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Think Academics : Academic Visioning. David Marker. Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Academic Visioning: 2011-2012. Spring-Fall 2011 Phase I: Gather and Consolidate Information Development of Preliminary KPIs and Goals Spring 2012

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Think Academics: Academic Visioning

David Marker

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Academic Visioning: 2011-2012

Spring-Fall 2011

Phase I: Gather and Consolidate Information

Development of Preliminary KPIs and Goals

Spring 2012

Phase II: Development of Academic Strategic Master Plan and Action Plans

Summer-Fall 2012 and Continuing

Phase III: Implementation


Academic Affairs Mission

The academic mission of the University of West Florida (UWF) faculty and staff is to prepare students for successful careers, to enhance their personal lives, and to foster professional development through baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs that engage students in rigorous, personalized, high-impact learning experiences. UWF faculty and staff advance educational, cultural, and economic development through high-quality academic programs, research and creative scholarship, and innovative and relevant community partnerships and service.


Academic Affairs Vision

It is the academic vision of UWF that the University be widely recognized as the premier intellectual and cultural center of the region. UWF graduates will be known for their achievements as leaders, scholars, and civic contributors. Increasingly, UWF faculty and staff will be acknowledged for their achievements as teacher-scholars and leaders who offer distinctive, high-quality academic programs that prepare students for personal and professional success in a global society. UWF faculty and staff also will be acclaimed for producing and conveying new knowledge and serving the greater community through applied research and innovative partnerships.


Visioning Strategic Themes

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Quality
  • Visibility
  • Growth
  • 21st Century Skills

Academic Goals

  • TEACHING: To develop and promote teaching that optimizes learning and personal transformation.
  • RESEARCH: To build a vibrant culture of research.
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: To engage in mutually beneficial collaborations that advance academic programs and outreach.
  • INNOVATION: To create a culture of academic innovation.
  • QUALITY: To support, sustain, and reward high-quality academics.
  • VISIBILITY: To improve internal and external communication of academic programs and achievements.
  • GROWTH: To promote reasonable and sustainable growth.
  • 21st CENTURY SKILLS: To ensure current programs are 21st Century relevant.

Achievements to Date

  • Visioning Informed the University Strategic Plan
  • Created Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Initiated Academic Reorganization Discussions with College Deans
  • Created Academic Learning Compact (ALC)/Academic Learning Plan (ALP) Policies and Procedures Committee
  • Proposed Foundation-based Faculty Development initiatives

Plans for 2012-2013

  • Prioritize Action Plans and identify “champions” to implement the Academic Strategic Master Plan
  • Continue discussions regarding reorganization of Academic Affairs
  • Assess and align use of Foundation funds for faculty development