Core Theme One: Learning

Preparing knowledgeable and competent active learners, by delivering excellent teaching in a student-centered environment.

Objective 1: Campus-Wide Culture of Learning (Achievement of Quality Learning)
Outcome Indicators Measure Benchmark or Target Map to Strategic Plan Strategy Responsible Party Timeline
A. Quality Programs: Program objectives align with academic & professional standards a) Regent review & approval process of new degrees
b) External evaluator report rating for 5 year program reviews
c) Regent review & approval process of 5 year program reviews
d) NSSE groupings – Academic Challenge; Learning with Peers; High Impact Practices
a) 100% of new degrees proposed meet quality standards.
b) All program reviews will receive no less than “met academic & professional standards” (on a 3 point scale) by external reviewers.
c) 100% programs will be approved.
d) DSU mean will be higher than Rocky Mtn mean (FY/SR).
Goal 2, Strategy 1 a, b, c) Asst Provost of Academic Quality
d) Laura Snelson
a, b, c) 2016-17
d) Aug. 2016
B. Student success in meeting Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ILOs), (Program Learning Outcomes, PLOs) a) ILO attainment, based on AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics (4 point scale) a) 70% of students will achieve ILOs Goal 1, Strategy 2 a) Assoc. Provost of Academic Quality, Academic & GE Assessment Committees & Laura Snelson
c) Assoc. Provost of Academic Quality & VP Lacourse & Deans
a) ?
C. Student success in meeting Program Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs) a) Percent of programs meeting their PLO benchmarks based on rubric ratings (3-point scale: 1 = not met, 2 = met, 3 = exceeded ) Target: 70% of programs will have met their PLO benchmarks. Goal 1, Strategy 2 a) Assoc. Provost of Academic Quality, Academic & GE Assessment Committees & Laura Snelson
c) Assoc. Provost of Academic Quality & VP Lacourse & Deans
a) Annually in Summer ?
?? Faculty and Staff practice continuous learning & improvement
Objective 2: Excellent, Student-Centered Teaching
Outcome Indicators Measure Benchmark (Target) Map to Strategic Plan Strategy Responsible Party Timeline
A) Student satisfaction with resources & learning support services a) NSSE Grouping – First Year & Senior Interaction Results (Q13)
b) NSSE Grouping – Campus Environment
c) Student Satisfaction Survey
a) >5 on a 7 point quality scale
b) When mean comparisons are statistically & practically significant, DSU mean will be higher than Rocky Mtn mean (FY & SR).
c) 80% of respondents are satisfied with their DSU experience
Goal 1, Strategies 2 & 3
Goal 4, Strategy 1
a, b, c) Laura Snelson a, b) Aug 2016
c) 2016-17 pilot
B) Faculty/staff satisfaction with resources, teaching support services & professional development a) Great Colleges Survey: Job satisfaction/support; Facilities
b) Faculty Teaching Practices & Resources Survey (Q 1, 2, 8)
a) DSU will be higher than Public Carnegie comparison.
Good – Excellent range > 65%
b) Mean will be > 3.0 (satisfied range on a 4 point scale).
Goal 1, Strategy 4
Goal 3, Strategy 4
a, b) ISAAC Summer 2017
C. Faculty Credentials a) Percent with terminal degrees in each school
b) Credit hours taught by part-time faculty
c) Qualification of faculty teaching upper division courses
a) Regents requires 60% of our faculty (FTE, Full-time & adjunct) have terminal degrees.
b) Less than 40% of Student Credit Hours Generated by Part-time Instructions (Faculty Work Load).
c) Regents policy requires all upper division courses are taught by terminal degree (or working toward).
Indirect correlation only IR, HR & Deans 2016-17
D. Active Learning: Faculty & students report on the types & frequency of active learning practices used in campus classrooms a) Faculty Teaching Practices & Resources Survey – items related to active learning pedagogical practices
b) Student Teaching Practices Survey – items related to active learning practices
c) NSSE Grouping – HI Practices
a) 75% of faculty report using 3 or more active learning techniques at least some of the time.
b) 75% of students indicate that faculty use 3 or more active learning techniques at least some of the time.
c) DSU mean will be higher than Rocky Mtn mean.
Goal 1, Strategy 5
Goal 2, Strategy 3
Goal 5, Strategy 3
a) ISAAC
b) Bruce Harris
c) Laura Snelson
a) Sp2018
b) Sp2016
c) Aug 2016
E. Faculty strive to teach effectively & creatively, being aware of new teaching formats & techniques to better serve students. a) Faculty Teaching Practices & Resources Survey – items related to active learning pedagogical practices including trends on use of technology
b) Number of Faculty serviced by Center for Teaching & Learning
c) When mean comparisons are statistically & practically significant, DSU mean will be higher than Rocky Mtn mean (FY & SR).
d) Active Learning: Faculty & students report on the types & frequency of active learning???
a) Increase in use of technology & pedagogical techniques by 5% in 3 years.
b) Faculty use of the Center for Teaching & Learning will increase by 5% in 3 years.
c) When mean comparisons are statistically & practically significant, DSU mean will be higher than Rocky Mtn mean (FY & SR).
Goal 2, Strategy 2 a) ISAAC
b) Bruce Harris
a) 2016
b) F2016
Objective 3: Preparing Students to Achieve Their Goals
Outcome Indicators Measure Benchmark or Target Map to Strategic Plan Strategy Responsible Party Timeline
A. Retention a) Retention rate (2012: 58.3% for 4 year public institutions with open selectivity reported by ACT)
b) Student satisfaction survey (questions 94-99, General comments)
c) Non-returning student survey
a) National average retention rates.
b) 80% of students will agree or strongly agree with the statement.
c) 80% of students will agree or strongly agree with the statements.
Goal 1, Strategies 2, 3, 4, & 5 Enrollment Management & IR & Laura Snelson Fall annually
B. Persistence to graduation a) Degrees awarded
b) Graduation rate (2012 is 27.2% for 4 year public institutions with open selectivity reported by ACT)
c) Time to degree from Complete College America
a) Number of degrees awarded trend upward by degree type.
b) Meet national average graduation rates.
c) National median time to graduation.
Goal 1, Strategies 2, 3, 4, & 5 Enrollment Management & IR & Laura Snelson Fall annually
C. Placement of graduates in a field related to their career goals a) Placement levels Goal 1, Strategies 2, 3, 4, & 5 c) Laura Snelson a) Under development