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STRATEGIC PLAN 2008 - 2013

A Message from the President
Vision / Mission Statements
Core Values
Definition of Terms
Time for Action
University Planning Council
President's Home Page
Strategic Plan Home


GOALS

Overarching Goal: Sustaining a Culture of Excellence

Goal 1: Enhance the Culture of Faculty Excellence

Goal 2: Enhance the Culture of Staff Excellence

Goal 3: Enhance the Academic Learning Environment

Goal 4: Enhance Student Growth and Success

Goal 5: Maintain Fiscal Stability

Goal 6: Strengthen Relationships with ULM Constituencies

Goal 7: Deliver an Effective Operating Environment


COMMITTEES

Steering Committee
Drafting Team
Subcommittee 1
Subcommittee 2
Subcommittee 3
Subcommittee 4
Subcommittee 5
Subcommittee 6


PDF DOCUMENTS / ARCHIVES

2008 Strategic Plan (full version)
2008 Strategic Plan (short version)
2003 Strategic Plan - Level I
2003 Strategic Plan - Level II
2003 Strategic Plan - Level III
Progress Report (2003 - 2004)

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Strategic Initiatives 2008 - 2013



Goal 4: Enhance Student Growth and Success

Strategy: Encourage development of the student body, collectively and individually.


Objective 4.1:
Achieve 1st retention rate published by the Board of Regents by 2013.

a. Establish college and department retention goals.

b. Determine the factors that affect student success rates.

c. Implement a comprehensive advising program that includes tracking advising sessions and implementing advisor training.

d. Implement best practices to ensure early intervention for at-risk students.

e. Increase alternative course delivery methods.

f. Implement effective and efficient course sequencing.

g. Develop an internal marketing plan for financial aid.



Objective 4.2:
Achieve 2nd retention rate published by the Board of Regents by 2013.

a. Establish college and department retention goals.

b. Determine the factors that affect student success rates.

c. Implement a comprehensive advising program that includes tracking advising sessions and implementing advisor training.

d. Implement best practices to ensure early intervention for at-risk students.

e. Increase alternative course delivery methods.

f. Implement effective and efficient course sequencing.

g. Develop an internal marketing plan for financial aid.



Objective 4.3:
Maintain a student athlete average graduation rate in all sports that is equal to or above ULM’s overall average graduation rate on an annual basis through 2013

a. Increase the number of academic counselors for student athletes.

b. Provide one-on-one counseling between each student athlete and a coach each semester intended to prevent academic problems and to deal with life issues.

c. Encourage faculty to be proactive in establishing relationships with student athletes they teach in order to encourage higher academic performance.

d. Increase the number of summer school scholarships and 5th year athletic aid opportunities.

e. Increase advising on developing self-advocacy skills and taking personal responsibility.

f. Develop means to encourage bonding of student athletes to ULM, not just a particular coach.

g. Train advisors/mentors on the scope and depth of ULM academic support services available.

h. Develop an academic profile of the athlete/student more likely to stay with ULM. Incorporate profile into athlete recruiting criteria.

i. Increase the number of red-shirted first year players.

j. Increase mentoring for student athletes in academic crisis that avoids stigmatizing students.

k. Have coaches and staff meet each year with mental health professionals for training and discussions.

l. Have the Faculty Athletic Council serve as liaisons with the Compliance Officer, the coaches, the Student Success Center, and the faculty to develop effective academic support services targeted to student athletes.



Objective 4.4:
Achieve a student participation rate in service-learning/community service/volunteerism activities of 10% by 2013.

a. Develop a dedicated, properly staffed office to survey and evaluate campus-wide service-learning opportunities offered and to serve as a clearinghouse for these activities/opportunities and advertise same.

b. Increase the number of service-learning opportunities in class projects required in courses where students receive academic credit.

c. Increase participation of professional on-campus student organizations in service-learning/volunteer projects.

d. Improve and increase working relationships with non-profits to develop service opportunities.

e. Increase number of service grants.

f. Increase number of corporate sponsors for service projects.

g. Increase number of grants for web-based courses incorporating service-learning projects.

h. Increase the number of non-profit internships.

i. Develop co-curricular student transcripts documenting service-learning activities.

j. Develop workshops in the community for non-traditional students who want to return to the university.

k. Develop service opportunities for students between non-academic campus offices and related academic areas.

l. Examine the feasibility of a formal service-learning course at the university or college level.



Objective 4.5:
4.5 Achieve an undergraduate student participation rate in non-academic activities and non-conference sporting activities of 20% by 2013.

a. For non-academic activities

1. Increase visibility of non-academic activities in PREP and FRYS.

2. Survey students’ interests for non-academic activities.

3. Increase faculty/staff awareness/advocacy of non-academic activities. Have faculty/staff identify, in advance, activities they will promote/participate in each term.

4. Increase number of open-air, on-campus events available for serendipitous attendance.

5. Increase number of TV information monitors across campus.

6. Increase communication about the procedure for placing information on the TV monitor system.

7. Build an amphitheater to facilitate open-air, on-campus events.

8. Increase the number of information kiosks across campus.

9. Provide regularly scheduled events—for example, every Tuesday, at 2 pm, same place.

10. Develop a “Common Hour”- an hour when no classes are scheduled during the day to facilitate non-academic activities.

11. Bring in more “big name” events.

12. Hold a student referendum on financing club sports and/or more non-academic activities.

b. For non-conference sporting activities

1. Increase support for club sports by making club advisor/sponsor part of faculty/staff’s work load/release time. Increase funding for equipment and travel.

2. Develop and publicize intra- and inter-college non-conference sporting activities across campus.

3. Develop a Field Day/ULM Olympics involving non-conference sporting activities for student/faculty teams, such as cardboard boat races on the bayou.