Goal 1: To achieve high-quality academic, pre-professional, liberal arts, undergraduate and graduate professional programs
The faculty will employ student centered best-practice teaching methods that appropriately integrate the use of technology and focus on student outcomes.
80 percent of undergraduate faculty and 50 percent of graduate faculty will be rated as student-centered using a student-centered rubric.
80 percent of faculty will receive satisfactory student ratings on the IDEA student surveys.
100 percent of class syllabi will define appropriate student outcomes.
The faculty will foster among all students analytical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving. 80 percent of students will demonstrate critical thinking on QEP and GE Rubrics, and possibly on national assessment of critical thinking.
The faculty will produce scholarly, professional or creative work in their discipline that contributes to knowledge, theory, learning, teaching, service and/or professional practice.
75 percent of faculty will meet the merit-level criteria for scholarship on the Annual Faculty Appraisal.
The faculty and academic staff will consist of individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultural groups.
The percentage of diverse faculty will be equal to or exceed peer institutions as reported in the IR Annual Faculty Report and IPEDS.
The undergraduate liberal arts general education core curriculum, through written and oral communication, will foster analytical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving.
80 percent of students will score at the national norm for comparable universities on critical thinking on the ETS-Proficiency Profile or CLA Assessment.
80 percent of students will score competent on all General Education Curriculum Competencies Rubrics.
All degree programs will foster analytical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving to prepare students for professional careers and practice.
80 percent of programs will be at or above the national norms on general critical thinking on the ETS-Proficiency Profile or CLA Assessment & Discipline Competencies Rubric.
80 percent of programs will be at or above the national norms on discipline critical thinking for comparable universities on the ETS-Proficiency Profile or CLA Assessment & Discipline Competencies Rubric.
All degree programs will prepare students for graduate studies and professional careers.
Undergraduate programs: 90 percent of graduates will either be admitted to graduate professional studies or employed in a professional career track.
Graduate programs: 90 percent of graduates will be employed in a professional career track in their field of study.
The University Honors Program and M.D. Anderson Pre-Professional Program will prepare students for graduate professional schools.
90 percent of graduates from both programs will be accepted into graduate/professional programs.
The University will offer classes and structure academic programs employing state of the art technology using hybrid and online class delivery formats that are accessible to working adults and commuter students.
85 percent of all classes will be Web assisted.
The number of hybrid classes will increase by 35 percent.
The number of classes taught online will increase by 10 percent.
The University will maintain class sizes that promote higher-order thinking, interaction and engagement of students with faculty and other students inside and outside of the classroom.
Undergraduate 3-4 credit hour classes will average 20 students as reported in the IR Comparative Enrollment Report.
Graduate classes will have average sizes that are equal to comparable programs regionally and/or nationally as reported in the IR Comparative Enrollment Report and by IR departments at comparable institutions.
IDEA student course ratings will be in the top quartile for student engagement and interaction with faculty and other students.
The University will provide library, academic support and career services that ensure the success of students and faculty in meeting the goals of the academic programs.
90 percent of students will indicate that they are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with library, career and academic support services on the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory.
90 percent of faculty members will express satisfaction with services as reported in a satisfaction survey.