Strategic Plan

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:

Prospective Students

  • Restructured recruitment strategies
  • Improved transfer experiences and scholarships
  • Increased underrepresented minorities enrollment (See example of initiative in acton)

Students

Faculty and Staff

Community

The Work Plan identifies six ‘foundational initiatives’ around which the projects are organized.

2017-18 Foundational Initiatives

  • Improving Student Learning: Champion Joanne Wilson
  • Data-Informed Decison-Making: Champion Joanne Wilson
  • Budget and Planning: Champion Todd Carothers
  • Student Success Recuitment: Champion Angela Udelhofen
  • Student Retention: Champion Angela Udelhofen
  • Campus Climate: Champion Angela Miller

Project Status Updates

February 27, 2018

Improving Student Learning

Champion – Dr. D. Joanne Wilson

Projects include:

  • Develop a cross-college assessment framework to support academic assessment, specialized and HLC accreditation, and General Education

    • The university has hired a Director of Academic Assessment to support this work. The new director will be starting in June 2018 and will be leading this work moving forward.

  • Gather and document existing high impact practices (HIPs) initiatives, starting with internships

    • The team working on this project has identified the system that will be used to catalog and report on this information. They are currently soliciting information from academic programs and other departments.

  • Redesign Gen Ed learning outcomes and assessment of those outcomes

    • Dr. Travis Nelson, a faculty member in the Political Science department, was hired as the Director of General Education. The General Education Committee has a proposed revision for the general education learning outcomes and is currently soliciting feedback.

  • Update Faculty Qualification Policy to be aligned with HLC requirements 

Data-Informed Decision Making

Champion – Dr. D. Joanne Wilson

Projects include:

  • Evaluate program mix in order to identify opportunities to maintain enrollment

    • UW-Platteville contracted with Gray Associated to help facilitate a data-informed discussion of our program array. A two-day retreat was held in February 2018 with key representatives from across campus. Next steps include exploring options for investing in current programs and exploring new programs.

  • Develop data definitions, data sources, and proper usage of data for analyses

    • 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

Projects include:

  • 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 the deferred maintenance list

    • Including implementing a facilities prioritization process to better align facility resources with campus-wide priorities.

  • Prepare for next strategic planning cycle

  • The Collaborative Integration with UW-Platteville’s new branch campuses has pulled attention away from some of the Budgeting and Planning projects; however, progress continues to be made. Several key accomplishments are listed below:

  • Communication related to the enrollment projections has occurred with various governance groups and other leadership.

  • The Facility Project Prioritization process was launched. The processing of the first cycle is still in progress.

  • Bylaw changes related to membership for the University Budget Commission have been drafted.

  • A prioritization rubric to help guide decision-making for special investments has been developed.


Student Success: Retention
Champion – Angela Udelhofen

Projects include:

  • Develop an Enrollment and Retention Plan

    • The Leadership Team for this project has developed an 18-month timeline which provides an overview of how this work will progress. Work is currently focusing on pulling together relevant campus data.

  • Complete Future of Advising Project

    • The Future of Advising Project has gathered 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 has written its final report and recommendations which will be formally submitted to the Faculty, Academic Staff, and Student senates and the Executive Team in March 2018.

  • Implement student success initiatives

    • Use of the COMPASS advising tool was launched during the fall 2017 registration period. The use of the progress report functionality is currently being piloted. In addition, the new Retention Specialist Team successfully completed seven proactive intervention campaigns during the Fall 2017 semester. Through these campaigns they reached approximately 1,300 students in need of additional support. Seven more campaigns are planned for the spring semester.

  • Review Student Complaint Process

  • Course Availability


Student Success: Recruitment
Champion – Angela Udelhofen

Projects include:

  • Restructure recruitment strategies to maximize yield

    • Staff were restructured and regional recruiters were added to improve presence in key areas. Regional recruiters also provide support to transfer recruitment, which will increase presence in community colleges and technical schools. In addition, the recruitment team has moved 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

    • A website has been created to promote transfer scholarships. The website describes the award, eligibility, and links the student to the application for the scholarship. The first round of 20 awards will be administered to the fall 2018 cohort.

  • Increase URM enrollment

    • New freshmen URM applications for admission are up 5.6% from Fall 2017; admits up 13.8% and deposits up 15%. Eighteen Paths to Platteville events with over 600 students in attendance were completed as of December 2017. Six more events are already planned for spring. URM applicants also now have the option of meeting with an OMSA staff person during their Prospective Student Visits. In addition, this initiative has also ensured that OMSA staff are now more knowledgeable on the admission requirements and process, as well have been able to attend a college fair to represent UW-Platteville.

  • Increase transfer enrollment by implementing pre-registration experiences for transfer students

    • The implementation of a web-based pre-registration orientation experience is currently being explored.

  • Maintain international enrollment by monitoring the international recruitment landscape to determine priority countries for recruitment

    • Benchmark and other data are being collected in order to inform a proposal for how to move forward.

  • Develop university-wide policy and procedures for articulation agreements 


Campus Climate
Champion – Angela Miller

Projects include:

  • Improve campus climate communications by creating a Diversity & Inclusion electronic newsletter

    • Diversity and Inclusion is in the process of hiring a full-time campus climate position. The newsletter template is in place are ready to be used once this position is filled.

  • Implement the Pioneers Unite initiative to advance campus messaging around climate

    • The Pioneers Unite initiative  has a soft-launch in January 2018. A more robust launch utilizing a multi-media experience aimed at engaging the campus community is in progress.

  • Develop consistent campus-wide approach for sexual violence prevention and education

    • The project team has met with collaborators and gathered information in preparation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Preparation for April programming is currently underway.

  • Stabilize the diversity and inclusion workforce (recruitment, training and development)

    • 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

    • The university will be implementing a comprehensive campus climate assessment in Spring 2018. The university will be using the Diverse Learning Environments study offered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).

  • Improve systems around the tracking and reporting of bias incidents on campus

February 13, 2018

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

See the full document

Sept. 28 Initital Report

Improving Student Learning
Projects include:

  • 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

Projects include:

  • 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

Projects include:

  • 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

Projects include:

  • 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
  • Review Student Complaint Process

  • Course Availability

Student Success: Recruitment

Projects include:

  • 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 

Campus Climate
 

Projects include:

  • 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

Basic Values

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

Mission

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.

Vision

UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.