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Academic Affairs Priorities for 2013-2014

I. University Commitment to Diversity and Global Engagement

  1. Develop the Center for Access and Success at Elon including the Watson and Odyssey programs, the Elon Academy and the Village Project, to support limited income and first-generation students
  2. Finalize a strategy to assure that 100% of Elon students have access to a global experience either domestically or abroad
  3. Develop more robust civic engagement curricular and co-curricular experiences for students to learn and practice the skills and habits of democratic citizenship, including dialogues and public debates on campus, political and social issues
  4. Expand ADL Campus of Difference program by creating certified students, faculty and staff to facilitate workshops across campus
  5. Enhance programs and action plans to support Black/African American, Gender and LGBTQ, Hispanic/Latino/a, multiracial and emerging demographic groups on campus
  6. Enhance and support curricular and pedagogical diversity infusion through diversity themed Winter Term, mini-grant opportunities, and resources for facilitating difficult discussions related to differences
  7. Continue work with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to expand the student interfaith leadership program, develop assessment tools, and further develop the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society through a search for a director
  8. Continue development of Study USA programs, conducting a successful search for a director and creating proposals for expansion of programming
  9. Develop stronger international partnerships in China and India to advance global education programming
  10. Develop plan for supporting non-native speakers of English in writing, speaking, and reading with the goal of increasing international student enrollment
  11. Support completion of ADA compliance audit and develop actions steps for Academic Affairs based on findings.

II. Supporting a World Class Faculty and Staff

  1. Set and publicize a specific timeline and targets for the faculty/staff salary plan
  2. Identify and develop means for assessing quality of work-life balance within and across University units, and initiate assessment process
  3. Explore enhanced faculty sabbatical program and develop programming and budget recommendations; and review staff professional leave opportunities
  4. Plan for successful implementation of Fulbright UK-faculty exchange program in the Fall of 2014
  5. Conduct and successfully complete search for the Dean of the School of Law
  6. Complete review and revisions to the Law School Faculty Handbook
  7. Complete successful transition in Provost’s Office (Associate VP to Associate Provost)
  8. Develop and implement a plan for providing leadership for the School of Education
  9. Develop policy and procedures for collecting annual feedback on a wider range of academic administrators (e.g., associate provosts and associate deans)

III. Attaining the Highest Levels of Achievement across Our Academic Programs

  1. Finalize and begin the implementation of the strategic plan for the School of Law
  2. Conduct successful law school ABA and AALS reviews
  3. Prepare for Successful Reaccreditation with AACSB
  4. Develop a proposal for enhancing academic challenge and the intellectual environment on campus, including exploration of double majors and dual degrees, campus spaces, residential campus programing, scholarly talks, curriculum, and pedagogy
  5. Launch the Center for Engaged Learning and key year-one initiatives, including the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference, Writing Transfer conference, and the third Elon Research Seminar on Undergraduate Research Mentoring
  6. Implement year-one of the Writing Excellence Initiative
  7. Formulate a strategy to incorporate emerging teaching and learning technologies in support of Elon’s commitment to engaged learning, including flipped, blended, and online courses
  8. Implement recent curricular changes to the ELR, First Year Core, and GST interdisciplinary capstone seminar
  9. Introduce proposals and advising materials to retitle and reframe the GST program
  10. Develop a thorough proposal to broaden and deepen foreign language instruction and learning, including: focused advising, departments considering additional foreign language requirements, more accurate placement testing, and new study abroad centers
  11. Assess the impact of change to Colonial Athletic Association on students and academics, and develop a plan for addressing impact
  12. Implement new leadership programs that expand student leadership opportunities and deepen academic connections and experiences. Create a new leadership prize to support juniors who engage in mentored leadership research/projects.
  13. Finalize study and begin implementation of data enhancements, such as mining warehouse package
  14. Create copyright use policy and procedures for Elon’s campus
  15. Execute next steps in the Academic Support and Advising strategic plan, with a focus on creating four-year academic plans by major, piloting a residential academic advising fellow, revising the Elon 101 TA program into a peer-mentor model, and transitioning the major declaration process to an electronic, online format
  16. Prepare the university for a fall 2014 launch of a fully integrated residential and academic experience.
    • Assess pilot of residential-academic neighborhood plans.
    • Craft communications to support the new residential campus.
    • Assess the impact of increased faculty and staff member engagement within residential neighborhoods, including the new faculty affiliates program.

IV. Launching Strategic and Innovative Pathways in Undergraduate and Graduate Education

  1. Conduct and complete feasibility study for a four- or five-year major in Engineering, including curriculum, staffing, admissions, facilities, and budget
  2. Assess outcomes from the GAP program and make recommendations for improvement
  3. Assess Transfer Student transitions and develop proposal for enhancing transfer student success
  4. Lead campus conversations on development of additional graduate programs within the context of the Elon Commitment strategic plan
  5. Develop proposals for new Love School of Business programs, including MS in Business Analytics, MS in International Business, and a hybrid MBA
  6. Complete planning for and initiate Love School of Business and School of Law joint JD/MBA and cooperative Institute for Entrepreneurship and Business Law
  7. Conduct and complete feasibility studies for Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

VI. Developing Innovative Alumni Programs to Advance and Support the Elon Graduate

  1. Celebrate Elon's 125th anniversary with special events and communications designed to build pride, educate the community about the university's rich history, and reinforce community spirit and aspirations for Elon's future
  2. Collect and publish “students’ stories” related to their Elon Experience
  3. Expand and develop Life@Elon to better meet needs in the community and to involve alumni
  4. Develop formal systems to clearly define, track, and support alumni roles, and to support alumni through a career services advising program
  5. Develop a formal on-campus employment office that better coordinates service to supervisors, increases access to on-campus jobs to all students, and grows the PACE work study program
  6. Expand the model for career programming and employment preparation of students for both international and domestics-to-international careers, developing a Career Fellow position focused on supporting international career programming

VIII. Significantly Enhance Elon’s Campus with Premier New Academic and Resident Facilities and a Commitment to Protecting Our Environment

  1. Investigate methods for room and event scheduling to better use campus resources
  2. Assess and finalize plans for spaces vacated through moves to the Global Neighborhood (e.g., Carlton)
  3. Assess facilities needs for natural sciences, and develop short- and long-term proposal for addressing needs and supporting excellence
  4. Support planning for development of new/remodeled campus facilities
    • Communications building
    • Admissions Center
    • Global Neighborhood spaces
    • Belk Library/Center for Writing Excellence
    • Art Gallery
    • Scott Studios
    • Registrar Suite

Steven D. House

Steven D. House
Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs