We will create a world-class scholars program that engages students with their community to create connections and grow opportunities. This program will build community both for and with our students and their teams of mentors to honor the legacy of leadership that Melanie Dressel embodied.
To reduce wait lists for online courses and increase classroom utilization capacity, we will develop an E-Learning plan that educates, incentivizes and supports faculty in the creation of new online and hybrid courses.
We will redesign the First Year Core curriculum to support exploration, guide students to majors, and support holistic learning outcomes. We will engage faculty to create courses and curriculum that support student success and improve the continuity and quality of the learning experience.
We will open a Maker Space that is an intentionally designed, impactful, informal learning space that enables innovation, creativity, hands-on learning, and a maker mindset. The space will evolve to meet the developing needs of this campus.
To reduce curriculum bottlenecks and identify success pathways for students, we will develop our capacity to use analytic tools to provide information to academic programs for scheduling and curriculum improvement initiatives. Real-time planning will promote more efficient use of resources and student success.
Faculty have proposed twelve new degree programs and identified numerous opportunities to further develop existing degrees. Faculty and administrators will work together to draft an academic plan that will guide academic and resource investments through 2022.
A template for creating integrated global honors pathways within each academic unit has been created and vetted by academic unit administrators and advisors, as well as admissions, enrollment, and registrar staff. Multiple academic units will begin offerings new Integrated Honors options in 2018-2019.
SAES will partner with Academic Affairs and student leaders to define the UW Tacoma Husky Experience - a roadmap for our diverse students to plan a meaningful and highly integrated student experience that helps them to develop intellectually, socially, professionally and civically.
We will develop training for all faculty that supports their efforts to create learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. To accomplish this, we will identify and engage those at UW Tacoma, in the UW system, and throughout higher education who have experience and expertise in inclusive pedagogy.
We will create an assessment mechanism that works across the systems that contribute to student academic success (Advising, TLC, Library, Int’l Student Services and other) in order to better understand how they work together to support and enhance student success.
We will continue to expand opportunities for and access to study abroad programs for UW Tacoma students. This includes a focus on maintaining equitable access for all students, and supporting faculty in the development and delivery of innovative and immersive programs.
After a Summer 2018 visit to the Stanford Design School by key external partners and campus leadership, the Institute for Global Engagement was asked to lead an initiative on Innovation and Design at UW Tacoma. A design-thinking framework will guide curriculum and partnerships to further promote UW Tacoma's urban serving mission.
With an eye toward student retention and success, we will create a cross-divisional team to assess and coordinate student communications to reduce redundancy, inconsistency and gaps in those efforts. We will create a coordinated approach to “nudging” students toward success.
Alumni accomplishments are an important indicator of an educational institution’s success. We will use available data sources to analyze student post-graduation outcomes in order to inform our efforts toward curriculum planning, student academic success, and student support services.