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STRATEGIC PLAN 2008 - 2013

A Message from the President
Vision / Mission Statements
Core Values
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Time for Action
University Planning Council
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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


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


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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Seek the TruthRoadmap for the Future: Excellence in Action

Strategic Initiatives 2008 - 2013

Overarching Goal: Sustain a culture of excellence

Strategy: Differentiate the University for high quality among its peers in the Mid-South.

Objective 1:
Increase the percentage of faculty achieving professional recognition among their peers 50% by 2013.

a. Review, refine, and communicate faculty tenure and promotion policies.
b. Implement a post-tenure review process.
c. Implement a program of faculty development for all faculty, including full- and part-time.
d. Increase the number of faculty holding terminal degrees.
e. Increase the number of endowed chairs and professorships.

Objective 2:
Achieve and maintain accreditation for 100% of the Board of Regents required programs by 2013.

a. Develop a 5-year accreditation plan, updated yearly, that

1. identifies and budgets the direct cost of accreditation each year and
2. identifies additional personnel and operating costs essential to maintaining accreditation.
b. Ensure library resources properly support accredited programs

Objective 3:
Achieve a State system average 6-year graduation rate of 50% by 2013.

a. Implement teaching methodologies reflecting best practices and designed to increase student learning, including implementation of the QEP.

b. Implement a continuous quality improvement plan for retention efforts for all students.

c. Increase course scheduling that meets the needs of all students, including evening courses, weekend courses, short courses (3-week), and online courses.

d. Implement a comprehensive advising program that requires the use of FlightPath for tracking advising sessions.

e. Provide advisor training for faculty and staff.

f. Expand dual enrollment and courses taught in area high schools.

Objective 4:
Increase the level of student satisfaction on the ACT Student Survey to the national average by 2013.

a. Increase course scheduling that meets the needs of all students, including evening courses, weekend courses, short courses (3-week), and online courses.

b. Implement a comprehensive advising program that requires the use of FlightPath for tracking advising sessions.

c. Provide advisor training for faculty and staff.

d. Reduce the use of part-time and adjunct faculty to teach classes.

e. Evaluate all portions of the student satisfaction instrument to determine areas of excellence as well as areas which need improvement.

f. Maintain and enhance an attractive physical environment.

g. Incorporate best practices for all existing student services.

h. Consolidate the offices handling internships and expand the number of internship programs.

i. Expand the support Career Services provides to students.

j. Provide meaningful customer services training specific to each organizational level’s responsibility.

k. Develop a communication program to ensure that the entire student body feels connected to every University success.

l. Develop a student-to-student mentoring program for at-risk students.

Objective 5:
Increase the percent of students in Louisiana naming ULM as their 1st choice institution on the ACT 30% by 2013.

a. Create, fund, and implement a university-wide marketing plan.

b. Add or expand high-demand programs.

c. Expand dual-enrollment programs with regional high schools.

d. Utilize alumni involvement in the recruitment of potential students.

e. Link service-learning projects to area high schools by partnering university and high school students on projects benefiting both institutions.

f. Establish a job-referrals link on the ULM website.

Objective 6:
Each of the sports will achieve an Academic Performance Rate (APR) of 925 on an annual basis through 2013.

a. Identify and utilize existing institutional resources to maximize academic success.

b. Expand academic support staff to meet the needs of student-athletes.

c. Implement an academic improvement plan for student-athletes.

d. Include APR benchmarks in coaches’ contracts

e. Improve the system for monitoring attendance and academic progress of student-athletes.

f. Recognize the academic achievements of student-athletes with awards that promote graduation and academic excellence.

g. Fully fund summer school and intercessions.