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Goal One

TO INCREASE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AT BOTH THE UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE LEVELS.


VISION

from the Mission Statement of California University of PA, 2003

• Sustain a reputation for the University's academic excellence, its daring and entrepreneurial spirit, and the integrity, success, and loyalty of its graduates.
• Foster increasingly higher admissions criteria, academic quality and scholarly expectations.
• Instill not just learning but the love of learning.
• Be widely known as a center for thought, inquiry, dialogue, and action in matters of character and leadership.
• Reflect a special mission in science and technology through programs in science, technology, and applied engineering, as well as through emphasis on technology and information literacy across the curriculum.
• Be widely known for high quality undergraduate and selected masters level graduate programs.
• Recruit and retain a distinguished faculty who challenge and mentor students to attain their fullest potential.
• Maintain a learning community known for its academic excellence, intellectual rigor, and civil discourse.
 

OBJECTIVE I .1

Enhance the quality of the educational experience by ensuring that all eligible programs achieve and maintain national accreditation.

METHOD A
Identify and assess the status of programs eligible for national accreditation.
 
METHOD B
Support efforts to achieve accreditation standards, particularly in areas such as program development, faculty professional development and scholarship, enhancement of learning resources and student support services, facility and equipment upgrades, and preparation for site visits.
 
METHOD C
Continue to search for faculty with terminal degrees for accredited programs and those programs seeking accreditation.
 
METHOD D
Provide for organizational and/or administrative restructuring as necessary and feasible to meet accreditation standards for specific programs.
 
MEASUREMENT
Progress toward meeting the goals of the accreditation plan submitted to the State System.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 2

Recruit and retain a distinguished faculty who challenge and mentor students to attain their fullest potential.

METHOD A
Increase (from 74% to 80%) the percentage of faculty with terminal degrees.
 
METHOD B
Promote faculty professional development (FPD) through new faculty orientation and active involvement in FPD Committee and Center activities, such as workshops on grant writing, scholarship, technology, and teaching excellence.
• Continue to support Academic Excellence Day.
• Support faculty who write books, publish articles, and present papers at professional conferences.
 
METHOD C
Develop endowed chairs to support distinguished faculty.
 
MEASUREMENT
The percentage of faculty with terminal degrees as reported annually to the State System; increased student satisfaction on ACT and National Survey of Student Engagement surveys; increased faculty participation in scholarly activities (e.g. grants, books, publications, and presentations).
 

OBJECTIVE I . 3

Expand opportunities for students from all backgrounds to benefit from a California University education.

VISION
“Work cooperatively with federal, state and local government, local business and industry to improve educational opportunities for non-traditional students. Increase enrollments of non-traditional students at all levels” (Accountability Matrix)
 
METHOD A
Continue to provide educational opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds through community outreach and service.
• Provide a variety of educational programs, including: 60+ College Advantage program for senior citizens; Summer Educational Enrichment Program for Kids; Science and Technology Leadership Academy; Science Olympiad.
• Continue to offer workforce development activities on campus and at the Pittsburgh Center and at Southpointe.
• Expand Evening/Weekend College certificate and degree programs.
• Continue to bring renowned speakers, performances, and conferences to the campus.
 
MEASUREMENT
Student demographic data; enrollment data in credit and non-credit offerings; student satisfaction surveys; and data on workforce development activities.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 4

Continue to manage and strengthen enrollments through enhanced recruitment and retention efforts.

METHOD A
Implement the marketing plan proposed by Dymun+Company, and approved by the University Forum and the California University Council of Trustees.
 
METHOD B
Continue to increase the average SAT scores of the Federal Cohort (first-time, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students).
 
METHOD C
Continue to provide quality service to transfer students by supporting the activities of the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation.
 
METHOD D
Offer programs with formats that meet the needs of non-traditional students.
 
METHOD E
Provide high quality student support services to improve retention.
 
METHOD F
Expand the peer mentoring program for students.
 
METHOD G
Produce marketing materials that celebrate diversity.
 
METHOD H
Develop program-based marketing plans wherever feasible.
 
METHOD I
Continue to host the Science and Technology Leadership Academy.
 
MEASUREMENT
Annual average SAT scores; annual four-year and six-year graduation rates; annual second-year persistence rates; annual enrollment and transfer statistics; annual minority enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
 

OBJECTIVE 1 . 5

Continually upgrade the intellectual rigor of the curriculum.

METHOD A
Adhere to a sound rationale for the assignment of course numbers.
 
METHOD B
Implement General Education to emphasize depth as well as breadth of knowledge.
 
METHOD C
Continue to conduct Five-Year Program Reviews. In addition, develop policy and procedures not only to address identified weaknesses but also to “close the loop” by instituting corrective action that will foster continuous improvement.
 
METHOD D
Establish a system of assessing student learning outcomes for all programs.
 
METHOD E
Pursue national accreditation for all eligible programs.
 
METHOD F
Implement block scheduling for new students to assure a foundation in general education.
 
MEASUREMENT
General Education Committee report; analysis of program reviews and departmental outcomes assessment reports; monitor new program development.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 6

Support graduate programs designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth as well as a global society.

METHOD A
Identify and develop traditional as well as on-line graduate programs designed to meet the unique needs of high demand areas.
 
METHOD B
Increase the number of graduate programs offered via the California University Global Online Program.
 
MEASUREMENT
Increase in the number of graduate programs in high-need areas (e.g. science and technology, teacher education, healthcare); increase in graduate student Full Time Equivalency; monitor growth in the Global Online Program.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 7

Enhance the quality of instruction and promote a shift in focus from teaching to learning.

METHOD A
Continue the Faculty Professional Development Center program to promote learning communities and course clustering.
 
METHOD B
Continue to support the activities of FPDC, including its subcommittee on teaching and learning.
 
METHOD C
Strengthen the Honors Program by actively recruiting students with high SAT scores and top high school rank.
 
METHOD D
Coordinate the assessment of student learning outcomes with the five-year program review process to improve academic and student support services.
 
MEASUREMENT
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Faculty Survey of Student  Engagement Survey (FSSE) results; Periodic Program Reviews; departmental outcomes assessment reports; SAT scores and class rank of incoming students.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 8

Enhance the environment for learning.

METHOD A
Enhance the library
• Continue to implement wireless network and to strengthen the ties between library faculty and other faculty, and between the library and First Year Seminar; continue increased access to electronic resources (ENCompass Solutions, LinkFinderPlus) and continue document delivery service to our distance education students.
• Acquire additional electronic databases and on-line resources, including books and journals, to meet academic program needs and accreditation requirements.
• Provide sufficient funding to support electronic library resources needed to support increased enrollment in on-line courses.
 
METHOD B
Develop the infrastructure to serve web-based students enrolled in Cal U Global Online.
 
METHOD C
Continue to invite distinguished speakers and performers to campus.
 
MEASUREMENT
Continued high satisfaction with the library and learning environment on the ACT survey.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 9

Enhance external recognition of program quality at the University.

METHOD A
Achieve a high ranking in the U.S. News and World Report Survey.
 
METHOD B
Internal and external marketing to develop “the good news at Cal U.”
 
METHOD C
Encourage members of the community to report news, accomplishments, and other positive happenings at the University to the Public Affairs office.
 
METHOD D
Publicize accreditation status, program review findings, faculty and student accomplishments, and other University achievements in the California Journal, the California Review, as well as local newspapers and media.
 
METHOD E
Produce and distribute a University Fact Book on an annual basis.
 
MEASUREMENT
Positive news stories; community and alumni surveys; evaluations of annual and five-year program assessments and reviews; better utilization of our own internal public affairs department for external collaboration; annual production of a University Fact Book.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 10

Continue to support the University’s special mission in science and technology.

METHOD
Provide funding for instrumentation and facility upgrades to support new and enhance existing programs in science and technology.
• Provide studio instructional facilities for chemistry, biology, mathematics, and technology programs.
 
MEASUREMENT
Monitor Master Plan and budget.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 11

Continue to establish processes and procedures for curriculum and program management.

METHOD A
Continue to provide support and incentives for program development.
 
METHOD B
Continue to develop new programs which enhance our mission and contribute to achieving the University’s enrollment goals.
 
METHOD C
Establish priorities and timelines for creating and implementing new programs.
 
METHOD D
With certain exceptions, eliminate programs with 12 or fewer graduates per year over a three-year period.
 
METHOD E
Provide additional funding to support program-level marketing for low enrollment programs whose high market need is demonstrated.
 
MEASUREMENT
Program review data; budget data; System Accountability Plan.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 12

Enhance State System partnerships.

METHOD A
Continue active participation in the Keystone University Network.
 
METHOD B
Continue participation with Clarion University in Athletic Training.
 
METHOD C
Continue in the NSF CETP-PA collaboration.
 
METHOD D
Develop System-wide and multi-campus proposals by working with the grant specialist in the Office of the Chancellor.
 
METHOD E
Support the State System Nanotechnology Collaborative with Penn State.
 
METHOD F
Continue with System and Liquor Control Board alcohol education and social norming initiative.
 
METHOD G
Continue participation in the two-week Philadelphia Urban Service Program.
 
METHOD H
Seek out additional opportunities for collaboration with State System schools in programs such as modern languages, social work, and gerontology.
 
MEASUREMENT
System Accountability Plan.
 

OBJECTIVE I . 13

Provide all faculty, administrators, and staff with professional and leadership development to enhance performance and job satisfaction.

METHOD A
Training and enhancement programs established through Lifelong Learning, including Covey training.
 
METHOD B
Refine faculty and staff mentoring programs.
 
MEASUREMENT
Survey of faculty and staff.