Office of the Provost

Academic Affairs Priorities 2007-08

1. Complete implementation of Academic Summit recommendations

2. Develop a plan to ensure Elon’s continued national leadership in international education, including submission of recommendations for the future of the
Costa Rica program and for an Elon center in Italy

3. Submit Phi Beta Kappa application October 1, 2007 and host a successful site visit in spring 2008

4. Prepare Elon’s School of Law for a successful ABA visit and support continued development

  • Complete self study and host a successful ABA visit in fall 2007
  • Support the development of the Law School’s new Center for Engaged Learning in
    Legal Education
  • Recruit additional faculty
  • Enroll third class of students with 154 LSAT average
  • Further develop the Leadership component of Elon’s Law program

5. Develop new academic programs and strengthen existing ones

  • Submit curriculum proposal for new major in Arts Administration and a fifth year master's program in Communications
  • Finalize Criminal Justice program
  • Implement Pre-Law certificate program
  • Continue to enhance Pre-Med program
  • Appoint task force to explore Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum

6. Develop proposal for new interdisciplinary science initiatives through the work of the Long Range Planning Committee

7. Establish domestic programs that support student internships in New York City, Los Angeles and other cities (institutional priority = Establish programs that support student internships in New York City, Los Angeles, and other U. S. cities)

8. Continue development of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning into a national model of excellence

  • Develop the annual August Teaching Conference into a regional conference
  • Successfully launch the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation’s funded Scholarship of Teaching and Learning seminar for Elon faculty and ABSS teachers
  • Deepen Elon’s leadership in the Carnegie Foundation initiative on student voices in the scholarship of teaching and learning

9. Complete exploration of alternatives to the 8 s.h. of 300-400 level credit in the Advanced Studies requirement for General Studies

10. Implement year two of the plan to reduce part-time faculty toward 15%

11. Support the work of the Presidential Task Force on Scholarship and the Presidential Task Force on Alcohol Use

12. Explore ways to coordinate Elon’s initiatives in civic learning, service learning, etc., through development of a central office or Center for Civic Engagement

13. Explore the need for a Faculty Fellow for Graduate Education to: 1) coordinate programming for students considering graduate school; 2) work with academic departments to identify and prepare students to apply for graduate scholarships and fellowships; and 3) develop strategies to increase Elon’s name recognition and reputation within graduate programs nationwide

14. Investigate a reporting structure and physical location for an office to coordinate, develop and support interdisciplinary studies.

15. Support and assess Elon’s living-learning communities as a mechanism to enhance academic climate and underscore seamless learning

16. Implement external 5-year reviews for Foreign Languages, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, and Undergraduate Research. Consider the efficacy of departments in the professional schools implementing focused program analysis with external consultant(s) to supplement national accreditation visits

17. Implement systematic assessment based on student learning outcomes for General Studies and all academic departments

18. Develop and pilot a web-based Student Evaluation of Teaching plan

19. Benchmark quality of and plan improvements for the Love School of Business in accordance with key national standards of excellence.

20. Work with Admissions to strengthen funding for Presidential Scholarships, Honors Scholarships, and Fellows Programs

21. Establish a premier, innovative program in Career Services and Student Transitions

  • Hire requisite personnel and develop appropriate organizational structure
  • Map a plan for expanding employer/recruitment contacts, both geographically and across business, governmental, and not-for-profit areas
  • Map a plan for working with Academic Advising, Departments, and Alumni Affairs so that all units are working together to help students understand the need for a plan for their post-Elon life
  • Provide funding to support significant departmental and Career Services initiatives relative to creation and implementation of student transition plans

22. Complete and submit application for “academic library of the year” award
for Belk Library

23. Plan for efficient use and development of academic campus space

  • Refine plan for usage of Lindner building in Academic Village
  • Develop models to meet additional space needs for Communications
  • Develop plans and strategies for enhanced and/or alternative academic program space for HHP in conjunction with potential new Athletic facilities at Koury Fieldhouse
  • Explore reconfiguration of space on 1st floor Belk, especially related to student services such as the Writing Center; address Belk office needs

24. Examine Elon’s policy for awarding institutional credit for AP, IB and CLEP tests.

Steven D. House

Steven D. House
Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs