Vision Group 1: Student Experience and Success
Vision Group Members
Jeni Eltink, First Year Experience & Students in Transition
Tracey Bolen, LSBE Student Affairs
Josh Buck, Housing & Residence Life
Zach Finney, CEHSP Student
Christina Geissler, Kirby Student Center
Kit Hautamaki, University Relations & Development
Caitlin Herby, LSBE Student
Amanda Hoppe, CLA Student
Mary Keenan, Academic Administration
Loretta Kragness, Housing Maintenance
Jeff Romano, UMD Stores
Lacey Solheid, CLA Student
Sharon Witherspoon, Office of Financial Aid & Registrar
Proposed Vision for UMD in 2020 Related to this Topic
UMD provides an integrated learning experience from prospective student status through graduation. All students are held to high expectations to achieve mastery of UMD’s Learning Goals and Outcomes. Outstanding educational opportunities are coupled with a network of comprehensive support resources and campus services in an environment that fosters a sense of pride in being a UMD student and graduate. Diversity and inclusion are integrated throughout academic, co-curricular, and student life programs.
The primary focus of faculty and staff is to promote engagement and student learning beginning in the first year and continuing through graduation. UMD provides individualized curricula and support services to meet students where they are academically and developmentally. Students are ultimately responsible for their learning, for devoting sufficient effort to educational activities, and for taking an active role in the advising relationship. Through this partnership, students are able to identify their goals, create a plan to achieve them, and celebrate milestones throughout their college career.
Students develop their sense of self in an environment that is welcoming of diverse identities and that provides opportunities for exposure to different cultures, peoples, and ways of thinking. Advisors and mentors help students identify their personal and social goals and provide inspiration and accountability for campus involvement and leadership development. The campus provides facilities, programs and services that foster connections between students, staff and faculty in an environment that connects the University to the wider Duluth community.
Proposed Goals for UMD to Achieve in the Next Three-Five Years Related to this Topic
- By 2016, all students are intentionally supported to achieve academic success.
- By 2016, all faculty and staff provide support for a positive student experience.
- By 2016, all graduates can show reflective evidence of having achieved UMD's Learning Goals and Outcomes.
Proposed Action Steps for UMD to Achieve in the Next One-Two Years Related to this Topic
Goal #1: By 2016, all students are intentionally supported to achieve academic success
- Utilize ACT Benchmark Scores to improve course placement and to identify students needing supplemental support (quick win)
- Offer supplemental instruction in 1xxx-level courses with high C-DFW rates (quick win)
- Expand tutoring services to locations where students study, i.e. UMD Library and residence halls
- Provide a consistent introduction to academic expectations and campus resources to all new students
- Deliver comprehensive and reliable academic advising services aligned with the developmental needs of students
- Improve campus-wide awareness of the academic profile of our entering class and the related need for academic support; clarify the important roles instructors, advisors, and support units play in supporting students
Goal #2: By 2016, all faculty and staff provide support for a positive student experience.
- A group, representative of UMD, is charged with promoting the Student Experience & Success vision of a positive student experience into the campus culture.
- All faculty and staff receive ongoing professional development in providing high-quality student services.
- Central administration communicates expectations of delivering high-quality student services and aligns reward systems to support those expectations.
- Enhance the network of comprehensive support resources and campus services so that faculty/staff can make appropriate referrals for students who need assistance.
Goal #3: By 2016, all graduates can show reflective evidence of having achieved UMD's Learning Goals and Outcomes.
- A communication plan is developed to educate students about the UMD Learning Goals and Outcomes from prospective student inquiry through graduation.
- Students learn the reflective process and are provided opportunities for reflection in both academic and student-life programs.
- All students formulate an intentional curricular and co-curricular plan for college learning that is continuously monitored within the academic advising process.