2017-18 institutional priorities Work plan
Building on the priorities identified in the 2013-18 Strategic Plan, the 2017-18 University Work Plan identifies specific, tangible projects to promote the excellence and continued growth of the university. The 2017-18 projects were selected based on feedback from the university community solicited through a series of engagement sessions held during the 2016-17 academic year and feedback received during the university’s 2016 Reauthorization of Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
The 2017-18 University Work Plan will benefit our university constituents, including students, faculty and staff, and the community. Some examples are:
- Restructured recruitment strategies
- Improved transfer experiences and scholarships
- Increased underrepresented minorities enrollment (See example of initiative in acton)
- Increase retention, through such things as improved advising
- Decrease time to graduation
- Redesign general education (See example of initiative in action)
- Implement student success initiatives
- Increase high-impact practices
- Improve campus climate (See example of initiative in action)
- Develop additional sexual violence prevention education
Faculty and Staff
- Compass advising tool
- Coordination of high-impact practices (See example of initiative in action)
- Data-informed decision making
- Increase high-impact practices with businesses (See example of initiative in action)
- Inclusivity programs and focus (See example of initiative in action)
- Provide expertise (See example of initiative in action)
- Making opportunities available for youth (See example of initiative in action)
The Work Plan identifies six ‘foundational initiatives’ around which the projects are organized.
2017-18 Foundational Initiatives
Improving Student Learning
Champion – Dr. D. Joanne Wilson
Develop a cross-college assessment framework to support academic assessment, specialized and HLC accreditation, and General Education
- UPDATE: The university is in the process of hiring a Director of Academic Assessment to support this work.
- Gather and document existing high impact practices (HIPs) initiatives, starting with internships
Redesign Gen Ed learning outcomes and assessment of those outcomes
- UPDATE: Dr. Travis Nelson was hired as the Director of General Education and will be beginning in this capacity effective January 2, 2018.
- Learn more about Dr. Nelson.
- Update Faculty Qualification Policy to be aligned with HLC requirements
Data-Informed Decision Making
Champion – Dr. D. Joanne Wilson
- Evaluate program mix in order to identify opportunities to maintain enrollment
Develop data definitions, data sources, and proper usage of data for analyses
- UPDATE: Established last year, the Data Stewardship Committee has created a document of important campus definitions and terms. The committee will continues its work by exploring the proper usage and security of campus data.
- Align equity gap analysis reports
Budgeting and Planning
Champion – Todd Carothers
- Develop 5-year staffing plans
- Identify volume and performance metrics for central units
Build Budget Model Framework, including
- Identifying metrics that inform budget allocation
- Adding budget detail to improve budget management
- Creating service level agreements that define expectations from non-academic areas
Update deferred maintenance list
- Including implementing a facilities prioritization process to better align facility resources with campus-wide priorities.
- Prepare for next strategic planning cycle
All of the Budgeting and Planning projects require a commitment to
- Being responsible and accountable
- Using reliable, trusted and timely data
- Incentivizing performance and effective management
- Designing systems that are simple and transparent
Student success: Retention
- Develop an Enrollment and Retention Plan
Complete Future of Advising Project
- UPDATE: The Future of Advising Project has spent the last eight months gathering data and extensive input from the campus community about the current state of advising and potential future directions. The project team is currently in the process of writing its final report and recommendation.
- Learn more about the project.
Implement student success initiatives
- UPDATE: Use of the COMPASS advising tool launched during the fall 2017 registration period.
- Learn more about COMPASS.
Review Student Complaint Process
Student Success: Recruitment
Champion – Angela Udelhofen
Restructure recruitment strategies to maximize yield
- UPDATE: Staff were restructured and regional recruiters were added to improve presence in key areas. Regional recruiters will also provide support to transfer recruitment, which will increase presence in community colleges and technical schools. In addition, the recruitment team will be moving back to its location on the ground floor of Ullsvik Hall as of Jan. 1, 2018 to provide better service to visitors.
- Increase transfer enrollment by implementing new scholarships for transfer students
- Increase transfer enrollment by implementing pre-registration experiences for transfer students
- Increase URM enrollment
- Maintain international enrollment by monitoring the international recruitment landscape to determine priority countries for recruitment
- Develop university-wide policy and procedures for articulation agreements
Champion – Angela Miller
- Improve campus climate communications by creating a Diversity & Inclusion electronic newsletter
Implement the Pioneers Unite initiative to advance campus messaging around climate
- UPDATE: The Pioneers Unite initiative is ready to launch in January 2018 with a multi-media experience aimed at engaging the campus community.
- Develop consistent campus-wide approach for sexual violence prevention and education
Stabilize the diversity and inclusion workforce (recruitment, training and development)
- UPDATE: Several key positions which were either empty or interim have been re-hired and/or made permanent in order to better support ongoing diversity and inclusion work.
- Adopt new strategies for infusing diversity into curricular & co-curricular programming
Administer a holistic campus climate assessment
- UPDATE: The university will be implementing a comprehensive campus climate assessment in Spring 2018.
- Improve systems around the tracking and reporting of bias incidents on campus
Project Status Updates
October 30, 2017
Key accomplishments include:
- Hired the new Director of Academic Assessment, Dr. Travis Nelson
- Engaged a third-party company to assist with the review of the university’s current program mix in light of market demand and interest
- Completed the review of campus data definitions
- Completed the data collection associated with the Future of Advising Project and solicited input from over 100 individual on-campus in reviewing the findings and identifying recommendations for moving forward
- The Compass advising tool launched during the Spring 2018 registration period
- Added three regional representatives to the campus recruitment team
- Developed eligibility guidelines and structure for implementing transfer scholarships
- Developed an enrollment projection for the institution
- The #PioneersUnite initiative is ready to launch in January 2018
To realize its vision, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville embraces and is guided by the following values:
- excellence in undergraduate education and graduate programs;
- liberal education as a basis for lifelong learning, growth, and professional development;
- the pursuit of knowledge and its practical application, and applied research
- ethical behavior
- students as the primary focus of university activities
- respect for individual differences and support for the development of all students, faculty, and staff
- people as the source of strength, reputation, and vitality
- learning and development which occur inside and outside the classroom; and
- service to the community, the state of Wisconsin, and society
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; criminal justice; education; business; agriculture; and the liberal arts. We promote excellence by using a personal, hands-on approach 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.
UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.