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I. Ensuring Student Success

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1.1 Embed the four pillars of a 21st century KSU graduate – Knowledge, Insight, Responsibility, and Engagement – across the curriculum

  • Improve the design and metrics of student and peer teaching evaluations to reflect the four pillars (Academic Affairs)
  • Enhance student learning and success through quality programs, services, and living/learning environments (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Implement purposeful, intellectual, and social development to enhance the understanding of diversity, to include global awareness and global citizenry (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Market Kent State University’s distinctive educational experience (University Relations).

1.2 Fully implement a Graduation Planning System (GPS)

  • Focus on improved academic success especially student retention and graduation (Academic Affairs; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Enhance diverse pipelines and college readiness (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Set and accomplish high expectations of academic achievement for student-athletes individually and teams (Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Widely promote GPS; encourage usage (University Relations)
  • Install timetabling and tracking components of the Graduation Planning System (Information Services)
  • Improve profiling and data analysis for student recruitment and retention via the Enterprise Data Warehouse (Information Services).

1.3 Enhance Destination Kent State (DKS)

  • Achieve better integration of academic and student life (Academic Affairs; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Support DKS with enrollment-driven marketing (University Relations)
  • Enhance the Web scheduler and integrate with CashNet in support of Destination Kent State (Information Services).

1.4 Roll out the Kent Core

  • Enhance the quality and accessibility of Liberal Education Requirements (LER)/Kent Core courses (Academic Affairs)
  • Ensure all courses in Kent Core have specified learning outcomes by 2013 (Academic Affairs).

1.5 Expand experiential learning, engagement in student life, and excellence in athletics

  • Expand experiential education opportunities (Academic Affairs)
  • Encourage undergraduate research (Research and Sponsored Programs)
  • Enhance student learning and success through quality programs and services (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Enhance the quality, safety and effectiveness of living/learning environments for university students (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Business and Finance)
  • Strengthen relationships with all communities served by Kent State campuses, with particular attention to expanding linkages between the Kent Campus and the city of Kent (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Business and Finance; University Relations)
  • Create an intentional diversity focus relating to service learning and engagement of students (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Provide a highly competitive Division I intercollegiate athletics program as evidenced by conference and national program of excellence awards and championships (Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Promote the benefits of service learning and community service; make highly visible student life opportunities (University Relations; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs).

1.6 Enhance student service by operationalizing a “Year of Yes”

  • Enhance student financial processes (Academic Affairs; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Business and Finance; Information Services)
  • Improve service delivery university-wide (All divisions)
  • Enhance relationships and engagement between students and administration (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Implement university commitment statements to encourage Year of Yes (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Launch division-wide performance review (Business and Finance)
  • Further enhance student systems with consistent and automated advisor models, improved wait list processing and online graduation application (Information Services)
  • Implement workflow processes that provide efficient scheduling changes and change of majors (Information Services).
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