Imperative 6

We will offer exceptional academic programs that distinguish UMHB as a leading university.

Initiatives: 
  1. Identify, support, and expand current “exceptional programs”
    1. Develop criteria for “exceptional programs” that include measures of quality, effectiveness, innovation, and relevance
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Pending development of program evaluation and review schedule and process mentioned in initiative 2b below.
        • In fall 2012, programs identified Distinctive Learning Experiences that either currently exist or that they’d like to develop. A plan for using these will be developed soon.
    2. Enhance the Honors Program
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Honors program scholarships have been increased by $30,000 beginning in 13-14.
    3. Seek new accreditations in key programs
    4. Ensure the effective implementation of the new core curriculum
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Core was implemented in fall 2012
        • Comprehensive assessment plan developed and implemented with the core in fall 2012. Assessment results for 12-13 have been completed.
    5. Pathways for exceptional programs delivered through alternative modes of delivery will be developed. These pathways will include measures of quality, processes for approval, faculty development and relevant policies. (Approved by President’s Council 10-22-13)
  2. Establish a cycle of comprehensive and ongoing evaluation and review of the curriculum to ensure relevance, coherence, and opportunities to establish new programs
    1. Identify and develop qualities that embody a UMHB student with which individual colleges and/or academic programs can align
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • By using campus-wide surveys, focus groups, and meetings with the Stewardship Team, a list of qualities of a UMHB student has been developed. It will be narrowed and finalized in 2013-2014.
        • In fall 2013, a second survey will be sent campus-wide to solidify agreement on the qualities. The proposed list will be presented to the Stewardship in fall 2013.
        • Qualities identified at present are: Christian Foundation (Christian worldview, Missional thinking, Globally minded, Faith as a part of life), Character (Ethical in decision making, Integrity, Strong moral character, Loyal/trustworthy, Compassionate, Socially conscious), Servanthood (Caring, Sense of community), Academically prepared (Articulate, Prepared in their discipline, Lifelong learning, Gains employment, Contributes to profession),Critical thinker (Well written, Articulate, Team Leader, Intentional), Continued connection to UMHB
    2. Develop and implement a university-wide program review schedule and process for each academic program
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Effective in fall 2013, most degrees no longer require a minor
        • Programs (majors, concentrations, and minors) with a low number of graduates over the last 3 years were reviewed in fall 2012. Of the 77 programs reviewed, 27 were discontinued. The remainder will be reviewed in fall 2014.
        • Curriculum mapping in all programs was completed in spring 2012.
        • An annual program review form and schedule is in its final stages of development. It will be implemented in fall 2014.
    3. Develop an objective mechanism to identify and support the need for new academic programs
  3. Explore and develop opportunities to establish new academic partnerships with other institutions
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Drafts of two articulation agreements with Temple College are currently circulating: 1) General articulation agreement between UMHB and TC; 2) Articulation agreement between TC and UMHB’s Criminal Justice program. These should be completed in 13-14.
        • We are in the early stages of developing a UMHB Guide to Establishing Articulation agreements. This will serve as a template for agreements with other institutions.
  4. Develop and implement a Quality Enhancement Plan
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • The Writing Cru QEP is in its final stages.
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