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.