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Strategic Direction 1:

Pursue planned growth based on academic priorities that address opportunities for students, and pressing needs of Texas, while maintaining excellence in the diverse fields that support such growth.

Objective 1:  Pursue targeted enrollment growth at levels that can be adequately supported, and that will promote the state’s emphasis on student retention and timely graduation by strengthening undergraduate student academic qualifications.

Objective 2:  Pursue targeted growth to emphasize graduate program growth, hybrid course delivery, and no more than 35% of SCHs through distance education offerings.

Objective 3:  Maintain academic integrity and diversity by creatively consolidating “low-producing programs,” or, if necessary, phasing them out to comply with THECB mandates.

Objective 4:  Establish a process to develop new programs for emerging fields that meet the needs of the state and are consistent with the mission of the university.

Strategic Direction 2:

Support excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service to recruit and retain students and faculty, and to increase institutional recognition.

Objective 1:  Increase external research grant awards to $3 million annually (currently $1.8mm) and total external funding to $6.9 million annually (currently $5.7mm).

Objective 2:  Strategically target some internal research funding to position TWU for further recognition and success in scholarly and creative achievements.

Objective 3:  Increase the number of faculty participating in the Chancellor’s Research Fellows program, and broaden its vision.

Objective 4:  Increase publications and other peer-reviewed scholarship, as defined by the THECB’s 18 Characteristics of Doctoral Programs, on a targeted basis by providing faculty with additional funding or support, such as teaching or  research assistants, or workload adjustments.

Objective 5:  Expand recognition of TWU as a source of knowledge about women and women’s issues.

Objective 6: Support and recognize excellence in teaching and service that emphasizes the university’s mission and academic vision. 

Strategic Direction 3:

Foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world

Objective 1:  Increase 5-year average THECB success rates by 2%, emphasizing the role of faculty involvement in student retention.

Objective 2:  Utilize learning outcomes assessment as part of systematic program evaluation to guide ongoing improvement in student learning and critical thinking.

Objective 3:  Support university initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global  Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

Objective 4:  Provide and strengthen university infrastructures that support teaching, learning, service, and scholarship, including access to scholarly information and instructional resources.

Objective 5:  Develop educational, civic, and business partnerships that enrich student learning, address community needs, and provide opportunities for service.

Objective 6:  Promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.

Strategic Direction 4:

Ensure stewardship of university resources through responsible operations and investments in the mission of the university.

Objective 1:  Allocate academic resources, including physical space and technology, curricular and program resources, library, and financial resources, to best support faculty and student achievement.

Objective 2:  Allocate resources to preserve the reputation of recognized academic programs, strengthen growing and high demand programs, and develop promising programs, as determined by the academic community and guided by the mission of the university.

Objective 3:  Allocate resources to adequately fund summer sessions and distance education based on student interests and needs.

Approved: 5/9/11

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