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Leadership Retreat May 3, 2006 Stephen D. Gottfredson Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Commonwealth University: A Legacy of Engagement Approved by BOV in February Created by VCU, for VCU Apply the key themes Strategic Plan 2020
May 3, 2006
Stephen D. Gottfredson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia Commonwealth University: A Legacy of Engagement
2. Achieve national recognition as a learning-centered research university that embraces a world-class student experience.
3. Assure continued international recognition for our research, scholarship and creative expression.
Achieve preeminence for our academic medical center.
5. Maintain VCU as a model for university-community partnerships.Five Themes of Strategic Plan
Need: Medical Instruction
Need: Social Workers and Public Health Nurses
Need: “Pressing Problems of Rapid Urbanization”
Need: To be identified by the community
(VCU 2020 Strategic Plan)Strategic Plan and Community Engagement
www.vcu.edu/communitysolutionsVCU Community Solutions
Provide a coordinating infrastructure to identify and support interdisciplinary efforts that address community-identified needs
Generate opportunities for scholarly and creative work- for faculty and students
Identify external funding sources
Increase visibility of VCU’s university-community partnerships - locally and nationally
Address university policies and procedures to assure recognition and rewards for faculty, staff and students engaged in the communityCouncil for Community Engagement
(Dr. William Plater, Executive
Vice Chancellor, IUPUI, April 2006)Why Community Engagement Matters
Initiative 2: Establish a compact with VCU’s students and their parents that ensures all graduates have the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for lifelong success.
A common base for student learning
Many high school students are eligible for college entrance but not ready for college level work.
Without a firm base from which to start, many freshmen lose ground early, become discouraged, fail to make progress, and finally abandon their education.VCU Today
Enrollment growth coupled with declining state support has generated the necessity of many large classes for freshmen.
This can quickly lead to failure for students unaccustomed to self-organization and personal responsibility.
This also can lead to feelings of estrangement for many students – both from others and from their own learning.
The large-class lecture format can lead students to believe that college is more about memorization than intellectual growth.VCU Today
Percentage of minority high school graduates will grow to 43% by 2007 and top 50% in 2020
In the 60’s 25% of high school graduates went on to college, in the next decade that number is likely to exceed 70%
Learning needs of the student population becomes even more diverseVCU Tomorrow
Percent of faculty and students who responded Very Often or Often to the question “Received prompt feedback from you/faculty on your/their academic performance”
Percent of faculty and students who responded Very Much or Quite a Bit to the question “During the current year, how much has your coursework emphasized…memorizing facts, ideas or methods from your courses so [students/you] can repeat them in pretty much the same form? ”
VCU Compact commits the University to supply its students with the foundational tools to acquire the knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in their academic career as well as their future occupations.
VCU Compact focuses on engagement as well as academic success.What is VCU Compact?
Courses in existing majors or programs would continue a focus on foundational skills in three broad areas - arts and humanities, science, and social science.
Students would take at least one course in each area.
Existing courses would be revised to reflect an interdisciplinary focus; new courses may be developed.VCU Compact: Integrated Experiences
From Theme II, Initiative 1, of the VCU 2020 Vision for Excellence
A fraction of students avail themselves to learning support
Low academic engagement among students
High rates of students experience academic difficulty
Existing academic services lack coordination
The quality and nature of academic advising vary widely
All students will be ensured a high-quality advising experience from advising specialists. In addition to course scheduling, advisors will assist students with monitoring their academic progress, developing study skills, and establishing realistic educational goals.
Millennial students have different goals for attending college and a lower commitment to learning than previous generations. The UC will structure programs and services in a way that directly addresses the unique characteristics of this generation.
Research suggests that centralizing services for new students yields higher quality services, improved retention, increased levels of academic success, and greater student satisfaction.
It is a single place on campus where students will receive resources to enhance their learning and academic successes.
The UC will create opportunities to help students feel better connected with other students, their professors, and their classes.
Students having academic difficulty
Students seeking admission into health professions programs and law school
Undeclared students until they select a major
Students wanting to maximize their academic performance
Populations Served by University College
Students on warning/probation
Campus Learning Center
UNIV 101 Introduction to the University
UNIV 102 MINDSET for Success
UNIV 103 Educational & Career Planning
UNIV 151 & 152 Learning Workshops
VCU Core Curriculum
Introduces students to their first common intellectual experience and to the university’s academic life. It is intended to enhance connections.
Opportunities to interact with other students and faculty
Showcase of academic programs
and campus services
Discussion of safety issues
Parent component that complements student program
Restructured Summer Orientation (STAR) Program
Will involve about 900 freshmen in 11 different villages.
Fewer students will experience academic difficulty.
Students will report greater satisfaction with academic advising.
More students will interact with faculty and peers outside of class.
Students will be happier with their undergraduate experience.
Retention and graduation rates will increase.
Expected Outcomes of University College