Strategic Planning Committee
November 2004 Retreat
Update on Initial AQIP Projects
Brief update on the second year of progress on each of the three AQIP action projects:
- Intervention for First Year Students: The Freshman Experience
All academic units partnered with the Admissions Office in offering three university-wide New Student Orientations. A concurrent session for parents of the new freshmen was also offered. The mathematics faculty developed three new mathematics placement tests which were administered for the first time this fall. A project team composed of IU Northwest faculty, staff, and administrators is working on the Indiana Project for Academic Success (IPAS), in the development of measures to determine the effectiveness of some of our retention initiatives, such as, Supplemental Instruction and the Critical Literacy Program. This project is funded by a Lumina grant. The first to second semester persistence was 78.8% and first to second year persistence was 59.1%. This was lower than 2001 cohort but higher than the 2000 cohort.
- Beyond the Freshman Year: Improving Academic and Career Advising
Approximately 30% of the campus’s undecided majors (79 students) were counseled by the Career Services Office this year. Thirty people attended a workshop on Focusing on Successful Advising that was sponsored by the Enrollment Services Council and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The SIS Project Analyst designed a training manual and conducted 22 training sessions for 124 faculty and staff on the use of the new SIS system in providing academic advising and related services for students. Internship opportunities for students increased from 39 in 2002 to 49 in 2003.
- Increase the Technological Capabilities of Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
With the implementation of a new system (PeopleSoft) for human resources, student information, enrollment services, academic advising, records, the campus has primarily focused on the administrative uses of technology as we all learn to operate in this new information environment. Results from the National Survey on Student Engagement indicate that more students are being exposed to the use of technology in the classroom. The number of faculty who use Oncourse has increased from 38% in 2003 to 43% in 2004. The demand by faculty to use the 20 multimedia classrooms has increased to the point that demand exceeds the supply of rooms. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has increased their capacity for individual technology consulting for faculty with the hiring of a full-time individual.
All three projects received positive second year reviews by the AQIP reviewers. This represents a very brief synopsis of work that was accomplished this past year on each of the action projects. If you would like more detail on the projects or you would like to review the annual report and the reviewers’ comments, please contact Marilyn Vasquez.