Provide support, resources, and tools to academic advisors to foster excellence.
Metrics: Establish and monitor participation in new advisor training; establish a “Master Advisor” distinction and monitor participation; assessment of academic advising; review and renewal of the academic advisor career track.

Strategy (all US units and programs): Provide a climate that a diverse staff will find professionally enjoyable and rewarding.
Metrics: Participation in professional development opportunities; feedback from climate surveys.

Outreach and Collaboration

Goal: Promote the contributions that Undergraduate Studies’ programs and services make to student success and to persistence and timely degree completion.  Engage internal and external constituencies and potential funding sources to heighten awareness of Undergraduate Studies’ programs and services.

Strategy (ASC): Initiate and sustain collaborations with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs units to promote student success, retention, and timely graduation.
Metrics: Number and sustainability of collaborative efforts; student participation and feedback; change in student GPA, retention, and time to graduation.

Strategy (HUR): Create strong relationships between current and former students; increase outreach to faculty, departments, and colleges.
Metrics: Level of engagement between current and former students; number of meetings between HUR staff and faculty groups, departments, and colleges.

Strategy (OUS): Foster collaboration with Student Affairs and across all Undergraduate Studies units and programs to raise awareness of student success programs.
Metrics: Number of collaborative outreach events; establishment of a collective social media presence.

Strategy (UWC): Collaborate with University Libraries to increase programming.
Metrics: Number of collaborative programs; assessment of student writing and other communication artifacts.

Assessment and Evaluation

Goal: Provide meaningful and useful process, tools, and data for assessment and evaluation of student learning.  Monitor student success to enhance student learning, promote timely intervention, and foster continuous improvement of programs.

Strategy (CSAS): Conduct initial assessments of student athletes admitted through the Summer Bridge Program and monitor their progress toward degree.
Metrics: Assess individual student needs using standardized tests; monitor progress to degree.

Strategy (HUR): Collaborate with the College of Education and Human Resource Development to establish targeted undergraduate research assessment.
Metrics: Adoption of assessment practices in undergraduate research programs, acquisition of extramural funding.
[1]   ASC = Academic Success Center, CSAS = Center for Student Athlete Services; HUR = Honors and Undergraduate Research, OUS = Office of Undergraduate Studies, PPIP = Public Policy Internship Program, PSA = Professional School Advising, TAP = Transition Academic Programs, UWC = University Writing Center