Goals & Progress

College Planning Process

During 1995-96, the College undertook a series of deliberations to achieve a vision and goals that would look to the future and promote improvement while accommodating the diverse needs, strengths, and interests represented by its many departments. In the following years, that vision and those goals became the bases for an annual planning cycle whose product was and is the “Annual Report and Plan.” This document digests annual reports from the departments, provides information about College-level developments, and continually modifies the five-year goals in light of accomplishments, needs, and assessment indicators.

The annual cycle begins early each spring semester when faculty members submit their annual activity reports and meet with their chairpersons to evaluate past performance and agree on responsibilities for the coming year. Later in the semester, each chairperson consults with the departmental faculty while drafting a department-level report which, following the faculty evaluation pattern, reflects on the year just passed and sets goals for the future. In addition to the individual faculty reports, the departmental chairperson examines assessment results, including the major field test (or equivalent) data and the report of the most recent external peer review. 

While working on the departmental report and plan, each chairperson meets with the Dean to evaluate the chair’s and department’s performance during the preceding year. The conversation includes a review of assessment results and a tentative projection of future goals.

Departmental reports follow a college-wide outline, the latest incarnation of which, without the explanatory material, is as follows:

  1. Mission statement
  2. Responses to relevant Changes in Society and your Discipline(s)
  3. Faculty and staff transitions
  4. Outstanding accomplishments
  5. Goals and Assessment (incorporating results of testing, focus interviews, portfolios, capstone experiences, external peer reviews, etc.)
  6. Goal-oriented funding needs (next several years)
    Appendices

Faculty approval of the draft departmental report is obtained before the completed, “clean” version is submitted to the Dean by 15 June. Departmental reports are archived in the department offices.

Relying heavily, though not exclusively, on these departmental reports, the Dean prepares during June a college-level “Annual Report and Plan.” Click here for a complete text of each “Annual Report and Plan” since 1995. Except for the one in 2003, when university-level master planning interrupted the College cycle, each of these annual documents has a section on progress toward the previous report’s five-year goals, followed by a section listing the goals for the coming five years. Below, as illustrations, are the commentaries on goal accomplishment from the previous two college reports.

From the July 2004 Report

Between now and the last “annual report and plan,” the College submitted new five-year goals for the Academic Master Plan. The following comments reflect progress on both last year’s report goals and any additional College-level goals included in the Master Plan. Progress on departmental goals can be checked in each department’s annual report, and major progress is incorporated above in the lists of major accomplishments.

Faculty Development: We raised the allocation for approved proposals to the CAS Faculty Development Fund by tenure-track faculty members from $1000 to $1500.

Student Development Goals:

Recruitment and retention:

General Education:

Fund-Raising and Alumni Relations:

P-16:

Facilities, Equipment

Organization and Space

From the July 2005 Report

Student Recruitment, Development, and Retention: We did establish an advising center at the college level, improved the Learning Communities, and added support for graduate student travel. The new fast-track programs in Chemistry and Computer Science show signs of increasing the number of graduates.

Faculty Development: We did implement a new faculty award for research and creative activity and encouraged departments to seek private dollars for faculty development (with some success in English and History).

P-16: We did establish the “shell” web page and maintain momentum in this effort by offering teacher workshops in the Fall and Spring.

General Education: we did make minor improvements in counting and categorizing students who attended Center Stage events.

Fund-raising and Alumni Relations: We did gain the support of the TTU Foundation for our proposal to create Foundation Professorships (in effect, a new, top rank), and additional scholarship dollars did come to the College.

Assessment: Many faculty members assisted in preparing the SACS compliance report.