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Deliver an education with global perspective which prepares individuals to seize opportunities and solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

  • Embrace progressive and effective learning formats
  • Support high impact practices (HIPs)
  • Graduate critical thinkers
  • Cultivate global perspective

Suggested University-Level Action Items:

  • Establish standards for faculty/student ratios and class sizes needed for effective learning in each discipline.
  • Establish methods for tracking participation in HIPs.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 12, 2014

The committee heard presentations about universal design and an educational think tank. Universal design (such as meeting ADA regulations) provides excellence and equity in education. The committee discussed ways to enhance the classroom learning experience for all students with universal design. The educational think tank is an informal monthly gathering where faculty and staff can exchange ideas and best practices. The group also discussed the upcoming poster series, which will feature committee members and their comments about the importance of the Strategic Plan. Commmittee members have until Dec. 1 to submit answers to the questions in order for the posters to be completed by the start of second semester. Upcoming activities The various governance groups will be given a chance to review the definition of outstanding education and provide feedback. The definition will be presented at Student Senate Nov. 24, Classified Staff Senate and Faculty Senate Nov. 25 and Academic Staff Senate Dec. 1.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes from October 2014, overview

Overview of the team activities this month

The Provide an Outstanding Education Committee has been focusing on two initiatives, high impact practices and speaker series. The committee is seeking to define high impact practices inside and outside the classroom, review literature, determine benchmarks for HIPs at UW-Platteville, examine what is being done, assess student learning outcomes, and use assessment data to improve the HIPs offered or determine which are most successful and therefore should have more resources focused.

Upcoming activities

The various governance groups will be given a chance to review the definition of outstanding education and provide feedback. A subcommittee will be formed to look at high impact practices, what is currently being done on campus and the feasibility of requiring every undergraduate to have at least one high impact practice prior to graduation. Also to be tackled is identifying classroom physical environment, establishing a learning community for the new faculty and staff with the Teaching and Learning Center and following up on the COACHE survey.

Working definition of outstanding education

“An outstanding education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville links self-motivated and personally responsible students with an engaged and highly competent faculty and staff to promote the development of lifelong learners and active citizens. Hallmarks of our education include a rigorous, high quality, broad and focused curriculum emphasizing hands-on experiential learning in and out of the classroom on campus and at a distance. Strong relationships and mentoring among students, faculty, and staff provide opportunities to create, apply, and extend learning. An outstanding education promotes integrity and ethics, civil discourse, and maximizes exposure to our Columns of Learning and Development. We accomplish our mission to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community."

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes from September 2014, overview

Overview of the team activities to date

The committee has been meeting on a regular basis to 1) summarize the university’s definition of “Outstanding Education”, 2) prioritize possible action items toward achieving an o utstanding education. Champion Dr. Mittie N. Den Herder has met with 14 groups across campus to gather input and looking for recurring themes. The team has sponsored the first of the Strategic Plan Speaker series as Ramsay Musallum presented a keynote address on helping student’s develop curiosity; a workshop for faculty and instructional staff; and a talk for students on making the most of their university experience.

Upcoming activities

The various governance groups will be given a chance to review the definition of outstanding education and provide feedback. A subcommittee will be formed to look at high impact practices, what is currently being done on campus and the feasibility of requiring every undergraduate to have at least one high impact practice prior to graduation. Also to be tackled is identifying classroom physical environment, establishing a learning community for the new faculty and staff with the Teaching and Learning Center and following up on the COACHE survey.

Working definition of outstanding education

“An outstanding education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville links self-motivated and personally responsible students with an engaged and highly competent faculty and staff to promote the development of lifelong learners and active citizens. Hallmarks of our education include a rigorous, high quality, broad and focused curriculum emphasizing hands-on experiential learning in and out of the classroom on campus and at a distance. Strong relationships and mentoring among students, faculty, and staff provide opportunities to create, apply, and extend learning. An outstanding education promotes integrity and ethics, civil discourse, and maximizes exposure to our Columns of Learning and Development. We accomplish our mission to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community."

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of May 21, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Amy Nemmetz, Director, Pioneer Academic and Transitional Help Center
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Associate Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA


Priority Team Reports
The committee reviewed the summary Chair Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq prepared that summarizes activities and recommendations made to date by Priority Group #1. Among the highlights were defining an outstanding education, initiatives that help support that definition, and bench marks for the initiatives.

During the last year, the committee also brought in Dr. Ramsey Mussallam for its first speaker, discussed restructuring the classroom and explored the idea of requiring high impact practices for all students.

The next steps are seeking feedback of the outstanding education from a cross section of campus, including Senior Staff, governance groups, advisory councils and other key constituents. The goal is to begin meeting with these groups beginning in the fall semester.

The working definition is:
“An outstanding education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville links self-motivated and personally responsible students with an engaged and highly competent faculty and staff to promote the development of lifelong learners and active citizens. Hallmarks of our education include a rigorous, high quality, broad and focused curriculum emphasizing hands-on experiential learning in and out of the classroom on campus and at a distance. Strong relationships and mentoring among students, faculty, and staff provide opportunities to create, apply, and extend learning. An outstanding education promotes integrity and ethics, civil discourse, and maximizes exposure to our Columns of Learning and Development. We accomplish our mission to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community."

Some of the questions that will be asked of the outstanding education definition include:
• Does this statement accurately reflect the university?
• Is there anything we missed?
• On what area(s) should we focus?
• How do we accomplish this, while emphasizing high impact practices?
• Any other comments?

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of May 7, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA


Priority Team Reports
The committee reviewed the original 2012 Strategic Plan document and how this committee has shown progress since then. One of the original stated goals was to increase participation in high impact practices (HIPs) by 25 percent. The committee discussed a plan to require all students to have some kind of HIP experience before earning a degree and the logistics behind such a requirement.

To make HIPs a requirement, the committee discussed the need for the following:
1. An accepted definition of HIPs
2. A database of what is currently being done
3. Efforts to make more HIPs available to students not participating now
4. Approvals and processes needed (i.e. UICC, Faculty Senate, etc.)

The next meeting will be the subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of April 23, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Professor, College of EMS
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

Priority Team Reports
The committee reviewed the progress of the three other Strategic Plan priority reports and was satisfied that Team #1 was making good progress in meeting goals and objectives.

Define Outstanding Education
The committee spent considerable time reviewing the subcommittee’s fine work on defining exactly what “outstanding education” means to UW-Platteville in terms of the mission and vision statements. Careful consideration was given to the wording and the process of obtaining feedback from university constituents.

The working definition is as follows:
"An outstanding education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville links self-motivated and personally responsible students with an engaged and highly competent faculty and staff to promote the development of lifelong learners and active citizens. Hallmarks of our education include a rigorous, high quality, broad and focused curriculum emphasizing hands-on experiential learning in and out of the classroom on campus and at a distance. Strong relationships and mentoring among students, faculty, and staff provide opportunities to create, apply, and extend learning. An outstanding education promotes integrity and ethics, civil discourse, and maximizes exposure to our Columns of Learning and Development. We accomplish our mission to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community."

The next meeting will be the subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of April 9, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Deb Putnam, Assistant Director, Catering and Retail Operations
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Associate Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

Discussion Items
The committee reviewed the subcommittee’s draft on defining an outstanding education. Although the basic framework received positive reviews, suggestions were made to tweak the definition to reflect the university’s new mission statement. Once a definition is finalized, it will be vetted to more people across campus.

Chairman Irfan Ul-Haq suggested making more subcommittees, reaching out to non-committee members for their involvement. He proposed subcommittees on speaker series, classroom redesign, ADA compliance and high impact practices. Champion Mittie N. Den Herder proposed adding a subcommittee on faculty/staff satisfaction and professional development. The group agreed that the subcommittees should be formed after the definition is finalized to match the different aspects in the definition.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m.
For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Jan. 29, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Deb Putnam, Assistant Director, Catering and Retail Operations
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Associate Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA
Guest: Dr. Dominic Barraclough, who presented more information on the NSSE survey

Subcommittee Formed
Dr. Bob Demaree, Dr. Lisa Riedle, Dr. Laura Bayless and Dr. BJ Reed will serve on a new subcommittee to develop the framework on how this group will define an outstanding education.

Invited Speaker
Amy Nemetz confirmed Ramsey Musallam’s schedule for Feb. 17. He has taught as an adjunct professor for two years, guest speaker multiple times at U. of San Francisco and gave the keynote address to faculty at Weber State at its yearly tech innovation conference.

Mussallam’s schedule is as follows:

9-10:30 a.m. Group Presentation in Nohr Gallery: Sparking Curiosity: A Pedagogical and Cognitive Approach

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch in Mississippi Room (MPSC)

2-4 p.m. Workshop in Nohr Galler: An Inquiry/Pedagogy Based Approach to the " Flipped Classroom"

4:50- 5:50 p.m. Dinner in Platteville

6-7 p.m. Student presentation in the Platteville Rooms (MPSC): Squeezing the Most Out of your College Experience

His talks will be recorded, and people are encouraged to attend at any time. The Provost mentioned this is an excellent professional development opportunity for campus members.

Continuing Discussions
The committee reviewed notes from its Dec. 17, 2013 meeting about where will or where should the university be in 15 years. The group also discussed what routes the university needs to take in the next five years to begin reaching those ideals.

The next meeting will be the subcommittee meeting on Feb. 12.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Jan. 23, 2014

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Evan Hafenbreadl, Student
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

Invited Speaker
Amy Nemetz presented Ramsey Musallam’s schedule for Feb. 17. He has taught as an adjunct professor for two years, guest speaker multiple times at U. of San Francisco and gave the keynote address to faculty at Weber State at its yearly tech innovation conference.

Mussallam’s schedule is as follows:

9–10:30 a.m. Group Presentation in Nohr Gallery: Sparking Curiosity: A Pedagogical and Cognitive Approach

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch in Mississippi Room (MPSC)

2–4 p.m. Workshop in Nohr Gallery: An Inquiry/Pedagogy Based Approach to the " Flipped Classroom"

4:50–5:50 p.m. Dinner in Platteville

6–7 p.m. Student presentation in the Platteville Rooms (MPSC): Squeezing the Most Out of your College Experience

Guest Speaker Dominic Barraclough
Dominic Barraclough presented a draft of institutional response to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

He recommended the university focus on five categories for improvement:
Writing skills
Higher order learning
Academic challenge
Diversity and inclusion 
Transfer student experience 

A new survey will be taken in February with results compiled in August, he added.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Dec. 4, 2013

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Wes Krug, Student
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

Discussion Points
Provost Den Herder discussed ways to link internal grants from places such as the Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund to align with strategic priorities.

The provost updated the group on her encouraging visit to the Student Senate, where students advocated for High Impact Practices like hands-on learning, study abroad and undergraduate research. She was also pleased to hear a suggestion that students should not just be allowed but encouraged to challenge information and opinions.

The committee looked at national NSSE results, discussed high impact practices and how they benefitted students. The group discussed the merits of requiring a HIP project for all students, acknowledging that such a requirement would need to go through all the proper governance groups before it could be enacted. This was just a discussion on the benefits.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.
For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 22, 2013

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Evan Hafenbreadl, Student
Nicole Maala, Student
Deb Putnam, Assistant Director, Catering and Retail Operations

Agenda Items
1. Priority group one discussed placing information on the shared drive

2. The new website with the meeting highlights from all four champion groups is now live

3. Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq shared an internationalism definition from the University Internationalization Committee, an ad hoc group of the Faculty Senate. “Internationalism is the process of incorporating global perspectives into teaching, learning, and research to meet the university’s obligation to prepare students for productive and responsible citizens of the world.”

4. Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq  suggested adding reflective learning to critical thinking for the speaker selection, based on NSSE results.  Reflective thinking, in which students look at their background, how they learned, how they reached their own conclusions as well as looking at the perspective of others, leads to critical thinking. This is done inside and outside the classroom. The committee discussed bringing Ramsey Musallam to campus in the spring and also what kind of followups could happen following his talk. The subcommittee formed earlier for potential speaker will look into costs for bringing Musallam to the campus.

5.  The committee discussed how prioritizing items that it should concentrate on, looking at anywhere from two to six items that would keep “Providing an Outstanding Education” at the forefront. Provost Den Herder has already been to three college councils and three departments listening to suggestions about possible action items. Provost Den Herder will edit the document “Outstanding Education” distributed by Ul-Haq.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 18, 2013

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan U-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Deb Putnam, Assistant Director, Catering and Retail Operations

Team #1 heard a presentation from Dominic Barraclough, director of School of Graduate Studies on National Survey of Student Engagement.

This survey covers first-year and senior students. UW-Platteville had a 30 percent response rate, higher than the national average of schools comparable in size.

Dominic Barraclough focused on three areas of the study:

-Institutional Satisfaction
-Engagement Indicators
-Highest and Lowest Performing Items

His entire presentation will be made to other campus entities.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 5, 2013

Members in attendance:
(CHAMPION) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(CHAIR) Dr. Irfan U-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Robert Demaree, Professor, Performing and Visual Arts, Music
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Evan Hafenbreadl, Student
Wes Krug, Student
Nicole Maala, Student
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Associate Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

The third meeting of the Strategic Plan Priority Team #1 took place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Ullsvik 2510.

Irfan U-Haq was appointed chair of the committee.

The committee looked at several speakers recommended by a subcommittee (Amy Nemmetz, Laura Bayless, Irfan Ul-Haq, Wes Krug, Paul Erickson). These speakers would address the critical thinking aspect of “providing an outstanding education.” Among those watched and discussed were 

Ramsay Musallam
http://www.ted.com/talks/ramsey_musallam_3_rules_to_spark_learning.html

Rita Pierson
http://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion.html

and Jennifer Keup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VrP3CEjodo

The committee also discussed ways to entice faculty and staff to attend speakers or other strategic planning sessions, how the speakers could be used to spark interests and the difficulty in discussing such a broad topic as “providing an outstanding education.”

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Oct. 22, 2013 

Members in attendance:

(CHAIR) Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Dr. Robert Demaree, Professor, Performing and Visual Arts, Music
Wes Krug, Student
Nicole Maala, Student
Amy Nemmetz, Director, First Year Experience
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Associate Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Irfan U-Haq, Associate Professor, Mathematics

The second meeting of the Strategic Plan Priority Team #1 took place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Ullsvik 2510.

Amy Nemmetz, Director of First-Year Experience, and student Wes Krug joined the committee.

The committee discussed critical thinking and its role in providing an outstanding education. “Critical thinking” comes up frequently in these discussions. Each of the four champions group has an opportunity to select a speaker for the spring. Priority Team #1 discussed having a speaker who could address critical thinking and teaching to educate vs. teaching for job skills. Several speakers were mentioned as good possibilities. A subcommittee (Amy Nemmetz, Laura Bayless, Irfan Ul-Haq, Wes Krug, Paul Erickson) will meet Nov. 1 to look at more speakers who could address stimulating students to learn.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Oct. 9, 2013

Members in attendance:
Dr. Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Paul Erickson, Director, University Information and Communications
Dr. Mittie Nimocks Den Herder, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academics
Evan Hafenbreadl, Freshman
Nicole Maala, Sophomore
Deb Putnam, Assistant Director, Catering and Retail Operations
Dr. Lisa Riedle, Assistant Dean, College of EMS
Dr. Irfan U-Haque, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean, College of BILSA

The first meeting of the Strategic Plan Priority Team #1 took place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Ullsvik 2510.

In two previous meetings, the champions group set forth discussion questions deemed crucial to who UW-Platteville is and what the university is about. Those discussion points are:

1. Define "Outstanding Education"
2. Define "Below Normal" and "Above Normal" teaching
3. Where do conversations about pedagogy and best practices occur among your peers? How could these be facilitated?

The champions team addressed the first question, defining an outstanding education by compiling a list of all things the university does well in an out of the classroom as well as defining areas of needed improvement. The committee will continue to identify these strengths and weaknesses in upcoming meetings.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

For questions, contact Paul Erickson at ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

 

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