Strategic Plan - Goal 1 Findings

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIC TASK FORCE FINDINGS 

 3/30/06

ROLE AND PURPOSE:

Teaching and learning are the essence of higher education. Everything we do at Fairmont State should follow from this premise.

The purpose of the Task Force is to develop a strategic goal that will ensure that great teaching and high-level student learning are the norm and the expectation of all members of the Fairmont State community.

 

GOAL:  Empower faculty and students to achieve high levels of teaching and learning.

Through the implementation of these three suggested action steps the Task Force feels that high level teaching will continue to be the norm at Fairmont State, and our graduates will be competitive upon either entry into the work force or the pursuit of additional studies. The suggested action steps are:

1.  Facilities – The Task Force feels that giving students and teachers the best possible facilities/classrooms and equipment will facilitate maximum learning and potential.

2.  Outcomes & Objectives based model – The Task Force believes that developing course objectives and outcomes will support student learning across the curriculum and also allow for more consistency across multi-section and multi-instructor courses.

Issues/Concerns

  • Aid faculty in developing course objectives
  • Aid faculty in designing assessments of course objectives
    • Consult with Liberal Studies Committee
    • Make students aware of objectives and desired outcomes of each course

3.  Abilities - The Task Force believes that incorporating the following eight abilities (Communication, Analysis, Problem Solving, Value-Based Decision Making, Social Interaction, Global Worldview, Effective Citizenship, Aesthetic Engagement) across the curriculum will prepare FS graduates to achieve the graduate profile. All 8 of these abilities cannot be covered in one class; however 2 or 3 can be covered in every class allowing each ability to be covered maximally during a student’s time at FS.

  Issues/Concerns

  • Aid in determining/understanding definition of abilities
  • Consult with Liberal Studies Committee

ADDITIONAL ISSUES/CONCERNS

  • Faculty and students need to be aware of institutional expectations of excellence.
    • Faculty are informed upon hire and upon each annual review.
    • Students are informed of expectations.
      • In Freshman Seminar course.
      • In each class at the beginning of each course each semester.
    • Promote culture of expectation of excellence.
    • Support of Center for Teaching Excellence in aiding faculty and departments in developing objectives, understanding abilities, etc.
    • Charge a committee to review and update the “Fairmont State Graduate Profile” and investigate the inclusion of a 7th point consisting of “Students will be prepared to meet the needs of the next step in their life."
  • Institutional research staff member is needed to oversee assessment of current facilities and faculty satisfaction, as well as assessments of student development in the abilities.

Contact Information

Van Dempsey
Interim Vice-President, Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness
Hardway Hall, Room 223
Phone: (304) 367-4646
Van.Dempsey@fairmontstate.edu