The academic review focuses on optimizing classroom utilization/scheduling, improving time to graduation and student retention, and enhancing e-learning offerings.

Initiatives are being developed to address the following key recommendations:

  • Identify and evaluate current academic support services
  • Set goals to improve retention and graduation rates
  • Look for ways to better coordinate campus institutional research function
  • Explore additional opportunities to collaborate with University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University on online degree programs and courses
  • Consider developing new online degree programs based on market research, offering online versions of high-demand general education and core courses, and expanding summer online course offerings
  • Better coordinate the scheduling of department classroom space
  • Review “off-grid scheduling” (scheduling of classroom space outside of standard class start times)
  • Create a committee to monitor enrollment needs, better align scheduled classroom space with pedagogy, and review off-grid scheduling of classroom space

Committees have been established to review the reports from Pappas Consulting and Ad Astra in detail, and to make recommendations regarding self-implementation.  An outline was drafted in January 2016, and a self-implementation plan developed by June 2016. 

PDF iconDownload Academic Process and Implementation Plan

PDF iconAcademic Cases Update to Board of Regents, June 2016


PDF iconDownload Pappas Report

PDF iconDownload Ad Astra Report

PDF iconDownload slideshow summary of Pappas and Ad Astra Reports

PDF iconTIER Academic Review Background Information